Teddie Potter - California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) alumni Teddie Potter

Transformative Studies, PhD

Clinical Professor, Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership, Director of Inclusivity and Diversity
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota

Executive Editor
Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies

Essentially the Transformative Studies program equipped me to lead change. It introduced me to transdisciplinary scholarship which has allowed me to search beyond the boundaries of my profession to find solutions to today's complex challenges. At CIIS I learned from renowned systems thinkers and cultural theorists who discover knowledge to innovate new approaches rather than finding knowledge to support the status quo. After graduation I co-authored with Riane Eisler, the AJN Book of the Year and International Capstone Nursing award-winning book, Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care. This book equips nurses to be full partners, ready to lead necessary change to advance the health of all nations. From there we launched the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies, a peer-reviewed open access journal that has readers in over 139 different nations. In my current role, I teach other people that transformative change is possible when we reach across disciplines and practice true partnership in all of our relationships. My degree and education have opened professional doors and opportunities beyond any of my expectations.

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Reconstructing A New Story Of Nursing: Critical Analysis Of Nursing Textbooks Using Riane Eisler's Partnership Paradigm

the story of nursing. The first part deconstructed the story of nursing that textbooks use to socialize students to their professional role. Critical analysis revealed perpetuation of systems of domination. The second part of the dissertation synthesized the autobiographical texts of diverse historical nurses. The new story orients toward partnership and promotes nursing's leadership in transforming the current health care system in America.

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