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Bonnie Clipper

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

Chief nursing officer, Medical Center of the Rockies

Bonnie Clipper is the chief nursing officer at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo. She has served in this role since February 2013 and oversees patient care and nursing operations at MCR, which now employs more than 580 registered nurses.

Clipper most recently served as the associate vice president for professional nursing practice and development for Texas-based St. David’s HealthCare. Prior to that role, she worked 10 years as the chief nursing officer at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, and two years as the chief nursing officer at RUSH-Oak Park Hospital in Oak Park, Ill. She also has worked as an internal consultant at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

In 2013, she was awarded the American Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Mentor award.  She currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Nurses Association newspaper The American Nurse.  Additionally, Clipper serves on the Colorado Action Coalition, Initiative on the Future of Nursing committee.   

Clipper is adjunct faculty for the University of Colorado, College of Nursing, University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, 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.  Clipper is a fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and is certified in Executive Nursing Practice. 

The author of “The Nurse Manager’s Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce,” Clipper is also the creator of, a website for new graduates, faculty and preceptors, and a speaker on the new nurse transition and the multi-generational workforce.

She holds a doctorate in nursing practice from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in health and human services administration from St. Mary’s University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Lewis University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Winona State University.

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