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Marla E. Salmon named 2012-2013 Institute of Medicine Nurse Scholar in Residence


Date: June 14, 2012
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

From the American Academy of Nursing:

Marla E. Salmon named 2012-2013 Institute of Medicine Nurse Scholar in Residence

Focus on micro-finance, nursing, and women’s development will impact domestic and global health policy

Washington, DC (June 14, 2012) – American Academy of Nursing Fellow Marla E. Salmon, ScD, RN, FAAN, has been selected as the 2012-2013 Nurse Scholar in Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies.  Sponsored by the Academy, the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), Salmon is the most recent of an exceptional group of distinguished nurse leaders afforded the opportunity to pursue an important policy focus at the Institute of Medicine for a year.  The highly competitive year long program is designed to advance the policy engagement of the nurse scholar in an important area of health policy. 

Salmon’s career positions her particularly well for this opportunity.  She brings with her a unique portfolio of leadership experiences extending from service as the Director of the Division of Nursing of the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions, academic leadership roles in nursing and public health in top ranked universities, and working with countries around the world to develop health workforce capacity.   Her early education in nursing, political science, and public health has framed a career that consistently crosses interdisciplinary boundaries and demonstrates the capacity for productive interdisciplinary policy development and engagement. 

Salmon is not new to the Institute of Medicine.  As a member of IOM, she has engaged in a number of important committees aimed at domestic and global health workforce capacity building.  “The Institute of Medicine is looking forward to Dr. Salmon’s year with us as a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence. She will be adding valuable expertise and an important perspective to our work in a number of important national and international policy areas,” said Dr Marie Michnich, Director of Health Policy Educational Programs and Fellowships.  Her ambitious goals focus on informing and advancing scholarship and policy relating to the potential utility of social finance to lower barrier’s to the education of women in low and low-middle income countries and their subsequent practice as nurses.  Three areas of policy and scholarship to study include: (1) global nursing workforce capacity building, (2) women’s development aimed at enhanced educational and economic wellbeing; and, (3) social impact investment and microfinance as mechanisms for reducing barriers to women’s education and subsequent sustained economic engagement.

“Being named the IOM Nurse Scholar is a remarkable honor and opportunity that will be instrumental in advancing my work in nursing workforce policy and capacity building,“ Salmon stated.  “I am deeply grateful and look forward to the year ahead.”  Immediate past dean of the University of Washington School of Nursing, Salmon continues there as Professor of Nursing, Public Health, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Evans School of Public Affairs. 

Salmon’s work at the IOM will be informed by her distinguished national and international engagement in health workforce policy and capacity building in the federal government, higher education, and the philanthropic/voluntary sector. She co-chaired the first ever joint meetings of the federal government’s Council on Graduate Medical Education and National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, served as a member of the White House Taskforce on Healthcare Reform, chaired the Global Advisory Group for Nursing and Midwifery of the World Health organization, and led in the development of a series of global forums responsible for bringing together senior government nursing and medical officers for over 100 countries.

“Everyday our nation faces nursing shortages. We are not alone in this very serious challenge. Marla E. Salmon’s extensive interdisciplinary career, ability to advance health care solutions through previous experiences and networks, and unique research proposal to enhance nurses’ economic security made her the preeminent choice for the IOM Scholar appointment,” said Academy President Joanne Disch, PDF, RN, FAAN.  “The Academy applauds her for the scholarly work she continues to undertake on behalf of the nursing profession.”

The IOM Nurse Scholar in Residence Program was initiated in 1992. Scholars in Residence work closely with both the IOM and the American Academy of Nursing, collaborating closely throughout their engagement to advance policy, benefitting from the support, expertise and commitment of each. 


Nurse scholars since 2002 include:

            2010 – Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

            2009 – Julie A. Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN

            2008 – Mary E. Evans, PhD, RN, FAAN

            2007 – Carolyn Williams, PhD, RN, FAAN

            2006 – Ada Sue Hinshaw, PhD, RN, FAAN

            2005 – Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN

            2004 – Veronica D. Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN

            2003 – Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN

            2002 – Bonnie M. Jennings, DNSc, RN, FAAN



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