In September, Bonnie Bowie, PhD, MBA, RN, was appointed as the Premera Endowed Professor of Nursing in Health Promotion and Care Innovations by President Stephen Sundborg.
Premera Blue Cross created this endowed professorship in the College of Nursing in 2005. The professorship is intended for a nursing faculty member whose scholarship impacts primary health care, prevention, and innovations in care delivery.
“I am very pleased and honored to receive this Endowed Professorship,” said Dr. Bowie. “I actually had the privilege of spending a week at Premera in 2014 participating in their continuous process improvement program using the Kaizen (Toyota) model. It was enlightening to see how Premera utilizes the Kaizen model to improve services for their plan members. The lessons I learned from them have been very useful in my work at the College of Nursing and at Swedish in my former role as Stroke Coordinator.”
Dr. Bowie, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the College of Nursing, joined Seattle U in 2000. She said, “I had always been impressed with the caliber of Seattle U nursing students. I was also very drawn to the mission of Seattle U.” She said when offered an opportunity for a one-year appointment in 2000, she accepted it “and then I just stayed!”
On September 1, 2019, she was promoted to full professor. She is an engaged Jesuit educator who strives to be an active participant in lifelong learning. Her philosophy of teaching is consistent with the SU and CON missions of educating the whole person, promoting personal and professional formation, engendering commitments to service and social justice, and developing leaders for a just and humane world.
Her scholarship, teaching, research, and clinical practice focus on care systems improvement, finance, and quality assurance. She has made many significant contributions to the DNP program and said she’s “excited about the potential of our DNP graduates to lead much needed change across the U.S. health care system.”
“Professor Bowie’s commitment to care systems improvement and her leadership in preparing nurses at the DNP level to transform health care for a just and humane world, make her particularly deserving of this honor,” said Dr. Kristen M. Swanson
Her publications include reports of findings from data-based and grant-funded research. Two of her most recent publications have been interprofessional with co-authors from the Albers School, where she has also served on faculty. Last year, her paper on DNP graduates was featured on the AACN website. She has obtained grant funding as Pl on four grants: one from the Better Ways Foundation, two from SU, and one from the Sinegal Foundation ($350,000) to address homelessness in King County.
Dr. Bowie’s service contributions are quite extensive. She currently serves on the oversight committee for the new Center for Science and Innovation building at Seattle U. She is a Board Member for the Eastside Congregations for the Homeless Committee. Prior to assuming the Interim Associate Dean role, she served in a clinical per diem administrative capacity for Swedish Health System, where she played an integral role in supporting Issaquah Neurology Care to be designated a Center of Excellence.