NAM Scholar-in-Residence

National Academy of Medicine Nurse Scholar-in-Residence 

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM)’s Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program provides a year-long residential leadership opportunity in health policy in Washington, DC. Designed for mid-career professionals, this immersion experience supports engagement of nurse leaders in a prominent role in health policy at the national level and facilitates their interaction with other health fellows and scholars. The American Academy of Nursing (Academy), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), in partnership with NAM, support this program. The program seeks individuals who have the capacity and skills to generate policy for issues of special interest and the ability to promote greater public understanding. Applicants with diverse backgrounds and demonstrated success in promoting health equity are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due at 5:00 PM ET on Monday, February 22, 2021.

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• Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing and Membership in the American Nurses Association.
• Alignment of scholarly or professional achievements with the health policy priorities of the National Academy of Medicine and sponsoring organizations.
• Significant potential for future contributions to health policy at any level of government.
• Demonstrated commitment to interprofessional collaboration, diversity, inclusivity, and equity.
• Effective communication skills with the ability to process information, analyze evidence, and produce relevant written products.


Applications are due on February 22, 2021 by 5pm ET. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview in early 2021. The final selection will be announced in Spring 2021. The start of the one-year program will begin September 1, 2021 and run through August 31, 2022.

A review committee comprised of representatives from NAM and the three funding organizations (Academy, ANA, ANF) will review all applications. Top candidates will be invited to interview. Decisions will be based on application criteria, references, and the in-person interview.


• A stipend of $90,000 (plus up to $5,000 for travel-related expenses); this will be spread across a commitment of 12 months.
• Provision of an office at NAM with appropriate supports (e.g., computer, phone, access to a printer, access to software programs and library resources).
• An intensive two-month orientation in federal health policy formation coordinated by NAM.

Applications are due 5 PM ET, Monday, February 22, 2021.

SUBMISSION PROCESS: Complete applications should be sent electronically to the American Academy of Nursing by 5 pm ET on February 22, 2021, to Sonya Desai, Policy Assistant, at Please put "NAM Distinguished Nurse Scholar Application" in the subject line.

Q&A Webinar

Learn more about the program in this Q&A Webinar with 2020-2021 Nurse Scholar Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP, FAAN, Director of Infant Research, Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute, Associate Professor, George Washington University School of Nursing.

Nurse Scholars through the Years:

  • 2020 - Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, PhD, NNP, FAAN
  • 2019 - Allison Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2018 - Lori Trego, PhD, CNM, FAAN
  • 2017 - Tener Veenema, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, FAAN
  • 2015 - Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2014 - Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2013 - Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2012 - Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN
  • 2010 - Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  • 2009 - Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2008 - Mary E. Evans, RN, PhD, FAAN
  • 2007 - Carolyn Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2006 - Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2005 - Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2004 - Veronica D. Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2003 - Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2002 - Bonnie M. Jennings, DNSc, RN, FAAN
  • 1998 - Nancy Reame, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1997 - Sandra Ferketich PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 1996 - Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
  • 1995 - Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN