Pam Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor of Nursing and Public Policy
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CMNEB 2022

Pamela Cipriano, succeeding retiring Dean Dorrie K. Fontaine, will serve as UVA School of Nursing’s interim dean effective Aug. 1, 2019.

Currently a member of the school’s research faculty, Cipriano served two terms as the president of the American Nurses Association from 2014 until December 2018, representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses.

Cipriano’s 40-plus-year career in nursing is marked by a focus on improving the quality and safety of services and the work environment for all staff. She has extensive experience as an academic medical center executive and served for nine years as the chief clinical officer/chief nursing officer in the UVA Health System, where she was responsible for all inpatient and outpatient clinical services. Under her leadership the Health System earned its initial American Nurses Credentialing Center “Magnet” designation in 2006.

Cipriano’s advocacy for the nursing profession is well-recognized. She is known nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for quality, growing nursing’s influence on health care policy, and leading efforts to advance the role and visibility of nurses. She served as a public-sector adviser in the U.S. delegation to the 69th World Health Assembly in 2016, and currently serves as the first vice president of the International Council of Nurses.

In addition to her administrative and teaching experience at UVA, Cipriano has been instrumental in promoting the role technology can play in strengthening the safety and efficiency of care delivery. Her recent work with the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience has focused on reducing regulatory burden and revamping electronic documentation to relieve clinicians of unnecessary work.  

Among her many honors and awards for exceptional leadership and contributions to the profession, she was the Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine in 2010-11 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, earning its Healthcare Leader Award in 2018. She was named among the “Top 100 Most Influential People in (U.S.) Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine for four consecutive years (2015 to 2018), and also in 2015 as one of its “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.”

Cipriano earned a BSN from American University in 1978, followed by an MSN in 1981 from the University of Washington. In 1992 she earned a PhD in executive nursing administration from the University of Utah’s College of Nursing.