A leading global health technology influencer, Danielle has a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is a registered nurse with experience ranging from transplants to trauma hospital settings. In addition, Danielle previously worked as a case manager in a corporate environment.
I was a trauma nurse who saw what was happening globally in health technology from the nursing point of view. I went back to school to receive a Master of Science in nursing informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. Then, I created InnoNurse to demonstrate my level of understanding in global health tech and research.
Shifting from the bedside to the boardroom is an arduous process. There were three top drivers that kept me on this path.
Motivation comes from within and by feeding it with daily research, networking and exchanging ideas. Motivating others comes by leading yourself, volunteering for committees, teaching health IT, being active on social media and doing face-to-face events.
The biggest challenge is moving from a novice to a beginner and discovering what you do not know. The push to move oneself from a beginner takes personal growth, which can be supported through research, studying or finding virtual mentors.
Conquer the concept that you have to begin at an advanced level to reach back. You can always reach back and help even if you only take one step – you have two hands to reach back to help two others along, even if it is a single step.
Everyone has to walk their own path and technology moves so fast, it is difficult to recreate or walk another person's path. My first step was completing my undergraduate degree in nursing. A second was to travel to understand how healthcare and technology were being used in other countries. Another major stepping-stone was discovering HIMSS, and then building my network and attending graduate school for nursing informatics.
My advice to offer:
A diverse population of go-getters.
My mother, a retired social worker from San Francisco, CA. The best advice she shared: do not do something or work for someone for 20 years unless you love it. Always travel, learn from other people and cultures. You have to put in the work behind the scenes. No one will invite you to the table so create your own table and invite like-minded individuals.
Learn several languages.
I spend my free time walking around various countries, stopping in at local museums, listening to local music and having coffee in a new city to learn what others value.
Everyday usage: LastPass, Skyscanner, Twitter, Instagram. Slack, LinkedIn, KeepCalling, Hopper, Anchor, Switcher Studios and Periscope.
Songs vary but styles early jazz, reggae and French hip hop (working on my French) movie-style horror, sci-fi and travel adventures.
I'm doing it and just wanting to do more of it (Nurse Informatics Specialist).
Watching tech and travel vlogs.
HIMSS gave me an avenue to find my tribe, a platform to share my voice and framework to research.