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Kent State College of Nursing Professor Emerita to be Inducted Into the American Academy of Nursing

Posted Aug. 19, 2014

Ruth LudwickRuth E. Ludwick, PhD, CNS, RN.C, alumna and professor emerita at Kent State University College of Nursing, has been selected as one of 168 nurse leaders to be inducted as fellows into The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) during the Academy’s 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference on October 18, 2014, in Washington, DC. The inductees are selected based on their leadership in education, management, policy and work to improve the health of the nation.  

Dr. Ludwick, a life-long resident of the area, earned her undergraduate (BSN and MSN) degrees and PhD in sociology from Kent State University and was a Kent State College of Nursing faculty member for 35 years. She is currently employed part-time as Director of Nursing Research at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio, and works as an independent consultant. She says of the award, “I’m honored to have been chosen to be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. It is a distinct privilege for my accomplishments to be recognized by a panel of my peers and I look forward to working with them to further advance health care and nursing.” 

As a gerontological nursing researcher and educator, Dr. Ludwick’s work extends to a global network. With more than 80 articles and book chapters, and numerous presentations, she serves as guest lecturer, visiting professor and consultant in her collaborative international research. Her use of the factorial survey method has resulted in funded projects in Australia, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This work served as a foundation to launch global initiatives through course development, workshops, consultation, and invited presentations in Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and Zambia. 

According to the American Academy of Nursing, criteria for induction into the AAN include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all. New fellows will be eligible to use the credentials FAAN (Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing) after their induction in October.

“The American Academy of Nursing welcomes this stellar cohort of new fellows,” declared Academy president Diana Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN. “As clinicians, researchers, educators, executives, and leaders in all sectors of our society, they are joining the nation's thought leaders in nursing and health care.”

The Academy is comprised of more than 2,200 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 24 countries. The Academy fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. Selection for membership in the academy is one of the most prominent honors in nursing. Dr. Ludwick was selected as a fellow based on her leadership related to standards for the nursing care of the aging population and the preparation of nurses here and internationally through her research, numerous publications and presentations, and curricular work.

About Kent State University College of Nursing

In existence for nearly 50 years, the College of Nursing at Kent State University is one of the largest and most comprehensive nursing programs in the nation. As part of Kent State’s eight-campus system, the college provides more than 2,000 nursing students courses of study at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. To learn more about nursing programs at Kent State, please visit

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