Get to know Registered Nurse, Ellen A. Hughes, who serves patients in Columbus, Ohio.
Specializing in patient safety and quality improvement, Ellen is a registered nurse and a legal nurse consultant who is affiliated with the Ohio Hospital Association in Columbus, Ohio. Her areas of expertise cover culture of change and sustainability of change in healthcare settings, focused improvement projects, elimination of HAI’s, patient safety, and organizational effectiveness.
As the united voice of Ohio’s hospitals, the Ohio Hospital Association leverages data and expertise to be the leader in influencing health policy, driving quality improvement initiatives, and advocating for economic sustainability to serve its diverse membership. Established in 1915, the Ohio Hospital Association is the nation’s first state-level hospital association. For more than a century, it has been helping member hospitals meet the needs of the communities they serve. Its mission is to collaborate with member hospitals and health systems to ensure a healthy Ohio.
Since 2001, Ellen has been providing consulting in clinical process improvement for Ohio hospitals and risk management/claims adjustment for professional liability. Prior to her current endeavours, she was the Project Manager for 18-month grant-funded patient safety/quality improvement projects for 18 hospitals collaborative in Central Ohio, as well as the Director of Risk Management at Kaiser Permanente in Southern California.
When asked what made her choose a career in nursing, she said that her mother, Ms. Janet Lou Schlingman, influenced her career choice a great deal. She earned her nursing degree from Saint Joseph School of Nursing, followed by her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1978.
With over four decades of experience in her field, Ellen attributes her success to having good mentors, supervisors, and head nurses. She is the author of a book on the prevention of medical malpractice and a national public speaker. Due to her outstanding work in her field, she earned the Prism Award and the Dick Davidson Award.
A registered nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license. RNs fulfill a variety of job duties. In addition to their primary role in treating and caring for patients, their responsibilities also include educating patients and the public about a variety of medical conditions, as well as providing emotional support and advice to the families of their patients. Other RN job functions include leadership, research, performing diagnostic tests and analyzing results, operating medical equipment, administering medications, recording patients’ symptoms and medical histories, and assisting with patient rehabilitation and follow-up.
Outside of work, Ellen enjoys reading various medical publications, including the RN Journal and The New England Journal of Medicine. In addition to English, she speaks French.
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