Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, director of nursing research and Magnet at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, has been selected as a 2015 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in the field of nursing, according to a news release.
Recognized for her leadership and commitment to continuous education, research and policy, Warren joins approximately 2,200 of her peers in the academy’s prestigious fellowship.
Selection into the fellowship requires evidence of significant contributions to nursing and healthcare and sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel composed of elected and appointed fellows, according to the release, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the public health and well-being.
“We are very proud of Dr. Warren for earning this well-deserved honor,” Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, senior vice president of operations and CNO at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, said in the release. “During her 34-year career as a nurse, she has raised the standards of nursing practice. She’s made significant contributions to advancing the nursing workforce, not only within the walls of our hospital, but on a state and national level as well.”
During her 10-year tenure at MedStar Franklin Square, Warren has played an important role in the hospital’s Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her mentorship of nurses and program development also culminated in the hospital earning elite status as the first community hospital in Maryland to receive re-designation, according to the release.
Working with the state of Maryland, Warren has established programs and partnerships with other hospitals and schools to help fellow nurses engage in education and research. Her involvement was instrumental in the funding of a 10-year, $125-million, statewide competitive grant initiative designed to promote educational development in support of increasing the number and quality of nurses prepared to practice in acute care hospitals, according to the release. Her policy work was vital in the development of a statewide nurse residency program collaborative among 18 Maryland hospitals, according to the release.
Nationally, Warren is known as a leader in the field of nursing professional development. She serves as president of the Association for Nursing Professional Development, and is recognized nationwide for her publications and more than 50 podium presentations addressing the translation of evidence into practice, healthcare reviews to guide continuing education research and the transformation of healthcare through innovation, according to the release.
She has received regional and national awards, including the 2013 national GEM Award for Education and Mentoring by Nurse.com, and the Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation by the Maryland Patient Safety Commission. Most recently, she was named a 2015 “Top Nurse” by Baltimore magazine.
Warren will be inducted as a fellow during the Academy’s 2015 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference Oct. 15-17 in Washington, D.C.