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Kelly Aldrich is an Informatics Nurse Specialist and has served more than 25 years in healthcare clinical, leadership, and informatics roles. She graduated from the University of South Florida, Tampa, with a master of science in nursing healthcare systems leadership and nursing informatics degree in 2004. Following this, she obtained her doctorate of nursing degree in 2010, focused in educational informatics. The culmination of her work, titled “Putting Technology into Practice,” has allowed for new innovations in technology to be appropriately blended into inpatient care environments. Aldrich is known as a visionary nursing informatics executive leader and is highly regarded for her innovative approach that provides a bridge between nursing practice and technology solutions. Her passion and dedication for a seamless, patient-centered care environment from an informatics lens has led to safer, more efficient, and more effective care environments.


Gail E. Armstrong is a Professor and Assistant Dean of the DNP Program at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Gail was part of the University of Colorado Quality Safety and Education in Nursing (QSEN) pilot school team to update nursing curricula to reflect quality and safety trends. She continues her work with QSEN, currently focusing her work on high functioning teams in healthcare. Gail is the primary editor of a 2019 DNP text, Leadership and Systems Improvement for the DNP. Gail’s work has also focused on pre-licensure curriculum development, with an emphasis of threading the competencies and KSAs across learning settings.


Amy J. Barton is a tenured professor and holds the Daniel and Janet Mordecai Endowed Chair in Rural Health Nursing at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing. As a national leader in nurse-led care, she provided the vision and strategic initiative to create Sheridan Health Services, a nursemanaged federally qualified community health center, serving low-income residents in an urban area southwest of Denver, Colorado. She was also instrumental in the development of i-LEAD, an online master’s option in nursing and healthcare systems leadership. Her work in national quality and safety initiatives includes the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses initiative and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement/Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation initiative, “Retooling for Quality and Safety.” Barton is a member of the 2005 cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows. She serves as Editor in Chief for the Journal of Nursing Education, is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice, and holds fellowships in the Academy of Nursing Education and the American Academy of Nursing.


Jean Beckel completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and her Bachelor of Science in nursing at the College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota. She currently works as the Magnet® Program Director for Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She has 20 years of Magnet Program Director experience in three Magnet-designated hospitals. Beckel has been a Magnet Recognition Program® appraiser since 2007.


Julie Benz is a Critical Care Nurse with more than 45 years of practice experience. Benz is now an Assistant Professor at Regis University, teaching undergraduate medical-surgical nursing. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Benz was responsible for resuscitation practice guidelines, rapid response team development, and the acute coronary syndrome patient populations at St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, Colorado. Her research interests include application of urban clinical practice guidelines to rural settings for STEMI patient care and the relationship between sleep apnea and Rapid Response or Code Blue events. She is active as a volunteer for the American Heart Association, the Denver Rescue Mission, the Denver Regional Nightingale Awards, and the Friends of Nursing.


Noreen Bernard is a seasoned nurse executive with experience in leading nursing practice in acute care and ambulatory settings. She has been a leader in the areas of executive leadership, professional development, leadership development, nurse credentialing, nurse residencies, nursing practice standards, professional governance, and research. She serves as a Chief Nursing Officer in a large health system, adjunct Associate Professor and adjoint faculty in two academic institutions, and an administrative consultant for an academic health system. She has expertise in leadership, clinical operations, hospital construction, program development, business development, education, staffing strategy, Magnet® preparation, professional governance, regulatory readiness, and nursing practice advancement. Bernard’s research is in the areas of nursing administration, resilience, job satisfaction, professional joy, and nursing practice. She earned her EdD in organizational leadership and organization development from Grand Canyon University, her master’s in nursing administration at the University of Colorado, and her BSN at the University of Northern Colorado. She is Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certified and became a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2019.


Katherine Bilys is Vice President of Quality and Performance Improvement at a 346 licensed-bed acute care hospital in the Denver metropolitan area. She has been working with clinicians in the acute care setting since 2002 using a systems approach to improve patient outcomes and safety cultures.


