Campus: LOS ANGELES -- December 13, 2006

Cal State L.A.’S School Of Nursing Chosen To Work On Prestigious Program To Improve Quality Of Patient Care

Partnering with Cedars-Sinai Health System to teach nurses how to design improvements
that enhance quality of care

The School of Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles has been selected as one of 14 schools of nursing nationwide to participate in Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), a prestigious initiative making quality improvements on the front lines of hospital-based patient care.

Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in conjunction with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), TCAB links schools of nursing with major regional hospitals to create 14 strategic partnerships in communities across the country.

The partnership will help future nurses learn how to identify opportunities for quality improvements that could enhance patient care, and teach them how to advocate for their implementation. Nursing students will work with TCAB teams at Cedars-Sinai Health System to identify where change is needed, recommend and test potential solutions and determine if the innovations should be implemented. In so doing, the program provides a vital link between the classroom and the medical-surgical unit in the hospital; by helping nursing students understand how the time they spend working directly with patients affects the quality of care patients receive.

“We are delighted to be chosen to continue our collaboration with Cedars-Sinai Health System in this significant endeavor to enhance the quality and safety of patient care. We have partnered with Cedars-Sinai for more than 20 years recognizing the opportunity this medical center provides for our students to gain experience and knowledge, realizing they share our vision of excellence,” states Lorie Judson, R.N., Ph.D., undergraduate chair of Cal State L.A.’s School of Nursing. “The TCAB project will touch students at all levels of their career; our undergraduate nursing students, R.N. students returning for their degree and master’s level students preparing for advanced practice in education, administration and specialty areas.”

The guiding principal behind TCAB is the link between the quality of care patients receive and the work environment in which nurses function. By identifying and implementing improvements to the delivery of patient care, TCAB aims to enhance the quality of patient care, create more effective care teams, improve patient and staff satisfaction and improve staff retention.

“As the largest group of health professionals providing direct care to patients, nurses are in a unique position to affect the quality of care a patient receives in a hospital,” said Sue Hassmiller, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., senior program officer at RWJF. “This initiative engages nursing students in understanding how small changes in frontline procedures can dramatically affect quality of care, and empower them to take an active role in designing improvements throughout their careers. We’re delighted and honored to have Cal State L.A.’s School of Nursing join us in our mission.”

Working in cooperation with Cedars-Sinai Health System, Cal State L.A.’s School of Nursing will identify relevant curricula that promote TCAB principles, develop concrete learning modules and share lessons learned with other schools nationwide.

Contacts: Sean Kearns, (323) 343-3050,
Margie Yu, (323) 343-3047,

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