Susan  Hassmiller



An international nurse leader, Dr. Susan Hassmiller has dedicated her career to advancing health equity and improving health through nursing. She currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton New Jersey. She served as the study director for the landmark 2010 Institute of Medicine report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and as the director of a 10- year national campaign to improve health through nursing, in partnership with AARP. Dr. Hassmiller's visionary leadership, in collaboration with the Center to Champion Nursing in America, has helped the nursing field realize unprecedented gains with more diverse nurses attaining baccalaureate and doctoral degrees, millions more people having access to nurse practitioners, and over 10,000 nurses being placed on boards. She was appointed to the National Academy of Medicine as the Senior Scholar-in-Residence and Advisor to the President on Nursing to help shape the consensus study, The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity, a report that was recently launched and now being used worldwide.

Dr. Hassmiller is known internationally for her commitment to leading change in nursing and its pivotal role in advancing health equity. A convener, collaborator, networker, and advocator for nursing and nursing philanthropy, she seeks to inspire, mentor and sponsor individual nurses, especially the next generation. Her leadership at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation helped secure over $450 million for nursing initiatives nationwide, and has leveraged hundreds of millions more from other foundations and organizations for nursing initiatives. Following the tragic death of her husband, Dr. Hassmiller began to speak and write about the importance of health systems providing compassionate care as a top priority. She wrote a book called “Resetting:  An Unplanned Journey of Love, Loss and Living Again”, about this experience.

Hassmiller is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and sits on other boards, including the Hackensack Meridian Health System, UnitedHealth Group Center for Clinician Advancement, Carrier Clinic, NursesEverywhere, and the American Red Cross. She is the recipient of numerous awards and four honorary doctorates, but most notably the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest international honor given to a nurse by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Dr. Hassmiller has nursing degrees from Broward College, Florida State University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and George Mason University.  Her hallmark hashtag is #LeaveNoNurseBehind to signify the importance of including all nurses in the important work of creating health system change and to honor her career beginnings as an associate degree nurse.

Dr. Hassmiller recently moved to North Carolina to be closer to her grandchildren, John and Abigail.  Following her love of mentoring the next generation, she is now in school to get certified as an Executive Coach, a skill set she will carry into her encore career. She enjoys hiking, biking, swimming and will soon be married to Dr. Lewis Sandy, a physician executive with UnitedHealth Care