Lisa Camplese is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years of experience in healthcare administration. A graduate of the Arkansas Medical Sciences Campus, Camplese is a bachelor’s-prepared nurse and registered nurse practitioner. Camplese also has a master’s in business administration from Brenau University, with an additional Health Services Administration certificate. Camplese joined the University of Colorado Health System in 2017 and serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Quality and Regulatory Affairs for the system. Prior to joining UCHS, Camplese served at Centura Health as the Vice President for Clinical Quality. Her responsibilities include oversight for infection prevention, clinical quality, and regulatory readiness for the system. Before working at UCHS, Camplese served as Chief Operating Officer, Administrator, and Quality Executive in hospitals in Atlanta and Tucson.


Jeannie P. Cimiotti is Associate Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University and adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is a health services researcher with an interest in acute care outcomes such as healthcare-associated infections and infection-related outcomes of mortality, extended lengths of stay, and hospital readmissions. Her work has appeared in many high-impact journals such as Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and Medical Care. Dr. Cimiotti has a PhD from Columbia University, and she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She has held full-time research and tenured faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and the University of Florida. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing where she sits on the Emerging Infectious Diseases Expert Panel.


Nan Davidson is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with extensive advanced practice nurse experience in the acute medical-surgical setting. Her career focus has been to implement evidence-based practice changes to improve perioperative care, pain management, and safety while on opioids at the hospital and system-wide level. Her work to implement progressive practice changes to enhance opioid safety has been featured at numerous regional and national conference presentations. Her research interests include establishing psychometrics for the Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS) to prevent opioidinduced oversedation, satisfaction with pain, and overall patient safety initiatives in the hospital setting.


Sherilyn Deakins has 30 years of experience as a nurse. Her diverse background includes clinical nursing experience in cardiac intensive care, nurse recruitment, human resources, new graduate RN program coordination, and management. Currently, her area of expertise and certification is in the field of patient safety.


Erin Denholm has been President and CEO of Trinity Health at Home since October 2015. Prior she served Centura Health for 20 years, as SVP of Clinical Transformation. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. She served on the CMS Innovation Center Advisory Council. She is a distinguished leader in healthcare, noted for her visionary commitment to transcend healthcare beyond hospital walls. In her career at Centura Health, Denholm was responsible for home-based programs and senior living before taking on the clinical transformation role. She pioneered the use of telehealth technology in reducing emergency department visits and adverse outcomes among heart failure patients in Colorado, and she led the successful legislative effort to make Colorado the first state in the country to provide Medicaid funding for telehealth services.


Jane Englebright provides professional leadership for facility chief nursing officers and approximately 80,000 nurses working in HCA hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and other sites of care. She leads HCA’s CNO Council in driving excellence in nursing operations and outcomes, professional practice, and innovative leadership. Her professional title is Chief Nurse Executive, Patient Safety Officer, and Senior Vice President. Englebright founded HCA’s industry-leading patient safety program in 2000. She has been a proponent of safety technology, leading several large-scale deployments across HCA. In 2014, Englebright chartered and implemented an AHRQ-listed patient safety organization to further accelerate HCA’s patient safety programs. Englebright serves as the At-Large Nursing Representative to The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners and chairs the Board of Advisors of the National Patient Safety Foundation. Englebright is Vice-Chair for the Expert Panel on Informatics and Technology for the American Academy of Nursing and is an adjunct faculty member at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.


Gwendolyn Cherese Godlock began her military career as an enlisted soldier on December 1, 1987, and was promoted to the ranks of Sergeant First Class. On July 20, 2007, Captain (Retired) Godlock received her Commission as an Army Nurse Corps Officer. She retired from active duty Army as an Army Nurse Corps Officer on August 1, 2015, serving 27 years and 8 months and earning multiple awards and decorations. Her final position prior to military retirement was Facility TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer Project Officer and Department of Nursing, Patient Safety Officer, Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston (San Antonio), Texas. She has a master of science degree in patient safety leadership from the University of Chicago at Illinois and a bachelor of science nursing degree from Hampton University. Godlock has earned the Certification Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and Certification Medical/Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN). Currently, she is a Field Representative–Nurse Surveyor for The Joint Commission (TJC), Oakbrook Terrace, Chicago, Illinois. She has two adult sons, Donte’ and Dondre’.


