Debra Harrison was the Chief Nursing Officer for Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida
from 2006 – 2016. She retired in May, 2016 and joined MEDI as an Executive Coach
early 2017. Her years of experience in nursing and hospital leadership give her a
unique perspective of the challenges these leaders face. Prior to coming to Florida in
2006, she held a variety of positions at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota,
including Nurse Administrator for Critical Care, Nurse Manager and Nursing Education
Specialist. While in Florida, she led the nursing department in obtaining Magnet
Designation, a national recognition for excellence in nursing. This Magnet
designation assisted the organization to achieve US News & World Report #1 hospital
in Jacksonville and #1 in Florida. She has given presentations on Transformational
Leadership and while CNO, achieved an Overall Satisfaction rating for the nursing
department of 87% and an Engagement score of 97%.
Debra is a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC. In addition to coaching, she
works part-time as the Vice President of Clinical Analytics for Amera Medical
Review (AMR), a revenue enhancement company assisting hospitals. She is also an
Adjunct Professor for the University of North Florida in the Doctoral of Nursing
Practice (DNP) program.
Debra obtained her Bachelors & Master’s Degrees in Nursing from Winona
State University in Minnesota and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the
University of North Florida. She is an Assistant Professor of Nursing, College of
Medicine, Mayo Clinic and has board certification as Nursing Executive, Advanced.
Professional memberships include AONE, ANA, AACN, Sigma Theta Tau International
and HFMA. Areas of expertise include transformational leadership, quality, patient
safety, advanced practice nursing, and Magnet designation. She and her husband
live in Jacksonville, FL.