Winifred V. Quinn, PhD

Director, Advocacy and Consumer Affairs

Areas of Expertise

Stakeholder engagement and networking, coalition organizing, advocacy, state scope of practice policies, nursing workforce funding, and nursing workforce and diversity

Winifred Quinn, AARP

Winifred V. Quinn, PhD


Winifred Quinn co-leads a national issue campaign dedicated to improving health care through nursing, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. She leads a team that supports action coalitions in each state and the District of Columbia that implements the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations from its landmark 2011 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Winifred initiated and leads the Campaign for Action’s diversity work to help ensure a more diverse nursing workforce, faculty, and leadership.

Winifred works across AARP to address public policies that intersect with consumer and nursing issues. She focuses on policy issues that funding for nursing education and legal barriers that prevent all levels of registered nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and expertise. Winifred’s federal policy work includes nursing education provisions within the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She helped to initiate a national-level coalition that resulted in Medicare supporting graduate-level nursing education for the first time in its history. Winifred leads the team that provides the state-based Action Coalitions and AARP state offices to modernize scope-of-practice laws. Within that role, she places a strong emphasis on building coalitions and engaging stakeholders.

Winifred is an alumna of Union College in Cranford, New Jersey, and of Douglass College, Rutgers University. She received her master’s degree in counseling from Montclair State University and her PhD in health communication from Rutgers University School of Communication and Information.


Selected Publications

W. Quinn, S. Reinhard, L. Thornhill, and P. Reinecke, June 2015, “Improving Access to High Quality Care,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Insight on the Issues 103 (June 2015).

S. Hassmiller and W. Quinn, “How Nurse Leaders Can Fix Our Healthcare System,” Nurse Leaders 13 (2): 31–35, April 2015.

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