Riley names Megan Isley its next CNO

After a comprehensive national search and somewhat unconventional interviewing process made possible by the ongoing global pandemic, Riley Children’s Health has named its next chief nursing officer – Megan Isley, DNP, MBA, RN, CPNP, NEA-BC, NPD-BC, a nurse leader with more than a decade of clinical pediatrics and management experience at three of the nation’s top children’s hospitals.

Megan comes to Riley from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she was assistant vice president of patient services and, before that, clinical director of the ambulatory heart institute. Previously, she was a clinical manager at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and a pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical educator at Duke University Health System in Durham, NC.

She brings a wealth and a range of experience to the Riley role – from advanced practice provider to professional development and education, and from program development to facility planning and growth. Among her accomplishments at Cincinnati Children’s were leading the development of transition-to-practice work, overseeing a co-op program with the University of Cincinnati, and supporting the study and development of virtual reality to support new nurse knowledge and skill acquisition.

Megan holds doctor of nursing practice and master’s degrees in nursing from Duke University, and a master’s in business administration and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from West Liberty University in West Virginia.

We are excited to have Megan join Riley and IU Health – she brings to the table a variety of experience nationally, and a unique blend of perspectives as a nurse leader, nursing development specialist, and an APRN. Her deep understanding and experience with shared leadership, Magnet standards, and advocacy for professional practice will be an asset to our nursing and interprofessional teams in advancing our strategic goals.

Megan will relocate to Indianapolis with husband Nicolas, daughter Chloe, 13, and son Joshua, 5, and join the Riley leadership team on Aug. 31. She will work with interim CNO Danita Daley, DNP, MBA, RN, HACP, to assume oversight of the important work of Riley nurses and respiratory therapists at all levels.

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