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Stephanie L. Ferguson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FNAP

Dr Stephanie L Ferguson

Stephanie Ferguson is Founder, CEO and President of Stephanie L. Ferguson & Associates, LLC, a global health consulting firm with more than 35 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating health-related strategic plans and programs. Her firm specializes in developing leadership programs for nurses and health care workers, health systems strengthening and evaluation methodologies, human resources for health, curriculum development and accreditation of health professional schools, executive leadership and management development, and innovative global health strategies. 

About Dr. Ferguson

For more than 20 years, Dr. Ferguson has worked in 100+ nations as a technical advisor, consultant, and facilitator for preeminent global health entities including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

Dr. Ferguson’s work includes:

  • WHO global health initiatives, leadership programs and strategic plans for WHO and health ministries, nursing organizations and regulatory bodies
  • Academic frameworks for excellence, accreditation programs, and curricula for nursing and other health professionals
  • Technical advisor, consultant, and facilitator, WHO HQ, strategic directions for nursing and midwifery and for the Global Forum on the Government Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers
  • Technical advisor, consultant, and facilitator, for the Pan American Health Organization, WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas, to develop the current Strategic Direction for Nursing
  • Technical advisor and consultant for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, to develop the current Strategic Direction for Nursing and Midwifery
  • 2003-2015, ICN Consultant for Nursing and Health Policy, Leadership for Change Programme™ director, and director of the ICN-Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute™ in Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Ferguson’s professional leadership and service activities include:

  • Board member, Catholic Medical Mission Board; Member, Program Committee
  • Elected member, National Academy of Medicine (NAM) (formerly the Institute of Medicine); member of the Consensus Study on Global Health and the Future of the USA, former member, NAM Nominating Committee
  • Elected fellow, American Academy of Nursing; chair, National Advisory Council for the Jonas Foundation Policy Scholars’ Mentoring Program; former chair, Institute for Nursing Leadership’s National Advisory Council
  • Elected fellow, Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice
  • White House Fellow (1996-97) with President Bill Clinton and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Donna E. Shalala
  • Former member, Nursing Economic$ editorial board and Director of the journal’s Global Health Department
  • Former appointed member, the Advisory Council, National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research 

Current faculty appointments:

  • Director, Harvard Global Nursing Leadership Program, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Professor of the Practice of Health Policy and Management, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Academic credentials:

  • PhD, BSN, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • MS, Medical College of Virginia, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Among her many awards and recognition, Dr. Ferguson received:

  • The American Academy of Nursing’s Civitas Award, for extraordinary dedication to excellence in promoting quality care in nursing (2020)
  • The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s HRH Princess Muna Al Hussein Award for significant contributions to health care across borders and a dedication to nursing (2014)

Dr. Ferguson is a sought-after speaker, consultant, and advisor for her expertise on global health, health policy, health systems strengthening, strategic plans development and evaluation, population health management, and nursing and health professional competency-based leadership development.

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