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Monica O'Reilly-Jacob named an American Academy of Nursing Fellow

Connell School of Nursing Assistant Professor Monica O’Reilly-Jacob will be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing, an organization of the field's most accomplished leaders in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia. The Academy is dedicated to improving health and achieving health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science.

A nursing health services researcher, O’Reilly-Jacob provides evidence to support policy changes that maximize the capacity of the nurse practitioner (NP) workforce to meet the demand for primary care in underserved areas. During COVID-19, she was the first to examine the effects of temporary full practice authority on NPs, indicating that organizations had a greater impact on NP autonomy than did state policy. Her earlier work demonstrates that NPs effectively utilize healthcare resources and are ideally suited for inclusion in value-based payment models. With more than $1.1 million in research sponsorship, she leads a multi-disciplinary team developing a critical mass of NP-owned practices with the capacity to thrive in value-based care models. O’Reilly-Jacob’s work has been published in nursing and interdisciplinary journals, and she serves on national and state advisory councils, including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Health Policy Advisory Council.

O’Reilly-Jacob and the other inductees will be recognized at AAN's annual health policy conference taking place in Washington, D.C. in October.  

“It gives me great pride to welcome these incredible leaders into our organization during our 50th anniversary year,” said AAN President Kenneth R. White. “This year’s group of inductees truly represents today’s thought leaders and the diversity of our profession’s policy leaders, practitioners, educators, and innovators. Each Fellow of the Academy is changing the future of health and health care through their support to advance equity, promote inclusion, and lift up the next generation of nurses, advancing the Academy’s vision of healthy lives for all people.”