There’s one phrase Daniel Hudson, MSN, RN does not have in his vocabulary: status quo. For as long as he can remember, Daniel has asked questions and pushed boundaries. This thirst for knowledge and progress is what initially led him to a career in nursing. Today, it drives his passion for the profession and inspires him to make positive changes in the field.
At the outset of his career, Daniel was a charge nurse on an intensive care stepdown unit, a floor for discharged ICU patients who still require a heightened level of care. When an infection outbreak required the nursing staff to isolate patients, Daniel received many questions from his staff about the care they needed to provide. He took the questions to executive leadership, but had trouble getting answers.
“I decided to write a letter to the chief nursing officer and CEO outlining our concerns. In it, I highlighted the great teamwork and dedication the staff displayed during this challenging time. We all signed the letter and I personally took it to the CNO,” said Daniel. “The leadership was very receptive to this organized request. They scheduled a meeting with the entire unit, which began a dialogue that answered our questions and initiated some of the staff’s ideas. It was exciting to see our feedback come to life.”
This leadership experience showed Daniel the value of courage and motivation in driving positive change. Today, he is honing these leadership skills in the value improvement office at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California, and through the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Executive Specialty Track at Chamberlain College of Nursing.
“Chamberlain equipped me with confidence to reach my professional goals,” Daniel said. “Thanks to the collaborative environment that focuses on enhancing leadership skills and best practices in healthcare, I was given the tools and support I needed every step of the way.”
Daniel knew he needed a MSN for the next step in his career at Keck – and as he finished up his final Chamberlain course earlier this year, he was promoted from clinical process architect to director of clinical operations improvement.
“In my new role, I am exposed to executive management and get a new perspective on hospital operations,” Daniel said. “I am passionate about creating value for patients, which means providing the right combination of quality, service and affordability. The work I do, and the education I now have, empower me to influence decision-making and find new ways to make healthcare more valuable for our patients.”
With his degree proudly in hand, Daniel looks forward to continued professional advancement.
“The MSN Executive Specialty Track at Chamberlain has given me the knowledge and skills to step into a nurse executive role at the organizational or system level,” Daniel said. “Whatever the position, I intend to be a voice for nurses and influence decision-making that propels positive changes in building a healthier society.”
By Julie McAfooes
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