Pam Cipriano

Pam Cipriano

President


American Nurses Association (ANA)

Silver Spring, MD USA


[With a Ph.D.] you have to remember, you know more than everybody else in your audience about what it is that you are saying...your opinion is based on your knowledge and expertise. Recognizing that is the key to confidence.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Grew up in Philadelphia as the youngest child of first-generation American parents.
Was originally a medical technician major at a small rural college in Pennsylvania, but grew disinterested in the field—ended up transferring to the University of Philadelphia to pursue nursing.
Has earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing.
She has held several leadership roles in health care systems, academia, and national professional organizations.
Was part of the nursing team at the University of Utah that took care of Barney Clark, the first artificial heart patient in the United States.
She is a passionate advocate for healthcare quality and upholding the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses—says that nurses have a duty to protect others.
She has been named one of the “Top 100 People in Healthcare” and one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare,” by <i>Modern Healthcare</i> magazine.
Has been a registered nurse for 41 years and is currently serving as the 35th president of the American Nurses Association.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
American University
Graduate
Nursing Science
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Doctorate
Nursing Administration
University of Utah

Career

President

I represent the interests of 3.6 million nurses and am a strong advocate for health care quality.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I work to advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on healthcare issues affecting nurses and the public.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Emotional support, the ability to be ready at a moments notice for any situation, and good listening and communication skills.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get involved in organizations and volunteer. Take on leadership roles as often as you can.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
graduate
Graduate
Nursing Science
doctorate
Doctorate
Nursing Administration

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I don't think I can balance the responsibilities of my work and my personal life. "

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
Work/Life Balance