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UW School of Nursing's Maggie Baker Named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow


Date: August 19, 2013
Media Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

Maggie Baker headshotMaggie Baker headshotUniversity of Washington School of Nursing’s associate dean for academic affairs, Maggie Baker, PhD, RN, has been named one of just 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows for 2013. Baker, associate professor in the department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, joins a select group of nurse leaders from across the country chosen to participate in this world-class, three-year leadership development program designed to enhance nurse leaders’ effectiveness in improving the United States health care system.

The three-year Fellowship program is designed to strategically position the voice of nursing across many sectors of the economy in a health care system undergoing unprecedented change and challenges.

“This program will enable me to work with local, state and national leaders to lead innovative and effective change that solves some of Washington’s most pressing nursing practice and nursing education workforce challenges,” she said. “It will also help to build leadership capacity among current deans and directors and in nurses in the leadership pipeline.”

Baker currently holds key leadership roles that enable her to work closely with the state’s nursing leaders and create policy-level change to address Washington’s health care challenges. As President-Elect of the Council for Nursing Education in Washington State, Baker will lead a group of nursing deans and directors from around the state of Washington who are actively working to improve nursing education and practice. Her membership on the IOM Washington Nursing Action Coalition, a project led by the Robert Wood Johnson and AARP Foundations, aims to implement solutions to the challenges facing the nursing profession. The state coalition is actively searching for ways to improve nursing policy and practice in Washington State, keys to promoting healthier living in our region. These positions will enable her to work towards developing, implementing and evaluating creative and innovative policy solutions to nursing practice and nursing education workforce challenges. 

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be part of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Program," Baker said. "It's an amazing opportunity, and I can't wait to get in there and start working with the new Fellows and with the incredible alumni of the program. We've got big health-care challenges ahead of us in Washington, and I'm especially interested in sustainability planning and quality improvement for nursing schools and in finding ways for Washington to address its challenges in preparing more nurses and the nursing faculty shortage that contributes to it. Those are all big challenges, but ones we have to confront, and I'm hopeful that this program will help me be a stronger leader in the effort." 

In addition to her work as an associate professor and associate dean, Baker leads the School of Nursing's Sustainable Academic Business Plan workgroup and sponsors or leads quality improvement initiatives throughout the School, including Lean process improvement efforts. Baker also serves as project director for the HRSA-funded Nurse Faculty Loan Program and the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program.

Baker's research interest focuses on elder mistreatment, including identification of vulnerability and risk factors for early mortality in mistreated older adults and possible forensic markers of elder neglect, such as pressure ulcers. She serves as co-chair of the King County Elder Abuse Council and as a member of the advisory boards of the UW School of Nursing’s deTornyay Center for Healthy Aging and Fight Crime/Invest in Kids. She also serves as chair of the City of Issaquah Human Services Commission.  

Learn more about the 2013 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows Class, selected from more than 100 applicants, at The fellowship is supported through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.




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