NLNAC BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Nancy Phoenix Bittner, PhD, RN, CNS
Biographical Sketch


Dr. Nancy Phoenix Bittner has held multiple roles in professional and academic nursing settings. Dr. Bittner’s major academic roles have included positions within faculty roles as Professor and within multiple leadership roles, most recently as Assistant and then Associate Dean for the School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions at Regis College located in Weston, Massachusetts. During Dr. Bittner’s 22 years at Regis, she has fulfilled many key positions related to the growth of academic programs and assessment for the variety of nursing programs which span the levels from associate degree (collaborative) to the doctor of nursing practice. She is well identified as a curriculum expert in the wide range of programs and has served in the role of consultant to many peer nursing programs.

In addition, Dr. Bittner has held a number of practice-based roles including critical care clinical nurse specialist and nurse research scientist, most recently at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts. Dr. Bittner’s other work has included the development and implementation of global initiatives such as the Community Health Nursing Clinical Experience and Mission in Villa El Salvador, Peru. She has led several grant initiatives including serving as the grant administrator for a Health Resources and Services Administration Grant for Nursing Workforce Diversity focused on supporting underprepared nursing students.

Dr. Bittner’s professional accomplishments related to work in evaluation include appointments to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) as a program evaluator as well as a site evaluator for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE). She has been a program evaluator for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission since 2001 and a member of the Evaluation Review Panel since 2004. Other notable appointments include her appointment to INESA, the NLN/NLNAC Joint Global Task Force; Past President and Board of Directors member, Massachusetts/ Rhode Island League for Nurses; National League for Nurses Constituent League; and Chair of the NLN Center of Excellence and Member Recognition Committee. She has also served as a consultant for the Center of Excellence program.

Dr. Bittner is involved in professional organizations as well as in key committees at the state, regional, and national level focusing on addressing the issues related to nursing education. Currently, she is a co-leader for the Massachusetts Action Coalition and a member of the DHE Education Redesign Institute Committee. In her practice area of critical care, she is a member of the AACN Horizon’s Education Committee and President-Elect of the Greater Boston Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Dr. Bittner’s recent awards and grants include selection as an ERAT Scholar for 2012- Global Initiative Kenya, Africa; Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Grant for the Nursing Education Redesign Grant 2012 for Transition into Practice Project; Education Institute Grant, Lahey Clinic for Critical Thinking and Simulation in Newly Licensed Nurses, 2011; Regis College Faculty Development Grant-Global Initiative Partnership- 2011; and the Outstanding Leadership Award for the National League for Nursing, Constituent League 2010.

Dr. Bittner’s program of research is focused on critical thinking, delegation, and missed care. Her most recent publications include articles regarding this line of research in addition to other research on the nursing faculty shortage and global initiatives. She has conducted numerous presentations related to her research at the state, regional, national, and international levels.