Pam Cipriano is our 2022 School of Nursing Convocation Speaker


We are happy to announce that Pamela F. Cipriano, Ph.D., RN, FAAN (81′) will be the keynote speaker for the University of Washington School of Nursing’s Convocation Ceremony, which will be held in person on June 10, 2022.

Dr. Pam Cipriano has over 40 years of experience as a globally recognized nurse leader, strategist, educator, and advocate. A 1981 graduate of the rigorous UW School of Nursing’s Master of Science program, Cipriano has led a varied educational and professional path.

Currently, the dean of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, where she’s the Sadie Heath Cabaniss Professor of Nursing, she earned her doctorate at the University of Utah after her time in Seattle. She then embarked on a remarkable run of professional leadership roles, including nurse manager at LDS Hospital Intermountain Health Care in Utah, director of Surgery-Trauma Services at the Medical University of South Carolina, chief nursing and chief clinical officer for the University of Virginia Health System and interim chief operating officer at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Her many accomplishments include being Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) and the inaugural editor-in-chief of American Nurse Today. She has earned a Fellowship Ad Eundem at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Health Care Leader Award at the American Academy of Nursing.

Dr. Pamela F. Cipriano is also the 2022 Alumna Summa Laude Dignata. She is the second Husky Nurse to receive this honor in recent years. In 2020, Patty Hayes BSN ’76, MN ’80 received the same honor. Read more about her story in our University of Washington Magazine article.