San Clemente resident, Cheryl Westlake Canary, RN, Ph.D., ACNS-BC, professor of nursing at Azusa Pacific University, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow on October 7, 2017, at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

“Cheryl Westlake exemplifies the professionalism, scholarship, and heart for service that defines Azusa Pacific University’s School of Nursing as a national leader in nursing education,” said Aja Tulleners Lesh, Ph.D., RN, dean and professor. “With this recognition Cheryl joins four other APU nursing faculty to receive this prestigious honor.”

The American Academy of Nursing Fellows represent significant leaders in the field, including professionals in education, management, practice, and research. This prestigious award recognizes recipients for their contributions to nursing and health care. They are called to be agents of change within America’s health system on various levels.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this recognition,” said Westlake. “It is an affirmation of my calling to improve the health and care of God’s people through my research, practice, and teaching."

Westlake holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked in cardiac nursing for 35 years. She is a fellow in the Heart Failure Society of America, as well as in the American Heart Association. Westlake teaches in APU’s nursing Ph.D. program and conducts research with heart failure patients and nurses in both Ecuador and the United States.

Westlake received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct heart failure research and teach in the School of Medicine at the Universidad San Francisco Quito, in Ecuador, in 2014. After completing her Fulbright, Westlake returned to Ecuador with a student research group and hopes to establish a study abroad program to Ecuador in the School of Nursing.

Informed by a Christian worldview, APU’s nursing school prepares professional nurses for leadership and compassionate, collaborative practice in health care. Through innovative programs and expert faculty, nursing students engage in challenging discussions, mentoring relationships in small classroom settings, invaluable hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art simulation labs, and a culturally diverse practice environment that includes both study abroad and global research opportunities. In its 42nd year, the program provides a transformative education for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students, called to enter this helping profession.