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Georgia Southern professor awarded the 2019 AANP State Award for Excellence

Georgia Southern University Assistant Professor Kelly Bouthillet, DNP, has been named the recipient of the 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Award for Excellence from South Carolina. The award is given annually by AANP to recognize outstanding achievement by nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner advocates in each state.

“Receiving this award is quite an honor, as many of the recipients have contributed to the profession in transformative ways,” said Bouthillet. “I am extremely honored to be recognized for the work that I have done and to be a part of such an amazing group of individuals. I am humbled by the recognition.”

Bouthillet was nominated for the award by fellow AANP nurse practitioners for bringing nurse practitioners from Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties together through social media and face-to-face contact.

“We have grown into a group that shares concerns, issues and practice-related information in order to provide health services to our communities,” stated Bouthillet. “Additionally, I have been working interprofessionally with the Emergency Medical Services on Hilton Head Island to improve the care of our older patients through education targeted to their care setting and the geriatric population.”

Bouthillet will be recognized during the AANP National Conference in June, which will be held in Indianapolis. The event is by invitation only and attendees will include award winners, the state representative, regional directors and AANP board of directors.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit


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