Dianna Ingraham is currently employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Chest Pain Coordinator for cardiovascular services at Centura Health, Littleton Adventist Hospital in Littleton, Colorado. She has 25 years of experience in nursing as a registered nurse with employment in a variety of clinical cardiovascular roles. Ingraham received her BSN from the University of Cincinnati and her MS from the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, her role as a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist allows her to facilitate implementation of cardiovascular evidence-based practices in Littleton Adventist Hospital. Ingraham’s additional role as a chest pain coordinator includes program management with process improvement strategies related to care of the cardiovascular patient. She is a member of the American College of Cardiology Foundation as a Cardiovascular Team Section member.


Alma Jackson is a Professor of Nursing at Loretto Heights School of Nursing, Regis University. Her primary teaching responsibilities include research and evidence-based practice courses in both master’s and doctoral programs. In addition to working with nursing students to create change at the bedside, she works with big data, serving on the board of the All Payers Claims Database. The APCD is governed by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance and serves to increase transparency of medical costs and improve quality of care. Jackson is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and owner of Colorado Safety Works, Inc. She provides consulting services in and outside of the healthcare arena to promote workplace health and safety. Her clients range from 3M to Yellowstone. Through this work, she also developed a patent on a cushion that decreases shock and vibration to eliminate back injuries for drivers of heavy machinery. This won an award from the National Safety Council. Jackson is a well-known speaker both nationally and internationally.


Sadaf Kazi received her PhD in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She developed expertise in safety culture, teamwork, and research and operations in healthcare human factors through experience at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute of Patient Safety & Quality. Dr. Kazi is currently a Research Scientist at the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare at the MedStar Health Research Institute in Washington, DC, where she leads a grant funded by the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality on the role of memory in medication errors in inpatient units. She also conducts research on the impact of policy and technology design on clinician burnout.


Frances C. Kelly is an obstetric nurse with 30 years of experience, having held numerous direct care, educational, and leadership positions in acute care hospitals. She has focused primarily on the care of low- and high-risk obstetric patients and their newborns and has led moderate and large delivery volume women’s and children’s services. In her most recent role as Director of Quality and Safety for a newly opened women’s hospital that is part of a large, academic, free-standing children’s hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, Kelly has had the opportunity to partner with nursing, physician, and quality and safety experts to develop and implement a comprehensive obstetric/gynecologic quality and safety program. During the short three years this new women’s hospital has been open, there has been a significant increase in both the volume of deliveries as well as the acuity of the patients, while there has been a statistically significant downward trend in the rate of obstetric adverse events. She also coaches and mentors advanced quality improvement teams, focusing on projects such as reducing the rate of surgical site infections among obstetric patients, increasing patient perception of readiness to participate in reducing risk of surgical site infection, and facilitating timely maternal discharges. Kelly is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and is certified as an inpatient obstetrics nurse (RNC-OB), an advanced nursing executive (NEA- BC), and a professional in healthcare quality (CPHQ). She has presented nationally on safety-related topics and those relevant to the practice of obstetric nursing. Kelly is currently a doctoral student at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s School of Nursing.


Cynthia R. Latney is the Senior Vice President of Nursing Business Operations for Jefferson Health. She has previously held positions at Centura Health (SVP and Chief Transformation Officer, Southern Colorado Group CNO, and VP and CNO for Penrose-St. Francis Health Services), the Hospital Corporation of America (CNO, VP, and Director of Critical Care), and Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas (Director and Manager). She is a strong transformational leader passionate about achieving nursing excellence, integrating evidence-based practice to improve the quality of care and patient safety. She has achieved success through innovation, collaboration, and operational excellence. Latney is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the American Nurses Association (ANA), and a past president-elect of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses–Dallas Chapter. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for Capella University, and she has been a board member of the Colorado Center of Nursing Excellence (CONL), the Community College of Aurora Foundation, and the Community College of Aurora Council, Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Organization of Nurse Leader (CONL)-Director of Southeast District. Latney has a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master’s degree in healthcare administration, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate in healthcare administration. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi and boardcertified nurse executive.


