American Nurses Association names next president of its credentialing center: 12 things to know

The American Nurses Association Board of Directors has appointed Patricia Reid Ponte, DNSc, RN, the next president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of ANA.

Here are 12 things to know about Dr. Reid Ponte.

1. She will begin her two-year term Jan. 1, 2016, succeeding current president Michael Evans, PhD, RN, who has served since 2011. 

2. As president, Dr. Reid Ponte will be the chief spokeswoman on behalf of ANCC and lead the ANCC board in setting goals, policy and long-range plans for the credentialing center, officials said.

3. Dr. Reid Ponte is CNO and senior vice president of patient care services at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and executive director of oncology nursing and clinical services at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

4. Previously, she held leadership positions at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center, all in Boston.

5. She has been a member of the ANCC board since 2013.

6. She teaches the healthcare quality course in the DNP programs at Simmons College in Boston and at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she is an associate professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

7. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

8. She is a co-principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute-funded Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center-UMB U54 grant, which funds a post-doctoral nursing fellowship program in oncology and health disparities.

9. She is co-founder of the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development Institute, an innovative academic practice collaborative initiated by DFCI, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Phoenix-based Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

10. She was president of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives and an active member of the American Academy of Nursing.

11. Dr. Reid Ponte has conducted research in patient safety and patient- and family-centered care and has published extensive non-empirical work in nursing leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration and healthcare practice environments.

12. She received both her Doctorate of Nursing Science and master's degree in nursing science from Boston University. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


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