Juli Maxworthy, DNP, MSN/MBA, RN, CNL, CPHQ, CPPS, CHSE, FSSH, is an academic, innovator, and collaborator. During her over 30-year career, she spent almost 20 years in various roles in critical care in a busy open heart and trauma unit. During that time, Dr. Maxworthy became heavily involved in the shared governance activities within her organization and became the Chair of the Council. After realizing that she needed more education to prepare her to take on the challenges of her current and potential future roles, she went back to school and completed two master’s degrees and a doctorate degree over the course of six years (along with raising three teenagers). During that same time, she moved into the world of quality, medical staff, patient safety, and risk. Her last clinical position was that of Vice President of Quality and Risk. She made the leap into academia full time in 2013 by accepting a tenure-earning position at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches in DNP/ELDNP programs. Her areas of teaching and expertise include leadership, quality, patient safety, project management, and healthcare simulation. She is currently the Director of the BSN to DNP and Healthcare Simulation Programs and is the recent past Chair of the Healthcare Leadership and Innovations Department. In 2008, she founded a successful consulting firm with her husband (WithMax Inc.), which provides high quality services for those needing support with quality improvement initiatives, healthcare simulation, and medical writing services.

Dr. Maxworthy has been an active member of Sigma for many years and has served at the local as a chapter president (Nu Xi at-Large), regional, and international levels. She most recently completed a four-year term as Region 1 Coordinator (2013-2017). During 2009-2013, she was a member of the Foundation Board, Chair of the Fellows Committee (2009-2011), and Chair of the Foundation Board (2011-2013). She is both a Virginia Henderson and Billye Brown Fellow.


During the past decade, Dr. Maxworthy has become very involved in the world of healthcare simulation. In 2017, she was inducted as a Fellow into the inaugural class of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). Dr. Maxworthy obtained her BSN from California State University Hayward, an MSN in Nursing Administration, an MBA both from Holy Names University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of San Francisco.