Husson Dean Named AANP Fellow

Husson Dean Named AANP Fellow

Date of Release: April 14, 2011

Dr. Barbara S. Higgins, Dean of the College of Health and Education at Husson University, has been named a 2011 Fellow by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). The purpose of this recognition is to impact national and global health by recognizing leaders in the field and to honor people who have made outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy, thus enhancing the AANP mission. She will be inducted during a ceremony in June at the National Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The AANP was formed in 1985 to provide Nurse Practitioners (NP) with a unified way to network and advocate for NP issues and was the first national organization created for nurse practitioners of all specialties. As the largest and only full-service national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties, AANP represents the interests of the more than 135,000 NPs currently practicing in the U. S. and continually advocates at local, state, and federal levels for the recognition of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, and personalized healthcare.

"Husson University is honored to have Dr. Barbara Higgins recognized at the national level for her contributions and leadership in nurse practitioner education and clinical practice," said Husson Provost Dr. Lynne Coy-Ogan. "Her dedication to excellence in health care provides a strong foundation for her leadership as the Dean of the College of Health and Education."

Dr. Higgins received her undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Southern Maine. Her graduate studies resulted in the following credentials: A Master of Education, University of Maine; Master of Science in Nursing, University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies, University of Maine; and a Nurse Practitioner Certificate from SUNY at Stony Brook. She is also certified as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. Prior to becoming Dean, she served as the Chair of Nursing Department at Husson from 2005 until assuming the Dean's role in 2010.

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