Profiles In Leadership: Patricia Benner

​Profiles in Leadership is a series of interviews with leaders in fields such as health care, community organizing, international development, and homelessness prevention. The series, which aims to help health professions students reflect on their own leadership journeys, is a project of the IHI Open School for Health Professions and was made possible with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Patricia Benner
Professor Emerita
Depts. of Physiological Nursing & Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of California – San Francisco

A noted nursing educator, Patricia Benner is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a former senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, for which she authored a study titled Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation. Her book From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Nursing Practice has been translated into ten languages. Benner is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. She is the recipient of the 2010 President's Award for Creativity and Innovation in Nursing Education.
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