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Expert Panel on Building Health Care System Excellence

Building on the seminal contribution of the Magnet Program, launched originally by the American Academy of Nursing, this expert panel will gather, disseminate, and translate evidence about nursing’s unique contributions to achieving value based healthcare. The five major focus areas of this expert panel are 1) healthcare practice environments across the continuum; 2) healthcare workforce; 3) the Academy’s role in advancing the Magnet Program efforts; 4) team based care including patients and 5) service-academic partnerships.

Inaugural Year: 2013

Lead Co-Chair:

Donna Sullivan-Havens, PhD, RN, FAAN
Interim Dean
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Joyce Batcheller, RN, DNP, FAAN
CNO Solutions

Co-Chair Appointee:

Deb Zimmermann, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Chief Nursing Officer and Vice-President of Patient Care Services
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Staff Liaison: Matthew Williams
Board Liaison: Debra A. Toney


  • 2010  Magnet: Next Generation, Maggie McClure, RN, EDd, FAAN
  • 2010  American Nurses Credentialing Center Response to “Magnet® status doesn’t improve nurses’ working conditions” published in ANA SmartBrief.  

The Expert Panel on Building Health Care System Excellence recognizes the importance of research and actively encourages it through the outcomes component of the Magnet Model. It offers opportunities to share research findings at an annual research symposium. The expert panel encourages researchers to build on this and other studies, to identify key variables that may better explain research findings, and to continue the search for new knowledge. Its commitment to have an evidence-based approach to the Magnet standards will continue and studies of this kind help us all improve our ability to provide positive practice environments that ultimately impact excellence in patient- and family-centered care.

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