Meet Bonnie Rice. Bonnie is a Registered Nurse Practitioner and holds her Doctor of Nursing Practice; she comes to the Steering Committee from the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department Inpatient Pediatric Rehab Unit at Tampa General Hospital Children’s Medical Center in Tampa, FL.
Bonnie has strong interests in injury prevention, health & wellness, school reintegration, concussion care, and healthcare quality. She joined the IPRC Steering Committee in 2013 and serves as a Liaison to the Outcomes & Best Practices Committee, providing leadership and oversight for the group.
Bonnie describes her involvement in IPRC as enlightening. “…[The Rehab Department at Tampa General Hospital] has had a dramatic shift in our thinking towards our therapeutic interventions and outcomes after becoming involved with IPRC. We realized that all of us face similar dilemmas, and many of the institutions that are part of IPRC have novel solutions that our organization can modify and adopt. I feel that I am part of a larger collective of professionals striving to help children with disabilities gain functional skills to reach their full potential. Our team has felt very uplifted since we joined IPRC, knowing that our problems weren’t unique or insurmountable. IPRC provides a place to ask the tough questions, and get a consensus of what might be workable.
We also learned about new models of care helping us prepare for the uncertain future in the healthcare arena. Finally, looking at some of the foundational activities common to all pediatric rehab centers, it becomes clear that rising up to 30,000 feet to look at overall processes can prevent waste, redundancy and ineffective use of personnel. Overall, the experience has been well worth the investment in both time spent and dues paid.”
When not at the hospital, Bonnie spends her free time raising chickens and attempting to grow an organic garden.