Apryl Shenae Lewis has been practicing nursing since 1997 and worked in solid organ transplant for more than 16 years. She has most recently worked in hospital leadership for 9 years in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist and now as Nurse Coordinator for Patient Safety and Quality. Her work experience includes two major commercial insurance carriers as well as past work in home discharge planning for home infusion, parenteral nutrition, and home care services. She has twice served as president of the local Georgia chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society.


Kari Love is currently the Program Director for Infection Prevention at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. Love received her nursing education at New Mexico State University. She went on to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in clinical management and leadership from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. Love has spent the past 15 years working and publishing in the field of infection prevention. She also has experience as a Quality Coordinator and Cardiac Nurse in the cardiac catheterization lab and operating room.


Mary Beth Flynn Makic is a recognized critical care expert focusing on the translation of evidencebased practice to improve patient outcomes. She has focused her body of work on the reduction of hospitalacquired pressure injuries, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and de-implementing practice not supported by best-evidence. She is recognized as an expert in evidence-based practice who champions nurses to make their optimal contribution in practice through evidence-based practice adoption.


Rebecca S. (Suzie) Miltner is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing and a nurse scientist at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. She completed a BSN from the Medical College of Georgia; an MS in nursing at the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and a PhD in nursing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the VA National Quality Scholars Program as well as an executive fellowship in patient safety at Virginia Commonwealth University. Miltner has extensive clinical and leadership experience in military, private, and VA acute care settings, as well as experience in nursing education in both academic and organizational settings. Her research areas of interest are the quality of nursing care in acute care settings, practice variation in bedside nursing, and the science of quality measurement. She teaches in the nursing administration and doctor of nursing practice graduate programs at the UAB School of Nursing.


Julianne Morath is the inaugural recipient of the John Eisenberg Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement in Patient Safety and is president/CEO of the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI), a collaboration of the California Hospital Association and the regional associations. She is a founding and current member of the Lucian Leape Institute of the National Patient Safety Foundation and completed a term with the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission. Morath is a distinguished advisor to the National Patient Safety Foundation, past member of the National Quality Forum Best Practices Committee, and member of the Advisory Board to the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). She was appointed fellow to the Salzburg Seminar on Medical Errors. Morath serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Mason Medical Center and Health System. She was named by Becker Hospital Review as one of the top 50 experts leading patient safety this year. Morath has more than three decades of executive and academic experience in healthcare. Her work is distinguished through translating research into practice and building cultures of safety and excellence. Before joining the Hospital Quality Institute, Morath served as chief quality and patient safety officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her work as chief operating officer of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has been recognized in HBS case studies and featured in USNWR. She is an author of Do No Harm and The Quality Advantage. She is frequently published and is a recognized presenter in the field of safety and quality.


Joel M. Mumma received his PhD in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelors in brain and cognitive science from the University of Rochester. Currently, he is a Human Factors Engineer at Emory Healthcare with an adjunct faculty appointment in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the School of Medicine at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. His research largely focuses on the role of human factors in infection prevention and control, particularly for serious communicable diseases such as Ebola Virus Disease. Currently, he has work sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Larissa Nattrass is a Patient Safety Program Manager for Centura Health in Colorado. Her undergraduate degree in health sciences was obtained from the University of Colorado. She obtained a master’s degree in quality and patient safety from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her background includes clinical work as a paramedic, as a paramedic educator, and within Quality Resources.


Carrie Neyers currently practices as an ICU nurse in Colorado. Carrie has a bachelor of arts degree in integrative physiology from the University of Colorado and graduated cum laude from Denver School of Nursing. She began her nursing career in a step-down unit. She has served as chair for an ICU/Step-Down Nurse Practice Council and has championed pressure ulcer and CAUTI prevention.


Michelle Norris has been practicing as a registered nurse for 20 years, with the last decade in Denver, Colorado. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing at its Lincoln campus and was accepted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Gamma Pi-at-Large chapter. She has been honored to hold the titles of Pressure Ulcer Prevention (PUP) Champion and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Prevention Champion in a critical care unit.


