Mount Carmel College of Nursing Commencement Speaker, Dr. Margaret McClure

Margaret L. McClure, RN, EdD, FAAN

Mount Carmel College of Nursing welcomes Margaret L. McClure, EdD, RN, FAAN, as its 2019 Commencement speaker. Commencement is Saturday, May 4, 2019, at noon at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene.

For more than 20 years Dr. McClure was the chief nursing officer at New York University Medical Center, where she also served as the chief operating officer and hospital administrator.

She is a prolific writer and lecturer and is internationally recognized as a nursing leader. Her best-known contribution to nursing literature is the study entitled, Magnet Hospitals: Attraction and Retention of Professional Nurses, which she co-authored and published under the auspices of the American Academy of Nursing. This research served as the basis for today’s Magnet Hospital program. The Magnet status, now a national recognition program, is an award given by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center (ANCC), an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, to hospitals that meet a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their 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 is past president of two national organizations: American Academy of Nursing and American Organization of Nurse Executives. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including an honorary doctor of humane letters from Seton Hall University and an honorary doctor of laws from Moravian College. In 2007 she was named a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing. She retired from the United States Army Reserves with the rank of Colonel.

Additionally, she has been involved in several national projects, most notably an effort designed to create a seamless educational path for new nurses entering the profession, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. She is member emeritus of Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. (NEF) and has served as adjunct professor at New York University.

Dr. McClure now focuses her attention on increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses, as well as espousing the value that nursing is a lifelong learning process.