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Faculty Bio
Susan Gearhart
PhD, RN


I have

been a registered nurse in hospital and academic settings for more than 30 years. My hospital specialties include the ED, hospital education,
Patient Education and administration. I have extensive experience in organizational learning and staff development. My work on unit safety culture has been published and presented nationally and internationally.
I earned my nursing degrees at the Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing and California State University. I received my masters and PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. As an adjunct faculty member I have taught for the BSN and ABSN programs, mainly at the Oakland campus. In addition, I practice as a nurse educator at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

 

Teaching Interest


  • Patient Safety
  • Patient experiences of care on the hospital unit including CMS Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS)
  • Unit safety culture including AHRQ’s Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPSC)

  •   Interdisciplinary communication and teamwork

Courses Taught

N137 Introduction to Nursing

N108 Nursing Research

N160 Leadership and Health Policy

Graduate and Undergraduate

Peer Reviewed Publications

Publications Dissertation Title: “The Relationship Between Care Provider Perceptions of Safety Culture and Patient Perceptions of Care on Three Hospital Units”

Co-author (2010): Improving Safety Culture on Adult Medical Units through Multidisciplinary Teamwork and Communication Interventions. Journal Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Aug;19(4)

Co-author (2009): AHRQ’s Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: Psychometric analyses. Journal of Patient Safety, 5(3)

Co-author (2008) A multidisciplinary teamwork training program, the Triad for Optimal Patient Saftey (TOPS) experience. Journal of General Internal Medicine, Dec (23)12

Major Presentations: June, 2011 Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety Conference, Oviedo Spain. Presentation: “The Psychometrics of Safety Culture Assessment of Three Hospital Units”

April, 2010 AHRQ& CMS Biannual Patient Experience and Patient Safety Culture Conference, Baltimore, MD. “Do Patients Perceive Safety Culture on Their Unit?”

April 2008 Associate Degree Nursing Northern California Directors Conference, Asilomar, CA. “What is the Evidence for Evidence-Based Practice?”

Grants & Fellowships
2005-2007 Project co-director: Triad for Optimal Patient Safety Project A 2-year multidisciplinary, multi-site patient safety and culture improvement project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Professional and Community Service and Professional Memberships

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: 2007-present Member, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Eta chapter

1997-present Member, UCSF Alumni Association

1995-present Member, Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL)

Contact Info

Name
Susan Gearhart
PhD, RN
Title
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department
Bachelor of Science Nursing
Email

Faculty Profile

Susan Gearhart
Susan
Gearhart
PhD, RN
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Bachelor of Science Nursing
sgearhart@samuelmerritt.edu
.


I have

been a registered nurse in hospital and academic settings for more than 30 years. My hospital specialties include the ED, hospital education,
Patient Education and administration. I have extensive experience in organizational learning and staff development. My work on unit safety culture has been published and presented nationally and internationally.
I earned my nursing degrees at the Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing and California State University. I received my masters and PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. As an adjunct faculty member I have taught for the BSN and ABSN programs, mainly at the Oakland campus. In addition, I practice as a nurse educator at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

 


  • Patient Safety
  • Patient experiences of care on the hospital unit including CMS Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS)
  • Unit safety culture including AHRQ’s Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPSC)

  •   Interdisciplinary communication and teamwork

N137 Introduction to Nursing

N108 Nursing Research

N160 Leadership and Health Policy

Graduate and Undergraduate

Publications Dissertation Title: “The Relationship Between Care Provider Perceptions of Safety Culture and Patient Perceptions of Care on Three Hospital Units”

Co-author (2010): Improving Safety Culture on Adult Medical Units through Multidisciplinary Teamwork and Communication Interventions. Journal Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Aug;19(4)

Co-author (2009): AHRQ’s Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: Psychometric analyses. Journal of Patient Safety, 5(3)

Co-author (2008) A multidisciplinary teamwork training program, the Triad for Optimal Patient Saftey (TOPS) experience. Journal of General Internal Medicine, Dec (23)12

Major Presentations: June, 2011 Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety Conference, Oviedo Spain. Presentation: “The Psychometrics of Safety Culture Assessment of Three Hospital Units”

April, 2010 AHRQ& CMS Biannual Patient Experience and Patient Safety Culture Conference, Baltimore, MD. “Do Patients Perceive Safety Culture on Their Unit?”

April 2008 Associate Degree Nursing Northern California Directors Conference, Asilomar, CA. “What is the Evidence for Evidence-Based Practice?”

2005-2007 Project co-director: Triad for Optimal Patient Safety Project A 2-year multidisciplinary, multi-site patient safety and culture improvement project funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: 2007-present Member, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Eta chapter

1997-present Member, UCSF Alumni Association

1995-present Member, Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL)

History

Member for
4 years 10 months