May, Voepel-Lewis selected for American Academy of Nursing Class of 2021 Fellows

September 28, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones

The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) announced that Michigan Medicine’s Chief Nurse Executive Nancy May, D.N.P., RN-BC, NEA-BC and Terri Voepel-Lewis, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor of the U-M School of Nursing and Department of Anesthesiology, are among the 2021 Class of New Fellows.

May and Voepel-Lewis will be recognized during the academy’s annual policy conference set for Oct. 7-9, in Washington D.C., and virtually. The duo was selected during a rigorous and competitive process. This year, May and Voepel-Lewis will be inducted with over 220 nursing leaders and scholars from around the world.

May has led as the chief nurse executive of the Magnet-designated U-M Health System since March 2019. Her strategic direction and guidance in the role have been vital during the COVID-19 pandemic and U-M’s treatment and response. May has been at the forefront of nursing leadership in a variety of roles throughout her career, including serving as the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) president in 2015-16, on the Magnet Commission since 2019, and on the board of directors for American Organization of Nursing Leaders (AONL) since 2019. Previously she held the chief nursing officer position of the U-M Medical Group and ambulatory care services prior to her promotion as the chief nurse executive.

A 2018 winner of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research Protégé Award, Voepel-Lewis has been a mainstay at U-M since 1988 when she obtained her master’s in nursing before earning her Ph.D. in nursing in 2013. Her research in opioid safety has been recognized nationally and internationally, which includes a pair of R01 grants related to messaging, intervention, and self-management for chronic pain.

“I am thrilled to welcome another exceptional class of Fellows to the American Academy of Nursing during a momentous time of change and progress in our collective efforts to fulfill the organization’s vision of healthy lives for all people,” said academy President Eileen Sullivan-Marx, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN. “The Academy’s fellows embody our values of equity, diversity and inclusivity, inquiry, integrity, and courage, which enable us to achieve new heights of impact that advance health policy across the globe. Congratulations to this dynamic cohort of leaders who bring diverse experience and expertise to the Fellowship.”

About the American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Academy fellows are inducted into the organization for their extraordinary contributions to improve health locally and globally. With more than 2,800 fellows, the academy represents nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia.