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Department of Nursing Quality, Research and Education

The practice of Nursing Quality, Research and Education encompasses the five dimensions of advanced practice in nursing: clinical leadership, research, education, consultation and clinical practice.

The mission of the Department of Nursing Quality, Research and Education is to promote a culture of safe, quality patient care by providing:

  • An environment that promotes lifelong learning
  • Current and innovative information that will enhance critical thinking and provide evidence for best practices
  • Learning experiences for nurses, care partners and nursing students who want to become clinical experts, educators and leaders

Our team members are experts in their fields and enjoy the opportunity to interact and serve as a resource to the entire organization. The role of the clinical nurse specialist and clinical nurse educator encompasses a wide array of activities including:

  • Guiding experienced nurses to UC Irvine Medical Center and educating them through our orientation program
  • Working with nursing students at the bedside, as a preceptor, as a clinical instructor or as a lecturer
  • Working with clinical staff to develop new skills, discover new research and develop innovative strategies to meet the demands of our challenging healthcare environment
  • Creating innovative educational experiences

Nursing Quality, Research and Education team members have a shared vision to:

  • Ensure nursing services provides a comprehensive, consistent, evidence-based approach to clinical practice
  • Ensure nurses new to UC Irvine Medical Center receive a comprehensive, consistent, evidence-based orientation
  • Promote professional development and education of the nursing staff
  • Evaluate and oversee nursing quality and practice
  • Evaluate and oversee nursing-sensitive outcomes
  • Review current evidence and develop nursing performance improvement and research projects

Donna Grochow, MS, RNC
Director, Nursing Quality, Research & Education
Director, Magnet Program
University of California, Irvine Healthcare

Department of Nursing Quality, Research and Education Team Members» 

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