Sheila A. Haas, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Professor and former Dean of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Haas holds a MSN from Loyola University Chicago and a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago where the focus of her research was productivity, clinical ladder systems, and patient acuity systems. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Haas developed the Nursing Administration major and the dual degree MSN/MBA at Loyola University as well as the undergraduate non-nursing Health Care Administration major. She also holds a joint appointment to the Loyola University Chicago Graduate School of Business.
She currently teaches in the graduate program in nursing (MSN, DNP and PhD), as well as, the MBA program. She does research, publication and consulting in the areas of translational research and evidence-based practice, care coordination and transition management, clinical ladders, work redesign and evaluation, differentiated practice, and nursing intensity systems. She has facilitated development of prototypical intensity systems in several healthcare organizations. Dr. Haas’ research, done with Loyola colleagues, on the role of the nurse professional in ambulatory care has been used to delineate competencies and to help develop the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) conceptual framework and core curriculum. With colleagues (Haas, Swan & Haynes, 2013, 2014) using translational research methods, she developed care coordination and transition management dimensions and competencies for ambulatory care nurses and edited the AAACN Core Curriculum for Care Coordination and Transition Management with co-editors Dr. Beth Ann Swan and Traci Haynes.
Dr. Haas has served on the Research Committees of American Academy of Ambulatory
Care Nursing (AAACN) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). She also served as an AAACN Board member and President and she is past President of the National Federation of Specialty Nursing Organizations where she collaborated with the Board of the Nursing Organization Liaison Forum of ANA to design an innovative organization to represent the common goals and needs of specialty nursing. In 2009, Dr. Haas was recognized as the Illinois Outstanding Nurse Leader. Currently, Dr. Haas writes a Health Care Reform column for AAACN's Viewpoint, was an appointed member of the ANA Care Coordination Quality Measures Steering Committee and serves on the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Board of Directors and Treasurer, the Nursing Spectrum Regional Board, and the Nursing Economics Editorial Board.