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April 04, 2019

Tucker Inducted as Distinguished Fellow of National Academies of Practice

Fellowship recognizes leadership in practice, scholarship and policy to support interprofessional care

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The National Academies of Practice (NAP) recently inducted Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS, F-NAP, FAAN from The Ohio State University College of Nursing as a new Distinguished Fellow of NAP in Nursing during a gala banquet in Pentagon City, Virginia.

Fellowship in NAP is an honor extended to those who have excelled in their profession and are dedicated to furthering practice, scholarship and policy in support of interprofessional care. The central purpose of NAP is to advise public policy makers on health care issues using NAP's unique perspective – that of expert practitioners and scholars joined in interprofessional dialogue and advocacy.

Tucker serves as the Grayce Sills Endowed Professor in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing at the Ohio State College of Nursing and director of the Translational/Implementation Research Core at the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare. Her election as a NAP Distinguished Fellow recognizes Tucker’s leadership as a nationally and internationally-known researcher focusing on behavioral strategies to promote health and wellness, prevent disease, and reduce stress and risks among children and working mothers.

“The passion behind our purpose with our partners at NAP is to share our experiences and expertise to affect change that benefits every corner of our communities,” Tucker said. “I am honored to join this distinctive group of leaders who have committed their life’s work to advocating for a healthier world.”

Founded in 1981, NAP is an interprofessional, nonprofit organization, with membership representing 14 health care professions willing to serve as distinguished advisors to health care policy makers in Congress and elsewhere. The 14 academies of practice within the NAP include: Audiology, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine, Psychology, Social Work, Speech‐Language Pathology and Veterinary Medicine.

New Fellows were inducted following a two‐day forum on “Interprofessional Collaborative Practice: Advocacy for Population Health.” For more information on nominating potential Fellows to NAP, call the NAP office at 859‐514‐9184 or visit


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