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Connie Spykerman, DNP, MSN

Connie Spykerman, DNP, MSN

Clinical Assistant Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research
Oconee Memorial Hospital
Chief Nursing Officer


Dr. Spykerman is an esteemed leader in the nursing profession, currently serving as Chief Nursing Officer at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca, South Carolina, and Baptist Easley Hospital in Easley, South Carolina. With over 39 years of experience, she has expertise in healthcare management and nursing practice, earning her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Her leadership extends beyond administration to building relationships that encompass a strong collaboration with Clemson University to support and participate in transformative nursing research. Through these partnerships, Dr. Spykerman expects these endeavors to yield innovative solutions to enhance patient outcomes, optimize nursing efficiencies, and cultivate resilient nursing cultures. She believes that through the groundbreaking research including human factors engineering will revolutionize healthcare practices. Dr. Spykerman's commitment to research and evidence-based practice is further underscored by providing facilities and establishing acute care clinical experiences that support important Clemson University nursing education research for the Appalachian SC region. Throughout her career, Dr. Spykerman has remained steadfast in her belief in the transformative power of nursing. She continues to mentor and inspire future generations of nurses and nursing leaders, instilling in them the importance of compassion, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of innovation in healthcare delivery.

How their research is transforming health care

Dr. Connie Spykerman is dedicated to pioneering research that not only advances the field of healthcare but also profoundly impacts the safety, efficiency, and well-being of patients and caregivers alike. Her research initiatives hold significant importance in promoting safety within the healthcare environment, addressing critical concerns, and implementing innovative solutions to mitigate risks and enhance patient outcomes. One pivotal aspect of her research is centered around promoting nursing efficiencies through evidence based practice and the integration of cutting-edge technologies and human factors engineering in acute care hospitals. By leveraging the latest advancements, nurses are empowered with tools and knowledge to deliver quality care at the bedside more effectively and efficiently. This not only improves patient experiences but also optimizes resource utilization and workflow management, ultimately leading to better overall healthcare delivery. Furthermore, Dr. Spykerman recognizes the paramount importance of fostering cultures that promote nurse resilience. Through research,she aims to identify strategies and interventions that bolster nurses' emotional well-being, mitigate burnout, and cultivate a supportive environment conducive to professional growth and satisfaction. By nurturing resilient nursing teams, they not only safeguard the mental and physical health of caregivers but also enhance the quality and continuity of patient care. Her commitment extends to and beyond academic inquiry; it's about making tangible, meaningful contributions to the healthcare landscape. Through research endeavors, creating a safer, more efficient, and more compassionate healthcare environments for all. Dr. Spykerman looks forward to continuing to push boundaries, innovate, and drive positive change in healthcare practice and culture.

Health research keywords

Nursing, Safety, Resilience, Quality, Leadership

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