Susan J. Zahner and Judith K. Payne Named Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing

Madison, Wisconsin - The American Academy of Nursing has selected Susan J. Zahner, professor of nursing at the UW–Madison, and Judith K. Payne, of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, for induction as Fellows during the Academy’s 40th annual meeting, October 17–19, 2013, in Washington, DC.


The Academy is composed of more than 2,000 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. The Academy Fellows include hospital and government administrators, college deans, and renowned scientific researchers. With this new class, Fellows will represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 19 countries.


Zahner has spent most of her nursing career in public health.  After receiving a bachelor’s in nursing at the University of Iowa and a master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota, she went to Thailand and worked in a refugee camp, which opened her eyes to the world and to advocacy.  Returning to the United States, she moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where she worked in the city’s public health department, eventually becoming the department’s director of nursing.


Not quite ready to end her education, she went on to earn a doctorate in public health from the UC–Berkeley, where, she says, she “learned a lot about health policy and management systems.” 


Since joining the School of Nursing faculty in late 2000, Zahner has focused on improving public health practice through research and workforce development.  Zahner was recently named chair of the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association.  Her research focuses on improving the performance of local public health systems to achieve population health improvement within communities. An affiliate faculty member with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, she has served as chair of the Board of Health for Madison and Dane County.


Payne earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa College of Nursing.  She was named program director of nursing research at UW Hospital and Clinics in June 2012.


“My primary responsibility is to develop an infrastructure and model to foster nursing research,” she said.  “As principal investigator, I have conducted numerous research studies focusing on patient-care issues and symptom management in patients with cancer.”


Before coming to UW Hospital, Payne served in leadership roles and as a faculty member at the University of Iowa, University of New Mexico, Duke University and the University of Michigan. 


Payne recently published a book on current trends in oncology nursing, and will be presenting a state-of-the-science lectureship at the Oncology Nursing Connections Conference in November on stress, inflammation and cancer.

Date Published: 07/03/2013

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