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Dr. Ellen Olshansky Appointed Editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing

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Dr. Ellen Olshansky Appointed Editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing

WASHINGTON, DC, January 24, 2003 - The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that Ellen Olshansky, DNSc, RNC, professor and chair of the Department of Health and Community Systems at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, has been named the editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing. Dr. Olshansky replaces Eleanor Sullivan, PhD, RN, FAAN, who finished her five-year term as editor on December 31, 2002.

"Ellen Olshansky brings new energy, ideas, and creativity to her role as journal editor," said AACN President Kathleen Ann Long, PhD, RNCS, FAAN. "We applaud her desire to use the journal to create a community of scholars and provide a forum to explore the contemporary and controversial issues confronting nursing today."

Dr. Olshansky has enjoyed a distinguished career as a nurse educator, researcher, and leader. She received three professional nursing degrees from the University of California, San Francisco, including a Doctor of Nursing Science, Master of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her educational credentials also include a Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1985 to 1996, Dr. Olshansky served on the faculty of the University of Washington in Seattle before joining the faculty at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She is a women's health care nurse practitioner who recently completed a post-graduate program at Duquesne University to become a clinical specialist in psychiatric-mental health nursing. Her research focuses on women's health, infertility, and depression.

Last year, Dr. Olshansky was selected from more than a hundred applicants to be a 2002 Fellow of the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program. Supported by the Helene Fuld Health Trust and AACN, the program is designed to enhance the leadership capabilities of individuals aspiring to lead academic nursing organizations and those new to the role of chief academic administrator of baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs. Dr. Olshansky also has been an active participant in AACN's faculty development programs, including several Doctoral Education Conferences.

"The Journal of Professional Nursing has been and will continue to be a strong mechanism through which we can communicate, discuss, and debate strategies for addressing the many challenges within our discipline," said Dr. Olshansky. "In my role as editor, I will continue to encourage critical thinking among the readership by emphasizing timely issues, embracing various perspectives, and providing a venue for open dialogue and debate."

Now in its 19th year, the Journal of Professional Nursing strives to keep pace with continuing changes and professional standards that affect nursing education, research, and practice. This bimonthly publication presents observations by nursing leaders on the diverse roles of baccalaureate- and graduate-prepared nurses, as well as insightful columns on clinical, legislative, regulatory, and ethical issues of vital interest to stakeholders within the nursing profession. For more information about the journal, visit the following Web address:


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 580 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.


Robert Rosseter, 202-463-6930, ext. 231