DNP graduate takes top nursing role at Florida Hospital Tampa

Beth Khan
March 08, 2019
Dr. Theresa Trivette, DNP class of 2017

A registered nurse with over 28 years of experience, Dr. Trivette has a solid track record of improving the quality of care and patient experience within several multi-campus health care systems. In her new position, she is responsible for providing leadership and administration of direct patient-care activities, nursing professional development, and promoting best practices that ensure quality, safety, and service standards are met at Florida Hospital Tampa.

Prior to her leadership roles at Florida Hospital Tampa, Dr. Trivette served in a variety of progressive leadership roles that include associate vice president of quality, evidence-based care and health information management at Tidelands Health in South Carolina. She also held the position as the director of quality assessment and performance improvement at Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina. Her clinical experience includes more than 13 years in emergency and trauma services in large teaching hospitals including Georgetown University Hospital and Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Dr. Trivette currently serves on the board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest recognition awarded to organizations for performance excellence. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

We recently caught up with Dr. Trivette to ask her about her experience in MUSC’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

How did the Nurse Executive DNP help prepare you for the role of chief nursing officer?

The nurse executive program helped me enhance my depth of knowledge in all facets of the operational leadership requirements of managing a workforce of a large hospital. The Transformational Leadership coursework helps me to motivate, inspire, and nurture the workforce of a large hospital setting. I am also better prepared for the financial and HR management activities that a chief nursing exec faces today. And the continued concentration on evidence-based practices enables me to better support nursing professional development and evidence-based care programs to deliver quality care to patients.

What did you like most about the MUSC College of Nursing DNP program?

I truly appreciated the online structure that allowed me to participate in the course work during times that were convenient for me and my family life. I appreciated the depth of knowledge of instructors who challenged us to think deeper. I loved the way that curriculum was designed to provide me the flexibility to dig deeper into areas that were important in my growth, and to focus harder on subjects where I had gaps in knowledge.

Why should someone support DNP Nurse Executive students with scholarship funding?

Having well-prepared leaders in nursing is now more critical than ever. With so many workforce changes in health care, employees across generations need more connectedness and nurturing to be their best. The DNP Nurse Executive program helps to prepare nurse executives to motivate and inspire that multi-generational workforce. In the current environment of health care reform, nurse executives also need to be very knowledgeable about the multitude of payment programs and government pressures that are placed on health care. I feel that the DNP program helps ensure that nurse execs are well prepared to understand, organize and manage the constant evolution of the American health care workforce.

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Beth Khan

Keywords: Spring 2019