Rita D’Aoust named fellow of the National Academies of Practice

Rita F. D’Aoust, PhD, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, of the University of South Florida College of Nursing, has been named a fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP), an honor given yearly to only 150 distinguished practitioners and scholars nationwide.   Dr. D’Aoust is associate dean for academic affairs, director for interprofessional initiatives, and interim assistant dean for the master’s programs at the USF College of Nursing,

NAP, a nonprofit professional organization composed of elected, distinguished representatives from 10 different health professions, recognized Dr. D’Aoust with the prestigious award for making an enduring educational and research contribution in nursing practice.

Dr. D’Aoust joins over 1,500 fellows of the National Academies of Practice, including USF College of Nursing Dean and Senior Associate Vice President for USF Health, Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN.

Rita D'Aoust, USF College of Nursing

Dr. Rita D'Aoust, USF College of Nursing


“This is a well-deserved and prestigious honor,” Dr. Morrison-Beedy said. “The scope and influence of Dr. D’Aoust’s work related specifically to education and practice is manifest by her numerous awards, nominations, educational research, and her successful attainment of external funding to support nursing education programs.”

D’Aoust’s award nominator, Madeline H. (Mattie) Schmitt, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emerita at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, said she is an incredibly gifted nurse practitioner and educator who, for many years, volunteered her clinical expertise to provide uninsured individuals with excellent care.

“I have had the pleasure of seeing her [Dr. D’Aoust’s] creative nature mature into an outstanding and innovative undergraduate and graduate educator, who long ago understood the importance of preparing nursing students for the current transformative changes in health care requiring closer collaboration across the professions,” Dr. Schmitt said. “She has a history of commitment to interprofessional practice and education activities that have found roots and exploded into a tree full of interprofessional blossoms in her role at the USF College of Nursing. This honor recognizes both that history and her rapidly growing contributions.”

Dr. D’Aoust was inducted as a fellow at the NAP’s 17th Annual Meeting & Forum March 23-24  in Arlington, VA.