Congratulations to 2017 American Academy of Nursing Fellows

Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, Seattle University alumna, and Deborah Anne Burton, College of Nursing Advisory Board Member, were inducted as a Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing during its annual policy conference October 7 in Washington, D.C.

Invitation to participate in FAAN reflects recognition of individual achievements in the nursing profession in education, management, practice and research.

Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, PhD, RN, FAAN

Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, PhD, RN, FAAN , BSN Alumna

Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, BSN ’83, attributes her selection to the Academy to mentoring and support she received from others across the continuum of her practice. “My career accomplishments have not been realized alone. My family, my colleagues and students have all contributed greatly to my professional career success,” said Shannon Dorcy. Shannon Dorcy plans to dedicate time and energy to the reduction of health care disparities.

Shannon Dorcy currently holds three professional roles: Director of Clinical Nursing Research Education and Practice for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Staff Scientist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Nursing in Tacoma, where she has taught for the past 25 years.

Shannon Dorcy earned her a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Seattle University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Nursing in Community Health and Ethics from the University of Washington and PhD in Oncology Nursing from the University of Utah.

Shannon Dorcy continues to dedicate her career to the pursuit of nursing excellence and her leadership roles include the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy, and the Daisy Foundation Scholarship Review Board and collaborating with nurses in Guam and Uganda. Her published and presented works include more than 35 articles in journals that include the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, Advances in Nursing Science and presentations at more than 80 conferences.

Deborah Anne Burton, PhD, RN, FAAN

Deborah A. Burton, RN, PhD

Deborah Anne Burton has a long professional history of serving the public and profession of nursing by advancing health policy and practice through generating new knowledge in the areas of public health, women’s health, and nursing workforce development. She has held a wide range of clinical, administrative, research and teaching positions in acute care, public health and long term care.

Burton served for 12 years as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, Army Nurse Corps and is a decorated veteran. An international consultant on matters of nursing workforce and regulation, she has worked with the countries of Oman and Ethiopia in advancing their professional nurse workforce and standards.

As a Fellow of the AAN, she is especially interested in focusing her efforts around building health care system excellence and global nursing.

Burton has served on the College of Nursing Dean’s Advisory Board since 2012 and was the keynote at the Dean’s Annual Lecture in 2016. She is the current Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Providence St. Joseph Health.

Before joining Providence St. Joseph Health, Burton founded one of the nation’s first state-based nursing workforce centers, the Oregon Center for Nursing, to focus on serious nursing workforce challenges. She was also Director of Education at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Nursing from the Oregon Health and Sciences University, and Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Portland.

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. The Academy's more than 2,400 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.