News Release: School of Nursing

Apr. 9,  2010

Emory School of Nursing Faculty Member Named Academy of Nurse Practitioners Fellow

News Article ImageEmory University nurse scientist and educator Marcia Holstad, DSN, RN, FNP

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) will induct Emory University nurse scientist and educator Marcia Holstad, DSN, RN, FNP, into its 2010 Fellowship class at the organization's 25th Annual Conference in Phoenix in June.

Induction into the AANP Fellowship is considered one of the highest honors for nurse practitioners. Fellows are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education and policy.

"It's truly an honor to be recognized for my work," says Marcia Holstad, assistant professor of nursing at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. "I am proud to be a member of a group with such national distinction."

Since joining Emory's School of Nursing in 1986, Holstad has been a pioneer in HIV/AIDS nursing research. She is currently leading the Music Project, a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study that is testing the efficacy of an audio music program aimed at educating and motivating people living with HIV to adhere to their antiretroviral medications.

Holstad recently served as principal investigator on an NIH-funded behavioral trial-called the KHARMA Project-to test the effectiveness of a nurse-led motivational group intervention to promote adherence to antiretroviral therapy and risk reduction behaviors in HIV-positive women. She has also conducted a pilot version of this project in Lagos, Nigeria.

"Dr. Holstad brings an outstanding intellectual talent to the school, combining her strong clinical practice with groundbreaking scientific nursing discovery," says Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and dean of Emory's School of Nursing.

Holstad received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned her master of science in nursing degree from Emory, and a doctoral degree in nursing and health policy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Holstad is an active member of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), the American Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing.

The AANP was founded in 1985 and is the oldest, largest, and only full-service national professional organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties.


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