MSU’s Dontje Named Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Kathy Dontje, associate professor of Health Programs in the Michigan State University College of Nursing and director of its Doctorate in Nursing Program, has been named a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).
Dontje began her career in nursing more than 30 years ago and has worked at MSU for over 20 years in a variety of clinical settings. Her practice philosophy focuses on developing a partnership between the patient and Nurse Practitioner.
In collaboration with other faculty, she developed the Sustained Partnership Model of Nurse Practitioner Practice. This model is one in which the patient is viewed holistically and the Nurse Practitioner works with the patient to develop self-management skills and provide continuity of care.
According to the association, the fellows program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. AANP holds an annual think tank with the fellows to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care.