Tips from BESD: Is a vice-presidency in your future?

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, April 16, 2010

Staff development specialists have always believed in the intrinsic value of our services. We know we make significant, measurable contributions to organizational effectiveness. We also firmly believe in a future when staff development specialists routinely achieve executive level status in organizations. This month, I had the pleasure of speaking with a colleague who has realized this vision.

Dora Bradley, PhD, RN-BC, is vice president (VP) of nursing professional development at Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) in Dallas, a 14-hospital system covering a geographic area of about 75 miles. Three years ago, BHCS adopted a corporate nursing structure and, thanks to an innovative leader, a CNO was hired to oversee a shared vision across the system. The CNO created the position of VP of nursing professional development.

"Our goal was to create consistent nursing education practices across the Baylor Health Care System," explains Bradley. They did this by using the Baylor Health Care System Professional Nursing Practice Model, which is based on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' Synergy Model and the concepts of a healthy work environment as an educational framework. "It's a powerful model," says Bradley. "When patients' needs and nursing competencies come together or match, there is synergy."

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the May 2010 issue of Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development.

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