Baylor University
Louise Herrington School of Nursing Undergraduate Program
Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences

Dora Bradley

Dora Bradley, Ph.D., RN-BC, FAAN

Associate Dean of Academic Partnerships

PhD University of South Carolina
MS University of Oklahoma Health Science Center
BS Oklahoma Baptist University

Contact Info:
Office: Baylor Scott & White Health
Phone: 214.820.4014
Fax: 214.818.8692

Work and Education

Dr. Dora Bradley currently serves as the Chief Clinical & Patient Learning Officer (CCPLO) for Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, Texas. She is also the Associate Dean, Academic Partnerships Joint Appt. for Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Previously, she was Vice President for Nursing Professional Development for Baylor Scott & White-North and Baylor Health Care System. Her distinguished career is extensive and includes more than 35 years working in healthcare. Some of the impressive leadership roles she has held include: Director, Center for Nursing Education and Research, Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Professor, Baylor University Medical Center; Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Texas Arlington; Director of Professional Practice, Shawnee Mission Medical Center; Adjunct Associate Professor, KU School of Nursing; Assistant Professor, Instructor Clinical Instructor, Interim Director Continuing Education, Evaluation Coordinator and Instructor (clinical appointment), Medical University of South Carolina, College of Nursing; and Program Nurse Consultant PMI Div., Director of Staff Support, Medical University of South Carolina, Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Bradley’s career includes many years working as a nurse in a variety of leadership roles at facilities including: Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma; Norman Regional Hospital, Oklahoma State University Technical Institute; Midwest City Memorial Hospital and Creek Nation Hospital. Dr. Bradley has also participated in a wide array of National Peer Reviewed, National-Invited and Selected Regional and Local presentations.

Dr. Bradley received her PhD in Nursing Science from University of South Carolina, her MS in Nursing/Education & Peds from University of Oklahoma Health Science Center and her Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma Baptist University. She has been a registered nurse since 1977 and is Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development (RN-BC) since 2005.

Professional Activities

Dr. Bradley maintains active memberships in professional organizations including: American Academy of Nursing; American Nurses Association; Texas State Nurses Association; Sigma Theta Tau International and National Nursing Staff Development Organization. She is also involved in many national professional activities through organizations such as: ANCC; Journal for Nurses in Professional Development; NNSDO; ANA/NNSDO; STTI; NNSDO and more. Regionally and locally her professional activities are equally expansive. Highlights of her involvement include: Chair, Task Force to revise Capstone Project requirements, LHSON 2012; Chair, Planning Committee for BHCS first National Nursing Conference, Professional Practice Models: Real World Solutions, February 2011; Consultant for Program Evaluation and Project Implementation, Lee Memorial Health System, Fort Meyers, FL, October 29-31, 2007 and much more.

Dr. Bradley has been recognized over the years with distinguished awards for her expertise and leadership.
2014-Inducted as Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) (October, 2014)
2013-Excellence in Nursing Award for Leadership, D Magazine, Dallas TX, March 2013
2011-Awarded Lifetime membership to NNSDO/ANPD 2011 by NNSDO Board
2010-The Belinda E. Puetz Award, by the National Nurses in Staff Development Organization for Excellence in Nursing Staff Development (July 2010)

2009-BHCS Nursing Professional Practice Model (co-developer) recognized as “Best Practice” by ANCC

2004-The Helen Tobin Writers Award. The 2003 Journal of Nursing Staff Development article of the year

“Validating Competency at the Bedside 19(4) 165-173.”

2003-Nominated for Nursing: The Heart of Health Care Award. KU School of Nursing (October 1, 2003)

2001-Golden Lamp Award, Faculty of the Year, CON Graduating Class 2001
2001-Nominee for MUSC Health Sciences Foundation Teaching Excellence Award, August, 2001

2000-Nurse of the Year of the Medical University of South Carolina CON presented by Charleston Organization

of Nurse Executives and Educators. 

2000-Golden Lamp Award, Faculty of the Year, CON Graduating Class 2000

1999-December Convocation Speaker, selected by graduates
1991-Professional Nurse Traineeship, University So. Carolina

1988-Outstanding Academic Achievement at the University of Oklahoma, Awarded by Faculty

1987-Sigma Theta Tau, National Nursing Honorary Society, Beta Delta

Pilcher, J. & Bradley, D. (2013).  Best practices for learning with technology. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 29(3). 133-137

Bradley, D. A. (ed) (2013). Integrating the NPD Scope and Standards into practice. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 29(3). 160-162.

