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Dixie Weber, MS, BSN, RN

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATE

 


Dixie Weber, MS, BSN, RN
Idaho, Region I






  • Video Introduction
  • Bio
  • Q & A

Video Introduction

Bio

Bio

Dixie Weber is the National Director of Healthcare Programs for Family to Family Support Network, a non-profit based in Denver. She is an expert in best practices in the care of Unique Perinatal Populations including, women making an adoption plan, families growing through surrogacy arrangements, the pregnant incarcerated population, women giving birth after sexual assault or domestic violence and social complex families. She has established expectations for healthcare in the delivery of comprehensive and high-quality medical care for these complex patients.

She has developed numerous innovative programs and has spoken across the country on topics including Generational Workforce Management, Neutral Compassionate Care Models, Adoption and Surrogacy, Bioethics and Leadership Development. For the past 20 years, Dixie has specialized in Maternal-Child Healthcare and has held numerous leadership and programmatic positions within the specialty. Dixie holds a master’s degree in Healthcare Management, as well as a post-graduate certificate in adult learning theory.

Q/A

Q & A


 

Question #1
Please describe significant contributions you have made to AWHONN and/ or in another professional leadership role. Include any examples where you have advanced the strategic agenda of AWHONN and/or other professional organizations.


I was Idaho’s first Emerging Leader in 2013, and since then Idaho has had 3 additional Emerging Leaders who were selected with my full support. I was the Idaho AWHONN Section Chair from 2014-2018 and served on the planning team for our state’s biannual conference bringing clinicians together from across the state focus on the educational development of our healthcare teams. My ongoing efforts and emphasis on the role of AWHONN nurse have created additional avenues for nurses to get involved at the state and national level.

As the AWHONN Idaho leader, I have been responsible for ensuring nurses are driving best practices and partnering with professional organizations, including ACOG, NANN, ANA, and Idaho Perinatal Project to create opportunities for best care practices to be implemented across the state. Each fall, Perinatal nursing leaders come together for a three-day Leadership Summit. In the winter, there is a two-day, multi-disciplinary conference that supports physicians, midwives, nurses, and students to participate in educational sessions with topics focused on local and national issues. These joint events are where AWHONN members are recognized, and the importance of engaging in professional organizes shared with and demonstrated to those new to the profession 

During my tenure as the AWHONN Idaho leader, we’ve increased our membership by 19.84% and were recognized in 2018 as the section with the most percentage of membership growth. In 2018, Idaho AWHONN brought 20 RNs to the national conference. For many of the RNs, this was their first time to attend the national convention.

Question #2
Please describe your expertise or contributions related to promoting improved care for women and babies. Discuss this in terms of your position on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity, Workforce Diversity and other racial and ethnic disparities in reproductive healthcare.


I have advanced social awareness and promoted neutral, compassionate care at the bedside by establishing women’s health programs focused on aligning care by utilizing population health principals. The programs I have developed encompass education for staff/providers in best practices related to the population, workflow and policy alignment to support the infrastructure of the health care team, teaching updated, accurate language and fostering collaboration with local agencies to ensure the patient is served throughout the care continuum. Over the last 5 years, I have focused on building programs which included:

1. Implementing the nationally recognized Family to Family: Unique Families Program throughout the states of Idaho, Colorado, and Louisiana.

2. Developed care pathways and improved access to care for the LGBTQ population.

3. Instituted a substance use disorder during pregnancy program and customized care for female correctional facility patients.

4. Implemented in-patient care coordination and nurse navigation programs for high-risk pregnancies.

5. Created an acupuncture program within the inpatient OB and surgical settings to minimize opioid exposure.

In my current role, I work closely with state and local organizations to support healthcare teams to provide neutral, compassionate care to all families. My work focuses on advancing health equity, increasing early and on-going access to needs-specific resources for pregnant and parenting families, and promoting cross-sector collaboration and wraparound support for healthcare environments. I focus on educating clinicians in neutral and compassionate care strategies to facilitate newborns to be sent home in the most secure arms possible.

Question #3
Please describe a significant leadership challenge that you have experienced; how you addressed it and relevant outcomes.


I see the value of functioning as a healthcare executive who is both clinically savvy and has strong business acumen. However, it has been a challenge to maneuver through the new healthcare paradigm as the industry moves to value-based payment structures. Women’s health is primed for value-based care and population health. However, the current pay structures are still dependent upon fee for service payments. It has taken a lot of negotiating, risk-taking and stamina to help my healthcare colleagues to recognize the long-term gain for investing in care navigation, practice alignment and education for staff to improve outcomes. It can be difficult because most of my colleagues are older, Caucasian men, who do not have clinical backgrounds. Therefore, I often find myself having to flip back and forth between two languages- nursing and business, with both languages serving to represent the unique healthcare needs of women and children. My role as a healthcare leader has been to break the monotony of how we approached business in the past and be a visionary for the future of healthcare for women and children. I’ve had to use my expertise in transformational change, rapid cycle improvement, advocacy, and strategic thinking to ensure we provide the care our community deserves.   

Question #4
Provide your reason(s) as to why you want to serve on AWHONN’s Board of Directors.


I believe I can offer a unique perspective from my background in both NICU and Women’s Services administration. In my current role, I work with hospitals across the nation to improve care for unique and complex patient populations. My work is bringing to light the many complex challenges nurses are experiencing in the care of these patients. It is also highlighting the patient care gaps that are created when our healthcare systems aren’t collaborating with the community resources and organizations to provide comprehensive support and infrastructure for our patients. These challenges have forced me to create innovative and progressive programs to meet the unique needs of not only this patient population but also the nurses who provide their care. As an AWHONN leader, I believe I have a responsibility to advocate for new care models, evaluate the future workforce and staffing approaches, and collaborate with our professionals in the ambulatory and community health settings. As a professional nurse from a rural state, I recognize and appreciate the individualized infrastructure our communities require to ensure the needs of the community as a whole are being met. Many of our nurses in the country are in rural and less populated areas of the United States. I’m confident I can represent the voice and experiences of our nurses who work tirelessly to support our rural communities across our great country.  



 

 

 

 
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