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Michael D. Fallacaro Inducted as Fellow into Prestigious Academy

Oct 27, 2015

M. Kammerman


Park Ridge, Illinois – Of more than three million licensed practicing nurses in the United States, Michael D. Fallacaro, CRNA, DNS, FAAN, has been chosen as one of the select 163 nurses to be named a 2015 fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), joining more than 2,300 nursing leaders who make up the academy.
“I can attest to Dr. Fallacaro’s effectiveness as a national leader,” said AANA Past President Christine Zambricki, CRNA, DNAP, MS, FAAN, in her nomination letter to AAN. “Under his leadership, the AANA Foundation grew its endowment to the largest level in its history – providing scholarships, fellowships and research grants – into its full mandate.”
“Dr. Fallacaro’s patient safety expertise is evidenced in the two simulation centers he developed, seven peer-reviewed studies and scores of national presentations,” said Maura McAuliffe, CRNA, PhD, FAAN, professor and director of East Carolina University’s College of Nursing, in her nomination letter to AAN. “Dr. Fallacaro’s educational outreach to rural Appalachia resulted in a pipeline preparing nurse anesthetists for medically underserved areas and increasing access for those in desperate need of anesthesia and pain management services.”
"This honor rightly belongs to my family, mentors, colleagues and graduate students, past and present, who have provided me with opportunities to engage in a meaningful craft making patient safety real," said Fallacaro about his induction.
New fellows are eligible to use the FAAN credential (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after the induction ceremony. The AAN’s mission is to track national and international trends in healthcare, and create and execute policy-related initiatives to help reform America’s healthcare system. Selection criteria to be inducted include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and healthcare and sponsorship by two AAN fellows.
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