March 31st, 2022
Canadian Appointed ICN’s Inaugural Chief Nurse
Dr. Acorn’s academic career has evolved from diploma to post-doctoral education. She completed her Doctor of Nurse Practitioner/ Nursing Practice and is dually certified as both a Primary Health Care and Adult Nurse Practitioner. She holds national nursing certifications in Emergency and Gerontology and an international certification as a Global Nurse Consultant. Dr. Acorn was inducted as an inaugural Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing and also inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. Michelle was an inaugural international Miller Foundation Post-Doctoral System Chief Nurse Executive Fellow in the Shaughnessy Nurse Leadership Academy, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western University. She is also currently a Miller Coldiron Fellow. She has transitioned from government as the Ontario Provincial Chief Nursing Officer to the ICN.
Dr. Acorn’s diverse clinical expertise includes practicing in the Emergency, as a Hospitalist, innovating GAIN (Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Networks), and pioneering the most responsible provider (MRP) impacts of a NP–led model of inpatient hospital care and primary care in corrections. She currently practices primary care in the community.