Nursing Leader Patricia Reid Ponte Appointed Next ANCC President (11/24/15)

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November 24, 2015

Jemarion Jones, 301-628-5198


Nursing Leader Patricia Reid Ponte Appointed Next ANCC President

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors has appointed Patricia Reid Ponte, a nursing executive, researcher, and educator, the next president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of ANA.

The ANCC president serves as chief spokesperson on behalf of ANCC and leads the ANCC board in setting goals, policy, and long-range plans for the credentialing center. Reid Ponte, who has been a member of the ANCC board since 2013, will begin her two-year term on January 1, 2016, succeeding current president Michael Evans, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who has served in that role since 2011.  Evans will continue to serve on the ANCC board.

Reid Ponte, DNSc, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the executive director of oncology nursing and clinical services at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass., positions she has held since 2000.

"ANCC's work to advance practice excellence in nursing around the world is vital," said ANA President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.  "We are fortunate to have a leader with Pat's vision, experience, and commitment to lead ANCC as it continues to innovate, expand, and meet its mission to serve nurses and patients around the world."

ANCC provides individuals and organizations with the resources they need to achieve nursing practice excellence.  It is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification in the design, development, and delivery of global credentialing services and support products for nurses and health care organizations.

ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize health care organizations for promoting nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes and promoting safe, positive work environments through the Magnet Recognition Program®, Pathway to Excellence®, and Pathway to Excellence in Long Term Care™ Programs; and accredit providers of continuing nursing education. Additionally, ANCC is increasing its focus on nursing excellence internationally through its ANCC World programs.

Previously, Reid Ponte held leadership positions at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center, where she began her career as a primary nurse on a hematology-oncology unit.

Reid Ponte is a co-founder of the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development (WORLD) Institute, an innovative academic practice collaborative initiated by DFCI, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation aimed at pooling knowledge, expertise, and resources to identify, quantify, and develop exemplary leadership in care delivery.

Reid Ponte teaches the Health Care Quality course in the DNP programs at Simmons College in Boston and at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMB), where she is an associate professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 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. She is an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst School of Nursing, an active alumni member, and a recipient of the University's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.

The ANCC president-designate is a past chair of the ANCC Commission on Magnet and has served as treasurer of ANCC.  She is past president of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives and an active member of the American Academy of Nursing, where she currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee. 

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 health care practice environments.

Reid Ponte received both her Doctorate of Nursing Science and Master's in Nursing Science from Boston University. She received her Bachelor's in Nursing Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Reid Ponte was a 2001-2004 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellow.

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