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Deirdre Thornlow

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Faculty at the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) have been working with the Duke Center for Community and Population Health Improvement and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Community Engagement Core at Duke on a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute project, Health Outcomes that Matter (PCORI EAIN #2512) to identify research priorities for patients, families and communities. Their work will contribute to a five-year roadmap for research. Five workgroups have been working towards this end, and DUSON faculty are involved in four of these:

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Duke American Association for Men in Nursing (DAAMN) sponsored a College Basketball Bracket Challenge during March Madness. Deirdre Thornlow was one of two winners of the challenge. Thornlow was the winner of a sign photo from Coach Mike Krzyzewski. DAAMN President Joshua Tai presented the award to Thornlow.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Michael Cary presented a poster titled "Social Determinants of 30-day Hospital Readmissions among Major Joint Replacement Patients" at the annual Pepper Center meeting in Arlington, Virginia.  Poster authors include Victoria Goode, Deirdre Thornlow, Cathleen Colón-Emeric, ABSN student Shannon Murphy and Beth Merwin.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Victoria Goode, Nancy Crego, Michael Cary, Deirdre Thornlow and Elizabeth "Beth" Merwin published an article entitled "Improving Quality and Safety Through Use of Secondary Data: Methods Case Study" in the Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Congratulations to those whose promotions have been approved by the Duke Board of Trustees and welcome to Rosa and Margie whose appointments have been approved by the Duke Board of Trustees! 


Friday, May 13, 2016

DNP alumna Honey Jones recently published an article entitled "Intrahospital Transport of the Critically Ill Adult: A Standardized Evaluation Plan" in the journal Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing. Co-authors of the article included Michael Zychowicz, Mary Champagne, and 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

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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 NursingMS - University of California-Los Angeles School of NursingBSN - 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 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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