Larissa Africa Selected to be Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

August 10th, 2021: We are pleased to announce that Versant President Larissa Africa, MBA, BSN, RN has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing!                        

We are pleased to announce that Versant President Larissa Africa, MBA, BSN, RN has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (Academy). Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career in which their accomplishments are honored by colleagues within and outside the profession. Fellows are selected based on their contributions and impact to advance the public’s health.

The Academy recognizes nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, practice, administration, and academia. Academy Fellows, from nearly 40 countries, hold a wide variety of roles influencing health care. Induction into the Fellowship represents more than recognition of one’s accomplishments within the nursing profession. Fellows contribute their collective expertise to the Academy, engaging with health leaders nationally and globally to improve health and achieve health equity by impacting policy through nursing leadership, innovation, and science.

Larissa has spent almost two decades developing and leading strategies in use of a competency-based nurse residency program (NRP), one that is considered a gold standard in the industry. She has led the roll-out and sustained the implementation of this evidence-based NRP at healthcare organizations nationally. As a pioneer in the transition to practice space, she deployed a competency-based model that integrates and standardizes nursing workforce development across the entire healthcare continuum, addressing high-demand areas such as long-term care and home health including advanced practice nursing. Her collective body of work continues to change the landscape of how healthcare organizations integrate and sustain workforce retention and practice solutions.

”I have great admiration for nurse leaders who have been inducted into the American Academy of Nursing because this is a testament of the impact their contributions have made to health and healthcare. I am honored and humbled by this recognition. It is a privilege to be included in such a distinguished group of leaders.>Through a competitive, rigorous application process, the Academy’s Fellow Selection Committee, which is comprised of current Fellows, reviewed hundreds of applications to select the 2021 Fellows. Larissa was one of 225 individuals selected to be inducted into the 2021 Class of Fellows. The 2021 Fellows represent 38 states, the District of Columbia, and 18 countries.

The 2021 inductees will be recognized for their significant contributions to health and health care at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference, taking place on October 7-9, 2021. This year’s conference and induction ceremony will be offered in a hybrid format, allowing attendees to participate either in-person (at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC) or virtually, allowing for maximum attendance through an inclusive format where colleagues, friends, and family members who may not be able to attend the event in person are able to participate. This year’s induction ceremony, which will feature personalized video vignettes and live streaming of each inductee, will be a special way to recognize the new Fellows as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge traditional methods of celebration.

Learn more about the Academy and visit the hybrid policy conference website for more details.

About the American Academy of Nursing:
The American Academy of Nursing serves the public by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Academy Fellows are inducted into the organization for their extraordinary contributions to improve health locally and globally. With more than 2,800 Fellows, the Academy represents nursing’s most accomplished leaders in policy, research, administration, practice, and academia.

About Versant:
The only nurse competency‐based system for transforming the continuum of care, Versant is focused on the assessment, remediation, validation and tracking of the competency of all nurses. Using empirical evidence and robust data, Versant provides its partners with a streamlined process for quantifying organizational performance. Since 1998, Versant has helped its partners increase retention and nurse satisfaction through the development and validation of nursing clinical, professional, and leadership skills at the point of care. From new graduate to advanced practice registered nurses, Versant’s solutions meet the needs of the entire health system.