Harris brings in nurse to speak on health care

Registered nurse Rhonda Hughes will give a free lecture regarding health care issues titled, “Proactive Approaches to the Changing Landscape of Healthcare,” on Wednesday in the Kelly Alumni Center.

Hughes was brought to the university through an endowment from the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences provided by W.F. “Tex” and Pauline Rankin, according to an e-mail from Holly Ellman, a specialist in the Office of Communications.

Hughes is a published author who writes on patient safety and quality improvement, according to the e-mail.

According to her biography, she works with financially troubled hospitals to address staffing concerns and avoid re-admissions.

Barbara Patten, chair of the committee that brought Hughes to campus, said Hughes’ lecture would include discussions about the need for change in health care, ways to improve quality of care in hospitals, and other issues involving patient care.

According to Hughes’ outline, she will highlight Agency for Healthcare Research Quality’s focus and strategic goals.

Hughes will discuss the importance of quality and delivering the appropriate care to the right patient. She also will discuss the importance of safety and how to reduce the risk of harm by promoting the best health care available as well as talk about the importance of efficiency and effectiveness in the health care system.

Registration for the event ended Feb. 24. The lecture is from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

“Proactive Approaches to the Changing Landscape of Healthcare” lecture by Rhonda Hughes

When: 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center