Claire Phillips, DNP RN
Healthcare Change Specialist.
Coach, Consultant + Speaker.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Hey there! I'm Claire. I am an American nurse living in the Netherlands, and I help nurses all over the world become systems-level change makers. Here's how I got here. 👇🏼
In 2012, I was a sophomore Sociology student studying the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system. Here, I learned what nurses actually did - and it was not what Hollywood had led me to believe.
I learned: Nurses are insightful. Nurses are advocates. Nurses are critical to the wellbeing of our people and our planet. Nurses have power - more than they might believe. And I wanted to join them.
I finished my Sociology degree and went on to get a Master's in Nursing, vowing to do my part to help heal the healthcare system. As I started my career in the ER, it became clear to me that nurses faced more barriers to helping patients than I had imagined. I recognized these challenges were a result of dysfunctional systems.
I started a blog to catalogue my observations about the intersections of social structure, system dynamics, and health. I heard from more and more nurses that they valued having a language and framework to put to their daily lived experience. I listened, continued writing, and began to clarify my vision of what my personal contribution would be to nursing and the world.
Over the next few years I worked as a nurse and nurse leader. Meanwhile, I pursued a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Health Innovation and Leadership, specializing in changing systems.
Now, I help nurses become Change Makers. I firmly believe that every nurse should have access to systems thinking and design thinking tools to transform their careers, workplaces, and world. And when given these tools, nurses will be a remarkable force for positive, sustainable change.
Wherever you are on your Change Making Journey, Nursing the System has the tools and training to support you.
When we are committed to a vision and connected to our purpose, life gets better. Whether in our professional roles or our off-the-clock advocacy, we strive to make a meaningful contribution.
We will never reach a 'final destination' when it comes to understanding systems. We commit to continuous growth and development to meet an ever-changing world.
We believe that genuine enjoyment leads to greater engagement. We aim to make our content and programs accessible and fun.