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BC Nursing Professors Named American Academy of Nursing Fellows

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (November 2010) – Three faculty members in the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing were inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) at the group’s annual meeting held last week in Washington, DC.

The AAN is a group of nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research who serve the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. There are approximately 1500 AAN Fellows in the United States.

The three CSON faculty members named AAN Fellows are: Associate Dean Patricia Tabloski, Associate Professor of Adult Health Nursing Pamela Grace and Associate Professor of Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Angela Amar. Six BC alumni and a Connell School visiting scholar also were named Fellows (see below).


Patricia Tabloski oversees the graduate program at BC’s Connell School of Nursing. Her area of focus is gerontological nursing, particularly in the sleep and care of the elderly. She worked as an advanced practice gerontological nurse for 20 years and established the first Geriatric Assessment Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She is the author of the text Gerontological Nursing and received a 2009 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. She has taught undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in the classroom, clinical settings and nursing homes. She is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America was recently selected as a Mayday Fund Pain and Society Fellow.


Pamela Grace specializes in healthcare, professional and nursing ethics and is a past recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholarship Grant to Denmark where she lectured on health care ethics and conducted a comparative analysis of obstacles faced by Danish and US health care professionals. She has worked as a critical care nurse and nurse practitioner in primary care and holds an appointment as a nurse scientist at the Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Grace received a 2009 National Book Award from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, for her book Nursing Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Advanced Practice.


Angela Amar is a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar whose area of focus is on responses to traumatic and violent experiences, especially intimate partner violence. She was the driving force behind the establishment of the Connell School’s forensic nursing specialty, designed to meet the demand for trained nurses in emergency departments and other hospital, clinical, and prison settings to provide care to victims of crime. She is a highly-published nurse researcher with funding from the NIH. In 2009, she was honored with the Excellence in Nursing Award from the New England Regional Black Nurses Association. Last month Amar was named a Distinguished Fellow of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

In addition, six Connell School alumni and a visiting scholar also were inducted into the AAN:

--Eloise Balasco Cathcart, a clinical associate professor and coordinator of the graduate program in nursing administration at New York University College of Nursing

--Robin Whittemore, associate professor at Yale School of Nursing

--Paul Arnstein, clinical specialist for pain relief at Massachusetts General Hospital

--Madge Buus-Frank, an instructor in pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School Hospital with a clinical practice in the newborn intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth

--Nancy Hanrahan, Dr. Lenore H. Kurlowicz Memorial Term assistant professor in psychiatric mental health nursing at the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School

--Pamela Kulbok, professor of nursing and public health sciences and chair of the Department of Family, Community, and Mental Health Systems at the University of Virginia School of Nursing

--CSON Visiting Scholar Eileen Sporing, chief of nursing and the senior vice president for patient care at Children’s Hospital Boston.

--Kathleen Sullivan, Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs,