Editorial Board Profiles

Amanda Anderson MSN, MPA, RN


Patricia A. Connor Ballard




Amanda Anderson has a background in critical care who currently works in nursing administration for Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. Sh also a contributing editor for AJN, and writes a regular column for new nurses. Amanda has also written for Pulse, Off the Charts, KevinMD, Scrubs, and a number of other blogs, books, and jounrals. She is the recent recipient of the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing's Excellence in Critical Practice Award, where she graduated Summa cum laude from a dual master's program with Baruch College. She is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College and a Macy Foundation Henery Biggs Society Scholar. Amanda co-directs The Nurses Writing Project at Hunter College, and is working on a new interdisciplinary storytelling project and podcast called The Bedside.




Patricia A. Connor Ballard PhD, RN, APRN-BC is Assistant Professor at The Catholic University of America School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. Prior to her current appointment, she was Associate Director and Assistant Professor for Nursing at Shenandoah University in Leesburg,Virginia, where she oversaw the second degree BSN program. Dr. Ballard also served as Director of the Inova Learning Network, Interim Senior Vice President/Chief Nurse Executive, and Director of the Inova Nursing Institute for Education and Research for the Inova Health System (Falls Church, Virginia). Dr. Ballard received her BSN from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and both graduate degrees from the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia). She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health, and holds the rank of Commander, Nurse Corps of the US Naval Reserve. Dr Ballard has practiced nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston), Lahey Clinic (Burlington, Massachusetts), Davies Medical Center (San Francisco, California), Kuakini Medical Center (Honolulu, Hawai'i), Naval Hospital Oakland (Oakland, California), Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (Portsmouth, Virginia), University of Virginia Medical Center, and US Army Hospital (Heidelberg, Germany). Dr Ballard previously held appointment as Assistant Professor of Nursing and Clinical Practice Coordinator for Georgetown University's School of Nursing and Health Studies. Her clinical specialty is burn care, and her academic scholarship focus is nursing history.

Connie Barden




Connie Barden, MSN, RN, CCRN-E, CCNS, is the chief clinical officer of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).   Barden, a former president of AACN, is the first person to hold the CCO position at AACN, tasked to provide strategic leadership for  development of clinical practice resources, products and programs that reflect state-of-the-art acute and critical care practice.  More recently, while tele-ICU clinical nurse specialist for Baptist Health South Florida in Miami, she co-led the task force that developed “AACN Tele-ICU Nursing Practice Guidelines.” Barden was previously director of clinical safety and innovation at Miami’s Mercy Hospital and held clinical nurse specialist appointments at other Miami hospitals. Barden holds an undergraduate nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is CCRN-E certified in critical care nursing and maintains CCNS certification as an advanced practice nurse.

Kenya V. Beard



A 2012 Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar, recently joined the faculty at City University of New York, The School of Professional Studies as an Associate Professor. Dr. Beard is a Faculty Scholar for the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health, Media & Policy where she co-produces HealthCetera segments for WBAI-FM. She also co-leads the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Leadership Mentoring Program to strengthen the racial and ethnic diversity of nurse leaders. During her tenure at Hunter College School of Nursing, she founded the Center for Multicultural Education and Health Disparities and disseminated research and best practices to move the needle on diversity, inclusion, and health equity.Dr. Beard is a specialist on diversity and inclusion; her research addresses critical issues surrounding race, implicit bias and health care disparities. Her expertise on diversity and inclusion was used to help create the National League for Nursing’s 2016 Diversity Vision Statement. As Chair of the New York State Action Coalition Committee for Diversity, she led the team in producing the 2014 Workforce Diversity Toolkit for New York. Her work has earned her numerous awards and honors including the National Black Nurses Association’s Nurse Educator of the Year award, the Witten Presidential award for Excellence in Teaching at Hunter College and the Dowling College Alumni Recognition Award for Leadership & Service. She is a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine and the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education. She serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Nursing.Dr. Beard earned her undergraduate degrees in nursing from Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing and Excelsior College in New York. She received a Masters of Science in Adult Health from Stony Brook University and a Doctorate in Education in Educational Administration from Dowling College.                


Michael Bleich



Michael R. Bleich, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the President and Chief Executive of NursDynamics, LLC where he offers consultation education and strategic effectiveness services for academic-service organizations and helath and nursing-related associations. Dr. Bleich began his healthcare career in 1970 and has progressed to hold administrative, education, and consultative roles in academic and service settings. Dr. Bleich holds a graduate degree in Public Health from University of Minnesota and a PhD in Human Resource Development from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2009, Dr. Bleich served as a committee member of the RWFJ Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the President of Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research and the Board of Trustees for CGFNS,International.

