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The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), which represents the interests of the Commonwealth’s 228,000 registered nurses, and the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP), a supporting organization of PSNA, today announced their appointment of Wayne E. Reich, Jr., MSN, MBA, RN, as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 14, 2022. He succeeds Betsy M. Snook, MEd, BSN, RN, who previously announced her decision to retire.

Reich has served in several leadership roles during his nearly 20 year career in nursing. Since 2018, he was the director of nursing, bachelor degrees for Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he supervised the bachelor’s degree nursing majors, as well as program planning, development, and accreditation. In 2019, Reich was granted the rank of assistant professor. Reich spent many years in other healthcare settings, including clinical director, clinical instructor, cardiac intensive care unit staff nurse, and resource clinician.

In addition to his roles in direct patient care, Reich served as the PSNA Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2014. In this position, he assisted the Chief Executive Officer in the development of the association’s strategic goals and policies, managed team members, and represented the association at state-level, legislative, and national-level meetings. Reich served as PSNA Board Treasurer (2016-2020), PSNA Finance Committee Chair (2016-2020), and PSNA Bylaws Committee Chair (2015-2016), among others.

PSNA President Dr. Deb Cardenas, DNP, MSN, RN, Paralegal, CPHQ, stated, “On behalf of the PSNA Board of Directors and our members, the association welcomes the experience, knowledge, and proven dedication of Mr. Wayne Reich. His commitment to nursing is evident through his clinical and teaching background. In addition, Wayne’s more than 10 years’ active participation with PSNA – including advocacy efforts, membership outreach, and educational initiatives – will position him to successfully lead PSNA.”

Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) President Dr. Margarete Zalon, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, stated, “The NFP Board of Trustees looks forward to Mr. Wayne Reich’s leadership as he begins his new role as CEO. His experience as a member of the PSNA staff and as a PSNA board member provide him with a strong foundation to continue the foundation’s work in ensuring nurses for tomorrow.”


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