Our Team

Fran Hicks, PhD, RN, FAAN

Fran Hicks is an experienced nurse executive with a background that includes clinical practice, teaching, academic  administration, board leadership, and experience as a healthcare consultant. Her clients include healthcare organizations, nursing associations, regulatory agencies, state governmental agencies, academic institutions, corporate boards in the public and private sectors, and individuals. Dr. Hicks is committed to facilitating organizations in the development of programs designed to achieve desired outcomes and sustainability to achieve Magnet® and Pathway to Excellence® designations. Fran has maintained an interest in working with organizations that have faced challenges and are committed to success.

Fran brings a unique perspective that incorporates her years of educational clinical practice and her strong foundation in educational principles; theoretical and conceptual drivers of professional practice, principles, standards and regulation; and practical implementation of change projects. Fran focuses on the advancement of professional nursing practice through development and evaluation of professional practice models and care delivery systems. Dr. Hicks has unique experience in program evaluation, outcomes measurement, research, grant writing, peer review, strategic planning and continued competence.

Fran has a successful record of effective national leadership and philanthropy in a variety of organizations. She has over a decade of affiliation with the Magnet® and Pathway to Excellence® Programs.


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What They’re Saying

"Thank you for helping us on our way to Magnet® status. I know your visits to us and your advice steered us on this journey. We value your input.”