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Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing Craig Sellers Inducted as AANP Fellow

Recognized for more than three decades of contributions as a clinician, educator, researcher and author

June 20, 2013

Associate professor of clinical nursing Craig R. Sellers, Ph.D., R.N., A.N.P.-B.C., G.N.P.-B.C., was officially inducted today as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) at the AANP national conference in Las Vegas.

 The AANP fellowship program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education, or policy. Fellows of the AANP enjoy many collaborative opportunities to influence national and global health.

With 35 years of professional experience, Sellers is an internationally recognized educator, researcher, and author. Currently he directs the School of Nursing’s master’s programs, including the nurse practitioner and leadership prorgams.  Additionally, he is involved in several ongoing research projects focused on improving care to patients and families—primarily those coping with end-of-life issues and decision-making, as well as older adults experiencing recurrent emergency visits.

Sellers’ clinical experience and expertise as an advanced practice nurse practitioner—including providing primary care for people with HIV/AIDS and older adults—are integral to his teaching and research. He practices in the University of Rochester Medical Center Emergency Department and at the Highlands Living Center, within the Highlands at Pittsford.

As a researcher, he is an expert on qualitative research methods, and incorporates his knowledge and skills into his teaching, consultations, and mentoring to graduate students. Understanding and critiquing qualitative research is often a challenge for young researchers, and Sellers is known for his ability to teach graduate students how to successfully apply qualitative research methods to their own studies and clinical practice.

Sellers recently led an effort to refine the School of Nursing’s master’s programs, to ensure that they are aligned with the current and projected trends in nurse practitioner education, the needs of the health care workforce, and the needs of patients across the lifespan. Passionate about the significance of the nurse practitioner role, he has been successful at ensuring that the School’s master’s programs are rigorous, based upon national curriculum guidelines, and fulfill the core competencies of various specialties.

A member of several professional nursing organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the American Nurses Association, Sellers is also a regular reviewer of manuscripts for many nursing and medical peer-reviewed journals and serves on the advisory boards for the Greater Rochester Nursing Home Quality Consortium, Project Meliora, and the New York State Department of Health Nursing Workforce Grant, RNHelp.

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