Doctor of Nursing Practice
“In the medical device industry, there is constant change. You have to be prepared,”
Aretha Thurman is a principal clinical educator for Medtronic, a global leader in the medical device industry. There, she is responsible training all field employees, with an increased focus on international needs, regarding intrathecal delivery implantable devices, which are implantable devices that delivery medicine.
As a DNP student with a specialty in informatics, she converted her program training material from the traditional print materials to an eLearning format. “Our team has transitioned from 100 percent printed, handwritten training to zero percent printed class training materials,” she said. Class materials are delivered using an iPad, which students use to take notes directly into the presentations and electronic notepad. “The program has increased my ability to better design the training programs, both domestic and international. Additionally, it has given me more confidence to use evidence in preparing for courses,” she said.
Thurman worked at the bedside for 13 years, before moving to the medical device industry. “It gave me a different perspective on health care and how nurses affect it,” said Thurman. She sought a DNP degree because she wanted to increase her opportunity to influence decision-making with the use of data, increase her credibility and broaden her scope. “In the medical device industry, there is constant change. You have to be prepared,” said Thurman.