Juli Maxworthy interviews the speaker for congress’s Plenary Session 2.
Considering further education? Dale Beatty, Plenary Session 2 speaker at the 29th International Nursing Research Congress, tells why he chose the DNP degree.
A few weeks prior to congress, I had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Dale Beatty, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Stanford Health and speaker at Plenary Session 2 on Friday, 20 July. As the person who introduces him, I thought it important to get to know Dale better. Since we work in the same geographic area, it was also quite convenient!
How does your speech, “Developing change agents in an ever-evolving healthcare delivery system,” relate to the congress theme, “Innovative global nursing practice and education through research and evidence-based practice”?
Because of the rapid expansion of knowledge underlying practice and the need for experts able to lead system-level quality improvement initiatives that change and improve outcomes, there is a need to expand nursing education at the graduate level. These doctorally prepared nurses are key to translating evidence-based practices and applying them to real-world issues.
What was the deciding factor for you in choosing to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree?
It was the degree that aligned best with my background in nursing administration, and it provided space to develop, implement, and evaluate a large change-of-practice project I had wanted to do for years.
You’ve been a member of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing & Midwifery, also known as GAPFON. Tell me about your experience on that panel.
It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with thought leaders and to share identified opportunities for the profession. It was a great use of my time and Sigma’s.
What is the main takeaway you’d like members of the Plenary Session 2 audience to have following your talk?
I hope they will have a better understanding of how the DNP degree is leveraging nursing scholarship and improving global nursing through evidence-based practice, quality improvement, systems redesign, and translational research.
Thank you, Dale, for your time and for your dedication to the profession! Looking forward to hearing you speak on Day 2 of congress! RNL
Juli Maxworthy, DNP, MSN/MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FSSH, is assistant professor, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA, and vice president, Sigma board of directors.