Marquette University News Release

Marquette professor inducted into prestigious nursing academy

July 29, 2014

Dr. Marilyn Frenn, professor of nursing at Marquette University, was recently named to the American Academy of Nursing Fellows. Frenn is one of 168 nurse leaders who were selected to join the Academy’s Class of 2014 based on their leadership in education, management, policy and work toward improving the health of the nation.

Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing is highly selective and is considered the highest honor in the nursing profession. “It’s an honor to have a member of Marquette University’s nursing faculty recognized and awarded for her accomplishments and continuing dedication to nurse education and research,” said Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, interim provost and dean of the College of Nursing.

Frenn specializes in obesity prevention in youth, nursing education and health policy. She is a fellow in The Obesity Society and The Academy of Nursing Education. She serves as governor at large of the National League for Nursing and is a member of the Minnesota Geriatric Education Center Advisory Board and the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. During the 2013–14 academic year, Frenn served as chair of the Marquette University Academic Senate.

Selection criteria includes evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, as well as sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel that comprises elected and appointed fellows. Selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all. The induction ceremony will take place at the academy’s “2014 Transforming Health Driving Policy” conference on Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C.

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