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When Marianne Hattar, DNSc, professor of nursing, arrived in the United States as a 21-year-old woman, she was driven by a singular vision: to become a health care provider who championed the cause of the patient. That clarity of direction propelled her into the forefront of her profession and has garnered accolades from the nursing community. On Saturday, November 4, 2000, Hattar became a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), one of the most prestigious nursing institutions in the country.

“Becoming an AAN fellow acknowledges one’s distinctive involvement to the profession,” said Hattar. “It affirms the fact that
what I’ve been doing is good and valuable, but it also means that I must live up to the award. For me, it’s just a beginning.”

The AAN selected Hattar because her contribution exceeds expectations. Hattar played a formative role in raising the standards of international nursing by participating in the development of nursing program curriculum and implementations; serving as a catalyst in propelling the nursing research agenda; and championing the cause of women’s health, particularly in third-world countries.

“I strive to use my gifts and abilities for the betterment of people,” said Hattar. “I see this as my God-given mission.”