Biography

Succeeding retiring Dean Dorrie K. Fontaine, Pamela Cipriano serves as Dean of the UVA School of Nursing effective Aug. 1, 2019.

Formerly 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.

Honors and Awards

  • Modern Healthcare's "Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare" (2015-2018)
  • American Academy of Nursing's Healthcare Leader Award (2018)
  • Modern Healthcare's "Top 25 Women in Healthcare" award (2015)
  • Distinguished Nurse Scholar in Residence, Institute of Medicine (2010-11)
  • Distinguished Member Award , American Nurses Association (2008)
  • Nurse Executive Advanced - Board Certified, American Nurses Credentialing Center (2007)
  • Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence, Awarded to the University of Virginia Health System by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (2006)

Service

  • Vice President, International Council of Nurses (2018-present)
  • President, American Nurses Association (2015-2018)
  • National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience (2018)
  • Advisor in the U.S. delegation to the 69th World Health Assembly (2016)

Publications

Journal Articles

Cipriano, P. (2018). 100 years on: The Spanish Flu, pandemics, and keeping nurses safe. International Nursing Review, 65(3), 305-6. doi:10.1111/inr.12483

Chow, M., Cipriano, P., Cromwell, T., Murphy, J., O’Brien, A., Sensmeier, J, & Westra, B. (2013). A blueprint for action: Demonstrating quality measures across all settings with health information technology. Journal of Healthcare Information Management, 27(3), 70-75.

Cipriano, P., Bowles, K., Dailey, M., Dykes, P., Lamb, G., & Naylor, M. (2013). The importance of health information technology in care coordination and transitional care. Nursing Outlook, 61(6), 475-489.

Hamer, S., & Cipriano, P. (2013). Involving nurses in developing new technology. Nursing Times, 109(47), 18-19.

Cipriano, P. & Hamer, S. (2013). Enabling the ordinary: More time to care. American Nurse Today, 8(11), SR2-4.

Cipriano, P. (2012). Membership in NSNA: An unparalleled experience. Imprint, 59(3), 31.

Cipriano, P.F. (2012). The importance of knowledge-based technology. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 36(2), 136-46.

Cipriano, P. (2012). The imperative for patient-, family-, and population-centered interprofessional approaches to care coordination and transitional care: A policy brief by the American Academy of Nursing’s Care Coordination Task Force. Nursing Outlook, 60(5), 330-3.

Cipriano, P. (2011). The quality nexus: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. American Nurse Today, 6(11), Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/the-quality-nexus-office-of-the-national-coordinator-for-health-information-technology/.

Cipriano, P. (2011). This one's ours! American Nurse Today, 6(10), Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/this-ones-ours/.

Cipriano, P. (2011). 9/11: Remembrance and resilience. American Nurse Today, 6(9), 6.

Cipriano, P. (2011). A power multiplier. American Nurse Today, 6(8), .

Cipriano, P. (2011). RN: Pride and prejudice. American Nurse Today, 6(7), 6.

Cipriano, P. (2011). Jo Eleanor Elliott: A legacy of courage. American Nurse Today, 6(6), .

Cipriano, P. (2011). Making history: When nursing succeeds, health care succeeds. American Nurse Today, 6(5), 6.

Cipriano, P. (2011). Doing the most good. American Nurse Today, 6(4), Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/doing-the-most-good/.

Cipriano, P. (2011). Crime doesn't pay. American Nurse Today, 6(3), Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/crime-doesnt-pay/.

Cipriano, P. (2011). When medication regulations collide with common sense. American Nurse Today, 6(2), Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/when-medication-regulations-collide-with-common-sense/.

Cipriano, P. (2011). Courting quality. American Nurse Today, 6(1), 8.

Cipriano, P. (2011). Transforming care through health information technology. A conversation with Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. American Nurse Today, 6(11), 8, 10.

