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Ladd, Reidy Receive Highest Nursing Honor

Pat Reidy (left) and Elissa Ladd
Pat Reidy (left) and Elissa Ladd

School of Nursing professors Elissa Ladd and Patricia Reidy have been named Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

They are among the 230 nurses who are part of the organization’s 2020 Class of Fellows, the organization's highest honor, all of whom are being recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care.

Dr. Reidy was recognized for her many accomplishments, but in particular for her sustained leadership and scholarship in nursing and interprofessional education. Her work has had a major impact on the development of interprofessional education, both at the MGH Institute and nationally. In 2018-2019 alone, she was awarded the MGH Institute Award for Excellence in Advancing Interprofessional Education and Practice, three Partners in Excellence Teamwork awards, and the 2019 US Public Health Service/Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award.

Dr. Reidy has received over $1.5 million in Health Resources and Services Administration funding since 2017 to address interprofessional health care partnerships. Her additional grants account for over $2.5 million in funding to date. Through these awards and grants, she has brought national recognition to the SON and the Institute for creating and demonstrating interprofessional collaborative practice to support public health outcomes that benefit students, patients, and communities.

Dr. Ladd was recognized for a large body of work, specifically for her work focused on regulatory policy for advanced practice nursing and nurse prescribing practices, both nationally and globally, and for her leadership in creating interprofessional collaborations in India through national and international organizations. She has received a Fulbright Scholar award, a $400,000 grant from the US Attorneys General to develop an educational program on pharmaceutical marketing and the pharmaceutical industry directed to advanced practice nurse prescribers, a Partners in Excellence Award for Innovation and Teaching, and the Academic Excellence Award for Doctoral Study in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts

In 2019, she received one of the most prestigious recognitions awarded to nurses who have made a sustained impact on global health care. In 2019, at the United Nations International Nurses Day, Dr. Ladd received an Inspiring Global Nurse Award from Nurses With Global Impact.

They will be honored during the Academy’s virtual annual conference on October 29-31, 2020.