Margie Sipe is Assistant Dean of Leadership Programs, Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She first joined the IHP faculty in 2012 as a term lecturer in informatics in the DNP program. Her career trajectory has spanned nursing education, nursing leadership practice, and consultation. She was Chair of the first-level nursing program at the original MGH SON diploma program prior to its transition into the Institute; she assumed the role of program director for the DNP program in 2017.

Dr. Sipe is certified as a nursing executive-advanced (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has provided leadership in several clinical practice roles at local institutions. She has also served as the performance improvement consultant for the MA-Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) project for the state of MA through the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association’s group, working with national and state hospital leaders to improve outcomes on defined metrics.

Along with her roles at the Institute, she serves in a per diem role as a nursing program director in quality at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Faculty Collaborator for the Institute for Patient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Sipe has always been interested in how technology can enhance practice and improve care for clients and patients. Her DNP translational research focused on how partnerships with patients using technology could play a key role in promoting safer medication practice. Other areas of teaching/scholarship expertise include implementation science. outcomes measurement, leadership, evidence-based practice, design science, and caring science/self-care. She successfully led the redesign efforts to create an innovative and integrated, cohort- based DNP curriculum that is currently receiving national attention. Actively involved in professional organizations, her leadership accomplishments and interprofessional focus were recognized by induction as an inaugural fellow of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, and as a professional fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

  • Diploma, Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital, SON Harrisburg, PA
  • BS in Nursing, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
  • MS in Nursing, Education focus, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • DNP, Nurse Executive cohort, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
  • Nursing workload and workflow
  • Caring science, with focus on self-care,
  • Meaningful recognition
  • Improvement science/patient safety – especially around medications
  • Using technology to improve patient experience and better outcomes by creating patient and family partnerships

Dr. Sipe has published numerous papers - some titles are highlighted below. You can view a complete listing of Dr. Sipe's publications on ResearchGate or in her CV. 

The importance of caring behaviors and feeling safe for hospitalized patients. 

Nursing education leadership in the advancement of a center for climate change. 

Leading as servant in times of crisis. 

DNP project: Development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination. 

Using technology to improve patient care. 


see researchgate profile


In addition, Dr. Sipe regularly presents at conferences and industry events. Please see her CV for a complete list of presentations.

What do leaders need to survive and thrive? Integrating new DNP student/practice partnerships using human-centered approaches at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Doctoral Education Conference.

A nurse-patient partnership is key to reducing medication errors at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) IHI National Forum.

A multisite assessment of nursing informatics competencies – nursing educator knowledge, employer needs, inconsistencies and priorities identified at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Linking Informatics and Education Academic Forum Conference (LEAF).

Advancing nursing practice through focus on climate change/health inequity at the National League for Nursing, Annual Summit.

Integrating JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) principles throughout a DNP program to enable students to apply creative and engaging solutions to their current practice environments at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Doctoral Conference.

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Awards and Honors

National Academies of Practice Fellow, 2021

Individuals who have spent a significant portion (10 years or more) of their professional career in the practice and direct delivery of health care services. They are judged by distinguished peers to have made enduring contributions in their profession.

DAISY Faculty Award, 2020

First awarded at the Institute in 2016, DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System Foundation. The Foundation established the DAISY Faculty Award® to recognize dedicated nursing faculty who have a profound impact on the future practice of their students through their commitment and inspirational influence. 

American Organization for Nursing Leadership Inaugural Fellow, 2019

The AONL Fellow Designation recognizes exemplary nurse leaders who have made significant and sustained contributions to the specialty of nursing leadership and to AONL. Nurse leaders who attain this prestigious honor are committed to shaping the future of nursing leadership through expert leadership practice, mentoring developing leaders, and contributing to AONL at the regional and national levels.

Alexandra Paul Simon Mentoring Award, 2018

Upsilon Lambda, Sigma Theta Tau

Partners in Excellence Award for Quality Care, 2017

The annual Partners In Excellence (PIE) awards program is one way to publicly acknowledge staff members for their “above and beyond” efforts in support of the Partners HealthCare mission. 

Loyal Service Award, 2016

The American Nurses Association Massachusetts Loyal Service Award is for a member who demonstrates loyal and dedicated service to the association.

ONL Elaine K. Sherwood Award, 2013

A member of the Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL) with outstanding commitment to the organization in a variety of activities; excellent project management and leadership abilities; dependability in committee work and willingness to take on assignments in service to the organization; and support of ONL and mentor to peers and others developing in the organization.

The Spirit of Sigma Award, Boston College, 2008

Recognizes a member(s) who have demonstrated the mission, vision, and values of Sigma Theta Tau. The recipient(s) shall be a member who displays evidence of contributions to improving care in the academic and/or community setting through the following attributes: Leadership, Dedication, Respect, Collaboration, Imagination, Humor, Intuition, Creativity, Collegiality and Compassion.