Damon Cottrell, Chair

AACN Certification Corporation Board
July 2011 - June 2012


Damon Cottrell, RN, DNP, CCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CEN, is chair of AACN Certification Corporation from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. He served two terms as chair-elect in FY2010 and FY2011 and secretary/treasurer in FY2009.

Cottrell — supervisor, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, Maine — enjoys a nursing career that spans 20 years.

A clinical nurse specialist and director of nursing at Washington Hospital Center’s coronary care unit and rapid response team, Washington, D.C., from 2006 to 2011, he served in various leadership positions.

He co-chaired the hospital’s Plan of Care Committee, served as team leader of the Patient Centered Care Committee and participated on the Magnet Steering Committee.

Cottrell worked as a clinical nurse specialist at Providence Health System, St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, Ore., from 2005 to 2006, in the cardiology/telemetry unit; and Texas Health Resources, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas from 2000 to 2005.

He held acute and critical care staff nurse positions at Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, from 1989 to 1990, and Baptist Healthcare System, San Antonio, from 1988 to 1989.

An adjunct faculty member/clinical instructor at Georgetown University from 2007 to 2010, he also taught at Marymount University, Arlington, Va., and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

Cottrell, who belongs to AACN’s Greater Washington Area Chapter and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, has received several prestigious awards throughout his career.

He earned the 100 Extraordinary Nurses Award from the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in 2008 and the Excellence in Clinical Education Award from Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and the Great One Hundred Nurses Award from the Texas Nurses Association in 2004.

Cottrell has authored numerous articles including several related to cardiac care: “Opening Hearts: More Than a Surgical Procedure” in OR Nurse and “Atrial Fibrillation: The Emergency Nurses’ Response” in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.

Cottrell, who completed his doctorate of nursing practice at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, in 2010, earned Bachelor and Master of Science in nursing degrees from Texas Woman’s University, Dallas, in 1997 and 1999 respectively.

He holds national certification in critical care (CCRN) and emergency nursing (CEN) and as a clinical nurse specialist (CCNS).