Pam Thompson, CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and AHA senior vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer, yesterday announced she will retire June 30, 2016. “Widely respected in health care, Pam has built a strong and thriving organization,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “Through her leadership, AONE has developed education programs for emerging nurse leaders and launched initiatives to teach bed-side nurses to innovate care and measure progress, ultimately improving care for patients.” In her dual role as AHA’s senior vice president for nursing, Thompson also has led the association's efforts to help develop the workforce for tomorrow. AONE is an AHA subsidiary. Thompson was the first person to hold the position of AHA senior vice president of nursing/chief nursing officer. She also was the first nurse executive to serve as chairman of the New Hampshire Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and the first nurse to serve as board chair of the National Patient Safety Foundation. Before joining AONE, Thompson was vice president of Children's Hospital, Obstetrics, Psychiatric Services and Strategic Planning at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH.