Barbara S. Mitchell


School of Nursing Special Recognition Award (2011)
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
School of Nursing
M.Ed., 1980; M.S.N., 1987


Mitchell was executive director of Nursing 2000 Inc. in Indianapolis from 1992 to 2010. Nursing 2000 is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and supports careers in registered nursing. Mitchell was accountable for operations of the organization, including strategic planning, program development, and fiscal management. She led the organization in reaching $1 million in cumulative scholarship proceeds for undergraduate and graduate nursing scholarships.

Previously, Mitchell was staff development coordinator at the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis. From 1969 to 1975, she worked as a staff nurse at several hospitals.

She has served on the board of directors for the Central Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives, Nursing 200 North, and Spotlight on Nursing, as well as vice president of the Indiana Nursing Workforce Development Coalition.

Mitchell has earned two IU degrees — master of education in 1980 and master of nursing in 1987 — and a bachelor of science in nursing from Mary Manse College in Toledo, Ohio, in 1974.