Linda Harrington, Chair

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.

Formerly vice-chair of the Texas Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Nurses Advisory Committee, Harrington has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. She speaks nationally about research, evidence-based practice and informatics related to nursing.

Harrington 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 earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice in nursing informatics from Duke University, Durham, N.C.in 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Texas, Arlington, and a doctoral degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, Denton.

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


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