Lynne Massaro, DNP, RN, FNP-C, ANP-BC, who helped launch the first nurse practitioner residency program in New York state, has been accepted as a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
The AANP fellowship program is dedicated to advancing the nurse practitioner profession and recognizes nurse practitioner leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education, or policy. Massaro was among those formally inducted at the AANP national conference June 20 in Indianapolis.
“This is a great accomplishment and wonderful recognition for the tremendous work Lynne has done in her career,” said Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, dean of the UR School of Nursing.
A global health advocate and dedicated volunteer, Massaro has made an impact as a well-respected clinician and educator. She joined the UR Nursing faculty in 2008 and instructs students in the accelerated master’s and doctoral programs, focusing on clinical nursing and primary care. The school’s specialty director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program, she developed and led the nurse practitioner residency program at Highland Family Medicine. This groundbreaking 12-month program, one of just 40 in the United States, gives family nurse practitioner graduates an opportunity to improve their clinical confidence and develop skills to care for culturally diverse and high-risk patients, preparing them for leadership roles in primary care.
When teaching undergraduate nursing students, Massaro developed an international capstone opportunity with the nonprofit Sacred Valley Health Foundation in Ollantaytambo, Peru. Students provided well child exams and focused health education to children of all ages in the Andes mountainous communities. Massaro also participates on a URMC interdisciplinary medical team, traveling to Yantalo Foundation in northern Peru to provide comprehensive care to community residents. Creating sustainable global health service opportunities remains a priority for her, as these experiences help students improve critical thinking, increase medical assessment, and diagnostic reasoning skills while improving cross-cultural communication sensitivity.
Massaro is a member of the state’s Nurse Practitioner Association and serves on its clinical editorial advisory committee for the journal, JNPA. In 2014, she was named Outstanding Scholarly Practitioner by the School of Nursing. She received her master’s degree in family practice nursing from St. John Fisher in 2000 and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Chatham University in 2012.