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Informatics Research Seminar: Patient Handoff from the ED to the Stepdown Unit- Plan for a Quality Improvement Project

April 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Mary Jo Nimmo, MSN, BSN

Presented from ECU

Broadcast Link: Seminar


The patient handoff was recognized by the Joint Commission (TJC) in 2006 as a national patient safety goal after it was identified as a leading cause of sentinel events. Communication breakdown resulting in patient care errors continue to be among the top leading cause of medical errors.   Establishing a minimal data set between Emergency Department Nurses and Inpatient Nurses has proven to be a challenge due to communication differences, language barriers and finding a common tool.   A Quality Improvement project to increase the nursing perception of the patient handoff is being established at a community hospital.
A new role that can help bridge the gap of implementation of research into the field of healthcare is the Doctorate of Nurse Practice (DNP).  The DNP can be instrumental in implementing evidence-based practice into the clinical setting through mechanisms like quality improvement projects.


Mary Jo Nimmo, MSN RN-BC has been in the field of Informatics for the past 20 years in multiple roles.  After receiving her masters, she became the Director of Nursing Support at a community hospital.  In that position she was responsible for computers in nursing and many other aspects of nursing support.  She trained at the Juran Institute and worked in Process Redesign and then became the Director of Management Information Systems.  In that role, she was responsible for all aspects of information systems at the community hospital. After 11 years , she did one year of consulting then joined UNC Health Care to implement their new software system.  After seven implementations across the state, she is now the IT Director at a community hospital in Eastern North Carolina pursing her Doctorate in Nurse Practice in Leadership at East Carolina University.


April 3
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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