MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center’s Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC Selected into Prestigious American Academy of Nursing Fellowship

Joan Warren, director of Nursing Research and Magnet, has been selected as a 2015 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)

June 15, 2015


Baltimore—(June 15, 2015)—Joan Warren, PhD, RN-BC, NEA-BC, director of Nursing Research and Magnet at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, has been selected as a 2015 Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) — one of the highest honors in the field of nursing.

Recognized for her leadership and commitment to continuous education, research and policy, Dr. Warren joins approximately 2,200 of her peers in the Academy’s prestigious fellowship. Comprised of nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research; and representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 24 countries; the Academy’s fellows are tasked with the responsibility of transforming America's health system by:

  • Enhancing the quality of health and nursing
  • Promoting healthy aging and human development across the life continuum
  • Reducing health disparities and inequalities
  • Shaping healthy behaviors and environments
  • Integrating mental and physical health
  • Strengthening the nursing and health delivery system, nationally and internationally

Selection into the fellowship requires evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current Academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well being of all.

“We are very proud of Dr. Warren for earning this well-deserved honor,” said Larry Strassner, PhD, RN, FACHE, senior vice president of operations and chief nursing officer at MedStar Franklin Square. “During her 34-year career as a nurse, she has raised the standards of nursing practice. She’s made significant contributions to advancing the nursing workforce, not only within the walls of our hospital, but on a state and national level as well.”

In her 10-year tenure at MedStar Franklin Square, Dr. Warren has played a fundamental role in the hospitals Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her mentorship of nurses and program development also culminated in the hospital earning elite status as the first community hospital in the state of Maryland to receive re-designation.

Working with the State of Maryland, Dr. Warren has established programs and partnerships with other hospitals and schools to help fellow nurses engage in education and research. Her involvement was instrumental in the funding of a 10-year, $125 million statewide competitive grant initiative, designed to promote educational development in support of increasing the number and quality of nurses prepared to practice in acute care hospitals. Additionally, her policy work was vital in the development of a statewide nurse residency program collaborative among 18 Maryland hospitals.

Nationally, Dr. Warren is known as a leader in the field of nursing professional development. She serves as President of the Association for Nursing Professional Development, and is recognized across the country for her publications and more than 50 podium presentations addressing the translation of evidence into practice, healthcare reviews to guide continuing education research, and the transformation of health care through innovation.

She has received various awards, both regionally and nationally, including the 2013 GEM Award for Education and Mentoring by, and the Minogue Award for Patient Safety Innovation by the Maryland Patient Safety Commission. Most recently, she was named a 2015 “Top Nurse” by Baltimore magazine.

Dr. Warren will be inducted as a fellow during the Academy’s 2015 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference on October 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C.

To learn more about nursing at MedStar Franklin Square, click here.

About MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center is a not-for-profit 378-bed community teaching hospital located in the White Marsh section of eastern Baltimore County, Maryland. MedStar Franklin Square provides many medical and healthcare services, including a broad range of healthcare specialties, advanced technologies and treatments not traditionally found at community hospitals. The hospital is ranked third in admissions among all Maryland hospitals and is first in Emergency Department visits with more than 108,000 visits annually. MedStar Franklin Square is accredited by the Joint Commission and certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has earned some of the nation’s most prestigious quality awards including Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing, the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement from the Delmarva Foundation and inclusion in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospital specialty ranking for four consecutive years. With more than 3,300 employees, MedStar Franklin Square is one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Visit for more information.

About the American Academy of Nursing 

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,300 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, policy, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care. 

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