Economic Empowerment through Enterprise Development

Carol Jefferson Ratcliffe, DNP, RN, COI, FACHE

Entrepreneurial Panelist

Carol Jefferson Ratcliffe, DNP, RN, COI, FACHEDr. Ratcliffe is owner and president of Synergy With Purpose™, LLC Transforming the Leader Within and an Associate Professor and Chair of the Administration, Health Systems Management and Leadership Department at the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University.  Prior to becoming full-time faculty, she was a vice president of patient care services/chief nursing officer for 16 years in two large Catholic healthcare systems.

As a founding member and co- leader of the Alabama Health Action Coalition (AL-HAC), she was influential in securing a RWJF State Implementation Grant to increase baccalaureate prepared nurses and diversity of the nursing workforce.  While president of Alabama’s Organization of Nurse Executives, she advanced the movement to leverage primary care access by reducing prescriptive authority barriers faced by APNs in Alabama. Her leadership and health policy expertise was effective in collaborating with Alabama legislative leaders and the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama yielding the passage of historical Senate Bill 229. The Alabama Organization of Nurse Executives received a 2014 AONE Chapter Leadership Award recognizing their accomplishments. In addition to membership on national committees and local boards,  Dr. Ratcliffe serves on Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s Health Care Improvement Task Force.

Dr. Ratcliffe has received numerous awards and accolades for her visionary leadership in nursing.  In 2009, she was an inaugural recipient of the Ida V. Moffett Courage to Care Award and named a Living Legacy by the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing during their 90th Anniversary Celebration.  She was inducted into the Alabama Nursing Hall of Fame in 2011 and named the 2011 Outstanding Nursing Administrator by the Alabama State Nurses’ Association.  She is listed in Who’s Who in Black Birmingham and Who’s Who in Black Alabama.  Dr. Ratcliffe is an enthusiastic role model and mentor to others.  A charismatic and visionary leader, she inspires innovation and positive change in health care.

              She received a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing, a master of science in nursing administration from the UAB School of Nursing, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nursing Administration from the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing at Samford University.  She has been board certified in healthcare management for over 19 years and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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