Executive Director, Oregon Center for Nursing
With more than thirty years of experience in the healthcare industry, Mary Rita Hurley has achieved success in practice, administration, academia and consultancy. She has held positions as a clinical nurse, Director of Operations, university faculty, Aging Initiatives Director, and Director of the International Leadership Institute with the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. Currently, Mary Rita serves as the Executive Director of the Oregon Center for Nursing.
Mary Rita’s professional career has been dedicated to improving the health and health care of older adults. She has extensive experience in gerontology and managing the oversight of long term care and senior housing facilities in both urban and rural settings throughout the United States. She continues to provide consultation to the long term care and senior housing industry, focusing on regulatory compliance, policy and procedure development, nursing operations and leadership/mentoring strategies for department directors. Enhancing the leadership skills of nurses at every level of practice is a key focus of Mary Rita’s current work.
Mary Rita is recognized nationally and internationally as a speaker and author on leadership and long term care operations. She was recently appointed to the Governor’s Commission for Senior Services as well as the Medicare/Medicaid Integration of Services Workgroup for Health Care Reform in Oregon.