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The Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management

Faculty within this department hold expertise in restoring adult patient health in the context of complex systems of care. Health Restoration refers to emergency, urgent, critical, medical-surgical definitive care to safely restore health, coping, or peaceful death following illness, complications, or injury. Care Systems Management refers to management and leadership at micro- (unit level), meso- and macro- system levels in:

  • Accountable care organizations
  • Other caregiver systems (such as in families and communities) in which healthcare teams deliver restorative care

Prominent faculty within this department are recognized for their work in the areas of trauma, emergency care, critical care, medical-surgical nursing, rehabilitation, palliative care, and exquisite care of the hospitalized elderly.

This department is also recognized for the leadership our faculty members provide in understanding systems of care within the complex healthcare environments of today. Faculty employ innovative methods including simulation, online learning, clinical skills lab teaching, precepted clinical, as well as traditional classroom and clinical teaching strategies. In the near future, Dedicated Education Units are being planned with faculty and community collaboration. The Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice is known internationally for its expertise in bridging research into practice with the ultimate goal of improving care, patient outcomes, and patient safety. Areas of faculty research include implementation of health practice environments for magnet hospital designation, cultural proficiency, care giving in families and communities, stress reduction modalities in veterans and military families, quality measures in Microsystems, and evaluation of nursing education teaching strategies.