Vanessa Lyons, PhD, RN, CNOR, Perioperative Staff Development and Technology Coordinator at Murray-Calloway County Hospital (MCCH), recently completed her doctoral degree in nursing from the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Lyons completed 5 years of additional training allowing her to further her education and career.

Lyons focused on research and healthcare informatics and completed numerous research projects.  Her dissertation, The Use of Surgical Safety Checklists During Time-Outs in Rural and Urban Operating Rooms, compares the time-out process and the use of checklists by rural and urban nurses.  During her degree, she also completed a meta-analysis on surgical safety checklists, which was highlighted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and was one of the most downloaded articles in 2013 for the Western Journal of Nursing Research.  She assisted with research on care coordination, medication adherence, and prevention of hospital admissions in long-term care settings.  Lyons completed a graduate certificate in healthcare informatics during the program.

The PhD program prepares nurse scientists to conduct research, develop the scholarship needed to advance the body of nursing knowledge, guide the practice of nursing, assume leadership in nursing and health care organizations, and participate in the development of social and health policy.  The final product of this program is an original research project that makes a significant contribution to the science of nursing.

"Nursing -- and nurses are essential to high-quality healthcare coordinating care transitions, and leading staff development" said Jeff Eye, VP of Patient Care Services.  "Receiving her doctorate of nursing is a tremendous achievement and we are certainly proud to support educational advancements such as Vanessa's.  As a part of the Murray-Calloway County Hospital Family, she is providing leadership and expertise to our professional nursing staff as we continually look to innovate in the areas of clinical quality, safety and patient-centered care."

Lyons received her Associate's in Nursing degree at Paducah Community College.  She plans to use her research to improve the quality of surgical patient care in rural hospitals through the use of technology.  She also serves on 4 committees at MCCH.  She is active in the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses and holds local, state and national leadership positions.