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Margaret Duffy wearing a brown suit
Associate Executive Director, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Cohen Children’s Medical Center

A board-certified nurse executive with more than 35 years of nursing leadership experience, Margaret Duffy, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, oversees all aspects of nursing practice at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, a 206-bed pediatric tertiary facility.

Ms. Duffy’s progressive nursing career includes several leadership roles. She joined Northwell Health in 2016 as senior administrative director in North Shore University Hospital’s Department of Nursing Education, Professional Development and Outreach, where she was an integral member on the coordinating team that helped NSUH achieve Magnet status in April 2018. She also piloted a Nurse Residency Program that achieved a 77-percent reduction in new hire turnover, and she established an interdisciplinary Obstetrics Patient Experience Task Force that significantly improved recommendation scores.

Prior to NSUH, Ms. Duffy worked at Stony Brook University Hospital for more than 30 years, where she served as associate director of cardiac services and perinatal services, interim chief nursing officer of both the hospital and children’s hospital, and director of clinical education. Since 2017, she has taught nursing at the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

Ms. Duffy is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization for Nursing Leadership and the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders. She has presented at national conferences on nursing, quality and various other initiatives and has received numerous awards, including the Susan Pollack Award from the Roy Adaptation Association, Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the William Groom Award from the American Heart Association.

Holding a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Niagara University, Ms. Duffy earned her master’s from Stony Brook University and a PhD from Molloy College.