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Nursing researcher named Chancellor’s Health Fellow

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 · Volume: XLVI · Issue: 8

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Kathleen Stevens, RN, Ed.D., ANEF, FAAN, will develop a network of investigators across the UT System to  work together in health delivery science and related areas.
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Kathleen Stevens, RN, Ed.D., ANEF, FAAN, will develop a network of investigators across the UT System to work together in health delivery science and related areas.clear graphic

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Kathleen Stevens, RN, Ed.D., ANEF, FAAN, has been appointed the Chancellor’s Health Fellow for Interprofessional Health Delivery Science by The University of Texas System. Dr. Stevens is a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

The purpose of the fellowship is to develop a multi-institutional network of investigators across the UT System in health delivery science and related areas. The work will include implementation science, comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research.

Building on research strengths
“The network will build on the strengths of the six UT health institutions, including those with National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Awardees, with the goal of building collaborations and activities that will advance the field and take advantage of new funding opportunities,” said Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the UT System. The appointment will begin on May 1.

“The confidence Dr. Shine has in Dr. Stevens is well deserved,” said Eileen T. Breslin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing. “She is an international expert on evidence-based practice, patient safety and the interprofessional delivery of quality care. She will be a good leader in forging a network of investigators across the UT System to improve patient care based on scientific research.”

Founding director of ACE
Dr. Stevens is a professor in the Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management. She is the founding director of the Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice. Since 2007, she has garnered $9 million to support efforts that advance evidence-based quality improvement through research, education and practice.

“Faculty members in the UT System have recently increased individual capacity to conduct important research in health delivery. Knitting together these talents from across the UT System will create a core mass of investigators that engages in high-impact studies and takes advantage of new grant opportunities in the field,” Dr. Stevens said.

Her research emphasizes evidence-based quality improvement and patient safety through knowledge transformation, workforce preparation and workforce engagement in evidence-based quality improvement.

Established national consensus
Dr. Stevens established national consensus on new skills needed in clinical care and initiated a series of professional development conferences for clinicians, scientists and hospital leaders.

Initiated conferences and tools to implement evidence-based practice
Additionally, she developed the Improvement Science Research Network (ISRN) , a national online research laboratory that enables academic and practice associates to conduct improvement research to accelerate the transformation of health care into safe and reliable systems.

She will oversee the interprofessional conferences, the Summer Institutes on Quality Improvement — a collaboration of the School of Nursing, the Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice and the ISRN — in July. This is the 12th year for the summer institute and the first time it is a cluster of previously individual conferences. Over the past 11 years, approximately 5,000 participants have attended the institute, bringing change to hundreds of institutions.

National and international awards
Dr. Stevens is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and Academy of Nurse Educators. She has been named the Texas Nurses Association's Nurse of the Year and been honored by the National League for Nursing Excellence in Education Research. In 2011 she received one of the nursing profession’s most prestigious research honors — the Episteme Award — from Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing, for her impact on nursing knowledge. STTI also inducted her in 2012 into its International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

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