Julie Sochalski, associate professor of nursing, associate dean for academic programs, and Class of 1965 25th Reunion Term Chair at Penn Nursing, has received the 2018 American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Lois Capps Policy Luminary Award. The annual award, created in 2009, recognizes an outstanding nursing leader’s public policy achievements.
From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Sochalski directed the US Department of Health & Human Services Division of Nursing and was its principal advisor for health workforce policy, overseeing a $250 million budget. Dr. Sochalski is the current chair of AACN’s Health Policy Advisory Council. An investigator in health systems analysis and health policy, Dr. Sochalski studies gaps in the US health-care system and how policy solutions are devised and implemented to fill them. She also studies the impact of health policy decisions. She is particularly interested in how nurses and other health-care professionals are best deployed to achieve optimal population health. She is currently investigating the impact of nurse practitioners working to the extent of their practice authority in the Veterans Administration health system, the nation’s largest employer of nurse practitioners.