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Head of Baylor’s nurse anesthesia program selected as prestigious fellow

James Walker, director of the Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia

James Walker, director of the Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia in Baylor College of Medicine’s School of Allied Health Sciences, has been selected as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of his leadership in the field.

He was one of 168 nurse leaders selected for this prestigious fellowship this year and will be inducted during the Academy’s 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., in October. The inductees are recognized leaders in education, management and policy and in working to improve the health of the nation. Of the nation’s 47,000 nurse anesthetists, Walker is one of only 22 to be inducted into the Academy.

“Jim Walker’s selection as a fellow in the 2014 American Academy of Nurses is a fitting tribute to the devotion to excellence that Jim has pursued in all aspects of his professional life,” said Dr. David Holcomb, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences at Baylor. “He has brought honor to our School as an administrative leader and premier nurse anesthesia educator at the local, state and national levels. He is an outstanding choice for membership in the American Academy of Nursing. We are very proud of him.”

Selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well being of all. 

“I am truly grateful for and honored by this selection, and look forward to joining other leaders in efforts aimed at improving our health care system,” said Walker, who is also an associate professor of anesthesiology and allied health sciences at Baylor.

Walker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Science in nurse anesthesia from Baylor College of Medicine and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Texas Christian University. 

Academy fellows represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 24 countries and include hospital and government administrators, college deans and scientific researchers. See the full roster.

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Of the nation’s 3 million nurses, there have been only 2,200 fellows inducted into the Academy.