Three Alumni Selected as AANP Fellows

The School of Nursing is pleased to congratulate three alumni on being named Fellows by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP): Victoria Soltis-Jarrett (MSN ’88); Susan Van Cleve (BSN ’77); and Donna Nativio (BSN’64, MSHYG ’67, PhD ’86) who is also faculty here and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. This Fellows Program recognizes those nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to healthcare through clinical practice, research, education, or policy.

Dr. Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, FAANP, is Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing; she has been a certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 1988. Among her many other accomplishments, she has been awarded more than $2.5 million in funding to increase access to quality mental health services by embedding PMHNPs in primary care settings to promote integrated behavioral healthcare.

Dr. Susan Van Cleve, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP, is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and holds the position of Associate Professor at Robert Morris University School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for more than 30 years and has undertaken research on the integration of mental health into pediatric primary care.

Dr. Donna Nativio, PhD, CRNP, ANP, PNP, CPNP-PC, FAAN, FAANP, is an Associate Professor here at the School of Nursing and has been a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner since 1968. In addition to her role as Director of the School’s DNP program, she is also the Coordinator of four of the Nurse Practitioner areas of concentration. She has been recognized for her pioneering work and leadership in the Nurse Practitioner movement and was honored as the Nurse of the Year by the Pennsylvania Nurses Association, the Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the American Nurses Association, and as an Outstanding Alumnae by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing congratulates these three alumni on being inducted as Fellows during the AANP’s 2014 National Conference in Tennessee.  Those honored as Fellows of the AANP are considered to be visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care. The organization provides leadership at the national, state and regional levels with more than 189,000 nurse practitioner members of all specialties.