Linda Burnes Bolton



Linda Burnes Bolton, DrPH, RN, FAAN, is Vice President for Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Nursing Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise includes: nursing and patient care outcomes, improving organization performance, quality care and cultural diversity within the health professions. She is co-investigator of the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes research team.

Dr. Burnes Bolton is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association. She has provided leadership for several state and national programs including service as chair of the National Advisory Committee for Transforming Care at the Bedside, VA Commission on Nursing and the California AHEC Health Professions Committee. In 2009 she was appointed vice chair of the Institute of Medicine Commission on the Future of Nursing. Dr. Burnes Bolton received her DrPH from UCLA School of Public Health.

Laura Cullen



Laura Cullen, DNP, RN, FAAN, leads evidence-based practice initiatives at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is known for her innovative education programs, integration of EBP within the infrastructure and supporting adoption of EBP by staff nurses and multidisciplinary teams.  Her work has led to adoption of innovative practices; improved patient safety; reduced nosocomial events; improved patient, family and staff satisfaction; reduced hospital LOS and costs; and transformation within many organizations’ EBP infrastructure.  Laura is a mentor or co-PI on several small EBP and research grants supporting translation of research into practice.  Her research interests are in translation research or implementation science.  She has dozens of publications and national and international presentations.  Laura is Adjunct Faculty and has her BSN and M.A. from the University of Iowa, College of Nursing and received her DNP from the University of Minnesota. Laura has experience as a staff nurse and CNS in critical care; recently she served as the US representative on an international panel for Sigma Theta Tau International creating an EBP position statement.  Laura co-authors a regular column on evidence-based practice in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing.  She sits on the grant review panel for the DAISY Foundation.  She has also received multiple awards for her work, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and was named one of Iowa’s 100 Great Nurses in 2011.

Patricia D'Antonio



Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, is currently the Killebrew-Censtis Term Chair in Undergraduate Education, an Associate Professor of Nursing, the Chair of the Department of Family and Community Health, a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute, a member of the Graduate Group in the History and Sociology of Science, and a member of the affiliated faculty of the Women’s Studies Program all at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Dr. D’Antonio is the editor of the Nursing History Review, the official journal of the American Association for the History of Nursing. Dr. D’Antonio’s most recent book, American Nursing: A History of Knowledge, Authority and the Meaning of Work (Johns Hopkins Press: 2010) explores the diverse ways in which women and some men reframed the most traditional of gendered expectations – that of caring for the sick – in ways that allowed them to renegotiate the terms of some of their experiences in their own families and communities. She holds degrees from Boston College (BS), the Catholic University of America (MSN) and the University of Pennsylvania (PhD).

Joanne Disch         PhD, RN, FAAN



Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, of Minneapolis, MN, is a Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.  She has held numerous national leadership positions, including board member and chair of the national board for AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons; president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses; chair of the University Healthcare Consortium’s Chief Nurse Executive Council; and chair of the American Nurses Association's Committee on Nursing Practice Standards and Guidelines.  Currently she is a member of the Boards of Directors for  Aurora Health Care and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.  She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and currently serves as its President.  For the past six years, she has been one of the faculty leads for the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative, lecturing and publishing frequently on quality and safety issues related to nursing and health care.  Related to this work, she is Co-Principal Investigator on a study funded by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to establish a national data repository to track and trend nursing student errors and near-misses.


Margo A. Halm       PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA



Margo A. Halm, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAHA, is Director for Nursing Research, Professional Practice and Magnet at Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon. A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Nursing (BSN and MA), Dr. Halm began her career at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a Staff Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care. She also held CNS positions at St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City and United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, the latter where she was named Director of Nursing Research/Quality upon completion of her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Halm’s chief area of clinical expertise involves the application of evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and research methodologies to affect best practice. She writes a regular column for the American Journal of Critical Care, ‘Clinical Evidence Review’ that unveils available scientific evidence to support, refute or shed light on nursing practices where little evidence exists to guide practice. Halm’s main research interests focus on women and cardiovascular disease, family presence during resuscitation, integrative therapies for symptom management, and family caregiving after heart surgery. Dr. Halm is a 2009 Visiting Scholar for the Heart Center at Massachusetts’s General Hospital, a 2007 John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar at New York University, a 2003-2004 Juran Fellow in Quality from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, a 1999-2000 Cardiovascular Fellow with the American Hospital Association, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association-Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.

