#47: Dr. Bonnie Clipper: Disrupting Healthcare through Transformation and Innovation


Bonnie Clipper, DNP, RN, MA, MBA, CENP, FACHE and CCO of Wambi, speaks with Jason A. Duprat, Entrepreneur, Healthcare Practitioner and Host of the Healthcare Entrepreneur Academy Podcast. In this episode, they discuss how nurses are natural innovators with valuable ideas. Learn how Bonnie got involved in nursing and the innovation space, how she helps nurses develop their ideas and her process for writing books.

Episode Highlights:

  • What is Bonnie’s background? Where did she grow up?

  • How did she make her first transition from a nurse to her next opportunity?

  • Bonnie highlights the benefits of an MBA.

  • What was it like for her to move into the innovation space?

  • When it comes to innovation, what’s her advice for nurses working on the floor who have a novel business idea?

  • What does Bonnie suggest if someone is interested in exploring the leadership space?

  • How did Bonnie create her business around her area of expertise?

  • How can people follow in her footsteps?

  • What does it take to qualify as an ”expert?”

  • Does authoring a book build credibility?

  • Bonnie describes the process for writing a book and working with a publisher.

  • Bonnie shares several resources she finds useful, along with her tips for turning an idea into a business.

3 Key Points:

  1. Understanding how to transform and disrupt healthcare are key skill sets and competencies that we need and not enough people have them

  2. Nurses tend to give away their intellectual property for free. There are ways to protect yourself and nurture your ideas.

  3. Create an innovator’s mindset and think like an entrepreneur to help you turn an idea into a business.

Tweetable Quotes:

  • “It's really difficult to make the kind of impact you want to make as a bedside nurse because often we don't get listened to deeply enough or broadly enough.” – Bonnie Clipper

  • “Nurses are natural innovators and we need to give them permission to feel the role and live the role.” – Bonnie Clipper

  • “The first person you have to convince is you.” – Bonnie Clipper

Resources Mentioned:

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