Elaine is currently the Director of Faculty Development in the School of Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She served as dean of the School of Nursing at the Institute from August of 2019 until August 2021. Previous to her appointment as Dean, she taught leadership courses and served as an advisor for students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She also acted as a Strategic Nurse Planner in the Office of Continuing and Professional Development, contributing her nursing education expertise to the development and oversight of interprofessional programs at MGH Institute of Health Professions. Additionally, she is also a member of the steering committee for the Center for Climate Change, Climate Justice and Health at the Institute.

Elaine continues to serve as a consultant with the National League for Nursing (NLN); from 2010 through 2017 she was one of their Chief Program Officers.

For over 25 years Elaine was a Professor of Nursing and the Independence Foundation Chair in Community Health Nursing Education at Community College of Philadelphia. Elaine also served as President of the NLN from 2007-2009. Elaine has a long history of organizational leadership and grant funded initiatives and has worked nationally to support models that increase the academic progression of all nursing graduates and provide patient-centric care for older adults and their caregivers.

  • BSN, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Masters in Mental Health and Community Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • EdD, Doctorate in the Nursing Professorial Role, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY

Research Interests

  • Curriculum Development and Design
  • Climate Change, Climate Justice and Health
  • Quality Improvement


2022 Keynote Session: Activating the Learning Encounter: From Monologue to Dialogue with ACE Resources. MARLIN Spring Workshop, Virtual

2019 Integrated DNP Program: An Innovative Cohort Model. NLN Summit, Washington, DC

2019 Keynote Session: Using Concepts to Map the PN Curriculum: Transforming Your PN Nursing Program to Align with Workforce Trends. Massachusetts PN Educator Conference, MA

2017 Building a Curriculum Map for Nursing Education. NLN Intensives for Nursing Faculty, NLN, Washington, DC

2017 Simulation in the Nursing Curricula; Innovation for Transitions to Practice. International Congress for Nurses (ICN), Barcelona, Spain

Forneris, S.G., Tagliareni, M.E., Allen, B. (2022). Accelerating to practice: defining a competency-based framework for nursing education part I. Nursing Education Perspectives, 43(6), 363-368.

Tagliareni, M.E., Sipe, M.H., Hill, R., Reidy, P.A., Ciesielski, S., Lucey, J.R. (2022). Leading as servant in times of crisis. Nursing Education Perspectives, 43(5), 315-317.

Tagliareni, M.E., Brewington, J., Christensen, L., Gross Forneris, S., Patterson, B. (2022). Attaining distinction in nursing education: National League for Nursing paves the way. In M.H. Adams, T.M. Valiga (Eds), Achieving Distinction in Nursing Education, National League for Nursing, Elsevier Saunders, 135-147.

Nicholas, P.K., Breakey, S., Tagliareni, E., Simmonds, K, & Sabo, K. (2021). Climate change and the health of populations: Incorporating stages of nursing’s political development. Nursing Outlook, 69(1): 65-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2020.08.001

Tagliareni, M.E. (Ed.) (2016). Teaching with ACE.S: A Guide for Faculty. Washington, DC: NLN Press (AJN Book of the Year – 3rd place)

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Awards and Honors

Living Legend Award, ANA Massachusetts, 2022

The American Academy of Nursing - Massachusetts Chapter recognizes a small group of fellows as Living Legends in honor of their extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession, sustained over the course of their careers.

DAISY Faculty Award, 2021

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. 

Professor of the Year, 2008

Pennsylvania Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, 2009

Academy Fellows are nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and healthcare.

President (elected), National League for Nursing, 2007—2009

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education.