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ANA Board of Directors Appoints Laura J. Wood as New ANCC President

Shannon McClendon,

Jessica Delli Santi,

SILVER SPRING, MD - The American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors has appointed Laura J. Wood, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN as President of its credentialing subsidiary, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Dr. Wood will continue her current two-year ANCC Board service as President Designate until her term as President begins Jan 1, 2024. She will succeed current ANCC President Rhonda Anderson, DNSc(h), MPA, BS, RN, LFACHE, FAAN in leading ANCC's internationally renowned certification, accreditation and recognition programs that certify individual nurses in specialty practice areas and recognize healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes.

Dr. Wood is nationally recognized as an accomplished executive nursing practice leader with substantial experience advancing health outcomes in pediatric delivery systems and digital health industry settings. In her current role as Executive Vice President, Patient Care Operations and System Chief Nursing Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Wood leads the discipline of nursing and provides system-level oversight in support of more than 6,000 nurses, interprofessional team members and organizational initiatives. Her strategic guidance and expertise in quality and safety practices, equity-diversity-inclusivity-belonging, healthy work environments, nurse-led care delivery innovation, and health policy have contributed to Boston Children’s being consistently recognized among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by numerous organizations. Since joining Boston Children’s in 2013, Dr. Wood has led the organization through successive ANCC Magnet redesignations as well as ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation Program with Distinction efforts.

Dr. Wood holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, a Master of Science (MS) degree in maternal-child nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree in Nursing from West Virginia University. Dr. Wood serves as Boston Children’s Sporing Carpenter Chair in Nursing, is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna, an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and serves on several nursing and healthcare advisory boards. Read Dr. Wood's full bio and learn more about ANCC’s internationally renowned programs.


About the American Nurses Credentialing Center

The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits health care organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education and accredits transition-to-practice programs that prepare nurses for new practice roles. For more information about ANCC, visit us at and follow us on Twitter. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

About the American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's more than 5 million registered nurses. ANA advances the profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all. For more information, visit

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