Cynthia McCurren, dean of the Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University, was elected to the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished scholar and fellow in late March.
The NAP is composed of 10 academies representing dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, psychology, social work, and veterinary medicine. Each academy can elect 150 active distinguished practitioners.
“It’s an incredible honor,” McCurren said. “No other organization has the breadth of knowledge and experience within its membership to discuss today’s health care delivery questions from an interdisciplinary perspective.
“I am motivated by the goals of NAP and excited to work with colleagues who share my passion to advance interdisciplinary work through practice and advocate at the policy level.”
McCurren joined Grand Valley in 2007. She had served as dean of the school of nursing at the University of Louisville.
During her tenure at Grand Valley, McCurren has collaborated to develop an endowed center, the Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation, within KCON. She currently serves on the Michigan Area Health Education Center advisory board.