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Cynthia A. Oster is the Patient Safety Nurse Scientist at Emory Healthcare and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. For more than a decade, Oster was a nurse scientist for Centura Health and a clinical nurse specialist for critical care and cardiovascular services at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She has held research, clinical, educational, and administrative positions throughout her 40-year career. Oster received her BSN from the University of Iowa, her MSN from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and her PhD from the University of Colorado College of Nursing. In addition, she earned an ANP certificate from Beth El College of Nursing in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and an MBA from the University of Colorado–Denver. In 2017, she became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She mentors clinical nurses and advanced practice nurses to develop clinical practice wisdom through application of high reliability principles, evidence-based practice, and the conduct of research. Oster has presented at national and international meetings and has published in the areas of high reliability, evidence-based practice, alarm fatigue, and peer review. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and Beta Gamma Sigma.


Jane S. Braaten is a Director of Quality & Patient Safety Officer and nurse scientist at Centura Health, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital in Castle Rock, Colorado. She has held positions as director of cardiology services, cardiac and intensive care clinical nurse specialist, cardiac nurse practitioner, and manager/charge RN/staff RN of intensive care and telemetry units. Braaten obtained her BSN from the Indiana University School of Nursing and holds the degree of doctor of philosophy and certificates of clinical nurse specialist and adult nurse practitioner from the University of Colorado College of Nursing. She also is a certified professional in patient safety (CPPS) and a certified professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ). She has presented at national meetings and has published in the areas of hospital system barriers to rapid response team activation, quality improvement in telemetry, end-of-life care in the intensive care unit, leadership, and high reliability organizations and healthcare.

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