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Supporting Culture of Inquiry

Stanford Nurse Alumnae Legacy Grants

The Stanford University School of Nursing Alumnae Legacy Grant Project is a living expression of an enduring commitment to nursing's capacity to impact health care. Legacy grants provide opportunities to fund research studies in the hospital and outpatient areas. ORPCS scientists have mentored nurses to engage in research. This has resulted in an increase in Legacy Grant applications.

2019 Legacy Grant applications received: 21 applications

(175% increase from 2018)

2019 Legacy Grant

total funding awarded: $33,700

RITE and CELT Program

For the first time in 2019, ORPCS offered sponsored hours for research and quality improvement initiatives. ORPCS supported 4 bedside RNs to participate in the RITE program. The RITE program is a 5-month program where participants gain practical knowledge in quality improvement (QI), project management, and participation in an enterprise-wide implementation project. 

Additionally, this year Legacy Grant applications were aligned with the opportunity for sponsored hours. ORPCS awarded close to 500 hours for bedside staff to work on their own research studies, and to participate in a research study mentored by a nurse scientist (6 nurses in 2019).  

CELT Program

CELT program was developed to provide healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, and administrative professionals, with the skills, tools, and information needed to become a leader of healthcare improvements; leading current and future clinical improvement initiatives with the objective of transforming SHC’s clinical culture.  With CELT, there is a significant time commitment of 10 sessions and cohort graduation.  Nine of the sessions are an eight-hour class and incorporates lecture-style learning from leaders, including invited local and national experts, who provide workshops on how to enhance leadership development, become an effective clinical leader, utilize quality improvement methods and tools, employ common improvement methods, manage group dynamics and interpersonal relationships, and how to analyze data and evidence appropriately to drive improvement.  The classes focus on improvement methodology and tools to initiate team-based problem solving to inspire and empower healthcare professionals to be leaders of change, and each team completes a process improvement project.  There are seven to eight projects per cohort.

RITE Program

RITE program is for all healthcare staff and is focused for front-line teams to achieve sustainable improvement results via a meaningful improvement project that is aligned with the organization’s strategic goal(s); and to gain practical knowledge in quality improvement and project management.  The moderate time commitment comprises of 10 sessions and a cohort graduation.  The 10 sessions consist of the interdisciplinary team meeting one day every other week for a two-hour session.  In between these structured sessions, the team watches prepared video tutorials and meets outside the classroom in order to discuss and apply this knowledge during the next structured cohort session.  For the RITE program, there four to six projects per cohort.

Sponsored hours awarded in 2019: 448 hours total

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