“Never underestimate your capacity for joy and connection to purpose in your work. The skills and strategies we share at IHE enable healthcare providers and staff get and stay re-energized in their roles while building stronger, optimally healing connections with patients and each other.”
Laura Bennett, MSN, APRN, CNM, CYT connected with The Institute for Healthcare Excellence in 2015 while serving on active duty in the U. S. Navy as a facilitator for the Communication in Healthcare program. She brings to the team 22+ years of healthcare industry experience as a nurse, nurse practitioner, educator, administrator, and leader. During her naval training and service, Laura was one of the first four women to serve on an aircraft carrier, she was a healthcare provider for detainees in Guantanamo Bay, and she ran a portion of the military response for the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan. She also served as Director of Midwifery, Department Head of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and multidisciplinary committee chairperson roles. Additionally, she developed evidence-based training programs to alleviate burnout in healthcare staff and improve performance and resilience in soldiers, sailors, and Marines.
Now retired from the Navy, Laura serves an educator, coach, consultant, and speaker focused on optimizing the potential, success, and resilience of people in high-impact, high-performance, and high-burnout roles including healthcare, corporate, and government organizations. Laura’s vision is to see people, organizations, and communities step into their fullest capacities for positive impact and reach their highest and greatest potential for well-being and success. She is active as a community-builder stimulating growth, compassion, inclusion, and economic opportunity through education, arts, and relationships to improve individual and community well-being. Laura is a member of the Leadership Jacksonville and is a Strategic Partner for Teach for America. Laura also works with law enforcement and corrections officers and employees on leadership development and resiliency.
Laura earned her bachelor’s degree and commission as a naval officer at Penn State University and her master’s degree in Nurse-Midwifery at the University of Florida. Laura is also a certified yoga teacher and is completing a second master’s degree in Leadership and Organizational Development with a concentration in Executive Coaching at the University of Texas at Dallas. Laura resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Matthew. They have two young-adult children. In her free time, Laura enjoys time with her family, meditation, yoga, traveling, swimming, hiking, biking, and engaging in the arts community.