Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Nursing Alumna Appointed to National Advisory Council for Nurse Education and Practice

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing alumna Kathy Camacho Carr, BSN ’71, PhD, ARNP, CNM, FACNM, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) by Kathleen Sebelius, United States Secretary of Health & Human Services. In this role, Dr. Camacho Carr will work with other council members to shape policies for improving nursing education and practice.

The Advisory Council is made up of nurse educators and individuals from across the country who are strong leaders in their profession. As part of their appointment, council members meet two to three times a year in Washington, DC, to develop and submit to the Secretary and the U.S. Congress, recommendations to improve nursing education. Much of this work focuses on: advising the nation’s health leaders on methods to enhance the composition of the nursing workforce; using nurses to better meet the health needs of the country; expanding the knowledge, skills, and capabilities of nurses; financing and delivering nursing services; and promoting interdisciplinary approaches to the delivery of health services.

“I was honored to be selected for the NACNEP. My first goal is to learn as much as I can about the council, its best practices for getting things accomplished, and to acquaint myself with the most pressing issues of concern,” Dr. Camacho Carr said. “Ultimately, I hope to advise the Secretary and congressional leaders about the importance of funding nursing education and facilitating interprofessional health education.”

Dr. Camacho Carr is a professor and the Jean Bushman Endowed Chair at Seattle University College of Nursing. She also is coordinator of the nurse-midwifery program for the University. Her research and teaching interests are in women’s health, maternal-child health, and education of advanced practice nurses and nurse-midwives. Much of Dr. Camacho Carr’s scholarly work focuses on instructional design, pedagogical strategies, and the use of computer-distributed learning. She received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s of science degree in midwifery with a minor in curriculum and instruction from University of Illinois. In 1989, she earned her doctorate in nursing science from the University of Washington.