Bradley, D. A. (ed) (2012). Arkansas Children’s Hospital: A Framework for Education and Professional Development. (Tammy Webb & Wanda Walker): Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 28(6). 297 - 299.

Bradley, D. A (ed) (2012). Scope and Standards: Standards of Professional Performance. (Chris Wilson): Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 28(1), 43-44.

Bradley. D. A. (ed) (2011). Scope and Standards: Our Accountability. (Janice Ward): Journal for Nurses in Staff Development 27(4), 199-192.


Bradley, D. A (ed) (2011). Scope and Standards: Nursing professional development specialist as change agents and innovators (Debra Wolfe). Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 27(2). 92-93.

Bradley, D. A (ed) (2010). Scope and Standards (Mary Harper): Journal for Nurses in Staff Development 26(6). 290-293.


Benedict, M, B. & Bradley, D (2010). A Peek at the Revised Nursing Professional Development: Scope and Standards of Practice. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 41(5):195-196.


Bradley, D. A (2010). Scope and Standards: Own your practice. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development 26(3), 139-140.

Bradley, D. (2009) NNSDO Update: Revisions Underway for Nursing Professional Development Scope and Standards. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 24(3), 140-141.

Bradley, D. (2009), Special report: Revision of the NPD Scope and Standards. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 25(3) 107-8

Bradley, D.A. & Dixon, J (2009). Staff nurses creating safe passage with Evidence-Based Practice. Nursing Clinics of North America 44 (1), 71–81


Bradley, D. A. & Dixon, J. (2007). ASPIRE to greatness, Advance for Nurses 5(5), 12-14

Bradley, D, A. & Huseman, M. S. (2003). Validating competency at the bedside. Journal of Nursing Staff Development, 19, 165-173.  (Received Helen Tobin Writer’s Award)


Other Publications

American Nurses Association & National Nursing in Staff Development Organization (2010). Nursing professional development scope and standards of practice.  Silver Spring, MD: American Nurses Association. (D. Bradley, Work Group Chair)

Bradley, D & Benedict, M. B. (January 21, 2010). The ANA professional nursing development scope and standards, 2009: A continuing education perspective. Medscape Nurses

Dixon, J. & Bradley, D. A. (2007). Implementing a synergistic professional nursing practice model. In M. A. Q. Curley. Synergy: The Unique Relationship between Nurses and Patients (pp.119-128). Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.

ANA/NNSDO Task Force. (October, 1997). Identification of Advanced Competencies in Continuing Education and Staff.  Pensacola, FL: NNSDO. White paper prepared for the American Nursing Credentialing Center.

Chassie, M. B., & Bradley, D. A. (1991).  Psychosocial assessment and interventions for the critically ill patient. In B. M. Dossey, C. E. Guzzetta, & C. V. Kenner (Eds.), Critical care nursing:  Body, and spirit. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott.


Bradley, D. A. (1991).  Obtaining capillary blood. In D. Smith et. al. Comprehensive child and family nursing interventions, C.V. Mosby.

Sudia, T. & Bradley, D. (Co-PI) (2015-18).  Geriatric Competency Validation Toolbox for New Nurse Graduates: Utilization of DEU’s and Collaborative Clinical Partnerships for Development and Validation. Nursing Innovation Grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. ($462,135)

Hawes, E., & Bradley, D (2014). Improving IV Insertion Practice and Ongoing Education. Ann Rambar Clark Teaching of Vein Puncture fund, Baylor Health Care System Foundation ($200,000)

Luquire, R, & Bradley, D, (Co-PI) (2011). A Multipronged Approach to Elder Care (3 years). Deerbrook Charitable Trust on Gerontology $ 12,418,676.

Bradley, D. (PI) on Project A of A Multipronged Approach to Elder Care:  Creation of a Center for Learning Innovation and Practice $6,367,256

Bradley, D (PI). (1989). Nursing Learning Resource Center, Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma, Norman Family Foundation $25,000, funded.