Dr. Patricia Reid Ponte, a noted nursing executive, researcher and educator has been named the next president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the largest nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The ANA Board of Directors announced the appointment in November.
As ANCC president, Reid Ponte will serve as chief spokesperson on behalf of ANCC and will lead the center in setting goals, policy, and long-range plans. A member of the ANCC board since 2013, Reid Ponte is slated to begin her two-year term on January 1, 2016. She succeeds current ANCC 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.
Chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Reid Ponte, DNSc, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is also the executive director of oncology nursing and clinical services at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass.
Reid Ponte’s commitment to fostering nursing excellence is exemplified in her past and present work with ANCC and other key nursing organizations. She is a past chair of the ANCC Commission on Magnet and has served as treasurer of ANCC. Reid Ponte is also past president of the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives and currently a member of the American Academy of Nursing Finance Committee.
Citing Reid Ponte’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," ANA President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN said the organization was “fortunate” have such a leader at the helm.
With an increased global focus, ANCC certifies nurses in specialty practice areas and accredits providers of continuing nursing education. The organization also recognizes health care providers that promote nursing excellence, particularly in the areas of patient outcomes, safety and positive work environments. As the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification, AANC’s mission is to help nurses and organizations achieve nursing practice excellence through extensive resources and tools.
Reid Ponte’s credentials include a Doctorate of Nursing Science and Master's in Nursing Science, both received from Boston University. Her Bachelor's degree in Nursing Science was awarded from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
A 2001-2004 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellow, Reid Ponte focuses her efforts and expertise on developing leadership in nursing care. She is a co-founder of the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development (WORLD) Institute, a collaborative initiated by DFCI, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. WORLD pools 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), and has conducted research in patient safety and patient- and family-centered care. Her extensive publications center on topics such as nursing leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration, and health care practice environments.
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