Mount alumna named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

August 01, 2017

Mount Saint Mary College alumna Elizabeth Scannell-Desch ’72, an author and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, was recently named a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

The honor is one of the highest bestowed in the field of nursing. Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care, and the nominees’ cumulative influence on health policies and health care delivery for the benefit of all Americans.

Fewer than 200 nursing professionals in the world were selected for the honor this year. They will be inducted during the American Academy of Nursing’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., on October 5, 2017.

Scannell-Desch recently wrote Nurses After War: The Reintegration Experience of Nurses Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with her twin sister, Mary Ellen (Scannell) Doherty ’72. The book is based on interviews with nurses who were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and the challenges they faced reintegrating into everyday life when they came home.

Nurses After War is a follow-up to the sisters’ earlier work, Nurses in War: Voices from Iraq and Afghanistan. Containing personal accounts of the emotional, clinical, and physical strains of working in harm’s way, this book was the result of three qualitative research studies examining the experience of military nurses from 2003 through 2010.

Scannell-Desch is currently the associate dean at Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden.