It gives us great pleasure to announce that Grace Cottage Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Louise McDevitt has recently been awarded Fellowship Status by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). A limited number of Fellows are selected each year and Lousie was one of only 43 Nurse Practitioners (NP) to be inducted in 2012 and the only one selected in Vermont.
What does it take to be inducted? Applicants for fellowship status must undergo a rigorous application process and must be sponsored by two current Fellows. Applicants must show evidence of outstanding and continuous contributions and leadership in NP clinical practice, research, education and/or health policy, as well as a potential for contributing to the mission of the AANP and to The Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (FAANP) initiatives.
The 2012 FAANP Induction will be held June 22 in Orlando, Florida.
Louise has been a certified NP since 1989. She joined Dr. Shafer’s practice in 1992 and moved with him to Grace Cottage in 2003, but her service to the profession reaches far beyond Townshend and even Vermont. In addition to serving patients at Grace Cottage Hospital, Louise is a Senior Lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, an international provider of Nurse Practitioner Certification exams and continuing education. In this role she has taught classes in the U.S. and Canada as well as Central and South America.
Louise is also a clinical instructor for medical programs at the University of Vermont, the University of Massachusetts and Albany Medical School. Her resume includes volunteer and lobbying activities on behalf of her profession.