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2014 SON Commencement Speaker
Dr. Daley was elected in 2010 to serve a two-year term as the president of the American Nurses Association (ANA). She was re-elected to a second two-year term in June 2012. President Daley spent more than 26 years as a staff nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is past president of the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses and the Massachusetts Center for Nursing. She served as a member of ANA’s Board of Directors (2008- 2010) and the American Nurses Association Political Action Committee.
As a vocal and nationally recognized advocate for legislation mandating the use of safer needle devices in health care practice settings, President Daley has traveled throughout the world raising awareness among nurses, legislators, and health care administrators on the importance of needlestick prevention. In fact, she was invited to the Oval Office to witness President Bill Clinton sign the “Needlestick Safety Prevention Act” into law in November 2000.
President Daley also has been recognized for her outstanding leadership and excellence in practice, including being honored as a living nursing legend by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses. In 2006, she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her advocacy work in needlestick prevention. In 2011, she was named one of the 100 most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare and in 2013, she was recognized by Modern Healthcare’s as one of the Top 25 Women in Health Care.
In addition to her work as a practicing nurse and nurse advocate, President Daley is an experienced nurse researcher and writer. She has authored numerous articles on nursing and health care and served as a staff writer for the Bay State Nurse News. Currently, she is a reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Nursing, the American Journal of Nursing and the American Journal of Infection Control.
A resident of Contuit, Massachusetts, President Daley holds a diploma in nursing from Catherine Laboure School of Nursing, a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Curry College, a master’s in public health from Boston University’s School of Public Health, and a master’s in science and PhD in nursing from Boston College.