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Ann Hamric, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, an internationally renowned leader in advanced practice nursing, is retiring as professor and associate dean of academic programs at the VCU School of Nursing, effective Sept. 1. The school recently held a celebration at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden to honor Hamric’s impact on VCU and nursing education worldwide.

Hamric joined the School of Nursing in 2011. Prior to her VCU appointment, she served as a professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing for 12 years and as an associate professor at the Louisiana State University School of Nursing for four years.

Earlier in her career, Hamric was the associate director of nursing for research and development at MCV Hospitals from 1982 to 1991 and also served on the faculty at the VCU School of Nursing from 1976 to 1979.

Since returning to VCU, Hamric has enhanced the School of Nursing’s academic programs by leading the launch of a new hybrid format for the Ph.D. program and the modification of master’s degree concentrations to meet industry demands. More recently, she led curriculum development and the launch this fall of the school’s Doctor of Nursing (DNP) program, the first in Virginia focused on quality and safety.

“Ann has been a tremendous game-changer for our school and for nursing education,” Giddens said. “Her commitment to excellence in advanced practice nursing has made a lasting impact on nursing education here in Virginia, nationally and on a global scale.”

Hamric has contributed significant scholarly works to the profession. She is the senior editor of seven books on advanced practice: two editions of The Clinical Nurse Specialist in Theory and Practice, and five editions of Advanced Practice Nursing: An Integrative Approach. These books are used worldwide in nursing education. She has also published in numerous professional journals, both within and outside of nursing.

The recipient of numerous nursing awards, including the 120 Visionary Leaders award from the VCU School of Nursing in 2013, Hamric has focused her research on the phenomenon of moral distress in health care professionals. She has developed an instrument that is being widely used internationally to measure moral distress and has been invited to speak at nursing schools and conferences worldwide to share her expertise.

Hamric has been involved in several nursing organizations at the national level, including serving as a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Task Force that developed Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Essentials. Currently she is co-chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Bioethics Expert Panel.

Hamric earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University, an M.S. in medical-surgical nursing from the University of California at San Francisco and a Ph.D. in nursing with a concentration in ethics from the University of Maryland.

Below are a few photos from the celebration. View more on the SON Facebook page.

Drs. Jean Giddens, Ann Hamric, Judith Spross and Jeanne Salyer
From left to right Teri Smith, Alison Crehore, Fonda Neal, Dr. Ann Hamric, Kayla Watts, Jamie Ferguson and Samantha Mitchell-Dix, all of the Office of Academic Programs
Dr. Ann Hamric is joined by family members, including Richard Baile (her father) and Caroline Hamric and Drew Hamric (her daughter and son).
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