Joanne Disch receives the American Academy of Nursing’s highest honor

September 18, 2018

Joanne DischJoanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing. The Academy’s highest honor, the award recognizes those who have made exceptional contributions to the field throughout their careers.

Disch is professor ad honorem at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, where she served as interim dean and director of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership. Always a strong proponent of involving more nurses as leaders in every aspect of health care, Disch has held many leadership positions in academia and public policy, including president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Academy of Nursing, board member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and chair of the AARP board.

She currently serves as board chair of Advocate Aurora Health Care, a 27-hospital health system in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Disch will receive the honor at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual conference Nov. 1.