HCS Alumni Change the System through Nurse Leadership

Trent Praytor, ‘09 and Dustin Williams, ‘09

A group of Health Care Systems alumni returned to Carrington Hall on April 24, 2012 to share their professional experiences with current HCS students. Their message: big changes are happening in health care, and nurses are leading the way.

The alumni panel, organized by the SON Office of Advancement and Associate Professor Cheryl B. Jones, brought in almost two dozen HCS alumni dating back to the graduating class of 2004. Nurse graduates came in from across the country, many with remarkable reports on what they’re doing now.

The SON’s Health Care Systems Program offers master’s and post-master’s training for nurses who want to further their expertise in administration, education, informatics, quality and outcomes management, and clinical leadership. Often these nurses have extensive clinical backgrounds and seek to influence health care on a system-wide level. According to a recent article in The Atlantic Magazine, now is a good moment for nurses to effect change by rising to leadership positions.

“Our current students already have successful careers, but it’s amazing to think of the expanded roles and opportunities that lie ahead,” said Dr. Jones, who referenced the Atlantic article. Proof of this trend was all around the room and shared by former HCS students. Read more here.