Meet Dr. Bonnie Clipper

Founder & Chief Catalyst

Dr. Bonnie Clipper DNP, MA, MBA, RN, CENP, FACHE is a top nurse influencer, thought-leader, best-selling author, international speaker, podcast host and is one of a handful of nurses with the experience of building innovation programs.  Bonnie has over 30 years of experience as a nurse, including more than 20 years as a nurse executive.  Prior to her role in health tech, Bonnie was the first vice president of innovation for the American Nurses Association and created the innovation framework, the innovation journey that is bringing 4 million nurses into the innovation space.  Bonnie also volunteers as a start-up coach for MATTER, one of the premier healthcare start-up incubators.

Her passion is providing thought leadership and coaching to leaders wishing to change their culture to become more innovative and those who are in search of a career of fulfillment and meaning.  She speaks globally on topics of innovation, the influence of technology on nursing practice, and the future of nursing.  Bonnie is certified in Executive Nursing Practice, certified in Healthcare Management, and certified as a Master Life Coach.

Bonnie is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna and an ASU/AONE Executive Fellow in Health Innovation Leadership alumna. The central focus of her work includes the future of nursing practice, building cultures of innovation, and importing the voice of the nurse into the design/development of technology.

Dr. Clipper completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Texas Tech University.  She received a Master of Business Administration from Lewis University, a Master of Arts in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University.  Bonnie was honored in 2013 with the AONE Mentor Award, in 2015 with Distinguished Healthcare Leadership Alumni at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and in 2015 as Distinguished Alumni at Winona State University.

She serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, is adjunct faculty at Baylor University, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing.  She was the lead author on the Amazon international best-selling book The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation, and has published on the impact of robots and artificial intelligence on nursing practice,  co-authored The Innovation Roadmap: A Guide for Nurse Leaders and wrote The Nurse Managers Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce.  Bonnie is a dog lover and lives in Austin, Texas with her mini-aussie and toy aussiedoodle.

Why work with me?

I love to help clients use their passion as a guide for developing a meaningful career journey.  By learning to develop a creative and innovative mindset, this changes your approach to challenges and goals, and can even bring career joy.  As a healthcare executive for more than 20 years who has crossed over into the innovation “lane”, I have experienced many of the barriers and obstacles myself and can save you the time by showing you how to identify these problems in advance so you can develop plans and strategies to be successful.

I have been a successful leader because of my ability to build relationships and will partner with you to help you be successful as well.  The the “secret sauce” of leadership and business success includes accountability, communication and outcomes. I am a results-driven leader and help my clients reach their goals.  


“Thank you so much, Bonnie! What a positive and paradigm-shifting experience!”

Tracey A. - Austin, TX

“Bonnie is an outstanding problem solver. Great critical thinking skills. Inspiring thought leader. Gets things done. Motivates others. Does not accept status quo”.

Betty N. - Long Beach, CA

“Dr. Bonnie Clipper, my Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Colleague, led a group of hospital executives through an exceptional presentation about creating a culture of innovation. She captured her audience and kept the attention of every executive for the two hour period. There wasn’t a question about innovation she could not field and she commanded the room with her presence, knowledge, and 20+ years of CNO wisdom. Dr. Clipper lead the group with exercises and strategies to promote innovation within an institution to garner high outpatient and improved patient outcomes. Great Job”!

Tami W. - Knoxville, TN

This year at #WHCC20: A workshop on Intrapreneurship: Advancing Creativity and Innovation in Your Organization

Read Bonnie’s Newest Book

The Nurse’s Guide to Innovation: Accelerating the Journey

“Dr. Bonnie Clipper and her colleagues are driving innovation in healthcare. This book is encouraging, at a time when countless leaders require hope and validated models. It is also encouraging for any of as- as consumers of healthcare- who need to apply evidence-based practices to innovations. Thank you :).” – Doug G.

“This book is full of resources! From how to get and KEEP nurses in engaged in innovation to helping nurses just start their amazing ideas, this book is a must read!” – Tobi T.

“WOW! This book is value-PACKED! If you have an idea you’d like to act on, I’d encourage you to start with this book. The authors of each chapter have already experienced success as entrepreneurs and have brought their unique experiences to you right here. You’ll learn actionable tips to guide you every step on your journey to entrepreneurship. Written for nurses, but applicable to all would-be entrepreneurs. Great job everyone!” – Michael W.

The Innovation Roadmap: A Guide for Nurse Leaders

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