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Setting Everybody Up For Failure

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leadership Podcast. Episode 181 - Dr. Suzanna Fitzpatrick - Setting Everybody Up For Failure. The Official Podcast of the International Leadership Association

with Dr. Suzanna Fitzpatrick


Dr. Suzanna Fitzpatrick joins Scott to discuss the emerging field of leadership development in the healthcare sector. Growing up steeped in leadership thanks to her mother, Dr. Georgia Sorenson (a founder of the ILA), Fitzpatrick was astonished at the lack of leadership development opportunities and standards when she entered the healthcare field. Now, she’s working on changing that.

About Dr. Suzanna Fitzpatrick

Suzanna Fitzpatrick, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center In Baltimore, Maryland, where she has worked since 2008. She is a senior nurse practitioner with expertise in surgical patients, transplant, oncology, and emergency medicine.

Dr. Fitzpatrick began her healthcare journey as a Paramedic, which she has continued doing as a volunteer for the past 20 years. Her educational background includes a B.S. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2004) in Emergency Health Services, a B.S.N from Villa Julie College (2008), Masters in Nursing in Acute Care (2010), Post-Masters certificate from George Washington University in Family Practice (2013) and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice (2020). Her doctoral work focused on teamwork and collaboration with emergency nurses.

She has a passion for mentoring novice Nurse Practitioners in their transition into practice and professional development. She has written articles on teamwork, nursing leadership, and transition shock for novice practitioners. In addition, she is an adjunct professor teaching Doctoral nursing students system and complex leadership theories and practical strategies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Suzanna is a co-founder of the Healthcare Leadership member community of the International Leadership Association.

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live. Phronesis is the official podcast of the International Leadership Association.