Ellen Martin, PhD, RN, CPHQ

Ellen Martin, PhD, RN, CPHQ
Director of Practice, Texas Nurses Association

Dr. Ellen Martin has been a nurse for 30 years and with over 20 years of experience in healthcare quality and patient safety. Her first healthcare job was working her way through nursing school as a certified nurse aide in a nursing home. Since that time, seniors and their caregivers have held a special place in her heart. Her diverse clinical background includes caring for patients across the lifespan in neurosurgical ICU, coronary care, and home health. She also has held administration roles in community mental health, home health, and hospice. 

After completing a Masters in Nursing focused on health systems management, she returned to Texas to work at the TMF Health Quality Institute. Since 2015, she has been the Director of Practice at the Texas Nurses Association. She graduated in May 2016 with a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Her dissertation research focused on family caregiver experiences of hospital to home care transitions for persons with dementia. Ellen holds a certification in healthcare quality and serves on the Quality and Standards Committee of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. She is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and serves on several committees in the Health Care Division.