throughout her career Dawn Augusta It has impacted healthcare in many ways. First, as a bedside nurse she provides care for 15 years. She then taught at the Edson College of Nursing and Health at Arizona State University where she taught as an educator at Innovation and now serves as her leader in innovation.
What helped her take that next step was her college Advanced Nursing Practice (Innovation Leadership) DNP program. Augusta will graduate in 2021.
“After graduating, I started a consulting business focused on improving public and private health and welfare systems and continue to teach at Edson College,” she says.
Additionally, Augusta has served on multiple boards and committees. Both of these were by-products of her time in the DNP program that facilitated networking and building relationships with her fellow community her leaders.
Augusta admits that when she first enrolled in the program, she was a little hesitant because she had no idea where it would take her or what it would mean for her career. Thoughts quickly calmed down. She found that her desire to impact the system on a larger scale was perfectly aligned with the program’s achievements and experience.
“If you’re frustrated with the status quo and wonder why a redundant system keeps expecting new results, if you want to improve your system and impact the revolving door phenomenon in health services, This is a learning experience for you,” she says.
Below, Augusta details how the DNP program has boosted her confidence and opened the door to working with new organizations to make a meaningful difference in healthcare.
Q: How has your degree program helped you achieve and maintain your current position?
answer: I now have the confidence and ability to design data-driven innovations. We also plan to develop a higher medical coaching team.
Q: What is your fondest memory of participating in the program?
A: It was fun to be able to freely explore the fields that interest me. This included exploring housing and urban design that informs a more holistic and upstream perspective of health and well-being. I sought internship experience with various organizations that deal with homelessness on public lands, such as the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Additionally, my practice experience included working with Iora Health, a new value-based health system, to explore the use of health coaches to achieve better health outcomes.
Q: Do you have any advice for students currently participating in the program?
A: Search for rabbit tracks. Get closer to what interests you. Take on new roles calmly and creatively. Perhaps a nurse pulls up a seat at a table not normally attended. Be a pioneer.
Q: What are the unique challenges you had to overcome in earning this degree?
A: The uncertainty about what this degree would do for me professionally felt like a risk at first. But this feeling quickly turned into powerful knowledge. On the first day of orientation, I was convinced that this was the right choice. The freedom to explore and creatively expand has allowed me to grow into this confident, capable and highly valued innovation leader.
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