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Ashley Waddell, , MS, RN

Director of Government Affairs and Educational Programs Organization of Nurse LeadersAlumni Council Member 2018-2020
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Ashley Waddell PhD, RN, is the Director of Government Affairs and Educational Programs for the Organization of Nurse Leaders MA, RI, CT, NH, & VT. With a passion for education and a strong belief that nurses should influence all levels of health policy, Dr. Waddell’s research and practice interests focus on how nurses participate in health policy and how nursing curricula prepares nurses for such work. Her doctoral studies resulted in the development of a nursing conceptual model and theory-based instrument that is valid and reliable for measuring nurses’ health policy participation. Dr. Waddell has a strong clinical background in pediatric nursing and a contemporary understanding of the political and operational complexities of the health care system. She was a key nurse strategist for the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety, a coalition opposing the 2018 MA ballot question on mandatory nurse staffing ratios, and has established a multi-state structure within the Organization of Nurse Leaders to support nurse leaders to influence state health policy in New England. Dr. Waddell was a 2016-2018 Jonas Nurse Scholar, she currently serves on the Jonas Alumni Council, and she was a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Faculty Policy Think Tank (2015-18). Dr. Waddell’s work has been published in leading journals including Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice; Nursing Science Quarterly; and the Journal of Advanced Nursing.