Health Leaders Laud Hassmiller’s Election to the Institute of Medicine

Oct 21, 2013, 1:23 PM

Susan B. Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the venerable institution announced this morning. It is one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Hassmiller shapes and leads RWJF’s strategies to transform the nursing profession to improve health and health care. She joined RWJF in 1997. In 2009, she received the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Read more about Hassmiller’s election to the IOM.

Among the IOM’s 80 new members are two other nurses: Beverly Louise Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO, National League for Nursing, New York City; and Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, College of Nursing, Ohio State University, Columbus.

Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the IOM is widely recognized as a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues.

Health leaders had high praise for Hassmiller’s election:

“Susan Hassmiller is an exceptional asset to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and to the field of health care. We are thrilled that the Institute of Medicine has recognized her for something the Foundation has long known: that she exemplifies the qualities of leadership that will promote a culture of health and make the United States a healthier nation.
-- Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

“In this period of momentous change, Sue Hassmiller is recognized as a standout among leaders who are accelerating the contributions of nurses to assure that individuals, family caregivers and communities across the U.S. have access to high value health care. Warmest congratulations, Sue, on your selection as a member of the Institute of Medicine—a richly deserved recognition of your commitment, passion and determination on behalf of nursing and all of our health care partners.”
-- Mary Naylor, RN, PhD, FAAN, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and director, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health

“There are very few public health champions who combine compassion, analysis, strategic thinking and genuine leadership around important issues and causes for well-being. Sue Hassmiller is on the top rung and a very worthy member of the Institute of Medicine.”
-- William Novelli, MA, professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University and co-chair, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care

“Sue Hassmiller is a dynamic and extraordinary leader who has energized nurses across the country. This honor is very well-deserved. Sue’s impact on nursing, health and health care in this country has been remarkable and she continues to drive change every day.”
-- Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, senior vice president, AARP Public Policy Institute and chief strategist, Center to Champion Nursing in America

“Sue Hassmiller understands nursing from the classroom to the bedside or home visit to the formulation of national policies on education and scope of practice. She knows what it takes to move the nursing agenda forward and will be a great addition to the Institute of Medicine's efforts in health care quality and the health care workforce.”
-- John W. Rowe, MD, professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.