Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing faculty members Ellen Ray, DNP, MS, RN, CNM, Cynthia Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, and Brigit Van Graafeiland, DNP, RN, CRNP, have been chosen to serve in the third cohort of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy, according to a news release.
Launched to connect health systems and transform the clinical healthcare setting, the academy will give 33 Johns Hopkins scholars the opportunity to propose, plan and lead a multidisciplinary patient safety or quality improvement project while evaluating its effectiveness on patient outcomes.
The academy will bring accountability, continuity and interprofessional collaboration to the table, Melinda Sawyer, MSN, RN, CNS-BC, the academys program co-director and the institutes assistant director of patient safety said in the release. The scholars, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, technologists and others will incorporate teamwork and focus on advancing care through every discipline.
In 2008, the institute made significant strides in patient safety by implementing a five-point checklist that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers could use when treating or examining patients with catheters. Through the four-year, 44-state project, bloodstream infections were reduced by 40%, and Sawyer believes similar successes are possible from ideas generated at the academy.
This is an opportunity for our faculty to continue the great work in patient safety and quality we have already begun here at the school and Johns Hopkins, School of Nursing Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, said in the release. Patient safety is integral to the future of care, and we want to make sure nurses are prepared and at the forefront in delivering high quality care.
In addition to the academy, JHUSON is placing a strong emphasis on safe and quality care through advanced content in its new masters entry into nursing program, scheduled to begin in fall 2015. The graduate curriculum `will include a greater focus on global health, ethics, leadership and interprofessional practice and will prepare students to enter the profession as RNs with the tools to quickly grow into a leadership role, according to the release.
The faculty will begin the academy on Oct. 3 and will present their findings at the annual Johns Hopkins Patient Safety Summit in June 2015.