• Shea Polancich, PhD, RN has been practicing in quality and patient safety for more than a decade. The primary focus of her work is understanding errors in the clinical environment Her work focuses on using the best evidence to redesign the workflow and improve processes in order to prevent patient harm and improve the quality of care.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Modeling Patient Risk for Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries during COVID-19: A Retrospective StudyJournal of Nursing Care Quality.  37:162-167. 2022
    2022 Nurse Anesthesia Diversion Prevention: A Knowledge and Needs Gap AnalysisWorkplace Health and Safety2022
    2022 Reducing hospital acquired pressure injury in a learning health center: Making the case for qualityLearning Health Systems2022
    2022 Use of a Novel Standardized Administration Protocol Reduces Agitation Pro Re Nata (PRN) Medication Requirements: The Birmingham Agitation Management (BAM) InitiativeAnnals of Pharmacotherapy2022
    2021 Unexpected COVID-19 opportunity: Applied experience for the nurse educator studentJournal of Nursing Education.  60:642-645. 2021
    2021 Innovations in evaluating nursing academic practice partnershipsJONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics and Regulation.  51:347-353. 2021
    2021 Learning During Crisis: The Impact of COVID-19 on Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injury IncidenceJournal for Healthcare Quality.  43:137-144. 2021
    2020 The Heart Failure Journey Board to DischargeJournal of Nursing Care Quality.  35:282-286. 2020
    2020 Cost of Quality Pilot: A Systematic Methodology for Examining the Cost of Pressure InjuryJournal for Healthcare Quality.  42:72-82. 2020
    2020 Using Simulation and Competency Assessment to Decrease Inappropriate Referrals to a Comprehensive Vascular Access TeamJournal for Healthcare Quality.  42:55-61. 2020
    2019 Workforce competencies for healthcare quality professionals: Leading quality-driven healthcareJournal for Healthcare Quality.  41:259-265. 2019
    2019 Innovations in Pressure Injury Reporting: Creating Actionable Data for ImprovementJournal for Healthcare Quality.  41:180-187. 2019
    2019 The Application of the Toyota Production System LEAN 5S Methodology in the Operating Room SettingNursing Clinics of North America.  54:53-79. 2019
    2018 Improving Population Health among Uninsured Patients with DiabetesPopulation Health Management.  21:373-377. 2018
    2018 EBP Design and Translation: Teaching How to Begin a Scholarly Practice ProjectWorldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.  15:152-154. 2018
    2018 Building DNP Essential Skills in Clinical Data Management and AnalysisNurse Educator.  43:37-41. 2018
    2018 Designing large-scale improvement: Using an academic-practice partnership to enhance care transitionsJournal for Healthcare Quality.  40:318-325. 2018
    2018 Preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections in the intensive care unit: Application of high-reliability principlesJournal for Healthcare Quality.  40:392-397. 2018
    2018 Proactive Risk Mitigation: Using Failure Modes and Effects Analysis for Evaluating Vascular AccessJournal for Healthcare Quality.  40:58-65. 2018
    2017 A regional consortium for doctor of nursing practice education: Integrating improvement science into the curriculumJournal of Professional Nursing.  33:417-421. 2017
    2017 Applying the PDSA Framework to Examine the Use of the Clinical Nurse Leader to Evaluate Pressure Ulcer ReportingJournal of Nursing Care Quality.  32:293-300. 2017
    2017 Developing an organizational model for improvement: From translation to practiceJournal for Healthcare Quality.  39:28-33. 2017
    2017 Transformational leadership: The chief nursing officer role in leading quality and patient safetyJournal for Healthcare Quality.  39:186-190. 2017
    2017 Using Technology to Support Data Analytics: A Chief Nursing Officer Accountability ScorecardJournal for Healthcare Quality.  39:315-320. 2017
    2017 Using data analytics as evidentiary support for financial outcome success in nurse-led population-based clinicsJournal for Healthcare Quality.  39:391-396. 2017
    2016 The evolution and use of the STEEEP-7 tool for evaluating improvement interventions against the IOM aims for quality. 2016
    2015 Doctor of Nursing Practice: The Role of the Advanced Practice NurseSeminars in Oncology Nursing.  31:263-272. 2015
    2015 Evolving the PICOT method for the digital age: The PICOT-DJournal of Nursing Education.  54:594-599. 2015
    2015 Using the model for improvement and microsystems analysis methodological framework to examine variation in the pressure transducer management processJournal of Nursing Education and Practice.  6. 2015
    2014 Implementation of an enhanced safety-engineered sharp device oversight and bloodborne pathogen protection program at a large academic medical centerInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  35:1383-1390. 2014
    2014 Best practices for conducting an RCA: Are there any? 2014
    2006 Cautious use of administrative data for decubitus ulcer outcome reportingAmerican Journal of Medical Quality.  21:262-268. 2006
    2003 Birth Certificate Methods in Five HospitalsPublic Health Nursing.  20:318-327. 2003


    Year Title Altmetric
    2020 Using Findings From the Clinical Needs Assessment to Develop, Implement, and Manage Sustainable Projects.  157-172. 2020
    2016 Anticipating and managing risk in a culture of quality, safety, and value 2016
    2015 Using Findings From the Clinical Needs Assessment to Develop, Implement, and Manage Sustainable Projects.  143-167. 2015
    2012 Quality improvement and safety science: A historical and future perspective 2012

    Research Overview

  • Quality and patient safety; process redesign; evidence based practice; translation; human factors
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science, Texas Woman's University 2002
  • Master of Nursing in Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1996
  • Bachelor of Nursing in Registered Nursing / Registered Nurse, University of Alabama 1993
  • Full Name

  • Shea Polancich