Nursing Professor Receives National Appointment

2012-12-06
By Mike Thee
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Kathy Camacho Carr of the College of Nursing has been appointed to serve on the National Advisory Council for Nurse Education and Practice. In this role, Camacho Carr will have a significant hand in shaping the state of nursing education and practice in the United States. The appointment was made by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

"I was honored to be selected for the NACNEP," said Camacho Carr, professor and Jean Bushman Endowed Chair. "I hope to advise the secretary and congressional leaders about the importance of funding nursing education and facilitating interprofessional health education."

Members of the council meet two to three times a year in Washington, D.C., to develop a report to the Secretary and the U.S. Congress with recommendations for improving the overall outlook of nursing education in the United States. Much of the council's focus centers on advising our nation's health leaders on ways to enhance the composition of the nursing workforce; improve the utilization of nurses to meet the health needs of our country; expand the knowledge, skills and capabilities of nurses; finance and deliver nursing services; and promote interdisciplinary approaches to the delivery of health services-particularly in public health and primary care.

Camacho Carr has been at Seattle University since 2003. Her research and teaching interests are in women's health, maternal child health, and education of advanced practice nurses and nurse-midwives. Much of her scholarly work focuses on instructional design, pedagogical strategies and the use of computer distributed learning.  She received her undergraduate nursing degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a master's of science and midwifery with a minor in curriculum and instruction from University of Illinois, and a PhD in nursing science from the University of Washington.

Camacho Carr's appointment caps off what has been a remarkable year of accomplishment for the College of Nursing's faculty. In October Dean Azita Emami was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, one of the most prestigious honors in nursing. This summer Danuta Wojnar, associate professor and chair of the Department of Maternal/Child and Family Nursing, was named one of just 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows from across the country for 2012. Associate Professor Jean Tang is currently serving as one of just seven scholars who are serving as 2011-2013 Claire M. Fagin Fellows.