Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN

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    Joanne Disch

Clinical Professor

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

Dr. Joanne Disch is Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, having recently retired from her role as Director of the Katharine J. Densford Center for Nursing Leadership. Prior to her academic position, she was the chief nurse executive at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. 



Dr. Disch currently serves as President of the American Academy of Nursing. She has also served as President of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and President of the AACN Certification Board; chaired the American Nurses Association’s Committee on Nursing Practice Standards and Guidelines and the University Healthcare Consortium’s Council of Chief Nurse Executives. She served as Chair of the National Board of AARP and currently is on the Boards of Directors for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership and Aurora Health Care.