Debra Bakerjian, an assistant adjunct professor and senior director for nurse practitioner and physician assistant clinical education and practice at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, was recently selected as a 2013 Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners selected 60 nurse practitioner leaders for the prestigious title. The new fellows continue the tradition of impacting national and global health through their ongoing contributions as nurse practitioner leaders.
AANP established the fellows program in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who made outstanding contributions to healthcare through clinical practice, research, education or policy. Fellows of the AANP are visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and healthcare. The new fellows will continue to demonstrate leadership and contribute to the mission of the AANP.
Bakerjian is responsible for leading the development, along with Jann Murray Garcia, of the innovative Community Connections course for first-year master's-degree students. She also developed interprofessional education modules in quality and safety. Most recently, she led the transition of the physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs from the School of Medicine to the School of Nursing. The two programs now offer master's degrees through the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group.
Bakerjian's research is primarily focused on nurse practitioners and quality improvement practices in nursing homes; care transitions between acute care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living centers; chronic disease management; pain management; pressure ulcers; and interprofessional education for healthcare workers.