Bismarck, ND — The University of Mary’s Dr. Billie Madler was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) at the organization’s 2016 National Conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on June 23 in San Antonio, Texas. With over 200,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the U.S., Madler is just one of 88 inductees nationwide this year.

Established in 2000, the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners serves to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. Fellows are charged with providing a vision and framework for future health practices and policies nationally and globally.

According to Dr. Jodi Roller, dean of the University of Mary’s School of Health Sciences, Madler’s recognition comes as no surprise.

“As those who have been privileged to work with her well know, Dr. Madler is a model of servant leadership. She exemplifies everything the American Association of Nurse Practitioners stands for and exists to serve,” said Roller.

For Madler, her induction into the Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners goes well beyond the recognition.

“It is always nice to have one’s hard work and efforts acknowledged in this way, said Madler. “To be part of the 2016 class of fellows is both gratifying and humbling. It’s an incredible reminder of just how fortunate I am to work and serve in this profession.”

With her induction, Madler joins two other University of Mary faculty as a member of the FAANP: Dr. Karen Rohr, bioethics program director and Dr. Deanna Babb, faculty member in the doctorate family nurse practitioner program.

Formed in January of 2013, through a merger of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American College of Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners is the largest full-service national professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties.