Oriana Beaudet

Nurses in the Board Room

DNP prepares Oriana Beaudet to Lead

Oriana BeaudetAfter serving as an acute care nurse and nurse supervisor for more than a decade, Oriana Beaudet began considering her options for a new career challenge. She wanted to apply her knowledge of high quality patient care to the broad redesign of health care delivery that was occurring around her.  

“I have seen the impact of system-level decisions on patients and staff and recognized where I could add value,” she said. “Nurses do what no machine or device can – we form relationships that build environments of care, compassion and health. I want to empower the people working at the bedside”.

With an associate’s degree from a local community college, and a BSN degree from Bethel College, Beaudet enrolled in a master’s in business administration program at the University of St. Thomas in pursuit of a future in health care administration.  During the first semester of her executive MBA studies; however, she discovered the health innovation and leadership specialty of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at the University of Minnesota. Given her goals, and her extensive experience, the DNP program seemed a to align better with her goals. She applied, was accepted and today is approaching graduation.

“Nurses do what no machine or device can – we form relationships that build environments of care, compassion and health. I want to empower the people working at the bedside”.

As a DNP student, Beaudet made a point of pushing herself into new and interesting environments that were outside her comfort zone to get the most out of the program.

“Oriana has maximized her experience in the program by engaging in a wide range of opportunities,” said Teddie Potter, Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Nursing. “She has worked with a start-up nurse-led clinic, joined an interprofessional team of graduate students to solve a global health challenge in a national competition and taken courses at the Carlson School of Management. She is an exemplary model of the possibilities of graduate education.”

For her scholarly project, Beaudet led an initiative to educate nurses at all levels on the role they can play in health innovation, from concept to design to creation to implementation and production. She is creating a scalable model that is sustainable.

“The passion of the nurses involved in my doctoral research around innovation was incredible,” she said. “Through our work together they began to imagine, design, invent and innovate in previously unimagined ways.”

Potter says the Health Innovation and Leadership specialty of the DNP prepares nurses for the many nurse executive roles as well as for roles that may not currently exist. “The program encourages its graduates to not just manage the changes in health care, but lead the changes and build a system that we know is possible, yet not quite here,” she said.

After graduation, Beaudet looks forward to exploring her career options, expanding her consulting business and teaching one day. She says her education and her nursing experience combined with experiences she gained leading initiatives, building while in the program are attractive.

“I find that my role as translator, between those who understand and care for patients and those who make large-scale policy and operational decisions, is highly valued,” said Beaudet, who has recently started her own consulting company.

She says she is glad she chose the University of Minnesota. “The University’s relationships with its clinical partners and the vast opportunities she gained through the program have prepared me. I’m looking forward to sparking the curiosity and the imaginations of nurses to affect positive changes in health care.”


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