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AONL Membership Elects Deborah Zimmermann, DNP, RN, as Organization's Next President

Analysis  |  By Carol Davis  
   September 23, 2021

Nurse leader membership also elects new treasurer and 5 new members to its board of directors.

Deborah Zimmermann, DNP, RN, chief clinical officer and principal of Leaders in Care, has been elected as the 2022 president-elect of the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL) board of directors.

Zimmermann, who will assume the presidency January 1, 2024, most recently was the chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System and associate dean of clinical programs at the VCU School of Nursing in Richmond, Va.

She served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, practiced as a nurse practitioner and spent 25 years as a nurse executive.

Zimmermann has been an active AONL member; she sits on the board of directors, chairs the AONL Foundation board of directors, co-chairs the AACN-AONL Academic Practice Council, and is a member of the DAISY Foundation board of directors.

Previously, she served as chair of American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on the Magnet Recognition Program and as president of the New York Organization of Nurse Executives board of directors. Zimmermann holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

The AONL membership elected Simmy King, DNP, RN-BC, chief nursing informatics and education officer at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., to serve a three-year term as treasurer.

Also elected to the AONL board of directors, serving three-year terms beginning January 1, 2022, are:

Carol Davis is the Nursing Editor at HealthLeaders, an HCPro brand.

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