Stephanie Davis, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, a professor in the Clemson University School of Nursing, has been selected to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession. Fellows are selected based on their contributions and impact to advance the public’s health.
The Academy is an honorific society that recognizes nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, practice, administration, and academia, and Fellows contribute their collective expertise to the Academy, engaging with health leaders nationally and globally to improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science.
“It is such an honor to be among the cohort of 250 professionals inducted into the Academy,” Davis said. “I look forward to being able to collaborate with some of the most renowned nursing leaders and researchers in the world as we strive for health equity globally.”
Davis is a certified family nurse practitioner with a certificate in women’s studies. She maintains a clinical practice in a weight management clinic. Her research interests include women’s health (quality of life with breast cancer, body image, sexuality, and social support), international health, the health of rural and underserved populations, educational pedagogy, and weight management.
Not only has Davis been involved with research but she has served on the Volunteers in Medical Missions Board of Directors for nine years, holding positions as vice-chair and personnel/nominations committee chair.
“The School of Nursing is very proud of Dr. Davis’s recognition and induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN),” said School of Nursing Acting Director John Whitcomb. “Her contributions in nursing related to medial mission trips with Volunteers in Medical Missions, and integrating nurse practitioner and nursing students, providing healthcare to over 8,000 people in Ecuador, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic is a tremendous accomplishment.”
Through leading 11 medical mission trips with Volunteers in Medical Missions, and integrating nurse practitioners and nursing students, her teams have provided over $1.2 million dollars worth of healthcare to over 8,000 people in Ecuador, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. “These students have been educated to provide interculturally competent care and will touch the lives of many” Davis said.
Davis is the Project Director of an HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant that will lead to over 30 new nurse practitioners providing primary healthcare in rural, underserved areas in six Appalachian counties of the upstate. This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,761,521.00 with 0% (zero) percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent official views or, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the US Government.
She serves on the South Carolina Nurses Foundation Board of Trustees, and as the South Carolina Nurses Association, Nurse Educator Chapter Member At Large. She is also a member of the Nurses Honor Guard of SC.
“Dr. Stephanie Davis is deserving of this honor and has done so much to advance healthcare in our state and abroad,” said College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences Dean Leslie Hossfeld. “She is a shining example of our college’s mission to build healthy people and communities.”
The 2022 Fellows represent 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 17 countries. The inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, taking place on October 27-29, 2022 in Washington, DC at the Marriott Marquis during the Induction Ceremony on the evening of October 29. Once the newest Fellows are inducted, the Academy will be comprised of more than 3,000 leaders who are experts in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia that champion health and wellness, locally and globally.
The School of Nursing is part of the University’s College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (CBSHS). Established in 2016, CBSHS is a 21st-century, land-grant college that combines work in seven schools and departments — Communication; Nursing; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health Sciences; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice — to further its mission in “building people and communities” in South Carolina and beyond.
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