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Dr. Crossley Appointed to Nursing National Advisory Council

Dr. Crossley Appointed to Nursing National Advisory Council
M. D. Anderson News Release 11/20/00

Dr. John D. Crossley, vice president for operations and nursing practice and head of the Division of Nursing at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, has been appointed to a four-year term on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. He was named to the post by U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala.

The council advises and makes recommendations to Shalala and the U. S. Congress on a range of nursing education and practice matters, which include:

  • enhancement of the composition of the nursing workforce;
  • improvement of the distribution and utilization of nurses to meet the health needs of the nation;
  • expansion of the knowledge, skills and capabilities of nurses to enhance the quality of nursing practice;
  • development and dissemination of improved models of organization, financing and delivery of nursing services; and
  • promotion of interdisciplinary approaches to the delivery of health services, particularly in the context of public health and primary care.

The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, along with the Council on Graduate Medical Education, are congressionally mandated advisory bodies. The Health Resources and Services Administration provides administrative support for both entities. Recently, the two groups held a joint meeting in Washington, D.C., to develop recommendations on physician-nurse collaborative education and practice activities leading to enhance safety in caring for patients.

Dr. Crossley holds a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Michigan, as well as master's degrees in nursing from the University of North Carolina and business administration from the Wharton School of Finance. He also holds a doctorate in organizational theory and
design from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a W.K. Kellogg Fellow in Public and Health Policy.

Before joining M. D. Anderson in 1995, Dr. Crossley was senior vice president for nursing at University Hospitals of Cleveland and University Hospitals Health System Inc. He has held executive patient care positions at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Previous positions include head nurse in the emergency room at John's Hopkins Hospital and intensive care unit nurse at University of Michigan.


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