Published March 02, 2022
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) are pleased to award the first CNL Lifetime Achievement Award to Marjorie Wiggins, DNP, MBA, RN, the Chief Nursing Officer for MaineHealth. Dr. Wiggins has been a long-time champion for the Clinical Nurse Leader since its inception. She was appointed by the AACN Board to the first CNL Task Force in 2003, served on the CNL Implementation Committee from 2004-2007, and the CNL Steering Committee from 2007-2011. She currently serves on the AACN Board of Directors as an inaugural Practice Representative.
Dr. Wiggins is a visionary leader and innovative thinker, who has distinguished herself as a national champion for CNL education and practice. She was instrumental on developing AACN’s White Paper on the Role of the CNL, which provided the foundation for current CNL competencies and curricular expectations. As the Vice President for Patient Care Services at Maine Medical Center, Dr. Wiggins was one of the first nurse executives to integrate the CNL into nursing practice, provided consultation to multiple healthcare sites, and continues to speak passionately about the CNL as a catalyst for improving patient outcomes and reducing costs of care.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Wiggins for a lifetime of service as a truly outspoken advocate for transforming health care through the Clinical Nurse Leader and collaboration among practice and academic leaders.