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Deirdre Thornlow

Friday, October 3, 2014

Being on the front line of direct patient care, nurses act as liaisons and advocates between patients, their families and other health care professionals. It is because of this role, they greatly impact the successful recovery of patients especially following elective procedures and surgeries. Preventing complications from snowballing into a larger unintended problem called “cascade iatrogenesis” is the foundation for the research being conducted by DUSON Assistant Professor Deirdre Thornlow, PhD, RN, CPHQ.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Deirdre Thornlow, PhD, RN, was invited to speak at the Cleveland Clinic Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence at their Nursing Grand Rounds Special Event on Tuesday May 13, 2014. Dr. Thornlow was asked to present her dissertation research ‘The Relationship between Patient Safety and Patient Outcomes,’ and her latest work on ‘Cascade Iatrogenesis.’ In front of an audience of approximately 150 clinicians, including Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Registered Nurses, Quality Improvement professionals, and Physicians, Dr.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Deirdre Thornlow, PhD, RN, was invited to speak at the Cleveland Clinic Zielony Institute for Nursing Excellence at their Nursing Grand Rounds Special Event on Tuesday May 13, 2014. Dr. Thornlow was asked to present her dissertation research on the relationship between patient safety and patient outcomes and her latest work on Cascade Iatrogenesis. She presented a one-hour lecture entitled "The Relationship between Nursing Care and Patient Outcomes," in which she outlined the state of the science on the topic and her research to date.

Deirdre K. Thornlow, PhD, RN, CPHQ

Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 2013-04-11 23:04
Brief Bio: 
Deirdre K. Thornlow, PhD, RN, CPHQ is an advanced practice nurse with over 20 years experience in healthcare leadership. She has held numerous leadership positions throughout her career, including Director of Quality Operations at The George Washington University Hospital and Gerontology Project Director for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Dr. Thornlow is an Assistant Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, a John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellow, and a Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Dr. Thornlow is pursuing a program of health services research that capitalizes upon her expertise in acute care quality and patient safety. She completed several related research projects as first steps toward understanding the relationship among hospital characteristics, patient safety practices, and patient outcomes. Her dissertation research, Relationship of Hospital Systems and Utilization of Patient Safety Practices to Patient Outcomes, was funded by a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research and was selected as the 2007 most meritorious dissertation by the University of Virginia School of Nursing faculty. In this study, Dr. Thornlow reported that hospitals using fewer patient safety practices demonstrated higher rates for certain adverse events. She has since expanded this work to focus on patient safety in hospitalized older adults by examining the role that nurses play in preventing, mitigating or even exacerbating postoperative complications in hospitalized older adults. Dr. Thornlow is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), and a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), Academy Health, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, and the Gerontological Society of America.
Research Interests: 
● Health services research ● Patient safety in acute care hospitals ● Quality of care in acute care hospitals ● Quality and patient safety outcomes in hospitalized older adults
Education: 
PhD - University of Virginia School of NursingMS - University of California-Los Angeles School of NursingBSN - Pennsylvania State University

Affiliation:

Last Name: 
Thornlow
FDS User: 
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Phone: 
(919) 684-9252
Office: 
2051 Pearson Building
First Name: 
Deirdre
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Position: 
Assistant Professor
Credentials Concatenated: 
PhD, RN, CPHQ
Awards and Honors: 
2010 || 2010-2012 Claire M. Fagin Postdoctoral Fellow, Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity (BAGNC) Program (funded by John H. Hartford Foundation/Atlantic Philanthropies)2007 || Outstanding PhD Student Publication, The University of Virginia2007 || Phyllis J. Verhonick Research Award, The University of Virginia2006 || Barbara Brodie Scholars Award, The University of Virginia2004 || National Research Service Award, National Institute of Nursing Research2003 || Doctoral Scholarship, University of Virginia School of Nursing1992 || Clinical Nurse Specialist Trainee Award, Department of Veterans Affairs1992 || Graduate Scholarship Award, Kaiser Permanente1992 || Professional Nurse Traineeship, UCLA1988 || Achievement Medals, U. S. Army
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Assistant Professor Katherine Pereira presented a poster co-authored with assistant professors Allison Vorderstrasse and Deidre Thornlow entitled "Collaborative Diabetes Care between a Primary Care Practice and Insurance Company Case Managers" on June 10 at the American Diabetes Association 72th Annual Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Meg Carman, DNP'10, and Assistant Professor Deirdre Thornlow published an article entitled "Use of a clinical decision support tool to improve guideline adherence for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Skin and soft tissue infections" in Advanced Emergency Nursing.

Mary Vinson, DNP'10, Assistant Professor Deirdre Thornlow, and Laurel Chadwick Professor of Nursing Mary Champagne published an article entitled "Design, Implementation, and Evaluation of Population-Specific Telehealth Nursing Services" in Nursing Economic$.