College of Nursing faculty named distinguished fellow of National Academies of Practice

Carli Zegers is an associate professor of nursing at Florida State University.
Carli Zegers is an associate professor of nursing at Florida State University.

A Florida State University College of Nursing faculty member has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in recognition of her exceptional nursing and interprofessional collaborations.

Associate Professor Carli Zegers who has worked in academia and as an emergency room nurse practitioner was nominated specifically for her work in building and collaborating with large, interdisciplinary teams. She was nominated by University of Kansas Associate Dean of Nursing Teri L. Kennedy.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as a Distinguished Fellow by the National Academies of Practice in Nursing,” Zegers said. “This recognition isn’t just about me; it’s about the power of collaboration. When we break down silos and work together across professions, we unlock a world of possibilities for better, more equitable healthcare.”

Zegers also holds the distinction of being the first faculty member in the College of Nursing to be appointed under the prestigious Florida FIRST Grant, a $14.5 million initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health. This grant is specifically designed to cultivate a diverse community of early-career professionals.

“Dr. Zegers’ acknowledgment as a Fellow by the NAP exemplifies the true essence of her leadership as a practicing nurse practitioner, nurturing future generations of healthcare professionals, advocating for underserved communities, and inspiring colleagues to break down barriers,” said FSU College of Nursing Dean Jing Wang. “Her NAP fellowship is a testament to her achievements and a catalyst for collective progress within our college and beyond.”

The National Academies of Practice, founded in 1981, serves as a vital advisory body to governmental entities regarding healthcare policies. Comprising various healthcare professions, the NAP advocates for accessible, affordable and quality healthcare. Per NAP membership guidelines, individuals with a distinguished career of 10 years or more, a commitment to interprofessional practice, and accessible healthcare are eligible for nomination.

Zegers’ leadership extends beyond FSU. She previously led the KC HealthTracks grant, a national program to develop a diverse healthcare workforce. Zegers also serves in professional organizations like the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and the Academy of Communication in Healthcare.

Zegers will be recognized alongside other members of the Class of 2024 at the NAP’s Annual Meeting & Forum in March in Jacksonville, Fla.