News Release: School of Nursing , Woodruff Health Sciences

Oct. 14,  2011

Two Emory Nursing Faculty Named 2011 American Academy of Nursing Fellows

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Marcia Holstad

Marcia Holstad, DSN, RN, FNP and William Puentes, PhD, RN, professors at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, were inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellowship during a formal ceremony at the AAN’s 38th Annual Conference and Meeting in Washington D.C.  

Induction into the AAN Fellowship is one of the highest honors in nursing. Fellows are considered nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice and research. They are elected through a highly selective process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to nursing and health care and whose work has influenced health policies benefiting all Americans.  

"I am extremely proud to celebrate the induction of these new fellows who have both made a significant impact on health care and research," says Linda McCauley, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN, dean of Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. "Dr. Holstad and Dr. Puentes are the only nurses in Georgia to earn this distinction in 2011, bringing the total of AAN fellows at Emory to 12."  

Holstad, a professor at Emory’s School of Nursing for more than 20 years, is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS nursing research. She currently is leading the Music Project, a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded study testing the efficacy of an audio music program aimed at educating and motivating people living with HIV to adhere to their antiretroviral medications. 

In addition, Holstad recently served as principal investigator on an NIH-funded behavioral trial, called the KHARMA Project, which tested the effectiveness of a nurse-led motivational group intervention to promote compliance to antiretroviral therapy and risk reduction behaviors in HIV-positive women.

Puentes has contributed to the nursing world in many ways. His research is focused on psychosocial self-management strategies for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. He is hailed as an expert in geropsychiatric nursing and is a current member of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Nurses Association. 

His contributions have earned him several funded grants and helped fortify clinical rotations and strategic clinical academic alliances at Emory. He also is the editor of Older Adults: Recommended Baccalaureate Competencies and Curricular Guidelines for Geriatric Nursing Care and frequently is published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing and Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.  

The AAN is comprised of more than 1,600 nursing leaders in education, management, practice, policy and research. The AAN serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge.  


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