Linda Harrington, Chair, AACN Certification Board

AACN Certification Board
July 2013 – June 2014

Linda Harrington, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, CNS, CPHQ, CENP, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, serves a one-year term as chair on the AACN Certification Corporation board of directors from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014.

Harrington — vice president/chief nursing informatics officer, Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo. — was previously vice president for advancing nursing practice at Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, where she chaired or co-chaired several major committees including the Critical Care and Advanced Practice Nurse councils.

Harrington, formerly vice-chair of the Texas Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Nurses Advisory Committee, has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters, including co-author of “Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE): Important Non-Technical Issues and Considerations” in Nurse Leader, author of “Clinical Intelligence” in Journal of Nursing Administration, and co-author of “Balancing Quality and Costs During Economic Downturns” in OR Nurse and of “Documentation of Others’ Work in the Electronic Health Record” for Critical Care Nurse.

She speaks nationally and internationally on research, evidence-based practice and informatics related to nursing, including “The Role of Nurse Informaticists in the Emerging Field of Clinical Intelligence” at the 11th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, Montreal, Canada, and “The Leadership Journey” at the AACN chapter 2012 Region 15 Leadership Invitational.

Harrington also developed and launched the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. A nurse researcher at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, she played a critical role in the hospital attaining Magnet designation. She also has served as chief nursing officer and consultant to hospital startup companies.

A member of the AACN board of directors from 2009 to 2012, Harrington also served on the AACN Nominating Committee in 2009 and 2010, the Evidence-Based Practice Resource Work Group in 2008 and 2009 and the Scope and Standards for Acute and Critical Care Nursing Practice Task Force from 2006 to 2008.

Harrington’s other professional memberships include the American Organization of Nurse Executives, where she served on the Technology Committee, 2011-2012, Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society, National Association of Healthcare Quality, where she serves on the Nursing Informatics Committee, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing from 1981 to the present.

Among her many degrees, Harrington earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice in nursing informatics from Duke University, Durham, N.C., in 2012; a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Texas, Arlington; a doctoral degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, Denton; a postmaster’s certificate in nursing informatics from Duke; and a postgraduate certificate in pain management from the University of California, San Francisco.

Harrington, who lives in Dallas, has a license as a clinical nurse specialist and certifications in healthcare quality management, executive nursing practice and informatics.


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