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Areas of Excellence - Health Systems Improvement

Health systems-level initiatives and strategies aim to improve the institutions and resources surrounding healthcare.

UI College of Nursing faculty work to promote better health systems through improvements in healthcare quality, provider and patient safety and efficiency, and promotion of evidence-based practice.

Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson
Associate Professor (Clinical)
Research Focus:
  • Infection control
  • Neuroanesthesia
  • The evolution of teaching and continuing education
  • Evidence-based practice and quality assurance research
Heather Bair
Heather Bair
Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Research Focus:
  • Simulation in education and health care
  • Use of cognitive aids and safety checklists to improve patient safety
  • Outpatient anesthesia
Richard J. Bogue
Richard Bogue
Associate Professor (Clinical)
Research Focus:
  • Health system and community health performance improvement
  • Health workforce engagement, empowerment and well-being
  • Health care policy, finance and economics
Jacinda L. Bunch
Jacinda Bunch
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Patient safety
  • Team communication and dynamics
  • Health systems as high reliability organizations
  • Safety culture in acute hospital settings simulation
 Jill Cawiezell
Jill Cawiezell
Professor Emeritus
Research Focus:
  • Patient safety
  • International health care
  • Capacity building
Laura Cullen
Laura Cullen
EBP Scientist
Research Focus:
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Translation research/implementation science
Amany Farag
Amany Farag
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Health care quality and safety
  • Leadership and nursing workforce
  • Organizational behavior and work environment 
Patricia Groves
Patricia Groves
Assistant Professor
Research Focus:
  • Patient safety
  • Hospital safety culture
  • Nursing work
Keela Herr
Keela Herr
Kelting Professor in Nursing, Associate Dean for Faculty, Co-Director of the Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence
Research Focus:
  • Pain in older adult -- assessment, treatment, and caregiver support
  • End-of-life and palliative care
  • Promoting evidence-based practice and translation science
Diane L. Huber
Diane Huber
Professor, Director, Health Systems/Administration
Research Focus:
  • Innovation in nursing
  • Health systems administration
  • Case, disease and population health management
Maria (Lindell) Joseph
Maria Lindell Joseph
Professor (Clinical), Director, Health Systems/Administration
Research Focus:
  • Innovativeness
  • GEMS shared governance
  • Leadership
  • Work place culture
  • CNL interdependency
Francis Kuehnle
Francis Kuehnle
Instructional Track Lecturer
Research Focus:
Sue Moorhead
Sue Moorhead
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Standardized language development and use (NIC NOC)
  • Outcomes of care and effectiveness research
Cormac O'Sullivan
Cormac O'Sullivan
Associate Professor (Clinical), Director, Anesthesia Nursing Program
Research Focus:
  • Perioperative crisis simulation and team dynamics
  • Leadership development for CRNAs
  • Health services; health economics; and cost effectiveness
  • Quality and safety of perioperative care
Barbara Rakel
Barbara Rakel
Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Research Focus:
  • Evaluating efficacy of non-pharmacologic pain management strategies
  • Movement-evoked pain versus resting (or overall) pain
  • Risk factors and prevention of acute to chronic postsurgical pain
Ann Rhodes
Ann Rhodes
Professor (Clinical)
Research Focus:
  • Health care policy
  • Legal issues
Kerri Rupe
Kerri Rupe
Professor (Clinical)
Research Focus:
Lisa Segre
Lisa Segre
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Development and evaluation of maternal depression screening and treatment programs with an emphasis on low income and ethnic minority women
Marianne Smith
Marianne Smith
Associate Professor
Research Focus:
  • Improving the lives of older adults who experience depression, anxiety, and/or dementia by developing innovative and pragmatic ways to reduce disability and promote function
Victoria Steelman
Victoria Steelman
Associate Professor Emeritus
Research Focus:
  • Perioperative patient safety
  • Evidence-based practice

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Anita Stineman
Anita Stineman
Professor (Clinical), Senior Advisor to the Dean
Research Focus:
  • Persistence
  • Social support 
Susan Van Cleve
Susan Van Cleve
Professor (Clinical)
Research Focus:
  • Integration of Mental Health into Primary Care
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health including ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and Depression
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Role
Julie Zerwic
Julie Zerwic
Kelting Dean, Professor
Research Focus:
  • Cardiovascular symptoms and risk factors
  • Diversity in the nursing workforce
  • Holistic admissions