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Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN

Beerstecher-Blackwell Term Professor & Dean Emeritus

Office: 5016

Phone: (919) 966-6840


Specialty Area: Systems/Policy/Informatics

Dr. Cronenwett is the Beerstecher Blackwell Term Professor and former dean of the School of Nursing and currently serves as the co-director of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program.   She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, and Chairs the board of the North Carolina Quality Center.

Dr. Cronenwett earned her master’s degree in parent-child nursing from the University of Washington and her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Michigan.  She recently completed seven years (2005-2012) as principal investigator of a national initiative, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, with four phases of funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  She has published more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.

Past professional service includes terms of office on the boards of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health, editorial advisory boards of Applied Nursing Research, Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing, Journal of Nursing Measurement, and the Joint Commission Journal of Quality Improvement, and numerous offices in professional associations, including President of the New Hampshire Nurses Association, secretary of the American Academy of Nursing, and Chair of the American Nurses Association’s Congress of Nursing Practice.  She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Dorothy Garrigus Adams Founders’ Award for Fostering Professional Standards, Sigma Theta Tau International (2009), the Jessie Scott Award for Advancing Nursing Practice, Education and Research, American Nurses Association (2012), and the 25th Anniversary Sustained Influential Leader Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society (2013).

Recent publications include:

Books and Monographs

Cronenwett, L., & Dzau V. In: Culliton B., Russell, S. (editors). (2010). Who will provide primary care and how will they be trained? Proceedings of a Conference Sponsored by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, Durham, N.C. New York: Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.  Available at

Aspden, P., Wolcott, J.A., Bootman, J.L., & Cronenwett, L.R. (Eds).  (2007).  Preventing medication errors.  Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Committee on Identifying and Preventing Medication Errors.  Washington, DC:  The National Academies Press.

Book Chapters

Cronenwett, L.R, & Ironside, P.M. (2012). Triangle synergies in a national quality and safety initiative in nursing.  In P. Batalden & T. Foster (Eds.) Sustainably improving health care: Creatively linking care outcomes, system performance and professional development (pp. 159-174). London: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.

Cronenwett, L. (2012). A national initiative: Quality and safety education for nurses (QSEN). In G. Sherwood & J. Barnsteiner (Eds.) Quality and safety in nursing: A competency approach to improving outcomes (pp.49-64).  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Cronenwett, L.R.  Molding the future of advanced practice nursing. (Originally published in 1995; Reprinted in Nursing Outlook’s Special 60th Anniversary Issue with commentary). Nursing Outlook, 60(5), 241-249.

Cronenwett, L., Dracup, K., Grey, M., McCauley, L., Meleis, M., & Salmon, M. (2011). The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A national workforce perspective. Nursing Outlook, 59(1), 9-17.

Pohl, J.M., Hanson, C., Newland, J.A., & Cronenwett, L. (2010). Unleashing nurse practitioners’ potential to deliver primary care and lead teams. Health Affairs, 29(5), 900-905.

Cronenwett, L., Sherwood, G., Pohl, J., Barnsteiner, J., Moore, S., Sullivan, D.T., Ward, D., & Warren, J. (2009). Quality and safety education for advanced nursing practice. Nursing Outlook, 57(6), 338-348.

Cronenwett, L., Sherwood, G., & Gelmon, S.B.  (2009).  Improving quality and safety education: The QSEN Learning Collaborative. Nursing Outlook, 57(6), 304-312.