Wendy Likes, PhD, DNSc, ARNP-BC, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, was among 88 nurse practitioners inducted into the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) at a ceremony held recently in San Antonio, Texas.
The FAANP recognition is awarded to nurse practitioners who have made significant contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy that complements the vision of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Selections are based on individuals who strive to advance the nurse practitioner role in health care.
Being awarded the FAANP recognition requires sponsorship from two current AANP fellows. Dr. Likes’ nomination was sponsored by Diane Pace, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NCMP, FAANP, associate professor and DNP program director in the UTHSC College of Nursing, and Barb Dehn, RN, MS, NP, FAANP.
Dr. Likes is a three-time UTHSC alumna, earning her MSN, DNSc and PhD degrees from the institution. Joining the College of Nursing in 2005 as an assistant professor, Dr. Likes was promoted to dean in 2015. Dr. Likes is a certified family nurse practitioner and works with patients who have cancer and pre-invasive gynecologic conditions. She has more than 16 years’ experience treating and evaluating diseases of the lower genital tract.
She has received numerous grants totaling more than $1.2 million from organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health and Department of Energy.
Her awards and honors include the Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Fellow from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and Excellence in Practice Beta Theta Award.