State AIDS Specialist Elected President of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Picture of Lyn Stevens newly elected president of The Association of Nurses in Aids Care

Albany, N.Y. (October 19, 2007) – State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., today congratulated Lyn C. Stevens on her election as president-elect for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). Her term begins Nov. 11.

She will continue in her post as Associate Director of the Office of the Medical Director in the state Health Department's AIDS Institute, to which she was appointed in April.

"Lyn Stevens is well-known in her field for leadership in promoting nursing as a vital part of AIDS care, and is ideal to lead the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care," Commissioner Daines said. "Her experience in clinical education was honored by the AIDS Institute in 2003, and she was named Educator of the Year by ANAC in 2005."

Ms. Stevens has a long record of leadership with ANAC, and is an educator, researcher and clinician. She has published numerous articles on clinical topics, including post-exposure prophylaxis following sexual assault and cervical cancer in HIV-positive women.

ANAC is the voice of nurses in the HIV/AIDS care network in the United States and the world. The organization provides nurses specializing in HIV/AIDS care to receive educational support and information. Founded in 1987 to address the specific needs of nurses working in HIV/AIDS, ANAC has become a leader in the response to HIV disease and AIDS. With a highly regarded peer-reviewed journal, and an annual conference featuring national and international speakers and education and scientific sessions on the latest developments in HIV nursing, ANAC meets the needs of nurses in HIV/AIDS care, research, prevention and policy.

As a nurse practitioner, Ms. Stevens was an HIV training coordinator in a successful clinical education initiative funded by the state Health Department at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse from 1995-2007. She also has been a nurse consultant and teacher.

"As I consider both the history of the epidemic and the history of ANAC over the past 20 years, I find myself encouraged and invigorated about the opportunities for nurses in HIV," Ms. Stevens said. "As new treatments abound and testing becomes universal, the role of the nurse is becoming paramount in HIV treatment. I am so honored to have the opportunity to serve those nurses who I consider not only my colleagues but also my heroes as their president. I feel that together, ANAC, its members and I can accomplish important things."

Ms. Stevens received her nursing diploma from St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse and her nurse practitioner's degree from Community General Hospital, also in Syracuse. She received her bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College in Windham, ME., and her master's degree in health systems management from the New School for Social Research, now known as the New School University. She is an AIDS-Certified Registered Nurse, and a Fellow in the National Academy of Practice.