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Meet the Allegheny Valley Hospital CNO

Esther Atwood

Esther Atwood, MSN, RN NE-BC


Esther is the chief nursing officer at Allegheny Valley Hospital (AVH) and the Citizens School of Nursing. In addition to practicing as a staff nurse for 16 years, Esther has held many administrative positions including:

  • Director of Nursing at AVH
  • Nurse manager of the West Penn Burn Center
  • Adjunct faculty of the Penn State University RN-BSN Nursing Program
  • Consultant for Southwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center
  • Coordinator of Education Services/ Nurse Recruiting for Armstrong County Memorial Hospital

Esther received her BSN and MSN from Waynesburg University, where she completed research projects and provided numerous presentations related to managing burns. She is a board-certified nurse executive of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She also received the Cameos of Caring Award in Advance Practice, Administrative Focus, 2008 at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

Esther serves as a board member of the Penn State New Kensington Advisory Board and RN-BSN Program. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • American Nurses Association
  • Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Nu Sigma Chapter
  • Southwest Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders
  • HAP Behavioral Health Care Providers Council