Amber Woodard, Clinical Excellence Programs Manager, recently earned her DNP from UNC Chapel Hill. Amber works in the Clinical Excellence Department after spending many years as an analyst on the Epic CPOM team.
Amber completed a dual-degree program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Health Care Systems and Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Informatics.
Her evidence-based quality improvement project, “Missed Nursing Care and Clinical Decision Support: Can Electronic Nursing Worklist Reminders Help Reduce this Quality and Patient Safety Concern?” involved the implementation of an electronic nursing worklist reminder that was designed to identify patients without documentation of ambulation in the previous 24 hours and remind nurses to complete mobility-based interventions. This project significantly increased the number of patients ambulated at least once per shift and the average number of times patients were ambulated throughout their entire length of stay, reducing missed ambulation and decreasing patient risk of functional decline and poor outcomes.
“Completion of this program has broadened my understanding of how systems-based interventions can help improve quality and safety and I look forward to using this knowledge to continue to promote the translation of evidence into practice at NHRMC," Woodard said.