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Pamela F. Cipriano



The 35th president of ANA, Dr. Cipriano holds a doctorate in executive nursing administration and has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. An internationally renowned authority on the provision of quality health care, Dr. Cipriano has been named one of the 100 most influential people in U.S. health care for the past three years by Modern Healthcare magazine.

A distinguished nursing leader, Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. In 2017, she was named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" by Modern Healthcare magazine for the third year in a row. In 2015, the publication also named her as one of the "Top 25 Women in Healthcare."

Prior to becoming ANA president, Dr. Cipriano was Senior Director For Health Care Management at Galloway Consulting. She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000, and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing.

Dr. Cipriano is known nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for health care quality. She was elected First Vice President of the International Council of Nurses in 2017 and has served on a number of boards and committees for influential national organizations, including the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission. Dr. Cipriano was the 2010-11 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Cipriano has been a long-time active member of ANA at national and state levels. She was the recipient of the association’s 2008 Distinguished Membership Award for her outstanding contributions to ANA and was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of American Nurse Today, the official journal of ANA, from 2006-14.

Dr. Cipriano earned a nurse executive, advanced board certification from ANCC.  She holds a PhD in executive nursing administration from the University of Utah College of Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in physiological nursing from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from American University. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow in 1991.

Dr. Pamela Cipriano on the Record

Recent Articles and Commentaries

2016: 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare
Dr. Cipriano was named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" for the second year in a row. —Modern Healthcare

2015: The Top 25 Women in Health Care
From a pool of nearly 200 nominations submitted by readers, senior editors at Modern Healthcaremagazine selected the top 25 women in health care in its sixth biennial ranking. —Modern Healthcare

Culture Change on the Agenda
Health care practitioners must be "safety zealots," says Dr. Cipriano —National Patient Safety Foundation, Sept. 2016

We Must Work Together To End Gun Violence
Now is the time to pass meaningful gun control legislation at the state and federal levels to protect society. —Huffington Post, July 2016

America's Nurses Are Committed To Addressing the Opioid Crisis
More than three million strong, nurses are ready to lead on the front lines of beating this epidemic. —Huffington Post, July 2016

The VA Rule On APRNs Should Not Be Doctors vs. Nurses
"To imply that advanced practice registered nurses are unqualified or that their care puts the health of veterans at risk is at best willfully ignorant, and at worst, dishonest." —Huffington Post, June 2016

For Many Women, Adequate Pensions Are Still a Far Reach
"Most nurses are on their own when it comes to saving for retirement." —The New York Times, June 2016

Helping Nurses Reduce Workplace Injuries
"We must take care of our nurses so they can take the best care of our patients." —CDC Blog, May 2016

4 Myths About Nurses
Dr. Cipriano debunks common myths about the largest group of health care workers in the nation. —Huffington Post, May 2016

Leveraging the Expertise of America's Most Trusted Profession
While the U.S. health care system struggles to retain the public's confidence, The evidence is clear that nurses have the respect of Americans. —Huffington Post, Dec. 2015

Workplace Violence a Growing Problem for Health Care Workers
When health care workers fear the threat of personal harm from attack and injury, their focus on the patient is undermined—and so is the U.S. health care system. —Huffington Post, Sept. 2015

In Value-Based Care, Nurses are Ready to Lead
As the health care industry begins to shift to value-based care, Pam Cipriano is utterly convinced that nurses are prepared to lead that transformation in many ways. —, July 2015

Nurse Staffing and Patient Safety
Appropriate nurse staffing is a sound investment that will help cut the overall costs of care, improve patient outcomes and keep nurses at the bedside. —Letter to the editor, New York Times, June 2015

Committee for the Evaluation of the Impact of the IOM Report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health
Dr. Cipriano presented the perspective of ANA and its constituent and state nurses associations in a panel discussion about the progress that has been made over the past five years in implementing the recommendations of The Future of Nursingreport, as well as the barriers to moving the recommendations to reality. —National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), May 2015, Video - begins at 10 minutes, 30 seconds

Let Nurses do the Ethical Thing
Health-care providers in the military often face the most difficult of challenges — the conflict of dual loyalties, one to the military code of conduct and the other to their professional code of ethics. —Washington Post, May 2015

National Action Conference: Policies and Payment Systems to Improve End-of-Life Care
Dr. Cipriano presented nursing's perspective on improving end-of-life care in accordance with the Institute of Medicine report, Dying in America, as well as the vital importance of hospice and palliative nursing care —National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine), March 2015, Video

Nurses Seek to Reduce Long Hours and Fatigue
The American Nurses Association seeks to reduce medical errors related to nurse fatigue with a new set of recommendations spelling out the dangers of nurse fatigue and ways employers can reduce it. —USA Today, Feb. 2015

In Her Own Words

Editorials in The American Nurse

Editorials in American Nurse Today

Photo Gallery: ANA President Dr. Pamela Cipriano

Dr. Cipriano accepts an award naming her one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” for 2015 from Modern Healthcare Editor Merrill Goozner (left) and Publisher and Vice-President Fawn Lopez (right)
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Dr. Cipriano presents Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) with the 2015 ANA President’s Award during the 2015 ANA Membership Assembly for being a champion for nurses during her career as a lawmaker.
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American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ) Immediate Past President Dr. James Cross presents Dr. Cipriano with the ACMQ 2015 Institutional Leadership in Quality Award in recognition of ANA’s “iconic dedication to the delivery of high quality health care”
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VA Secretary Robert McDonald joins (from left) Dr. Cipriano, VHA Chief Nursing Officer Dr. Donna Gage, and ANA CEO Dr. Marla Weston at the 2015 ANA Quality Conference, where Sec. McDonald called for full practice authority for all advanced practice nurses within the VA system
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Dr. Cipriano delivers the closing keynote to an audience of 350 health care leaders at the Nursing Informatics Symposium, held in conjunction with the HIMSS15 conference in Chicago.
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Dr. Cipriano joins a panel discussion on shifting health care reimbursement systems and the drivers of health care costs at the 2015 World Health Care Congress in Washington, DC.
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Dr. Cipriano is joined by West Virginia State Representative and nurse Denise Campbell (center) and West Virginia Nurses Association (WVNA) President Evelyn Martin (right) at WVNA’s annual advocacy day at the capitol.
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At the height of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Dr. Cipriano participated in dozens of TV, radio, and print media interviews to discuss emergency preparedness and the safety of nurses’ work environment, including an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” seen here.
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Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) joins Dr. Cipriano and ANA leaders Director of Government Affairs Michelle Artz (far left) and Executive Director Dr. Debbie Hatmaker (far right) at an ANA-sponsored Capitol Hill reception commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs.
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Dr. Cipriano is sworn in as the 35th president of the American Nurses Association by ANA Executive Director Dr. Debbie Hatmaker at the 2014 ANA Membership Assembly.
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