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PhD University of South Carolina
MS University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
BS Oklahoma Baptist University

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Work and Education:
Dr. Dora Bradley currently serves as the Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives & Innovations for Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Previously, she served as the Chief Clinical & Patient Learning Officer (CCPLO) for Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, Texas and was Vice President for Nursing Professional Development for Baylor Scott & White-North and Baylor Health Care System. Her distinguished career is extensive and includes more than 35 years working in healthcare. Some of the other impressive leadership roles she has held include: Director, Center for Nursing Education and Research, Baylor University Medical Center; Director of Professional Practice, Shawnee Mission Medical Center; Assistant Professor Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing; and Director of Staff Support, Medical University of South Carolina, Medical Center. Throughout her career, Dr. Bradley has maintain close ties with her academic partners and has had number of joint and adjunct appointments. She has preceptored numerous graduate students and served on DNP project and PhD dissertation committees. Dr. Bradley’s career also includes many years working as a nurse in a variety of clinical nursing roles at facilities including: Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma; Norman Regional Hospital, Midwest City Memorial Hospital and Creek Nation Indian Hospital.

Dr. Bradley received her PhD in Nursing Science from University of South Carolina, her MS in Nursing/Education & Peds from University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and her Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma Baptist University. She has been Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development (RN-BC) since 2005.

Professional Activities:
Dr. Bradley is a nationally recognized leader in professional development of nurses. She has written and presented extensively on competency validation, program evaluation, educational outcomes, leadership, professional practice models as well as learning innovations. She maintains active memberships in a number of professional organizations. Dr. Bradley is a Fellow in American Academy of Nursing. She is also a member of the American Nurses Association, Texas State Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International. A recipient of the Belinda Peutz award for excellence in Nursing Professional Development (NPD) Dr. Bradley was awarded a life-time membership in Association of Nurses in Professional Development (ANPD formerly NNSDO) in recognition of her leadership and practice excellence in the NPD specialty. She chaired the ANA/NNSDO national taskforce that revised the 2010 NPD Scope and Standards and led the group to develop a model of nursing professional development practice which was a first for the specialty. She has served on and chaired the NPD Content Expert Panel for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is also on the Editorial Board for the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. While at Baylor Health Care System Dr. Bradley was the PI of a 6.4 million dollar grant to create a virtual center for learning and innovation around the care of geriatric patients. The result was development of a globally available learning platform that has been used by healthcare professionals in 22 countries. Regionally and locally her professional activities are equally expansive.

Awards (selected):

2014-Inducted as Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) (October, 2014)

2013-Excellence in Nursing Award for Leadership, D Magazine, Dallas TX, (March 2013)

2011-Awarded Lifetime membership to NNSDO/ANPD 2011 by NNSDO Board

2010-The Belinda E. Puetz Award, by the National Nurses in Staff Development Organization for Excellence in Nursing Staff Development (July 2010)

2009-BHCS Nursing Professional Practice Model (co-developer) recognized as "Best Practice" by ANCC

2004-The Helen Tobin Writers Award. The 2003 Journal of Nursing Staff Development article of the year “Validating Competency at the Bedside 19(4) 165-173.”

Publications (selected):

Bradley, D (2018). Expect the unexpected. In Ask the Expert Column, Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 34(2).

Pilcher, J. & Bradley, D. (2013). Best practices for learning with technology. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 29(3). 133-137

Bradley, D. A. (ed) (2013). Integrating the NPD Scope and Standards into practice. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 29(3). 160-162.

Bradley, D. A. (ed) (2012). Arkansas Children’s Hospital: A Framework for Education and Professional Development. (Tammy Webb & Wanda Walker): Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 28(6). 297 - 299.

Bradley, D. A (ed) (2012). Scope and Standards: Standards of Professional Performance. (Chris Wilson): Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 28(1), 43-44.

Bradley, D. A. (ed) (2011). Scope and Standards: Our Accountability. (Janice Ward): Journal for Nurses in Staff Development 27(4), 199-192.

Bradley, D. A (ed) (2011). Scope and Standards: Nursing professional development specialist as change agents and innovators (Debra Wolfe). Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 27(2). 92-93.

Bradley, D. A (ed) (2010). Scope and Standards (Mary Harper): Journal for Nurses in Staff Development 26(6). 290-293.

Benedict, M, B. & Bradley, D (2010). A Peek at the Revised Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 41(5):195-196.

Bradley, D. A (2010). Scope and Standards: Own your practice. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development 26(3), 139-140.

Bradley, D. (2009) NNSDO Update: Revisions Underway for Nursing Professional Development Scope and Standards. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 24(3), 140-141.

Bradley, D. (2009), Special report: Revision of the NPD Scope and Standards. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 25(3) 107-8

Bradley, D.A. & Dixon, J (2009). Staff nurses creating safe passage with Evidence-Based Practice. Nursing Clinics of North America 44 (1), 71–81

Bradley, D. A. & Dixon, J. (2007). ASPIRE to greatness, Advance for Nurses 5(5), 12-14

Bradley, D, A. & Huseman, M. S. (2003). Validating competency at the bedside. Journal of Nursing Staff Development, 19, 165-173. (Received Helen Tobin Writer’s Award)

Other Publications (Selected):

American Nurses Association & National Nursing in Staff Development Organization (2010). Nursing professional development scope and standards of practice. Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association. (D. Bradley, Work Group Chair)

Bradley, D. & Benedict, M. B. (January 21, 2010). The ANA professional nursing development scope and standards, 2009: A continuing education perspective. Medscape Nurses

Dixon, J. & Bradley, D. A. (2007). Implementing a synergistic professional nursing practice model. In M. A. Q. Curley. Synergy: The Unique Relationship between Nurses and Patients (pp.119-128). Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.


Sudia, T. & Bradley, D. (Co-PI) (2015-18). Geriatric Competency Validation Toolbox for New Nurse Graduates: Utilization of DEU’s and Collaborative Clinical Partnerships for Development and Validation. Nursing Innovation Grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. ($462,135)

Hawes, E., & Bradley, D (2014). Improving IV Insertion Practice and Ongoing Education. Ann Rambar Clark Teaching of Vein Puncture fund, Baylor Health Care System Foundation ($200,000)

Luquire, R, & Bradley, D, (Co-PI) (2011). A Multipronged Approach to Elder Care (3 years). Deerbrook Charitable Trust on Gerontology $12,418,676.

Bradley, D. (PI) on Project A of A Multipronged Approach to Elder Care: Creation of a Center for Learning Innovation and Practice $6,367,256

Bradley, D (PI). (1989). Nursing Learning Resource Center, Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma, Norman Family Foundation $25,000, funded.

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