Kristen A. Oster is currently an Assistant Nurse Manager for the operating room at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado. Previously she was a Patient Safety Specialist assigned to the perioperative and ambulatory service line at the University of Colorado–Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. Additionally, she has been a Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist and an Assistant Nurse Manager for the ENT, skull base, head/neck, and neurosurgery service line in perioperative services at Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver, Colorado. She received a bachelor of science degree in biology and education from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. Hearing the call to nursing, Oster earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the accelerated program at Regis University, Denver, Colorado. She holds a master of science in nursing degree—clinical nurse specialist focus in adult and geriatric acute care and Doctorate in Nursing Practice—from the University of Colorado, Denver. Oster is a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses.


Sharon Pappas is the Chief Nurse Executive for Emory Healthcare and Professor for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She is a member of Emory Healthcare and the Woodruff Health Science Center’s senior leadership teams and is responsible for nursing practice across Emory’s eleven hospitals, ambulatory care, and post-acute agencies. Pappas has authored numerous articles and done numerous conference presentations throughout her career focusing on the role nurses and the nursing environment play in patient safety and hospital costs. She currently represents AONL on the Commission on Magnet® for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. A Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, she is past co-chair of the Expert Panel on Building Health System Excellence. Pappas served on the National Academy of Science, Engineering, & Medicine Committee on Systems Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-Being.


Patricia A. Patrician is Professor and Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, Alabama. She joined the UAB faculty in August 2008, after a 26-year career in the US Army Nurse Corps, where she held clinical, administrative, educational, and research positions. Her last military assignment prior to retirement was Chief, Department of Nursing Science (now Dean, School of Nursing) at the Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. At UAB, Patrician teaches in the PhD program and supervises PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. In addition, she is the Co-Director and Senior Nurse Scholar in the Birmingham VA Quality Scholars (VAQS) fellowship program, an interprofessional pre- and post-doctoral program that focuses on the science of quality improvement. She is a Scientist at the Center for Health Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, and a Scholar at the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy at UAB. Patrician is on the Strategic Advisory Board of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute and is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She conducts research on nursing’s contributions to patient safety and quality of care, as well as nursing outcomes related to the work environment in acute care settings.


Erin Peone completed her Master of Science in nursing degree at Capella University and her Bachelor of Science in nursing at New York University. She currently is the Senior Manager for Clinical Services and Operations in the ambulatory infusion center at the Winship Cancer Center, Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked in oncology her entire career and in ambulatory care since 2011. Peone’s passion is developing highly reliable systems to prevent chemotherapy errors in the ambulatory setting.


JoAnne Phillips earned her master’s degree in critical care as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at Widener University. She has held a variety of CNS roles, including Surgical Critical Care and Trauma, Patient Safety, and Observation Medicine. In 2008, Phillips completed a Fellowship in Patient Safety, sponsored by the National Patient Safety Foundation. She is a Certified Professional in Patient Safety. Her clinical work has focused on the integration of nursing practice and patient safety, with a focus on clinical alarm safety. Phillips earned her DNP from Vanderbilt University with a focus on health systems management. She was inducted as an inaugural Fellow of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists and was recently the first nurse to receive the AAMI Foundation & Institute Technology in Healthcare Clinical Solutions award. With a number of publications and poster presentations to her credit, she has presented regionally and nationally, focusing on patient safety. She is currently the Director of Clinical Practice for the Virtua Health System in Marlton, New Jersey.


Cynda Hylton Rushton is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing. Dr. Rushton holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. Her current scholarship focuses on moral suffering of clinicians, moral resilience, and designing a culture of ethical practice. In 2016, she co-led a national collaborative State of the Science Initiative: Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience in Nursing and co-chaired the American Nurses Association professional issues panel that created A Call to Action: Exploring Moral Resilience Toward a Culture of Ethical Practice. She is author and editor of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare (Oxford University Press) and a first-place recipient of the AJN Book of the Year Award in professional issues. She was a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine’s Committee on System Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Wellbeing. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Hastings Center.


