Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN, a nationally known nursing leader, is the Executive Director of the American Nurses Association (ANA). In this role, Dr. Hatmaker leads the implementation of ANA's strategy and plan to advance the association's comprehensive policy, advocacy and national communications agenda. Dr. Hatmaker is responsible for ANA's programmatic, government relations, membership, board governance and communications areas. Additionally, she is a key member of the ANA executive leadership team.
Prior to joining ANA, she served as the chief programs officer of the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA), one of ANA's constituent/state nurses associations. At GNA, she managed the Southern Performance Assessment Center program for Excelsior College School of Nursing's external degree program and GNA's continuing education provider/approver units. She also supported GNA's leadership development, legislative/public policy, nursing practice and workplace advocacy programs.
Dr. Hatmaker's diverse practice experience serves her well as an advocate on behalf of patients, nurses, and the profession. After an early career in public health and maternal-child health, she was on faculty at the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing for 16 years and also practiced as a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) and SANE educator.
Dr. Hatmaker served on the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner certification task force and item-writing committees to create a SANE-A certification examination. She was appointed as the first president of the IAFN-affiliated Forensic Nursing Certification Board.
Additionally, she has served in many elected and appointed leadership positions. These include president of the Georgia Nurses Association from 1999-2002 and president of the Center for American Nurses from 2004-2006. Dr. Hatmaker was the first vice president of ANA from 2006-2010, and the ANA board of directors-appointed president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) from 2007-2011.
Dr. Hatmaker has received numerous honors, including GNA's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award. In June 2012, ANA awarded her the Distinguished Membership Award for outstanding leadership and participation in and contributions to the association. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012.
Dr. Hatmaker earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Tennessee College of Nursing and her master of science in nursing and doctorate degrees from the Medical College of Georgia.