Charlene Platon

Nurse Leader, Entrepreneur, & CEO

Charlene Platon was born in Los Angeles, California, at the hospital where her mother currently works as an intensive care unit registered nurse. As an individual born into a family of nurses, the hospital and healthcare environment were a familiar setting; Charlene would frequently visit her mother during her hospital shifts. Several decades later, Charlene’s nursing journey came full-circle, working as an acute care nurse at the same hospital where she was born. During her time as a bedside nurse, Charlene even worked a few shifts alongside her mother.

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Since her time at the bedside, Charlene pursued her graduate degree to obtain her Family Nurse Practitioner certification. After graduating, she was drawn to healthcare leadership, inspired by the broader impact she made on patient and staff satisfaction by developing and launching multiple process improvement initiatives throughout her nursing career. She joined Stanford Health Care (SHC) as a Manager of Advanced Practice in 2016, supervising inpatient nurse practitioners and physician assistants in various surgical areas, as well as developing programs to support the optimization of Advanced Practice Provider (APP) scope of practice. In her role, she also served as Specialty Coordinator of the APP Administrative Fellowship, the nation’s first-ever year-long program focused on transitioning an experienced APP clinician to a healthcare leadership role.

In April 2020, Charlene transitioned to her current role as Director of Ambulatory Nursing at SHC, where she collaborates with operational and clinical partners to advance, develop, refine, and innovate ambulatory nursing clinical delivery operations throughout the enterprise. She also currently serves as Co-Director of Programs & Events within the organization’s Asian & Pacific Islander and Allies Employee Resource Group.

Passionate about healthcare innovation, Charlene is a founding member of the Technology, Research, and Innovation Steering Committee at SHC, representing innovation in ambulatory nursing. Charlene is also one of 12 inaugural members of the Johnson & Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellowship program. As a Fellow, Charlene aims to bring nurse-led innovation to the forefront of healthcare. In addition, Charlene is CEO & Co-Founder of Fifth Window, a nurse-led and women-led digital wellness platform that aims to promote and prioritize the well-being of nurses, clinicians, and organizations across the healthcare industry.

Charlene’s overarching goal as a healthcare leader and nurse innovator is to transform healthcare delivery and operations at the intersection of compassion, innovation, and technology, ultimately improving the healthcare experience for patients and professionals. She is passionate about utilizing creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration to address organizational and industry-wide challenges.

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