The American Nurses Association has appointed Patricia Reid Ponte, DNSc, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, the next president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Reid Ponte, a nursing executive, researcher and educator, has been a member of the ANCC board since 2013 and will begin her two-year term Jan. 1, according to a news release. She will succeed Michael Evans, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who has served as ANCC president since 2011. He will continue to serve on the ANCC board.
Reid Ponte is CNO and senior vice president of patient care services at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, and the executive director of oncology nursing and clinical services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, positions she has held since 2000.
“We are fortunate to have a leader with Pat’s vision, experience and commitment to lead ANCC as it continues to innovate, expand and meet its mission to serve nurses and patients around the world,” ANA President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, said in the release.
ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify nurses in specialty practice areas; recognize healthcare organizations for promoting nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes; and promote safe, positive work environments through the Magnet Recognition Program. ANCC is increasing its focus on nursing excellence internationally through world programs, according to the release.
Previously, Reid Ponte held leadership positions at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center, where she began her career as a primary nurse on a hematology-oncology unit.
The ANCC president-designate has conducted research in patient safety and patient- and family-centered care and has published extensive nonempirical work in nursing leadership, interdisciplinary collaboration and healthcare practice environments. She was a 2001-2004 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellow.
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