Cipriano, P. (2011). The future of nursing and health IT: The quality elixir. Nursing Economics, 29(5), 286-289.

Book Sections

Cipriano, P. & Keim-Malpass, J. (2018). Influencing public opinion and health policy through media engagement. In B. Patton, M. Zalon, & R. Ludwick (Eds.), Nurses making policy from bedside to boardroom (pp. 291-328). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Cipriano, P. (2015). Working with the media: Shaping the health policy process. In B. Patton, M. Zalon, & R. Ludwick (Eds.), Nurses making policy from bedside to boardroom (pp. 317-358). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Burnes-Bolton, L., Cipriano, P., Gelinas, L., McClure, M., & Gassert, C. (2012). The intersection of technology and healthcare: Policy and practice implications. In D. Mason, J. Leavitt, & M. Chaffee (Eds.), Policy and politics in nursing and health care (6th ed.) (pp. 444-450). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds

Cipriano, P. (2018, January 1). Passion with purpose: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, February 1). Your support matters: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, March 1). Human Rights: ANA and nurses call for migrant family reunifications: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, April 1). Nurses shaping the future of health care: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, May 1). 20 million strong: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, June 1). Stopping sexual harassment and violence against nurses: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, July 1). Workplace violence: A nurse tells her story: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, August 1). The Nursing Now campaign launches: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, September 1). Inspire, innovate, and influence: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, October 1). Transitions and transformation: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, November 1). Responding to disasters: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Cipriano, P. (2018, December 1). The New Year rings in a call for continued nurse advocacy: Column. American Nurse Today. Retrieved from https://www.americannursetoday.com/.

Horvath, K., Sengstack, P., Opelka, F., Kitts, A. B., Basch, P., Hoyt, D., Ommaya, A., Cipriano, P., Kawamoto, K., Paz, H. L., & Overhage, J. M. (2018, October 1). A vision for a person-centered health information system. NAM Perspectives. National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. Retrieved from https://nam.edu/a-vision-for-a-person-centered-health-information-system/.

Ommaya, A. K., Cipriano, P., Hoyt, D. B., Horvath, K. A., Tang,P., Paz, H. L., DeFrancesco, M. S., Hingle, S. T., Butler, S., & Sinsky, C. A. (2018, January 29). Care-centered clinical documentation in the digital environment: Solutions to alleviate burnout. NAM Perspectives. National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. Retrieved from https://nam.edu/care-centered-clinical-documentation-digital-environment-solutions-alleviate-burnout/.

Kishore, S., Ripp, J., Shanafelt, T., Melnyk , B., Rogers, D., Brigham, T., Busis, N., Charney, D., Cipriano, P., Minor, L., Rothman, P., Spisso, J., Kirch, D.G., Nasca, T., & Dzau, V. (2018, October 26). Making the case for the chief wellness officer in America’s health systems: A call to action. Health Affairs Blog. Retrieved from https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20181025.308059/full/.

Cipriano, P. (2013, December). Let there be peace [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, November). Technology: Powering global healthcare transformation [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, October). The new health insurance marketplace [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, September). In the blink of an eye: The hazards of laser pointers [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, August). Confronting racism in health care [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, July). Say it isn’t so: Eradicating the fear of retaliation [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, June). Rising to the top [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, May). The new normal [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, April). Through the kindness of strangers [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, March). Hospital nurse staffing for dummies [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, February). Do no harm [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2013, January). The healthy nurse [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, December). A year of gifts [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, November). Dear Members of Congress [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, October). Carrots and sticks [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, September). A new egalitarianism [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, August). Health care needs a swoosh [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, July). Patient-centeredness as algorithm [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, June). ANA pays it forward [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, May). Healthy and wise [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, April). Precision and perfection [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, March). Reaching escape velocity [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, February). Save a life -- yours (and your patients')! [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.

Cipriano, P. (2012, January). When it's my time to die [Editorial]. American Nurse Today. 6.