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Two PQI Editorial Advisory Board Members Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing

Friday, October 13, 2017  
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Dr. Catherine Ivory and Dr. Sarah Rhoads, both members of PQI's Editorial Advisory Board, were inducted in early October as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing. Both Dr. Ivory and Dr. Rhoads have made valuable contributions to the development and progress of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI).

Dr. Ivory,  adjunct professor and vice president for professional practice and care transformation at Indiana University Health, joined the IU Health System leadership team and the IU School of Nursing as adjunct faculty in May, 2017. Her primary responsibilities include fostering new and existing partnerships to design and test new models of care delivery and advance nursing professional excellence.

Dr. Ivory has 20 years of experience as a staff nurse, clinical specialist, women’s services nursing administrator, and health services researcher. She is a board-certified informatics nurse and served as the 2014 President of the Association of Women’s Health, OB and Neonatal Nurses. Her clinical focus is inpatient obstetrics and perinatal nursing and her research interests include quantifying nursing’s role in patient care, patient safety and patient outcomes; barriers and facilitators of normal childbirth and implementation science. Dr. Ivory received her bachelors degree from Mercer University, masters from Georgia College and State University and PhD from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Sarah Rhoads is an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine and is the Education Director for the Center for Distance Health.

Dr. Rhoads is a telemedicine/telehealth researcher and educator, emphasizing the human impact of technologies on health care provider roles and patient-centered care. Dr. Rhoads has implemented numerous telehealth programs and has conducted multiple telehealth research initiatives with rural providers and patients. Dr. Rhoads redesigned and enhanced the Angel Eye Web-Camera System based on her research studies with the goal of helping mothers, fathers, and family members maintain a virtual presence in the NICU when they are unable to be physically with their hospitalized neonate. Dr. Rhoads was named an Edge Runner by the American Academy of Nursing in 2016 for her web-camera research. In 2016, she was selected to be an inaugural Interdisciplinary Research Leader Fellow through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has been the primary investigator on multiple telehealth grants and is the Primary Investigator for the South Central Telehealth Resource Center which facilitates telemedicine in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. Dr. Rhoads has a passion for improving maternal, neonatal, and pediatric care in rural areas. Dr. Rhoads completed her BSN, MNSc and PhD from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and her DNP from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

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