Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Health Professions Strategy and Practice, Alberta Health Services
Over the course of her 45-year career, Dianne MacGregor has been a positive influence in promoting leadership in the nursing field. From her earliest days at the Misericordia Hospital, to the emergency department in Wetaskiwin, to her advocacy work supporting families and individuals facing mental health issues, Dianne has been a great ambassador for nursing and the delivery of patient-centred care.
Dianne has an amazing ability to build relationships and move people to collaborative actions that help shape health care. In her role as the Associate Chief Nursing Officer in Alberta Health Services (AHS), she led provincial teams to advance nursing care delivery and adapt to cultural changes. Dianne has advanced collaborative team-based practice, the optimization of nursing scope of practice, RN prescribing and the integration and advancement of the nurse practitioner workforce. Dianne’s work has involved intentional mobilization and empowerment of nursing leaders, consultants and staff to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care at a system level.
Dianne carries a strong nursing voice through the dynamic, ever-changing health-care environment. Leading with grace and humility, Dianne has high regards for each voice. As new initiatives and programs develop, conversations can be difficult with conflicting.
Dianne knows that difficult conversations are sometimes necessary to produce good work and she has always demonstrated respect, focusing on what is best for patients and families. She collaborated in the development of many organization-wide initiatives including the Workforce Model Transformation, the AHS Foundational Strategies, CoACT Collaborative Care, the AHS Nurse Practitioner Workforce Strategic Plan and Connect Care.
“For me, respectful collaboration is essential in delivering patient-centred care. When we mobilize around the patient as a team, to meet the patient where they are at, we can truly make a difference.”
Dianne’s positive “can do” spirit is contagious to those around her. She sets the tone on her team with strong self-awareness, a positive disposition and inspires people to see possibilities, consider their potential and to collaborate. Dianne feels inspired and grateful to have worked with so many outstanding nurses and other health-care team members. She comments, “Collectively, we lead with knowledge, caring and dedication, and it is these attributes that best serve our patients and can give us a lifetime of fulfilling and rewarding work.”