LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mary Dee Hacker, RN, MBA, of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles received the prestigious honor of being inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing during the Academy’s 37th Annual Meeting and Conference on Nov. 13 in Washington, DC. The Academy Fellowship represents the top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives and practitioners in the country.
Hacker, vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, is one of 116 nurse leaders selected by the organization this year to receive one of the most esteemed recognitions in nursing. Hacker has been associated with Children’s Hospital for more than three decades, beginning as a staff nurse in 1975 and holding various administrative nursing positions at the hospital during her illustrious career. She has served in her current role since 1993 where she is responsible for nursing, as well as for respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapy; audiology; pharmacy; nutritional care; spiritual care services; social work; and diversity services.
“Selection for membership in the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing,” said Academy President Catherine L. Gilliss, DNSc, RN, FAAN. “Academy Fellows are truly experts. The Academy Fellowship represents the nation’s top nurse researchers, policymakers, scholars, executives, and practitioners.”
Selection criteria for the Academy Fellows include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care. Each nominee must be sponsored by two current Fellows. The new Fellows are selected by a panel comprised of elected and appointed Fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent to which nominees’ nursing careers influence health policies and health care delivery for the benefit of all Americans.
Hacker’s distinguished career includes many achievements and honors and she is an acknowledged expert among her peer nursing leaders locally and nationally. Hacker was instrumental in leading the way for acknowledgement of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a Magnet Recognition hospital in February 2008. Less than 5 percent of the hospitals in the United States have received Magnet status, which is a program developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to recognize health care organizations that demonstrate nursing excellence.
Hacker is a frequent speaker at state, regional and national meetings and has testified on nursing issues at the meetings of various committees of the California Legislature. In addition, she is a member of numerous influential local, state and national healthcare organizations. Hacker received the Diane Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award from NurseWeek magazine in 2009. She was also recognized in 1997 by California Medicine magazine as one of “California’s 100 Most Interesting and Influential Healthcare Leaders.”
Hacker has been the driving force behind the RN Residency in Pediatrics, a 22-week program that provides new nursing school graduates with a comprehensive clinical and learning experience to prepare them for work in the acute care environment at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The RN Residency in Pediatrics was created in July 1999 in response to the growing national nursing shortage. The curriculum was developed with the support of a Job Development Incentive Grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. It also has received important support from numerous sources, including the Weingart Foundation and the William Randolph Hearst Endowment.
Hacker is a member of the board (2004-present) of Versant Advantage, Inc., a not-for-profit public benefit company established by Children's Hospital Los Angeles in response to the growing national nursing shortage and patient safety issues. Versant provides hospitals and healthcare organizations with comprehensive research-oriented and empirically evaluated RN Residency programs that both elevate the standard of nursing care and optimize the financial performance of health care institutions. Hospitals that have implemented the Versant RN Residency have realized financial and clinical quality benefits through significant reduction of first- and second-year new graduate turnover rates.
Hacker received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine in 1974. She received a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University in 1982. Hacker was a Fellow at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.
About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles: Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of only seven children’s hospitals in the nation – and the only children’s hospital on the West Coast – ranked for two consecutive years in all 10 pediatric specialties in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and named to the magazine’s “Honor Roll” of children’s hospitals. The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is among the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States, with 100 investigators at work on 186 laboratory studies, clinical trials and community-based research and health services. The Saban Research Institute is ranked eighth in National Institutes of Health funding among children’s hospitals in the United States. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a premier teaching hospital and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.
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