Karen M. Mayer, PhD, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

smlauraKaren M. Mayer, PhD, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, is the Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer of Rush Oak Park Hospital (ROPH). She is responsible for nursing and all therapies for the inpatient and outpatient departments. The ROPH nursing innovations were recognized as an exemplar in its American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet® designation.

Karen serves as an adjunct faculty member of Rush University College of Nursing and is a Quality Advisor for Dominican University and Lewis University. She is also on the Publications Committee for the American Organization of Nurse Executives publication, The Voice of Nursing Leadership.

Karen has published strategies in optimizing the empowerment of nurses in a 2017 The Voice of Leadership article, Empowerment in Action: Creating a Culture of Top-down Decision-Making, which she published with a former board member, Rachel Start. She is a national speaker on topics of nursing millennial leadership, expanded roles of advance practice registered nurses, the success of a clinical nurse leader bedside model of care, and the expansion of clinical site availability for nursing students. Karen is currently completing training as an ANCC surveyor for Magnet® accreditation.