Danielle M. Olds, MPH, PhD, RN, CIC

Research Assistant Professor
BA, Biology, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
MPH, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
MSN, Community Health Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
PhD, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Post-doctoral Fellowship, VA Quality Scholars, Louis Stokes VA Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio


Overview

My research is focused on furthering the science of healthcare quality measurement and nursing health services research. As a faculty member at the University of Kansas School of Nursing since 2013, I have been involved in all aspects of quality measure development and evaluation for both the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) and the CMS Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). This includes measure conceptualization, data collection guideline development and training, pilot testing, reliability and validity assessments, and use and usability determination. In addition to quality measure development, I have also research the contributions of nursing characteristics, such as certification, staffing, education, and work hours, to patient outcomes. I have extensive experience working with nurse survey data and linking those datasets to patient and hospital records. My clinical background is in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology and I maintain board certification in infection control (CIC).

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Graduate Faculty

Current Areas of Teaching

  • NURS 482 Honor Practicum I
  • NURS 483 Honors Practicum II
  • NRSG 898 Research Project in Nursing

Select Publications

  • Ma C, Olds DM, Dunton NE (2015). Nurse work environment and quality of care by unit types: A cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 52(10): 1565-72. PMID: 26166148
  • Brennan CW, Olds DM, Dolansky M, Estrada CA, Patrician PA. (2014). Learning by doing: observing an interprofessional process as an interprofessional team. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 28(3):249-51. PMID: 24070019.
  • Olds D. & Øvretveit J. (2013). Innovations in Quality Improvement Research for more useful answers to research users' questions. Implementation Science 2013, 8(Suppl 1):S7.
  • Olds, DM; Brennan, CW; Misra-Hebert, AD; Johnson, K.; Patrick, RM; Lazar, J.S; Nelson, EC; Batalden, PB (2012). Chapter 1: Understanding Clinical Improvement: Foundations of Knowledge for Change in Health Care Systems. In: Splaine, M. E., Dolansky, M. A., Patrician, P.A., Estrada, C.A. (Eds.). Practice-based Learning and Improvement: A Clinical Improvement Action Guide, 3rd ed. Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission Resources.
  • Olds, D.M. & Clarke, S.P. (2010). The effect of work hours on adverse events and errors in health care. Journal of Safety Research, 41(2): 153-162. PMID 20497801
  • A complete list of publications is available by clicking here

Select Presentations

  • Olds, D.M. & O'Neal, K. (June 12, 2015). "Predictors of Pediatric Pain Assessment, Intervention, and Reassessment." Abstract selected for podium presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting.
  • Olds, D.M.; Lake, E.T.; Cimiotti, J.P. & Aiken, L.H. (June 13, 2011). "Safety culture and nurse sensitive outcomes." Abstract selected for podium presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting.
  • Olds, D.M.; Brennan, C.W.; Grisson, R.D.; Miltner, R.S.; Moy, N.; Newsom, J.H.; Oliver, B.J.; Stephens, C.E.; Wallaert, J.B.; Estrada, C. & Patrician, P.A. (June 1, 2011). "Interprofessional Teams Observing an Interprofessional Process: A Novel Educational Strategy for Nurses and Physicians." Abstract selected for podium presentation at the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) National Forum.
  • Olds, D.M.; Peron, E.; Hirsch, A.A.; Donskey, C.J.; Bonomo, R.A. & Jump. R.L.P. (April 1, 2011). "Antibiotic benchmarking among four VA long-term care facilities." Abstract selected for poster presentation at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Annual Scientific Meeting.

Grants

Press Ganey Associates
E. Cramer, N. Dunton; co-PIs
9/15/2015 - present

National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI)
Role: Investigator
Purpose: The contract provides for numerous research and development activities associated with NDNQI, including linkages of nursing unit structure, process and outcome measures, investigation of reliability and validity of healthcare quality measures, development of new quality measures, and impacts of nursing care on patient outcomes and experiences of care.

Econometrica Inc.
M. Stewart, PI
08/1/2015 - present

Development, Implementation, and Maintenance of Quality Measures for the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
Role: Investigator
Purpose: The contract is to develop measures of healthcare service quality for persons participating in the PACE program. The developed measures will assess patient safety, quality of care, and functional status of PACE participants.

Awards & Honors

  • 2010 Dorothy Mereness Award for Scholarly Writing, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2003 Dean's Legacy Award, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2000 Marilyn T. Brentlinger Nursing Scholar, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University
Last modified: Apr 12, 2017

Danielle M. Olds, MPH, PhD, RN, CIC

Contact

Danielle M. Olds, MPH, PhD, RN, CIC
Research Assistant Professor

P: 913-588-0426
dolds@kumc.edu

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