Forty for 40: Joan Clifford, DNP ’16, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC
Joan Clifford has spent her professional career caring for the country’s veterans.
After 37 years in various positions within the Veterans Health Administration, she was appointed in January 2017 as the deputy assistant deputy under secretary for Health for Access to Care for the Veterans Health Administration. This follows her roles as the acting deputy chief nursing officer and the acting deputy assistant deputy under secretary for Health for Access.
A graduate of the VHA’s executive career field development program, Dr. Clifford was the deputy nurse executive in the VA Boston health care system for many years, where she became a recognized leader in systems/flow improvement and coaching in nursing leadership at the local, regional, and national levels.
Dr. Clifford is certified as a Fellow in health care management by the American College of Healthcare Executives and as an advanced nursing executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She also was president of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs.