Bonnie Clipper, DNP, MA, MBA, RN, CENP, FACHE

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  • 2014 Fellow
    Bonnie Clipper

Chief Clinical Officer

Cornerstone Hospital of Austin

Austin, TX

Dr. Clipper is currently the chief clinical officer at Cornerstone Hospital of Austin. She has served as a chief nurse executive for nearly 20 years, including her tenure at Medical Center of the Rockies, St. David’s Medical Center and RUSH-Oak Park Hospital. She also has worked as an internal consultant, redesigning clinical processes, increasing revenue opportunities, and improving performance at Rush University Medical Center. Recent efforts include work on building sustainable innovation cultures. 

Dr. Clipper is also an ASU/AONE Health Care Innovation Fellow.  In 2015, she was recognized as Distinguished Alumni in Health Care Leadership at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and as Distinguished Alumni at Winona State University.  In 2013, she was awarded the American Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Mentor award.  She is currently the President of the Central Texas Organization of Nurse Executives and in 2016 was appointed to a three-year term on the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute expert panel on Improving Health Systems.  She has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Nurses Association newspaper The American Nurse, and the ANA Nursing Administration Advisory Panel charged with revising the Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice. She has also been called upon to provide policy testimony to the Texas State Senate and Texas Board of Nursing regarding nursing issues.  

Bonnie is currently adjunct faculty for the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, and is a guest lecturer at Winona State University School of Nursing. She has been a grant reviewer for the State of Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Bonnie has been a key member of innovative small teams that have successfully developed and secured funding for $8.4M in grants for interdisciplinary sepsis and trauma training, specialty nurse training, new graduate nurse orientation, and retention programs. She is currently a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and is certified in Executive Nursing Practice. She is a national speaker and consultant on new nurse transition and the impact of a multi-generational workforce and has authored the book The Nurse Manager’s Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce. She is also the creator of @ThoughtleaderRN a Twitter feed for leadership, innovation and nurse onboarding.