On October 15, 2011, Katherine Thomas, MN, RN, was designated as Fellow to the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) at their 38th Annual Meeting and Conference held in Washington, DC. The AAN is a professional organization that generates, synthesizes, and disseminates nursing knowledge to contribute to health policy and practice for the benefit of the public and the nursing profession. Members of the AAN are invited on the basis of leadership and accomplishments, and are designated as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). There are approximately 1,500 members who are nursing leaders in education, management, practice, and research. Invitation to fellowship is more than recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession, as AAN Fellows also have a responsibility to contribute their time and energies to the Academy, and to engage with other health care leaders outside the Academy in transforming America’s health care system.
Katherine Thomas currently serves as Executive Director for the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). Ms. Thomas joined the Texas BON in 1989 and became Executive Director in 1995. She also represents nursing at the national level through her service as Director-at-Large for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). She is serving her second term as Director-at-Large following election to the position in 2008 by the NCSBN Delegate Assembly and again in 2010. She has served as the NCSBN Representative to the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Joint Dialogue Group from 2007-2008; this group developed the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. She co-chaired the NCSBN Nursing Practice and Education Committee from 1999-2001, served on the NCSBN APRN Advisory Committee from 1995-2007, as well as the NCSBN task force studying the Feasibility of Developing a Core Competency Examination for Nurse Practitioners from 1993 to 1995. She has also met with states considering adoption of the Nurse Licensure Compact offering insights on how the Texas BON adapted its operations in response to passage of Compact legislation in the year 2000.