Lisa Rowen, senior vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer at University of Maryland Medical Center, recently received the top award from Nursing Spectrum magazine for “Advancing and Leading the Profession” in the Maryland/District of Columbia/Virginia region.
Rowen, who was nominated by her staff, will be considered along with winners from other regions for national Nurse of the Year awards this fall. Her effort to build a partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nursing is among her accomplishments.
Rowen served as director of nursing at Mercy Medical Center, and later vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. She then became director of surgical nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In 2007, she came to the University of Maryland Medical Center as chief nursing officer and senior vice president of nursing and patient care services.
Rowen is also associate professor of nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and adjunct associate professor of nursing at Northeastern University in Boston.
She is the founding editor of Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care, and the principal investigator of a study funded by the American Organization of Nurse Executives on the influence of nurse leader rounding on patient outcomes.
Rowen is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Education: Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University; Master of Science from University of Maryland; Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts from University of Delaware.
Resides in: Baltimore County
Daily commute: I’ve been driving on I-83 South for over 25 years! Depending on the time I leave, weather, time of sunrise, and whether or not school is in session, the commute takes somewhere between 25 and 40 minutes, door to door.
Recent vacation: Italy
Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, going to art museums, fiction, and cultural arts.
Favorite book: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz.
Most recently read: “In Other Rooms, Other Wonders”by Daniyal Mueenuddin.
Favorite food: Sushi and ice cream (but not together).
Favorite quotation: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”