Teddie Potter PhD, RN has a rich practice history including over twenty-five years as a home care nurse. Dr. Potter has often been at the heart of paradigm shifts, including being one of the first home care nurses in her state, starting a specialized home care program for people living with HIV/AIDS, and helping start one of the first palliative care programs in the nation.
Dr. Potter has been a nurse educator for over fourteen years. She has also shown a long-term commitment to diversity and inclusivity, studying factors that help diverse students succeed in nursing school and teaching healing traditions of our diverse community.
Her current positions in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota are a natural extension of her interests and passions. She is Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership and Director of Inclusivity and Diversity.
Dr. Potter’s critical theory dissertation, Reconstructing a New Story of Nursing: Critical Analysis of Nursing Textbooks Using Riane Eisler’s Partnership Paradigm (2010) deconstructed the history of nursing used by fundamental textbooks to socialize new nurses and reconstructed a more inclusive story of the profession.
Dr. Potter has spoken nationally and internationally about Partnership-Based Nursing, and The BASE of Nursing, new theories to guide nursing practice, education, and research. Her newly released book, Transforming Interprofessional Partnerships: A New Framework for Nursing and Partnership-Based Health Care, was co-authored with Riane Eisler, internationally recognized social theorist, attorney, and macro-historian. The book equips nurses to be full partners, ready to lead necessary change to advance the health of all nations.
Dr. Potter’s commitment to whole systems healing led to her early involvement in climate change activism. She was instrumental in leading the Earthwise Resolution movement in the United Church of Christ and has played an active role in Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light and the Earthwise Ministry at Mayflower UCC. She believes climate change is the most urgent global public health issue of our time.