Aug. 31, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 35



Nurse practitioner inducted into national fellowship

Portrait of Longworth DR. LONGWORTH

Dr. Judith Longworth, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, will join a group of distinguished nurse practitioners in a nationwide battle for better health care, a patients' bill of rights and practical health policy. She is one of 16 nurses recently inducted into the Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).

The national organization is designed to advance public health policy while promoting nursing education, research and practice. The fellowship program recognizes nurse practitioners who have made outstanding contributions to the profession and who will serve as leaders and mentors for setting a national health agenda. Only 38 nurses have been nominated as fellows nationwide.

Dr. Longworth was a member of the academy for six years before receiving her nomination from Dr. Elizabeth Abel, an associate professor at The University of Texas at Austin. "I nominated Judy Longworth to the FAANP because of her longtime dedication to the nurse practitioner movement," Dr. Abel said. "I believe her work with incorporating technology into her teaching and her inclusion of research into her practice exemplifies her high standards. As a team member of the FAANP, she is experienced, progressive and visionary."

Dr. Longworth was selected for her 22 years of contributions to clinical care and nurse practitioner education. She has received a number of honors, including the Marie Hippensteel Lingeman Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice from Sigma Theta Tau International and the Loretta Ford Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado.

As a fellow, Dr. Longworth says she will be part of a "think tank of experts" focusing on issues such as the patients' bill of rights and reimbursement regulations in the health care system. She also hopes to encourage universities to support faculty practice. "I would like to see nurse practitioner faculty make practice a part of their tenure consideration," Dr. Longworth said. "Right now the focus tends to be on research, but I think it is very important to continue practice. This needs to be recognized on the university level for promotions and tenure considerations."

Longworth has been an assistant professor at the UTHSC since 1996. She was inducted into the fellowship on June 28 at the academy's 16th national conference in Orlando, Fla.