Leslie Russell is an experienced administrative director with a history of working in the hospital and health care industry. She has experience and skills in nursing education, strategic planning, process improvement, shared governance, physician relations, team building, and organizational leadership. She has worked in hospital operations for over 12 years and has duel bachelors (BS and BSN) and masters degrees (MBA and MS). Russell is currently working for Centura Health as the Safety Champion and Enterprise Director of Clinical Outcomes and directing the work toward an organizational journey to high reliability.


Sharon Sables-Baus is an Associate Professor, Certified Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (PCNS-BC), and Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). The CPPS ensures a high level of proficiency in the core standards of patient safety, including five patient safety domains: Culture, Leadership, Patient Safety Risks and Solutions, Measuring and Improving Performance, and Systems Thinking and Design/Human Factors. Sables-Baus is a pediatric expert who has chosen to address clinical patient safety challenges through a unique academic/clinical practice partnership.


Kerry Sembera started her nursing career with Texas Children’s Hospital in 2001. The first six years she spent in the PICU as a preceptor, charge nurse, and transport nurse; after that, Sembera joined the heart center to work in the CVICU. After graduating with her MSN in 2008, she started as a clinical specialist of the heart center. Her formal job title at Texas Children’s Hospital is heart center clinical liaison. In the role of clinical specialist, Kerry serves as an educational resource for the patient, family, and healthcare professionals. She facilitates the acquisition of knowledge through formal and informal teaching and coordinates learning activities as needed. She is passionate about simulation and encourages the participation of simulation exercises almost daily in her current role.


Belinda Shaw earned her BSN at Creighton University College of Nursing in Omaha, Nebraska. She completed her MSN and DNP through the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Her expertise and clinical certification is in emergency department nursing and nursing leadership. She has served in progressive leadership positions, including her most recent role as a Chief Nursing Officer. Shaw incorporated her interest in resilience into her DNP research that explored the relationship between teamwork training with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) TeamSTEPPS curriculum and resilience.


Gwen Sherwood has a distinguished record in advancing nursing education locally and globally. She is Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her work focuses on transforming healthcare environments by improving quality and safety through expanding relational capacity of healthcare providers and developing reflective practice. Her studies have examined patient satisfaction with pain management outcomes, teamwork as a variable in patient safety, and pedagogical approaches for integrating quality and safety. She was co-investigator for the award-winning Robert Wood Johnson–funded Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project to transform curricula to prepare nurses for working in and leading quality and safety in redesigned healthcare. Widely published, she is co-editor of an AJN book of the year, Quality and Safety Education: A Competency Approach for Nurses, and three books on reflective practice. Sherwood is a leader in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is past president of the International Association for Human Caring. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Jonkoping University in Sweden.


Connie Valdez is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and a Clinical Pharmacist at CU Family Health Clinic and Denver Indian Health and Family Services. She received her bachelor of science (pharmacy) degree and her doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Colorado and received her masters of science in education from the University of Southern California. She completed an Ambulatory Care/Managed Care Residency with Centura Health and a Fellowship in Teaching and Learning and a Fellowship in Educational Leadership from the Keck School of Medicine.


Kelly Wallin is a pediatric nurse with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of clinical, educational, and leadership positions in pediatric healthcare. Her clinical background is in pediatric critical care with an emphasis on cardiac care and congenital heart surgery. In addition to patient-care roles, she has served in a number of leadership, educator, and clinical specialist roles for these areas. Her quality/patient safety experience has included participation as a member as well as leader for a number of patient safety and quality improvement project teams, and she is a graduate of the Intermountain Healthcare Advanced Training Program in Healthcare Delivery Improvement. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) and currently serves as the operational director for the healthcare simulation center at Texas Children’s Hospital. Wallin is dedicated to supporting the use of healthcare simulation in innovative ways to meet educational, quality/patient safety, and research goals.


Elizabeth Woods is the Clinical Program Coordinator for the Distance Accelerated BSN program at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. As a clinical professor she remains vigilant in the clinical training of undergraduate nursing students. She has over 10 years of critical care nursing experience with a strong focus on quality and patient safety in critical care units. Her current work is focusing on the reduction of hospital-acquired pressure injuries and patient falls. She was appointed a Patient Safety Nurse Fellowship with Emory Healthcare and works with the quality and safety team to improve quality of care and patient safety within the organization.

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