Jean Coffey, Ph.D., APRN, Named American Academy of Nursing Fellow

Director of Plymouth State University Nursing Program becomes one of only 11 AAN fellows in the state of New Hampshire.

Jean Coffey, Ph.D., APRN, CPNP, director of the Plymouth State University (PSU) nursing program, was recently inducted as a fellow by the American Academy of Nursing (Academy). Coffey was honored in an Academy ceremony in Washington, DC, on Saturday, October 26. The newest addition of fellows with this class represents 38 states, the District of Columbia, as well as 17 countries. Coffey is the only nurse leader from New Hampshire to be inducted as a fellow in the 2019 class.

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“We at Plymouth State University congratulate Dr. Coffey for this well-deserved recognition,” said Donald Birx, President, Plymouth State University. “Her leadership, depth of knowledge, and compassionate care for those around her inspire us all.”

The Academy is comprised of 2,600 nurse leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. With Coffey’s induction, there are now 11 fellows from New Hampshire. They have been recognized for their extraordinary commitment to the promotion of the public’s health through evidence and innovation.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled to be named an Academy fellow,” said Coffey. “I am excited for the opportunity to advocate for nursing and interests such as maternal-child health at a national level, and to be able to share the information and experiences I gain with students, who are the future of nursing.”

Through a competitive and rigorous process, a committee of elected fellows review hundreds of applications. The new fellows, who must be sponsored by two fellows in good standing in the academy, are selected based on their impressive contributions to increase access, reduce cost, and improve quality through nursing theory, practice, and science. Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career through which their accomplishments are honored by those within the nursing discipline.

Coffey joined the PSU nursing program in January 2018 and became director in September 2018. Prior to PSU, Coffey served in various teaching and leadership capacities at the University of Vermont, Columbia University, University of Connecticut, Norwich University, and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She also served as director of nursing research/education for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, and as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), as well as in clinical roles at various institutions in New Hampshire and Vermont.

“I am grateful to our team at PSU, which has been instrumental in creating a top-notch nursing program and has been supportive of me through the Academy fellowship process,” said Coffey. “I am also grateful to the nurses who have served as mentors throughout my career, and I aspire to guide my colleagues and students in the same capable way each of them has guided me.”

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Plymouth State University has been granted Full Approval Status by the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, and has full, 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Coffey holds a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Connecticut; a certificate in advanced study pediatric primary care from Northeastern University; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Vermont; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Norwich University; and an Associates of Science in Nursing from the University of Vermont.