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Nursing Faculty Member Receives Prestigious Honor

Marjorie Vogt, Ph.D., nursing faculty and director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice at Otterbein University, was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). Vogt was among 60 nurse practitioner (NP) leaders selected nationwide. She was honored at a ceremony on June 20 during the FAANP 28th National Conference at The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

According to the AANP, its Fellows impact national and global health by recognizing nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. They are considered visionaries and are dedicated to advancing the future of nurse practitioners and health care. 

Being recognized with the prestigious honor surprised Vogt. “It was a very unexpected recognition, and I was very moved by the nomination and induction ceremony. It was truly an honor to be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in the company of many very distinguished leaders in our profession,” she said. Currently, there are only 16 Fellows in the state of Ohio and approximately 400 in the United States, and fellows are nominated through a rigorous competitive selection process that focuses on each individual's accomplishments in clinical practice, research, education or policy, Vogt added. 

Vogt’s commitment to the future of the nursing profession is evident in her role as the director of Otterbein’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Vogt explained, “The DNP was developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing as part of the vision for the future of nursing education and practice. It calls for educating Advanced Practice Nurses, such as Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Anesthetists to the highest level of clinical expertise in order to meet the needs of today's complex health care environment and assure high quality patient outcomes. As the complexity of health care and the needs of our vulnerable populations increase, it is anticipated that the need for highly educated and skilled advance practice nurses will continue to grow to meet that need. Otterbein has been a leader in the development of this initiative, and it is anticipated that our program will continue to grow.” Otterbein graduated its’ first DNP class in May 2013. 

In addition to the DNP, Otterbein offers the following nursing degrees: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Associate Degree in Nursing to Masters of Science in Nursing (ADN to MSN). For more information, contact The Graduate School at (614) 823-3210, grad@otterbein.edu or www.otterbein.edu/grad.