The balancing act between patient care and documentation is real. Yet, clinical documentation is the foundation of the data we use to drive improvement. Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals, thus the most significant contributors to healthcare data. We must be at the forefront of data utilization and comprehension. Discover simple strategies to engage in data-driven care and prepare now to improve quality of care and save more lives.
Dr. Shakira Henderson PhD, DNP, MS, MPH
VP Research Officer & Clinical Research Integration Officer
Dr. Shakira Henderson is a hospital-based nurse researcher, health educator, and certified neonatal nurse. Currently, Dr. Shakira Henderson is the Vice President, Research Officer for UNC Health Care. She is responsible for system-wide research strategy encompassing translational, basic, and clinical research, aligned to “One UNC” system goals. Dr. Henderson previously served as the founder and Senior Administrator of the Vidant Health Center for Research and Grants. Dr. Henderson holds dual doctoral degrees, PhD and DNP, as well master’s degrees in public health, anatomical sciences, and advanced nursing practice with a sub-specialization in nursing education. Dr. Henderson serves as an elected member and neonatal expert on the national board for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). Dr. Henderson has had multiple volunteer roles in AWHONN and has won both the practice and leadership national AWHONN awards. She has recently been appointed Co-Chair of the North Carolina Nurses Association Nurses on Board Council and serves as an advisor for Sigma’s Nurse Leadership Academy. Dr. Henderson’s expertise in the innovative application of research and nursing practice to increase generation of research from the bedside and expedite translation of evidence into practice is reflected in her receipt of numerous regional, state, and national awards for leadership, teaching excellence, public health advocacy, nursing practice, mentorship, and innovation.