CHICOPEE — The School of Nursing at Elms College announced that a member of its faculty was selected for induction as a fellow of the American Assoc. of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Andrew Storer, assistant dean of Graduate Programs and RN Studies, was chosen for his contributions to healthcare.
Storer is also an associate professor at Elms College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Temple University and a master’s degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner, post-master’s certifications as an acute-care nurse practitioner and in nursing education, and a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree, all from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He obtained his Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with a focus on self-management of type 2 diabetes with Afro-Caribbean people living in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Storer has served as a curriculum and content expert for DNP, family, emergency, and acute-care nurse practitioner program development and evaluation at multiple nursing programs across the country. In 2019, he was appointed to the National Curricular Leadership Committee for the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties.
His clinical practice is focused on primary, emergency, and critical care. He developed an innovative model for nurse practitioners in critical access hospitals in rural New York. Following two hurricanes that struck the U.S. Virgin Islands, he became the coordinator for continuity of care in three practice settings.
Storer and the 62 other FAANPs were officially inducted at the AANP national conference on June 20.
“Being nominated and inducted as a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners is both a humbling and significant honor that represents the culmination of my contributions to nurse-practitioner education and clinical practice at the local, regional, and national levels,” Storer said. “Although I was selected for my national and regional contributions, the most important work that I do is providing an exemplary education to the next generation of nurse-practitioner students in our family and adult gerontology acute care programs in our DNP program here at Elms.”
Since the program’s inception, he added, it has graduated three cohorts of students, with more than 95% of them remaining in Western Mass., providing comprehensive healthcare in their community.
“Students and faculty know that any program such as ours relies on expert nursing faculty,” said Kathleen Scoble, dean of the School of Nursing at Elms College. “Dr. Storer’s honor as a fellow in the Association of Nurse Practitioners demonstrates to our students and community that his knowledge, skills, and contribution in the discipline are essential, outstanding, and nationally recognized, which will certainly benefit them in their educational journeys as DNP-NP students. The Elms College School of Nursing proudly shares in this honor by having Dr. Storer as a distinguished FAANP in our program.”