Indiana University School of Nursing Current and Former Faculty Named 2018 American Academy of Nursing Fellows

By Rachel Leshinsky

Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON) is proud to announce three current faculty Lisa Carter-Harris, Wendy Miller, Joyce Pittman and former faculty member Kimberly Harper have been named 2018 American Academy of Nursing fellows. They will be inducted during the organization’s annual policy conference, “Transforming Health, Driving Policy” which takes place November 1-3, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

“Our new IUSON fellows join an esteemed group of leaders of past and present that have made a significant impact on nursing practice, patient care, and health,” said Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, dean and distinguished professor of IUSON. “On behalf of the school, I congratulate my colleagues on receiving national recognition by the Academy for their outstanding contributions.”

Academy fellows include renowned researchers and academic, clinical and government leaders that have transformed healthcare, nursing practice, or education. The Academy is currently comprised of more than 2,500 nurse leaders representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 29 countries.

Lisa Carter-Harris, PhD, APRN, ANP-C, is an assistant professor who focuses on improving patient-provider communication and the shared decision-making process in lung cancer screening. Her research has been used widely by clinicians, patients and policy makers to help more people get early screening and treatment for lung cancer. Carter-Harris is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner, teacher and mentor. She is an invited member of the American Cancer Society’s National Lung Cancer Roundtable as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s expert panel on shared decision-making in lung cancer screening. She is currently funded via an NCI R15 grant to test her conceptual model on lung screening participation from the patient perspective. She is also funded by the American Lung Association to examine the role bias and stigma play in provider referrals for lung screening.

Wendy Miller, PhD, RN, CCRN, is an associate professor and director of the Social Network Health Research Lab where she oversees interdisciplinary projects that focus on capturing the patient’s voice. Her independent program of research focuses on generating knowledge that will advance the state of science in the area of chronic disease self-management with an emphasis on improving the quality of life of adults with epilepsy via patient-centered interventions. She was awarded the New Investigator Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health via the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Miller is currently funded via a NIH P30 grant for the development of a Brain Safety Lab in collaboration with the IU School of Medicine and IU Center for Aging Research.

Joyce Pittman, PhD, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, CWOCN, is an adjunct assistant professor at IUSON and coordinator of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Program at IU Health Academic Health Center, leading a team of 10 WOC nurses. Her research is focused on improving the quality of life of those individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence (WOC) issues; specifically prevention of pressure injuries and ostomy-related complications. She has 38 years’ experience in clinical practice including 18 as a certified WOC nurse and 15 as a nurse practitioner. She is the deputy editor for the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing, board member for the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and is a member of the Governing Guidance Group for the International Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Guideline. Pittman has published numerous articles, authored chapters, and has given presentations both nationally and internationally.

Kimberly Harper, MS, RN, is chief executive officer of the Indiana Center for Nursing and serves as the nursing co-lead for the Indiana Action Coalition. Previous positions held include Nursing 2000 executive director, vice president for public affairs and the foundation at Wishard Health Services (now Eskenazi Health). and a 30-year stent serving Indiana University in a variety of nursing, marketing. and human resource senior leadership roles. She is active in numerous professional organizations and held various leadership roles within them; currently she is the chair of the Board of Directors of the national Nurses on Boards Coalition where her leadership has contributed to improved health of our communities and nation through the voice of nurses on boards, commissions and governmental appointments all across the nation. Harper has served as a guest lecturer and a national and international speaker and earned many awards including the Nursing Professionalism and Practice Award for her “outstanding professional contributions and excellence in the practice, science and art of nursing” by the Indiana State Nurses Association.

“I am delighted to recognize this outstanding class of nurse leaders as Academy fellows," said Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FAAN, academy president. "Along with the rest of the fellowship, I look forward to celebrating their array of talents and impressive accomplishments at our policy conference, and then working with them to apply our collective knowledge to transforming health policy.”

About Indiana University School of Nursing
Established in 1914, IU School of Nursing has been empowering leaders in practice, research, education and service for over 100 years. Ranked 12th among public schools and colleges of nursing for National Institutes of Health funding, the School boasts a robust program of research focused on quality of life in chronic illness, nursing education and behavioral oncology. Programs offered include three undergraduate and nine graduate options in the Master’s program. At the doctoral level, IUSON offers the PhD in nursing science, the only PhD program in the state of Indiana, and a leadership-focused DNP. There are also multiple graduate certificate and continuing education opportunities.

Lisa Carter-Harris

Lisa Carter-Harris

Wendy Miller

Wendy Miller

Joyce Pittman

Joyce Pittman

Kimberly Harper

Kimberly Harper