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Maria Shirey Named AONE Foundation Nurse Researcher Award Winner

Press Release

Chicago (April 04, 2019)

The American Organization of Nurse Executives Foundation for Nursing Leadership Research and Education (AONE Foundation) today announced Maria R. Shirey, PhD, RN, as the recipient of the AONE Foundation 2019 Nurse Researcher Award. The award recognizes a nurse researcher who has made significant contributions to nursing research and is recognized by the broader nursing community as an outstanding nurse researcher. Shirey will be honored during the AONE Annual Meeting April 12 in San Diego.

Shirey is a professor and associate dean for clinical and global partnership at the University of Alabama and Birmingham School of Nursing, where she teaches in the Ph.D. and D.N.P. programs focusing on leadership, management, health policy and scholarly writing. She is also editor-in-chief of the interprofessional Journal for Healthcare Quality.

As a principal investigator, Shirey received nearly $5 million in grant funding. Her research focuses on the complexity of the nurse manager role and its unique contributions to health care. Shirey also studied innovative collaborative practice models in population health. A respected thought leader, Shirey wrote more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and nine book chapters on nursing leadership.

Shirey earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, Master of Science in nursing from Texas Woman’s University, Houston, and Master of Business Administration from Tulane University, New Orleans. She is board certified as an advanced nurse executive with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Shirey is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Academy of Nursing.

About the AONL Foundation

The AONL Foundation for Nursing Leadership Research and Education, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity, established in 2010, bridges science and education to shape the future of nursing leadership. Supporting its vision of a healthier tomorrow advanced through nursing leadership, the Foundation funds research exploring nursing leadership’s impact on health care and offers financial aid to support nurse leaders. For additional information about the AONL Foundation, visit

About the American Organization for Nursing Leadership

As the national professional organization of more than 9,800 nurse leaders, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) is the voice of nursing leadership. Our membership encompasses nurse leaders working in hospitals, health systems, academia and other care settings across the care continuum. Since 1967, the organization has led the field of nursing leadership through professional development, advocacy and research that advances nursing leadership practice and patient care. AONL is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. For more information, visit