Pamela J. Haylock



A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Nursing, (BSN and MA), and the University of Texas Medical Branch Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (PhD), Pamela J. (PJ) Haylock has held staff, management, teaching and consultation roles. She is CEO of the Association for Vascular Access, a professional association that promotes excellence in vascular access practice and care for people requiring short and long-term vascular access. Dr. Haylock is past-president of the Oncology Nursing Society. She has served as Consumer Representative to the FDA’s Oncologic Drug Advisory Committee and in 2011, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In addition to many peer reviewed professional publications, Dr. Haylock’s trade publications include Women's Cancers: How to Prevent Them, How to Treat Them, How to Beat Them (with Kerry A. McGinn), Cancer Doesn't Have to Hurt (with Carol P. Curtiss) and Men's Cancers: How to Prevent Them, How to Treat Them, How to Beat Them. Dr. Haylock received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service from the University of Iowa College of Nursing and a Distinguished Alumni Award for Service from the University of Iowa Alumni Association.

MaryAnn Hozak     MSN, RN, NEA-BC



MaryAnn Hozak, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, is the Director of Innovative Nursing Practice and Quality Outcomes at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson, New Jersey.  With expertise in healthcare administration, nursing management and clinical education in diverse healthcare settings, she has designed and implemented structures and processes to improve patient outcomes and promote professional development. As a Magnet Program Director since 2001, she has fostered professional nursing practice standards, research, and nursing quality programs, using the Magnet model to focus on evidence-based practice, new knowledge, innovation and empirical outcomes. MaryAnn founded the New Jersey Council of Magnet Organizations in 2009 through the New Jersey Hospital Association, with the mission to champion New Jersey as a premier state for quality outcomes and to support the state’s Magnet organizations’ commitment to nursing excellence through partnerships, collaboration, research, and positive empirical outcomes.  She is an active member in the Organization of Nurse Executives-NJ and has presented nationally and internationally on Magnet initiatives, healthcare quality, critical care education and leadership topics. In 2010 she published her research study, “Caring at the core, maximizing the likelihood that a caring moment will occur,” in Measuring Caring: A compilation of international research on Caritas as healing, John Nelson and Jean Watson, Editors.  She is also a co-investigator on a series of research studies investing the prevention of hospital-acquired complications in geriatric trauma patients.

Katheren Koehn



Katheren Koehn, RN, is a staff nurse at the Spine Institute of Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis MN, where she serves as chair of the Nursing Practice Council and sits on the Nursing Informatics Council, Patient Safety and Quality Committee and the Clinical Council. She is chair of the Commission for Pathway to Excellence at ANCC and is a member of the Practice Commission at Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA). She is a past president of MNA and served on the ANA Board of Directors. She was a recipient of an Archibald Bush Foundation’s Leadership Fellowship, during which time she completed a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Hamline University, researching the 1966 mass resignation of American registered nurses to achieve the ANA National Salary Goal.

Linda MacIntyre     PhD, RN Chief Nurse, American Red Cross



As Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross, Dr. MacIntyre provides leadership for approximately 15,000 volunteer nurses across five business lines of service –Biomedical Services, Disaster Services, International Services, Preparedness, Health and Safety Services and Service to the Armed Forces. Dr. MacIntyre works with senior leaders to provide vision, direction and support for nursing and health in meeting the mission of the Red Cross. Dr. MacIntyre serves as volunteer faculty at University of California, San Francisco where she was previously full-time faculty. Dr. MacIntyre has a degree in theology from Westminster College in Oxford, England, a nursing degree from Texas Christian University and a PhD in nursing from University of California, San Francisco.  Her community health teaching, research and publications utilize a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach. Her nursing experience includes 5 years in hemodialysis, over 15 years in community health nursing, including volunteer service as the National Chair of Nursing for the Red Cross.

Phyllis D. Meadows









Christine Moffa

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Phyllis D. Meadows, PhD, RN, is the Associate Director of the Office of Public Health Public Practice, and Clinical Professor of Health Management and Policy with the University of Michigan – School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is responsible for developing programs and training to strengthen the capacity of public health practitioners, and will be teaching courses in public administration and health policy. In addition to her administrative and faculty positions, she holds an appointment as a Senior Fellow with The Kresge Foundation, supporting their national health programming efforts to strengthen community health networks and services for vulnerable populations. Dr. Meadows served as the Director and Public Health Officer for the City of Detroit from 2006-2009; after holding a position as the Deputy Director of Public Health for a period of two years. Her responsibilities include Executive oversight for the Department of Health’s public health programs, services and policy efforts. Dr. Meadows was a Kellogg International Leadership Fellow (Class I) from 1991 - 1994, and has studied and worked in South Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean and is a national Advisor for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Partners in Nursing Initiative, a Board Member for the Jonas Fund – Center for Nursing Excellence in New York. Dr. Meadows received her Bachelors Degree (BSN) in Nursing from Oakland University; a Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing from Wayne State University School of Nursing; and a PhD in Applied Sociology from Wayne State University.


