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The Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management

The Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management includes faculty, staff, and students devoted to expertise in restoring health among adults in the context of complex systems of care. Health Restoration refers to emergency, urgent, critical, and all areas of medical-surgical care to safely restore health, promote coping, or support peaceful death following illness, complications, or injury. Care Systems Management refers to management and leadership at all levels in health care organizations and other caregiver systems (such as in accountable care organizations, families, and communities) in which nurses and healthcare teams deliver restorative care.

Faculty members in this department are recognized for their teaching, practice, research, and influence on policy in all areas of adult and geriatric care across settings, including local, regional, and international. Specific areas of expertise include progressive and evidence-based trauma and emergency care, critical care, medical-surgical nursing including care of hospitalized patients, rehabilitation, care of the elderly, and palliative and end-of-life care. Areas of faculty research include implementation of health practice environments for magnet hospital designation; cultural proficiency; preventive care and caregiving in families and communities; stress reduction modalities in veterans and military families; safety and quality measures in microsystems; care and caregiving among aging populations; and evaluation of nursing education teaching strategies.

This department is also recognized for leadership development in executive administration of systems of care within the complex healthcare environments of today to influence a better future of healthcare. Faculty members employ innovative methods including simulation, online learning, teaching in direct clinical practice, as well as traditional classroom and other innovative clinical teaching strategies.

Faculty members are also leaders in the art and science of teaching. Such faculty leadership has resulted in the establishment of the dedicated education unit to promote education/clinical partnerships, promote leadership development, and enhance the student learning experience. Currently, five Dedicated Education Units facilitate faculty and community collaboration. In addition, contemporary curriculum in nursing education supports the development of strong nurse educators in response to the critical shortage of nurse faculty. This work extends across national borders to positively influence nursing education internationally.

The Academic Center, Advancing Clinical Excellence, is known internationally for its expertise, outreach, and annual conferences to bridge research into practice and promote interdisciplinary approaches to translation, integration, and improvement science with the ultimate goal of improving care, patient outcomes, and patient safety.