Felesia R. Bowen, PhD, DNP, APRN, PPCNP-BC The Tuskegee University National Nursing Alumni Association (TUNNAA) congratulates Dr. Felesia Bowen (TU Nursing Class of ‘89) for the wonderful achievement of being recognized by the American Academy of Nursing. She is one of 231 National Nurse Leaders who will become a member of the Academy’s 2019 Class of New Fellows. The Induction will take place at the Academy’s Annual Policy Conference – October 24-26, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
The newest addition of fellows within this class represents 38 states, the District of Columbia,
as well as 17 other countries.
Dr. Bowen is presently Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs at the
Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing. In this position, she provides
leadership in assuring the quality of the undergraduate programs of study (RN-BSN and
accelerated BSN). All while managing to keep her professional career on an upward spiral,
Felesia has remained a staunch supporter of Mother Tuskegee by being an active member of
her local Tuskegee Alumni Club. Additionally, she finds time to share her expertise in academia
by serving as a dedicated and actively contributing member on TUNNAA’s Education
Committee. Dr. Bowen is quoted as saying: "My Tuskegee experience prepared me to be a
strong nurse with an interest and desire for lifelong learning. I am grateful.”
Just preceding her tenure at the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Bowen served as
Assistant Professor at Rutgers University School of Nursing in the State of New Jersey.
Felesia is a nationally certified pediatric nurse practitioner and a military veteran. She served
active duty in the U.S. Army as a nurse during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm where
she attained the rank of major. During her military tenure, she held leadership positions and
earned several military honors and awards for her service during peacetime and war. She
earned a Master’s Degree from Rutgers University, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and a
DNP from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Over the years, her many accomplishments (too
numerous to mention here) led to her being recognized by this prestigious American Academy
The Academy is currently comprised of more than 2,600 nurse leaders in education,
management, practice, policy, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary
commitment to the promotion of the public’s health through evidence and innovation.
Through a competitive and rigorous process, a committee of elected fellows review hundreds
of applications. The new fellows are selected based on their impressive contributions to
increase access, reduce cost, and improve quality through nursing theory, practice, and science.
Induction into the Academy is a significant milestone in a nurse leader’s career where their
accomplishments are honored by those within the nursing discipline.
Congratulations Dr. Bowen!! You are a true example of the prestigious professionals that are
groomed and developed in the Tuskegee University School of Nursing. We are so proud to
claim you as one of our very own…TUNNAA Tigers!