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Flarity Succeeds to ANAHPS Presidency

August 02, 2019

Flarity Succeeds to ANAHPS Presidency

Kathleen Flarity DNP, Ph.D., CEN, CFRN, FAEN, is the new President of the Aerospace Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Society (ANAHPS). Aubrey Florom-Smith, Ph.D., RN, stepped down for personal reasons.

   Currently, Col. Flarity is the Deputy Director of the CU Anschutz Center for COMBAT Research. Additionally, she is the Mobilization Assistant to Command Surgeon, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, IL. As the Mobilization Assistant, she assists in oversight of the Air Force global aeromedical evacuation system, a keystone of our national enroute care capabilities. She supports clinical operations capability development and research priorities for aeromedical evacuation and Air Force Critical Care Air Transport Teams. She is an experienced nurse practitioner, emergency, and critical care flight nurse with over 38 years of military service. She is an Associate Clinical Professor in Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado College of Medicine.
   Col. Flarity began as an Army combat medic in 1980 and received a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1988. She deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991. In 1995, she transferred to the Air Force Reserve, 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, McChord Air Force Base, WA, and served in various capacities from 1995 until 2005. From 2005 to 2008 she served on the Air Staff as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Director of Air Force Nursing Services and Consultant for Air Expeditionary/Readiness, HQ Air Force, Washington, DC. In 2008 she was selected as the first Commander of the 34th Air Evacuation Squadron at Peterson AFB, CO. In 2011 she deployed as Commander, 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Bagram, Afghanistan. She then served as the 302d Aeromedical Staging Squadron Commander, Peterson AFB, Colo. She served as a Mobilization Assistant at Headquarters U.S. Air Force from 2013–2017.
   Col. Flarity’s awards and honors include receiving the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence from Washington state, being inducted as a Fellow in the ENA’s Academy of Emergency Nursing, being selected as a Distinguished Nursing Alumni for Pacific Lutheran University, the Nightingale Award for Nursing Leadership from Colorado, and receiving the Nurse Researcher Award from the Emergency Nurses Association. Her military honors include the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit. She is a member a variety of associations, including the Society of Air Force Nursing, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Air and Surface Nurses Association, Washington State Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), where she was President in 1998, the Aerospace Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Society, where she was Vice President, and now President, and the Aerospace Medical Association. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, the ENA National Board of Directors, and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Academy of Emergency Nursing. She has also served as a manuscript reviewer for four journals and on the Editorial Board for the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal