Karen Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, served from 2010 to 2014 as the president of the American Nurses Association, the nation’s largest nursing organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.5 million registered nurses. She is a past president of ANA Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Center for Nursing and has served on the boards of ANA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the ANA-PAC. She is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the American Nurses Foundation, The International Safety Center and the Barnstable Land Trust.
A resident of Cotuit, MA, Daley spent more than 25 years in clinical practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She has been honored for her outstanding leadership and excellence in practice, including being recognized as a living nurse legend by the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses. In 2006, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of her advocacy work in needlestick prevention. In 2011, Daley was listed among Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Health Care” and, in 2013, was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.” In 2015, in recognition of her global public health advocacy and leadership, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire and in 2017, received her second honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts.
Daley holds a diploma in nursing from Catherine Labouré School of Nursing, a bachelor of science in nursing from Curry College, a master of public health from Boston University School of Public Health, and a master of science and PhD in nursing from Boston College.