Patricia McFarland, RN, MS, FAAN, and CEO of the Association of California Nurse Leaders, has been awarded the American Organization of Nurse Executives 2014 Nurse Mentor Award for her exemplary work in furthering the professional development of nurses in leadership roles.
Throughout her career, Pat has served as a role model and mentor for hundreds of nurses at every level, from student nurses to senior executives in both service and academia, Ginger Manss, RN, MS, AOCN, a past president of ACNL, said in a news release. Pat is very skilled at recognizing the potential in others, and through guidance, support and mentoring, she has helped many leaders grow both personally and professionally.
McFarland received the award on March 14 during AONEs 2014 Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla. The award was presented by Linda Burnes Bolton, RN, DrPH, FAAN, CNO at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and AONEs president-elect.
Passing it forward
I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award, McFarland said in the release. Throughout my career I have had wonderful mentors who tapped me on the shoulder, and encouraged and coached me. It only seems appropriate that I too should follow their example. I have the privilege of working with outstanding nurse leaders every day some are experts and others novices. If I can help them grow in some way, then I know I am making a difference.
McFarland has been ACNLs CEO since 1995. In her role, McFarland also serves as executive officer of the California Nursing Students Association and the California Association of Colleges of Nursing. In 2013, she was instrumental in collaborating with the California Action Coalition and the Kaiser Foundation to launch a nurse leader mentoring program across California. This program pairs experienced nurse leaders with aspiring ones through a six-month mentoring relationship.
Before joining ACNL, McFarland worked in both the clinical and administrative fields for Mercy Healthcare Sacramento. She graduated with honors from the University of California, San Francisco, where she received an MSN. In 2004, McFarland was awarded the Diane F. Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award from Nurse.com.