Valerie Kiper

last updated 4/5/2018

Valerie Kiper

Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University

2818 E. US Highway 290, Fredericksburg, Texas, United States
HQ Phone:
(806) 834-6998

General Information


Chief Nursing Officer - Northwest Texas Healthcare System

Director - Accreditation and Reg Services - Universal Health Services , Inc.


Doctorate of Nursing Practice - Executive Leadership , Texas Tech University

nursing degreeNorthwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing


Board Member - Texas Organization of Nurse Executives

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Board of Directors - Texas Organization of Nurse Executives

Dr. Valerie Kiper, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Valerie will be serving as Secretary of Texas Organization of Nurse Executives. She serves as the co-leader of the Panhandle region Texas Team. She is serving her second term as an Executive Committee Board member appointed by Governor Rick Perry for the Texas Office of Prevention of Developmental Disabilities (TOPDD) and is a member of the Child Safety and Injury Prevention task force and the TOPDD medical advisory committee. She serves on community colleges of nursing advisory boards and university advisory boards and has previously served on the TONE board. Dr. Kiper received her nursing degree from Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing and West Texas A&M and she received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from Texas Tech University in 2013. She is a Certified Nurse Executive by American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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Amarillo Magazine Online | Municipal Health

"Locally, we are very unique in that we have WT and AC plus different programs at Texas Tech," says Valerie Kiper, a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) nursing professor who spent more than two decades as Chief Nursing Officer at Northwest Texas Healthcare System.
When Valerie Kiper became a registered nurse nearly four decades ago, career options were limited for young women. "It was either nursing or being a teacher," she says. Far more options are available today, but there's no denying that a smaller percentage of of career-minded women are choosing the profession. (While the number of men choosing nursing as a profession continues to rise, only 10 percent of local nursing students are male.) With a third of the nation's current registered nurses older than 50, the American Nurses Association estimates that 700,000 nurses will retire or leave the labor force by 2024. "You have a population of nurses that are aging out," says Kiper. They're not being replaced at the same rate. "Before, it was mainly hospitals and maybe a clinic or doctor's office" that would employ nurses, says Kiper. "Nurses get into nursing because they want to care for someone," says Kiper. "Knowing that nurses need to advance their education to improve the health of the population they serve has very much been proven through research," says Dr. Valerie Kiper, the former Chief Nursing Officer at Northwest.

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Amarillo Magazine Online | Recognizing Panhandle Nurses

While working as the Chief Nursing Officer of Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Dr. Valerie Kiper wondered why Amarillo wasn't doing a version of the same.
Kiper and Pullen co-chair the recognition event and describe it as having two goals. "Around half were from rural areas or outside Amarillo," says Kiper, who now serves as an assistant nursing professor at TTUHSC. She cites 2016 honorees from Dumas, Borger, Dimmitt and Perryton. "We have a lot of population in those areas who need health care, and nurses in those areas need to be there to meet the health care needs of the community. The two co-chairs say celebrating nurses and the nursing profession highlights the expertise and compassion they provide the community. But the event has a secondary goal as well. "The notion behind it all, really, is not just to recognize nurses, but a way to generate money towards scholarships to promote either entry-level nursing or for nurses to continue their career path and get higher education," says Kiper. A recent spate of research has shown a close relationship between better patient outcomes and a nurse's education level (sidebar). "If nurses advance their education, they can better meet the health care needs of their community," Kiper says. To sponsor Panhandle Great 25 Nurses, visit or contact Valerie Kiper ( or Richard Pullen (

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