Christine Moffa, PhD, RN, is a nurse educator at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Prior to that she served as Clinical Editor for the AJN. Prior to that position, Dr. Moffa worked as a staff nurse in pediatrics and women's health in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the International Society for Human Caring. Her areas of interest include healthy work environments, the prevention of workplace mistreatment, and caring science. She holds degrees from the Nassau Community College (ASN), New York University (MSN), and Florida Atalntic University (PhD). 


Mary Anne Rizzolo



Mary AnneRizzolo’s career has focused on exploring new technologies, determining how they can serve to educate and inform nurses, operationalizing their cost-effective delivery, and disseminating their value for nursing education and practice. These technologies included award winning patient simulation interactive videodisc programs, CD-ROMs, and the development of AJN Online, one of the first websites in the world to offer continuing education, journal articles, forum discussions, and other educational and networking opportunities. Dr. Rizzolo recently retired from the National League for Nursing, but maintains an active consulting practice that includes managing four Laerdal simulation projects for NLN and the HRSA funded Health Information Technology Scholars program.

Karen Roush



Karen Roush PhD, APRN is an assistant professor at Lehman College-City University of New York in New York City.  Dr. Roush served for many years as editorial director and clinical managing editor for the American Journal of Nursing(AJN) and continues her affiliation with the journal as an editorial consultant and member of the editorial board. In addition she is the founder of The Scholar’s Voice, which works to strengthen the voice of nursing through writing mentorship for nurses. Dr. Roush has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as books, essays, and poetry. Her research interests include gender-based violence, global human resources for health, social justice, and global women’s health. She has traveled to Rwanda, Uganda, and India as a nursing volunteer and taught nursing in Ghana. In 2009, she was a visiting scholar in the Department of Human Resources for Health at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Cynda Hylton Rushton




Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing, with a joint appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. A founding member of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, Dr. Rushton co-chairs the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Committee and Consultation Service.  Dr. Rushton is the recipient of three post-doctoral fellowships: a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellowship (2006-2009), a Kornfeld Fellowship in end-of-life, ethics and palliative care (2000), and a Mind and Life Institute Fellowship in Contemplative Science (2013-2014).  She has served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on increasing rates of organ donation and was a consultant to its project When Children Die. She also was appointed the first chair of the Maryland State Council on Quality Care at the End-of-Life, has been recognized twice as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women, and is an American Academy of Nursing "Edge Runner." She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Hasting’s Center Fellow. Her current scholarship in clinical ethics focuses on moral distress and suffering of clinicians, the development of moral resilience, palliative care, and designing a culture of ethical practice.

Chasity Burrows Walters, PhD, RN



Chasity Burrows Walters, PhD, RN, is the Director of Patient & Caregiver Education at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY. Prior to that she was the manager of the Patient Safety Program, and before joining Memorial, Dr. Walters worked in critical care as both a staff nurse and as a clinical nurse specialist. She is a member of the Cancer Patient Education Network, Eastern Nursing Research Society, and the Oncology Nursing Society. Her areas of interest include health literacy, patient and caregiver education strategies, and LGBT health and disparities. She holds degrees from the Community College of Rhode Island (AD), Boston College (MSN), and New York University (PhD).

Patricia S. Yoder-Wise EdD, RN, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN




Patricia S. Yoder-Wise, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, ANEF, FAAN, is President, The Wise Group and Professor and Dean Emerita, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing (Lubbock). Her areas of expertise focus on leadership, administration, and continuing competence.  She is past president of the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Texas Nurses Association and past treasurer of the American Academy of Nursing.  Her writings include two award winning texts and numerous articles related to leadership and management.  She holds degrees from The Ohio State University, Wayne State University (Detroit), and Texas Tech University.


Christopher A. VanFosson             MAJ, MSN/MHA, RN




Christopher A. VanFosson is an active duty Army Nurse currently enrolled as a PhD student at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa. A critical care nurse, Chris has clinical experience in a variety of patient care environments, including 24 months of combat nursing. He also has 24 months of clinical leadership experience in the medical/surgical and burn environments. Chris has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and presented extensively regarding his experiences in combat. Previously, he served as an associate investigator for an evidence-based preceptorship program funded by the Tri-Service Nursing Research Program and is currently an associate investigator for a qualitative study of unfinished nursing care in the acute care setting. Since 2010, Chris has served as a consultant for three retrospective reports on the use of forward-deployed medical units in the Afghanistan theater of operations. Since 2012, Chris has also served as a TeamSTEPPs master trainer for the Army Medical Department. Currently, Chris is also a clinical reviewer for two nursing journals. Chris believes that nurses are the answer to many of the healthcare challenges in the United Stated because, in the hospital setting, nurses spend more time with the patients then nay other member of the healthcare team.