As a fulltime Independent Health Consultant for more than 10 years, Dr. Wesley has led numerous scientific inquiries that ensure hospitals’ success on their Magnet journey. She is passionate about the community’s well-being and has provided leadership to develop, implement and disseminate nursing research findings that improved patient outcomes. Yvonne earned her Ph.D. in Nursing from New York University where her focus was research and theory development. With her master’s Degree in nursing from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey she specialized in maternal/child health and has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals. Prior positions include: Vice President of Community Relations at Meridian Health, Vice President of Research and Development at the Northern NJ Maternal-Child Health Consortium, and Director of Nursing at Newark Community Health Centers.

Two main factors energize Dr. Wesley. First, the development of new knowledge holds the key to quality patient outcomes, and second, the translation of research findings into nursing practice is essential. Whether consulting for a hospital system, fulfilling the obligations of a contract with HRSA, or lecturing to doctoral students, Dr. Wesley believes a culture of safety is inherent among organizations with high reliability. She has led numerous committees, boards, and directed nursing’s practice by exemplifying a mix of research principles with innovation to strengthen high-quality care in an environment of safety. Because of her research skills, she is sought-after to facilitate sustainable research strategies among Magnet hospitals.

Her high academic achievement has opened the door for her induction into two International Honor Societies; Kappa Delta Pi, and Sigma Theta Tau. Due to her work, she has received numerous awards and was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2004. She lectures both nationally and internationally, has appeared on local and national network television to promote wellness, and her style of diplomacy ensures agreement among health care executives.

“Dr. Wesley has a way of sharing her wisdom that gets nurses to complete a research study. Her insight and skill make nursing research both meaningful and enjoyable. ”

Carnette Smith

Atlantic Health System Chilton Medical Center