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Margaret McCabe


Director, Nursing Research

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Dr. Margaret McCabe was awarded a PhD from Rush University and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Harvard School of Public Health and Yale School of Nursing. As a nationally/internationally recognized leader in clinically-based nursing science her career is clinically anchored at the intersection of nursing practice, science generation and research dissemination/implementation. As a Clinical Research Nurse (CRN) leader, D. McCabe spearheaded efforts to develop the CRN role; co-founded and was an executive leader of the International Association of Clinical Research Nurses (IACRN) in 2009); co-developed the CRN Scope and Standards of Practice, now the international gold standard; worked with ANA to gain CRN specialty practice recognition; and currently, co-lead development of the CRN core curriculum. Dr. McCabe was the sole nurse on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee to evaluate the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA), positioning nursing science and CRN practice as essential components of interdisciplinary research frameworks resulting in increased engagement for nursing. As a nurse scientist leader and Director of Nursing Research at two world-renowned childrens’ hospitals, Dr. McCabe’s major contribution is developing nursing research infrastructure and a culture of inquiry to improve pediatric healthcare delivery within leading pediatric clinical systems. Dr. McCabe has shared her expertise nationally and internationally. Currently, as Director of the Center for Pediatric Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) she lead the system-wide vision for nursing inquiry, guide department and organization-wide committees to promote excellence in nursing inquiry and promote seamless collaborative practice between Ph.D. and D.N.P. prepared nurses.

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