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Orbis Sponsors American Academy of Nursing 2015 Policy Conference

The American Academy of Nursing, which  serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice, held its annual conference on the topic of “Transforming Health, Driving Policy” from Oct. 15-17 in Washington, D.C.  Orbis was proud to be one of the major sponsors of the conference and had three attendees at the event, including company founder Dan Briggs.


The Academy’s more than 2,200 members, known as Fellows, are nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education management, practice and research. Fellows include association executives; university presidents, chancellors, and deans; state and federal political appointees; hospital chief executives and vice presidents for nursing; nurse consultants; researchers; and entrepreneurs.  Conference sessions focused on influencing national health policy, with topics ranging from building a “culture of health” in the  U.S. to managing care transitions and new payment systems. The highlight of the event was Saturday evening’s formal gala honoring the 168 newly inducted Fellows and their impressive research.

The Academy’s new president, whose term commenced at the close of the conference, is Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA, FAAN. Dr. Berkowitz is Dean and Professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing and is also a member of the Orbis Advisory Board.

“Members of the Academy represent the very top of the nursing field,” said Briggs. “It’s an honor for us to sponsor and attend the conference, and we applaud the Academy’s efforts to drive positive change in health policy.”

Orbis Education Launches Advisory Board

Indianapolis, Ind. — Orbis Education announced today the creation of an advisory board, composed of academic and healthcare thought leaders. The advisory board will provide expert counsel and advise in areas of key strategic importance to the company.

The board will help identify areas for future investment, including the development of services that further support the mission of Orbis Education and its partner institutions. It will also recommend business development strategies for growth and create alliances that assist Orbis Education in its goal to create transformative healthcare education partnerships.

”We are honored to have such a distinguished ‘brain trust’ to assist us in becoming more impactful at such a critical juncture for health professions education,” said Dan Briggs, Orbis CEO.

The advisory board currently has six internally-distinguished scholars and academic executives. They are:

  • Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Dean of University of Arizona College of Nursing
  • Afaf Meleis, PhD, DrPS(Hon), FAAN, Professor and Dean of University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Courtney Lyder, ND, ScD(Hon), FAAN, Professor and Dean of University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing
  • Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA, FAAN, Professor and Dean of Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Jean Giddens, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Dean of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing
  • William Holzemer, PhD, RN, FAAN, Distinguished Professor and Dean of Rutgers University College of Nursing


Orbis will be adding healthcare leaders from other sectors to the board in the near future.