Mary A. Blegen

University of California, San Francisco, USA

Mary A. Blegen, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Professor Emeriti in the Department of Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Blegen holds a BSN from Augustana College in South Dakota, and a master's degrees in Nursing, and a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Iowa. She serves as Associate Editor for Nursing Research, and is a member of the Expert Panel on Quality Health Care for the American Academy of Nursing. In addition she is a member of the Research Advisory committee for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and a member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory committee for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She also advises doctoral student at UCSF, in Switzerland and in Thailand. Her research has focused on nurse staffing and the quality and safety of patient care. Dr. Blegen’s research activities include: (a) Interdisciplinary Safety Culture, patient experiences of care, and outcomes; (b) projects examining the relationships between nurse staffing and quality of care in Academic Health Center Hospitals, Community hospitals; and Nursing Homes; Hospital system load effects on adverse incidents; and Nurses’ Working Conditions: Effects on Medication Safety She has served as Director of the Center for Patient Safety in the School of Nursing, UCSF, Advisor for Interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellows in Quality in the Veterans Administration Health System, and Assistant Editor of the interdisciplinary on-line publication Web M&M.

Biography Updated on 14 August 2011

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