ProMedica and Lourdes University College of Nursing Offer Patient Safety Conference with Nationally Known Expert

Posted Oct 16th, 2015 by Helene Sheets  Category: Education, Health


ProMedica Toledo Hospital’s Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Program and the Lourdes University College of Nursing present a Patient Safety Conference titled “Focus On Falls” on Wednesday, October 28 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

The Patient Safety Conference: Focus on Falls has been awarded 3.5 contact hours, and is open to nurses, social workers, and any professionals or individuals who care for the older adult. The cost for the conference is $20 per person. To register, contact chris.weber@promedica.org.

“The College of Nursing is excited to partner on this project because it is consistent with our quality and safety focused curriculum. It also provides an opportunity for our nursing students and faculty to hear and meet a national speaker who has expertise in the area of fall safety and the older adult,” says Judy Didion, PhD, RN, Dean of the Lourdes University College of Nursing.

Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FANNP
The keynote speaker is Dr. Patricia Quigley, Associate Director of VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry. A Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Practitioner in Rehabilitation, Dr. Quigley is a funded researcher with the Research Center of Excellence: Maximizing Rehabilitation Outcomes, jointly funded by HSR&D and RR&D.

Her contributions to patient safety, nursing and rehabilitation are evident at a national level – with emphasis on clinical practice innovations designed to promote old adults’ independence and safety. Dr. Quigley is nationally known for her program of research in patient safety, particularly in fall prevention. The falls program research agenda continues to drive research efforts across health services and rehabilitation researchers. She has translated her research findings into materials that are used in providing bedside and community care, e.g., the Falls Prevention Toolkit and patient education materials on the use of hip protectors, ensuring seamless transition between her scholarly work, and its application in real world settings.

Dr. Quigley leads an interdisciplinary clinical team in the development of evidence-based assessment tools and clinical guidelines related to assessing veterans’ risks for falls and fall-related injuries across multiple medical centers. Her leadership at VISN has resulted in it being the first organization to achieve Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF Accreditation) for 3 Rehabilitation Programs, National Deployment of the Functional Independence Measure/Program Evaluation System throughout VHA rehabilitation programs, and the first to acquire American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Designation.

Conference Contact Hours
The Patient Safety Conference: Focus on Falls has been awarded 3.5 contact hours. ProMedica (OH-069/4-1-18) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE)
NICHE is the leading nurse driven program designed to help hospitals and healthcare organizations improve the care of older adults. The vision of NICHE is for all patients 65 and over to be given sensitive and exemplary care. The mission of NICHE is to provide principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient centered care for older adults. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing has over 620 hospitals and healthcare facilities in 46 states, Canada, Bermuda, and Singapore. NICHE designation demonstrates a hospital’s organizational commitment and continued progress in improving quality, enhancing the patient and family experience, and supporting the hospital and other healthcare organization’s efforts to serve its communities. ProMedica Toledo Hospital’s NICHE Program was established to better serve older adult patients.

A locally-owned, nonprofit health system, ProMedica provides quality health care services to 27 counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. ProMedica’s network of hospitals, physicians, health care professionals, researchers, and specialty clinics and facilities offer a full range of diagnostic, medical, and surgical specialties in areas such as emergency medicine and trauma, heart and vascular, oncology, orthopedics, neurology, women’s services, and children’s services.

Lourdes University College of Nursing
The Lourdes University College of Nursing offers bachelor and master’s degrees in nursing. The College of Nursing has accreditations and approvals from the following bodies: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791; Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs; Higher Learning Commission; Ohio Board of Nursing; and the Ohio Board of Regents. To learn more about Lourdes nursing programs, visit www.lourdes.edu/nursing, or call 419-885-5291.

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