Dr. Friesen is on a mission. She is determined to make Inova’s nursing program renowned for its skills, competence and intellectual curiosity. To accomplish the mission, Dr. Friesen champions nursing research, evidence-based practice and continuous improvement initiatives. However, it is her personal touch and one-to-one mentoring of Inova nurses that creates a solid foundation for the nursing program to flourish. Dr. Friesen has coached and encouraged Inova nurses to participate in evidence-based practice, nursing research and present findings at nursing conferences and symposia. She exhibits the excellence of Inova’s nursing program in every aspect of her work. The fruits of her labors are the proficiency and compassion Inova’s nurses deliver, which motivates patients and their families to give to support Inova’s not-for-profit mission.