In our upcoming webinar, Driving Nursing Excellence and Maintaining Magnet Momentum in the Pandemic and the “New Normal”, a panel of nursing leaders will be weighing in. They are experts who run Magnet® programs at their respective organizations. These executives will talk about maintaining Magnet training and success throughout the pandemic, and transitioning into the “new normal.”

Margarita de la Fuente, DNP, RN, RN-BC, NE-BC, LSSBB

Margarita de la Fuente is the associate chief nursing officer for professional practice and Magnet for Duke University Health System. In this role, she oversees clinical practice, nursing research, professional governance and Magnet.

Margarita has held various leadership positions focusing on nursing quality and process improvement and is certified as a nurse executive and a black belt in Lean Six Sigma. She earned a graduate degree in nursing administration from New York University and a DNP at Duke University School of Nursing.


Jeffrey Doucette, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN

Jeffrey Doucette is senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia. Before joining Jefferson Health, Jeff served as vice president of the Magnet Recognition Program® and Pathway to Excellence® at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition, he speaks extensively throughout the world on topics of interest to nursing leaders.

Jeff is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. He received a master of science degree in healthcare administration and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Marymount University, and a doctorate in nursing practice from Old Dominion University.


Deborah A. Piehl, MSN-Adm/Ed, BSN, RN

Deborah Piehl serves as the executive director of nursing professional practice, compliance and nursing accreditation programs as well as the Magnet program director at UHealth Miami. In her role as executive director, Deb oversees the Nursing Professional Practice within the UHealth system on all levels: inpatient services, critical care, emergency services, surgical services, ambulatory services, pediatrics, infusion services and procedural areas.

Deb is a seasoned leader with years of extensive knowledge and experience to shape the next generation of nurses. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Florida International University and her master of science degree in nursing from University of Phoenix.

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