Dana Bjarnason, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Dr. Bjarnason serves as the Associate Administrator & Chief Nursing Officer for the Ben Taub General Hospital and Quentin Mease Community Hospital in Houston, Texas. She holds a doctorate in nursing from the University Of Texas Medical Branch Graduate School Of Biomedical Sciences, awarded in 2007.
Dr. Bjarnason is active in a number of professional nursing organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International, where she serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors. In Houston, she serves as president of the Texas Nurses Association (TNA) District 9 which represents over 39,000 nurses in eight counties. At the state level, Dr. Bjarnason serves as the chair of the TNA Practice Committee. Additionally, she is a professional member of the Houston Organization of Nurse Executives, Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives, Southern Nursing Research Society, and American Nurses Association.
In 2010, Dr. Bjarnason was named as one of 20 outstanding nurse leaders in the Houston area by TNA District 9. In March 2011, she was awarded the 4th Annual Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award by the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. In March 2012, she was inducted into the University of Texas Medical Branch nursing hall of fame. In the fall of 2012, Dr. Bjarnason will serve as adjunct professor at St. Thomas University School of Nursing
In addition to numerous professional presentations, Dr. Bjarnason has co-authored peer-reviewed articles for professional journals and recently edited an edition of Critical Care Clinics of North America focusing on disaster response. Her doctoral dissertation explored the relationship between nurse religiosity and end-of-life care, which built on her master’s thesis which sought to provide insight to further understanding and enhancing the nurse-patient dialogue related to end-of-life.
Dr. Bjarnason is committed to working with nurses to create environments that enhance patient care. Her interests include health care regulation and accreditation, patient self-determination, advocacy, professionalism, practice, moral leadership and diversity.