Margaret L. McClure, EdD, RN, FAAN

For more than twenty years, Margaret McClure she was the chief nursing officer at NYU Medical Center, where she also served as the chief operating officer and hospital administrator. In addition, she served in the United States Army, retiring from the Reserves with the rank of Colonel.

A prolific writer and lecturer, Dr. McClure is internationally recognized as a nursing leader. Her best-known contribution to the literature is the study “Magnet Hospitals: Attraction and Retention of Professional Nurses,” which she co-authored under the auspices of the American Academy of Nursing. This research served as the basis for today’s Magnet Hospital program, an internationally recognized set of standards that have served to improve both patient care and the work lives of nurses.

Dr. McClure is the past president of two national organizations: the American Academy of Nursing and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Seton Hall University and an honorary doctor of laws degree from Moravian College. In 2007 she was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing.

A graduate of the Lankenau Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Dr. McClure received her baccalaureate degree from Moravian College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. She currently serves on a number of boards, including Nurses Education Funds and Presbyterian Senior Services.