Like a true nurse, Marian Turkel, Ph.D. '97, manages to be in many places at once. She wouldn't have it any other way.As an independent consultant, it's her job to help hospitals earn Magnet status, an honor given to hospitals that exemplify excellence in nursing. Her work involves creating a practice environment where registered nurses can grow professionally and become recognized as excellent practitioners.

In her consulting practice, Turkel also works with nursing leaders and members of their nursing staff to develop professional models of care, evidence-based practice, and nursing research initiatives within their organizations. In a way, Turkel's patients are the hospitals themselves, each one receiving her undivided attention in their journey to foster nursing excellence. It was this desire to specialize in nursing administration that led Turkel to pursue her doctorate at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies.

"I was impressed with the research, the small number of students in each doctoral class, and the one-on-one mentoring," says Turkel about the University's program. She notes that the faculty guidance and support she received enabled her to achieve great success in writing grants. She's particularly proud of having secured almost $1 million in federal funding since graduation for research studies on nursing economics, nursing practice models, and work force redevelopment.

"I really wanted to work with a lot of hospitals, to have the opportunity to assist them in achieving excellence in patient care through nursing best practices," says Turkel, who now lives in Chicago. In addition to consulting nationwide,Turkel is the author of numerous publications, including peer-reviewed nursing journals and book chapters. She recently published the book Magnet Status: Assessing, Pursuing and Achieving Nursing Excellence as well as an article in Nursing Administration Quarterly on how to create an environment for evidence-based practice, a key element of Magnet status.

She and her husband, Brooks, M.B.A. '99, continue to support the school and the University of Miami Hurricanes. They even keep their football season tickets, despite living in Chicago, and travel to Florida for some of the home games.