Jenni Glad Timmons
Doctor of Nursing Practice
“The program helped me be more fearless. It gave me the confidence to know that I’ll be able to find work where I’m at personally and professionally."
Over the years as a perioperative nurse in Canada, Jenni Glad Timmons found herself in positions that required progressively more leadership skills. While her bachelor’s degree in nursing helped her with clinical skills, she found herself lacking the broader expertise required to lead system transformation. “The knowledge and experience I had gained in the past was not enough for me personally and professionally to be successful and satisfied,” said Timmons.
Timmons knew she wanted to go back to school, but she also knew that she wasn’t interested earning a PhD, which would lead her down a path of conducting research. She found the answer to her educational goals in the DNP program. It was a degree that wasn’t offered in Canada, so she was taking a chance that it would benefit her professionally, but it was a program that resonated with her personally.
As she reviewed the University of Minnesota’s curriculum, she appreciated that professors didn’t simply look intra-professionally to find thought leaders; they looked outside of the field as well. She also appreciated that the program was leadership focused rather than focused on administration.
“I knew I was going to be learning something that I wouldn’t be learning anywhere else,” said Timmons.
As she progressed in the program, Timmons found she was confident enough to take professional risks. “The program helped me be more fearless. It gave me the confidence to know that I’ll be able to find work where I’m at personally and professionally,” said Timmons. “The knowledge, mentorships and relationships I developed help me grow and see what I can achieve.”
After earning her DNP degree with a specialty in health innovation and leadership in the spring of 2013, she was hired to fill a position she describes as her ideal position – as the director of interprofessional practice at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, Ontario, which is 380-bed hospital in the heart of one of the largest cities in North America. “My main role is to implement a new model of nursing care throughout the organization and to advance interprofessional practice,” she said. “This is where I need to be.”