Margaret Hamilton Sipe DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL

Margie Sipe profile
Assistant Dean, Leadership Programs, Associate Professor
(617) 643-6485
Office Location: 
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Margie Sipe is Assistant Dean in Leadership Programs in the School of Nursing and Assistant 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 Doctor of Nursing Practice (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 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, AHA-HRET group, working with national and state hospital leaders to improve outcomes on defined metrics.

Along with her roles at the Institute, she serves as a Nursing Program Director in Quality at Brigham and Women's Hospital where one of her assignments was assuring that metrics from the EPIC information system were reliable and valid.

She 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 expertise include implementation science and outcomes measurement, leadership, role definition of DNP graduates, evidence-based practice, and design science.. She successfully led the redesign efforts to create an innovative and integrated, cohort- based DNP curriculum that is currently receiving national attention.

Dr. Sipe is actively involved in professional organizations and feels it is important to mentor nurses to get involved to enhance nursing image and increase nursing impact. She has written personal reflections on nursing during Nurses’ Week which speak to ways nurses can make a difference. As an advocate for nursing recognition, she serves on the advisory board of the DAISY foundation and as chair of the Awards Committee for Sigma Theta Tau International at Boston College, where she also serves as Vice President; she holds a dual membership in Sigma, serving as faculty counselor for Upsilon Lambda at IHP.

Dr. Sipe completed elected appointments to the board of directors for the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI and NH and the American Nurses Association – MA.  Additionally. she was honored to represent nursing in the State of MA through her appointment by former governor Deval Patrick on the state Hospital Information Technology (HIT) council, from 2013-2017.  In 2019 she received a national appointment to the National League for Nursing’s Health Policy Committee. In recognition of her sustained contributions to nursing leadership, she was designated as one of eighteen inaugural fellows inducted in April of 2019 as fellows of the newly named American Organization for Nursing Leadership and now sits on the selection committee for the next fellows class.

Research Interests

Peer review
Nursing workload and workflow
Recognition and mentoring
Patient and family partnerships
Patient safety – especially around medications
Using technology to improve patient experience and better outcomes


Peer-reviewed articles

  1. Tomich, J. and Sipe, M. (In press.) Fostering best practices for reducing opioid-induced constipation using technology, Computers, Informatics, Nursing (CIN)
  2. Harding, A., Sipe, M., Whalen, K., Almeida, N. (2018). Applying the American Nurses Credentialing Center Accreditation Program in the setting of registered nurse remediation. Journal of Nurses in Professional Development. 34(6) 2018, E1-E7. doi:10.1097/NND.0000000000000503 
  3. Crimlisk, J., Krisciunas, G., Sipe, M., Winter, M., Gonzalez, M., Grillone, G. (2018) Emergency Airway Response Team (EART) documentation: Criteria, feasibility, and usability. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly 41(4):426-438. doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000230
  4. Oliver, B., Potter, M., Pomerleau, M., Phillips, A., O’Donnell, M., Cowley, C., Sipe, M. (2017) Rapid healthcare improvement science curriculum integration across programs in a school of nursing. Nurse Educator, 42 (5S), S38-S43.
  5. Anderson, E., Goldberg, M. & Sipe, M.  (2009) Getting the right medications from the dock to the bedside. Pharmacy Purchasing Products, July 2009, 10-13
  6. Sipe, M., Martinsen, J., Baker, J., Harris, J., & Opperman, J. (2003) Using technology to improve patient care.  Nursing Outlook, (51), 536-537. 

Books and chapters

  1. Sipe, M & Andrist, L (2018). DNP project: Development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination. In S. Ahmed, L. Andrist, S. Davis, & V. Fuller (Eds.) DNP education, practice, and policy (2nd Ed., pp. 77-97). New York: Springer.

Other Publications

  1. Sipe, M.  Alpha Chi Chapter: Annual research day; program awards. STTI Alpha Chi News (Summer 2019) 11-13.  
  2. Sipe, M. (2017) Alpha Chi Chapter: Annual research program and awards ceremony. STTI Alpha Chi News (Summer 2017)15-18.
  3. Sipe, M. (2017). Reflecting on one’s practice: An important requirement for professional nurses. STTI Alpha Chi News (Winter 2017)9-10.
  4. Sipe, M. (2015) What if    ANA Massachusetts Newsletter 
  5. Sipe, M. (2014) Transitions—the journey continues Always a Nurse; STTI newsletter; ANA Massachusetts Newsletter (2014)  
  6. Sipe, M. (2013) Traversing the spaces in-between MARN Newsletter  
  7. Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) (2009). Guidance on the interdisciplinary safe use of automated dispensing cabinets. Part of interdisciplinary expert team involved in drafting this document
  8. Sipe, M. Yearly reflective writing and poetry written during Nurses’ Week- published in various journals:  Clinical Excellence for Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau: Reflections, MARN Newsletters (1999-Present)  
  9. Sipe, M (2008-2013) Contributor to Quarterly Nursing Excellence Lahey Clinic Nursing Newsletter; member of editorial board
  10. Sipe, M. (1990-1996) Co-Editor/author for Nursing News- Newton Wellesley Hospital  


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

Curriculum Vitae