Grant to Help Prepare Leaders in Quality, Safety and Health-Care Technology
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing recently received a three-year, $891,212 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing grant for the development of a new track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. This track, Health-Care Quality Using Education in Safety and Technology (H-QUEST), allows students to select a focus in outcome management, quality, safety or health-care informatics. The program is designed to prepare leaders who will shape the health-care systems of the future.
âAs health care becomes more complex, nurses increasingly will be asked to use information technology to drive quality initiatives that produce positive outcomes,â said Vicki Keough, PhD, RN-BC, ACNP, dean, MNSON. âThis grant will allow us to educate nurses to enhance patient-safety programs with data that support the highest quality of care.â
Ida Androwich, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the project director and Sheila Haas, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the co-project director for the H-QUEST program. Both are professors in nursing and business at Loyola University Chicago. This new track within the DNP program builds on the schoolâs existing online masterâs degree in Health Systems Management, which has educated nursing leaders across the country. Students from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations will participate in online coursework and on-campus immersion experiences.
âThe H-QUEST track will educate nurses to lead in the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based care and patient-safety practices in a complex, rapidly changing health-care environment,â Dr. Androwich said. âGraduates of the program will be well-positioned for roles that require multidisciplinary collaboration, critical analysis of systems and outcomes, and the creation of key improvements in health-care delivery.â
Loyola University Chicago introduced the DNP degree for advanced-practice nursing students last year. While PhD nursing programs focus on original research, DNP programs prepare students to lead at the highest level of nursing practice and work in an interprofessional team doing translational research. This includes proficiencies in areas that support clinical practice, such as administration, organizational management and policy. DNP graduates also are skilled in assessing evidence, translating research and implementing evidence-based clinical innovations to improve care quality and safety.
âAdvanced practice nursing education continues to be an area that sets Loyola University Chicago graduates apart,â Dean Keough said. âThe H-QUEST track will further distinguish our alumni as leaders in the health-care setting.â
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