Four Stanford Medicine nursing leaders honored by American Academy of Nursing

Dale Beatty, Cassendra Munro, Rajashree Koppolu and Michelle Williams are named fellows for their contributions to research, policy, practice, education and administration.

Dale Beatty, Cassendra Munro, Michelle Williams and Rajashree Koppolu were inducted as fellows into the American Academy of Nursing for 2023.

Among the 253 nurse leaders inducted as 2023 fellows into the American Academy of Nursing are four from Stanford Medicine: Dale Beatty, Cassendra Munro and Michelle Williams from Stanford Health Care and Rajashree Koppolu of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health.

The American Academy of Nursing is a policy organization that recognizes nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, practice, administration and academia who advance equitable solutions to the nation’s most complex health care challenges.

Induction into the academy is a significant milestone in the careers of nurse leaders: Their accomplishments are honored by their colleagues within and outside the profession via a competitive application process. The American Academy of Nursing has inducted 2,900 nurse leaders out of 27 million globally.

Beatty, DNP, is Stanford Health Care’s chief nurse executive and vice president of patient care services. He is president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and past president of the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders. His professional impact is on practice-policy leadership.

Munro, PhD, is a nurse scientist who will be inducted to the academy for her lifetime research in perioperative nursing care and the development of the Munro pressure injury risk assessment scale for perioperative patients as well as the Munro scale curriculum.

Williams, PhD, is Stanford Health Care’s inaugural associate chief nursing officer of patient care services research and health equity. Williams, a clinical associate professor of medicine in primary care and population health, has been instrumental in building the Office of Research Patient Care Services.

Koppolu, MSN, is the manager of advanced practice professional development for the Center for Advanced Practice and a pediatric nurse practitioner with the general surgery team at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health.

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