Deirdre Thornlow

Deirdre K. Thornlow, PhD, RN, CPHQ

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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.
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● 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
PhD - University of Virginia School of Nursing
MS - University of California-Los Angeles School of Nursing
BSN - Pennsylvania State University
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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 Virginia
2007 || Phyllis J. Verhonick Research Award, The University of Virginia
2006 || Barbara Brodie Scholars Award, The University of Virginia
2004 || National Research Service Award, National Institute of Nursing Research
2003 || Doctoral Scholarship, University of Virginia School of Nursing
1992 || Clinical Nurse Specialist Trainee Award, Department of Veterans Affairs
1992 || Graduate Scholarship Award, Kaiser Permanente
1992 || Professional Nurse Traineeship, UCLA
1988 || 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$.

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