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Supporting Culture of Inquiry

Stanford Nurse Alumnae Legacy Grants

The Stanford University School of Nursing Alumnae Legacy Grant Project is a living expression of an enduring commitment to support nursing innovation. Legacy grants provide opportunities to fund research studies in the hospital and outpatient areas, supporting SHC's tradition of excellence in nursing practice, leadership, education, and research. Each grant provides up to $10,000 to advance innovative research. For more information or to submit an application, click here.

Stanford Nurse Alumnae Legacy Grant in Action

Using Interpretive Ethnography to Examine Emergency Nurse Perspectives During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Nerissa Alansalon, BSN, RN, Nursing Education Specialist and Lindsay Post, BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN, Clinical Nurse IV took on the exceptional project initiated by Charlotte Ahr, MSN, RN, a former Emergency Department (ED) nurse. Their project entitled Using Interpretive Ethnography to Examine Emergency Nurse Perspectives During the Covid-19 Pandemic had previously received a Stanford Nurse Alumnae Legacy Grant. The purpose of this study is to characterize and gain perspective from the lived experience of ED nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this project, Nerissa and Lindsay hope to improve patient care and address the challenges faced by ED nurses during a stressful pandemic. Currently, they have conducted 16 interviews with ED nurses and are analyzing the data for overarching themes. 

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CELT & RITE Programs
Improvement Training 

Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training (CELT)

The CELT program was developed to provide healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, and administrative professionals, with the skills, tools, and information needed to become leaders of healthcare improvements. With CELT, there is a significant time commitment of 10 sessions, including a cohort graduation.  The sessions incorporate lecture-style learning and workshops.


During the classes, topics include: 

Throughout the program, each team completes a process improvement project and participants are empowered to become visionary change agents.

Learn more about SHC's CELT program here.

Leadership Development

Common improvement methods and their deployment

Analyzing data and evidence appropriately to drive improvement. 

Becoming an effective clinical leader

How to utilize quality improvement methods and tools

Managing group dynamics and interpersonal relationships

Realizing Improvement through Team Empowerment (RITE)

The RITE program consists of 10 educational sessions and a cohort graduation. This program is designed for all healthcare staff who have a meaningful improvement project that they would like to work on while learning about quality improvement and project management. In addition to structured sessions, each team watches prepared video tutorials and meets outside the classroom in order to discuss and apply their learned knowledge to their chosen improvement project. The classroom educational topics include:

  • Project and team management

  • Developing a culture of improvement 

  • Improvement concepts 

  • Intervention testing and change management 

Click here to view the past cohorts and learn more about these great SHC resources.

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