Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, an associate dean for the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden, has been selected as one of three New Jersey nursing professionals to be inducted as Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). She is a noted scholar on diverse issues including nurses in the military.

173 nursing professionals in the world were selected for the honor in 2017, representing the nation’s foremost health care thought leaders. Selection criteria for AAN fellows includes evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and a nursing career that influences health policies and health care delivery for Americans.

Scannell-Desch is a retired colonel in the US Air Force Nurse Corps and a former flight nurse who served on active duty across the world from 1972 to 1997. She joined the Rutgers Nursing faculty in January 2016 following a 25-year military career and 15-year teaching career at other universities. During her time in the military, Scannell-Desch held a number of leadership positions including command nurse executive at the US Air Force headquarters at the Pentagon where she directed nursing policy and practice for Air Force Reserve nursing personnel worldwide.

To learn more about Scannell-Desch and her induction as an American Academy of Nursing Fellow, visit here.

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