Fellow in the Spotlight
Mary Dee Hacker, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Mary Dee Hacker, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, has been named as a representative by the American Nurses Credentialing Center on the Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program. Her term will begin on July 1 of this year and span four years.
In this capacity, Hacker will play a pivotal role in serving on the governance body of the Magnet Recognition Program, a credential for nursing excellence earned by 395 hospitals out of almost 6,000 U.S. health care organizations, recognizing only the very best hospitals across the country.
“Mary Dee’s leadership has been vital in our Patient Care Services department’s efforts to ensure that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles earned the Magnet credential in 2008 and Magnet re-designation in 2013,” says Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president and CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, one of only 29 recognized Magnet organizations in California. “Being asked to serve in such a prominent capacity with this organization is a testament to Mary Dee’s dedication and knowledge, and to the extraordinary efforts of our patient care services disciplines and to our Magnet team members.”
“As the first Magnet commission representative from a pediatric hospital—a group representing approximately 8 percent of all Magnet hospitals—Hacker will bring new insights and experiences to the commission,” says Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, executive director of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. “Mary Dee is a passionate advocate for the value of Magnet. She offers a unique perspective as a senior leader from a key stakeholder group. We are thrilled to have her expertise on the commission.”
Hacker has served as the visionary chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles for 20 years. She guided the hospital to its initial Magnet designation in 2008, and then through its first re-designation in 2013. She is known for creating a healthy culture and work environment for direct care providers and all members of the health care team. Hacker has been associated with Children's Hospital for more than three decades, beginning as a staff nurse in 1975 and has held various administrative nursing positions at the hospital.
Ms. Hacker was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy in 2010.
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