News Release: Emory Healthcare , School of Nursing

Mar. 11,  2010

Susan Shapiro Named Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Susan Shapiro, PhD, RN, has been named associate chief nursing officer for Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice, Emory Healthcare, and the assistant dean for Strategic Initiatives, Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

In this new joint role shared between Emory Healthcare and the School of Nursing, Shapiro will be working with clinical nurses and School of Nursing faculty to build a nursing research program across Emory Healthcare and to move closer toward Emory's goal of becoming designated as a Magnet health system.

Magnet is the highest level of recognition the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) can award to hospitals or health care organizations to recognize quality patient care and nursing excellence. Currently, fewer than 350 health care organizations in the United States are certified as Magnet hospitals by ANCC.

Shapiro will play a key leadership role in supporting and advancing the strong partnership between the School of Nursing and Emory Healthcare, with particular emphasis in areas of clinical initiatives and classroom to clinical practice. Further, she will develop clinical initiatives and expand curricular programs in the evidence-based practice and quality and safety programs in the School of Nursing.

"Dr. Shapiro has dedicated the last 10 years of her career to bridging the gap between nursing practice and research, and she is ideally suited for the ambitious goals and challenges we have set for ourselves here at Emory to be a global leader in health care delivery and scholarly service," says Susan Grant, RN, chief nursing officer for Emory Healthcare.

Linda McCauley, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor and dean of the School of Nursing, says, "I am delighted that Dr. Shapiro will be joining Emory in this new role. Her combination of leadership experience in nursing research, patient safety and evidence-based practice has prepared her for this important position as we continue to fulfill our mission of transforming health and healing through education and patient care."

Shapiro received a bachelor's in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, master's in nursing from the University of California San Francisco and doctoral degree in nursing from Oregon Health and Science University. Her career has been built on a strong foundation in specialty clinical practice in the emergency department. She comes to Emory from the University of California, San Francisco where she spent six years as director of Research and Evidence-based Practice in the Department of Nursing at UCSF's Medical Center, and as a nurse scientist in UCSF's Center for Nursing Research and Innovation. Shapiro has published extensively and has focused her research on nursing sensitive quality indicators.


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