Margaret Hourigan receives statewide nursing leadership award

June 8, 2009 Contact: Charmaine Daniels at (207) 893-7723 or e-mail

Dr. Margaret Hourigan of Mechanic Falls has been named the 2009 Maine Nursing Leader by the Organization for Maine Nurse Executives (OMNE) for outstanding achievement in nursing leadership, communication and commitment to patient care. She is an assistant professor of nursing at Saint Joseph's College and chair of the nursing department there.

Hourigan has served as a nurse leader in Maine for 23 years. She has held several officer positions at OMNE and currently serves in the role of education committee co-chair. She is a board member of the Maine State Board of Nursing, serves as a national representative to the Nursing Research and Action Council, and is a member of the education planning council of the Plexus Institute. She has also served as the education council leader for the Center for Nursing Leadership and as an advisor for Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.

Hourigan introduced complexity science, which is based on the principles of interdisciplinary complex adaptive systems, to the nursing curricula at Saint Joseph's College through her association with the Plexus Institute. She has been instrumental in bringing the institute's national symposium to the Saint Joseph's campus for a conference on health care leadership in July.