Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, NEA-BC, FAAN

Jeanette Ives Erickson

Jeanette Ives Erickson is chief nurse emerita at Massachusetts General Hospital, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Dr. Ives Erickson earned her diploma in nursing from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN from Westbrook College, her MS from Boston University, and her doctorate of executive nursing practice from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a past Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow where her research was the role of the Chief Nurse in integrated health care systems.  

Most recently she has served as the interim president and CEO of Nantucket Cottage Hospital and co-medical and operations director at Boston Hope Medical Center/Field Hospital for COVID-19 patients. 

While fostering nursing research within an interdisciplinary, professional practice model, Dr. Ives Erickson has developed new measures to evaluate innovations that influence professional nursing practice. Along with colleagues she has developed The Professional Practice Environment scale that is used to evaluate nurses’ and other clinicians’ perceptions and satisfaction with the professional practice environment in which they work. This instrument is being used by more than 100 healthcare institutions, in fifteen countries, and has been translated into multiple languages including Mandarin, Finnish, Turkish and Spanish.
She has published three books to advance nursing practice, research and the importance of a narrative culture. In addition, as part of the MGH celebration of its 200th anniversary, she and colleagues published the History of MGH Nursing. All four books have won awards.
Dr. Ives Erickson is the chairperson of the Commission on Magnet Recognition. She is the inaugural incumbent of the Paul M Erickson Endowed Chair in Nursing at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ives Erickson serves as chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the MGH Institute of Health Professions, co-chair of the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine, and a past member of the Clinical Center Research Hospital Board at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Since 2008, she has been the lead nurse consultant for the strategic collaboration in the creation of Jiahui International Hospital (JIH) in China’s Shanghai Province.