American Nurses Credentialing Center Announces Members of the IOM Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing

The Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing will discuss issues related to research on credentialing of nurses and organizations. As a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, ANCC is proud to serve as the credentialing arm and as a leader in sponsoring this research agenda for nursing.

Marilyn P. Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, vice president for national patient care services at Kaiser Permanente will chair the committee. She has been recognized for her expertise in leadership, innovation, regulation of nursing practice, work-force policy, and primary care. Dr. Chow has received numerous awards for her work and serves on several national boards and commissions.

In addition to Dr. Chow, the 13-member committee roster, released today by the Institute of Medicine includes:

Murielle Beene, MS, MPH, MBA, RN-BC
Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Robert Dittus, MD, MPH
Richard Hawkins, MD, FACP
Ronda Hughes, PhD, MHS, RN, FAAN
Paul Mazmanian, PhD
Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, CRNP
Jack Needleman, PhD, FAAN
Robin Newhouse, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD
Patrick S. Romano, MD, MPH
Joanne Spetz, PhD

The IOM standing committee will maintain surveillance of the field, discuss planning and program development efforts, and serve as a focal point for discussions and potential ad hoc studies requested by the sponsor and approved by the Institute of Medicine and the National Academies. Topics that may be addressed by the standing committee or by sponsored workshops and future studies by IOM committees include:

  • emerging priorities for nursing credentialing research
  • research methodologies and measures relevant to nursing credentialing research and outcomes assessment
  • the impact of individual and organizational credentialing in nursing on improving healthcare quality
  • strategic planning for moving the field of nursing credentialing research forward

“Nurses play a crucial role in health care. As the scope and intensity of nursing responsibilities grow, thoughtful reflection and planning for research on the credentialing of nurses will be increasingly important. We hope the new Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing will help meet this need,” said Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, president, Institute of Medicine.

“This is a huge step forward for nursing research. We are very pleased that the IOM has created this committee and look forward to participating in the dialogue and implementing the recommendations,” said ANCC President Michael Evans, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

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About The Institute of Medicine

The IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Nearly 150 years later, the National Academy of Sciences has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which comprises the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council, and the IOM. For more information, visit


About ANCC

The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. The ANCC’s internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. It recognizes healthcare organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes, while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits healthcare organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. It also offers educational materials to support nurses and organizations as they work toward their credentials. The ANCC is the first and only healthcare certification organization in the United States to have successfully achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. For more information, visit

The ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent member nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.