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Karmanos breast cancer nurse honored as fellow in nurse practitioner academy

Lisa Chism, DNP, nurse practitioner (NP) in the High Risk Breast Clinic and member of the Breast Multidisciplinary Team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center, has been honored as a fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest and only full-service professional membership organization in the United States for NPs of all specialties.

Dr. Chism will be inducted as a fellow at AANP’s annual meeting in Las Vegas in June.

“Personally, I am honored and humbled by my upcoming induction as a fellow of AANP,” she said. “This recognition validates my contributions to the profession, as well as my long-term commitment to nursing and the role of nurse practitioner.”

As a fellow of the AANP, Dr. Chism is charged with continuing to promote the nurse practitioner role; mentor future nurse practitioner leaders; and contribute to the profession on a local, national and global level.

Dr. Chism has been a nurse practitioner for 16 years. She is also a certified menopause practitioner and member of the Patient Education Committee for the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). She received her doctorate in Nursing Practice from Oakland University in 2007. She is an active preceptor and adjunct faculty at Madonna University and the University of Michigan.

She has published and presented on the topic of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, including publishing a book, “The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A Guidebook for Role Development and Professional Issues,” in 2009. She also publishes a bi-monthly column in the Advance for Nurse Practitioners magazine titled, “DNP Perspectives.”

Additionally, she has developed a nursing theory titled, “Chism’s Theory of Spiritual Empathy,” which explains the relationship between nurses’ spiritual care perspective and their expressions of spiritual empathy.

Dr. Chism said she takes joy in working with Karmanos patients and her nursing colleagues.

“I really enjoy practicing in the High Risk Breast Clinic because we care for patients on a continuum from diagnosis to survivorship,” she said. “I also love working with the diverse population we care for. I especially enjoy the patient education component – our patients are always so eager to learn.”

Dr. Chism added that she looks forward to meeting the challenges that her profession presents to her every day.

“I have always been committed to the nursing professional and that commitment continues to grow every day,” she said. “It is a very exciting time to be a nurse and a nurse practitioner as nursing continues to rise to the challenges of a complex healthcare environment.”

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