CALNOC Leaders Dr. Nancy Donaldson & Dr. Mary Foley Receive Awards for Nursing Leadership from the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL)

San Ramon, California (EastBayDaily) — CALNOC (Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes), the leading provider of actionable information and research on nurse sensitive quality indicators, today announced that leaders from CALNOC have received awards from the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) at the recent ACNL Conference held in Rancho Mirage, California. The Association of California Nurse Leaders Recognition Awards Program was establish to recognize individuals who have demonstrated excellence in nursing leadership.

Nancy Donaldson, DNSc, RN, FAAN – Receives Award for Contributions to ACNL

Dr. Nancy Donaldson, Senior Scientist for CALNOC, & Clinical Professor and Director Centre for Evidence-Based Quality Improvement at UC San Francisco School of Nursing, was recognized with an award for her many contributions over the years to ACNL.

Dr. Donaldson is an internationally recognized leader in nursing quality measurement, nurse staffing effectiveness and patient safety. For 16 years, Dr. Donaldson’s passion and dedication has helped sustain and grow the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes (CALNOC). Today CALNOC is the leading provider of actionable information and research on nurse sensitive quality indicators. Through her contributions to life-long learning and evidence-based practice, Dr. Donaldson has consistently improved quality patient care and increased the capacity of nurses as health care leaders. Her success has contributed greatly to ACNL’s success.

“Nancy Donaldson’s commitment to transform health care through nursing leadership, education and research exemplifies the mission and vision of ACNL,” said Patricia Lenihan McFarland, MS, RN, FAAN, and CEO of ACNL.

Mary Foley, PhD, RN – Receives ACNL Award for Contributions as a Humanitarian

Dr. Mary Foley, CALNOC Director of Education and the Director, Center for Research and Innovation at UC San Francisco School of Nursing was recognized for her contributions as a humanitarian.

Throughout her career as a nurse leader, Dr. Foley has been devoted to providing nurses with the knowledge and tools to improve patient care outcomes. In 2011, Dr. Foley led a delegation of nurse leaders to Rwanda. Describing the trip as a “life changing experience,” Dr. Foley has committed to improving health care for the people of Rwanda by providing the country’s nurses with the resources to advance their professional practice. She is developing partnerships between American nurse leaders and their colleagues in Rwanda, and has begun to orchestrate donations of simulation equipment and textbooks to build and promote nursing excellence.

“Through her dedication to advancing professional practice, Mary Foley inspires and empowers nurses in the US and abroad to improve patient care,” said Tony Sung, COO of CALNOC.

About CALNOC CALNOC (the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes), is the leading provider of actionable information and research on nurse sensitive quality indicators. Always on the forefront of patient care excellence, CALNOC created the first nursing database registry of nursing sensitive indicators which turns patient outcome data into powerful information for hospital executives to help guide decisions to advance global patient care. Hundreds of leading hospitals have joined CALNOC to monitor and benchmark performance in order to deliver excellence in patient care. CALNOC is a non-profit corporation with headquarters in San Ramon, California. For more information call 888.586.1994 or visit


Susan Scarth