The four faculty inductees are more than any other organization in New England, and most ever for the MGH Institute in one year

It is the pinnacle of the nursing profession – to be named a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the most prestigious nursing organization in the world. Not only does it speak volumes of one’s career and accomplishments, but also of one’s impact in healthcare.

Today, the Academy announced this year’s class of 253 inductees. This year, four MGH Institute of Health Professions faculty have climbed to the summit of nursing: Dr. Suellen Breakey, Dr. Rebecca Hill, Dr. Brenna Morse, and Dr. Margie Sipe – all will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference this October when it celebrates its 50th anniversary. No other school in New England had as many inductees as the IHP.

“It speaks to the caliber of faculty that we have,” said Dean of Nursing Dr. Kenneth R. White, who is also President of the American Academy of Nursing. “The fact that we have four this year underscores the contributions that our faculty are making.”

Breakey, Hill, Morse, and Sipe made the cut after a rigorous process that includes seven layers of evaluation before their submissions are even voted on. Their inclusion brings to 11 the number of IHP faculty members who are Fellows in the Academy.

“That our faculty have been selected shows that they are at the top level of nurses, not only in this country, but around the world,” said White. “It’s the top level of nurse leaders not just in academia, but in all aspects of nursing.”

Unlike selections based on productivity and awards, being named a Fellow is solely focused on a person’s tangible impact.