NEONI’s PERQS Center to Harness Nursing Excellence

The Center for Health Affairs, the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, and its workforce initiative, NEONI, have collaborated to establish NEONI’s Center for Practice, Education, Research, Quality and Safety (PERQS), to provide unique opportunities to harness nursing excellence in practice, education, research, quality and safety.

NEONI’s PERQS Center consists of four divisions, which have been developed by nursing leaders from NEONI’s membership. A breakdown of each division is as follows.

  • Practice
    The Practice division focuses on workforce and professional development, healthy work environments and translational sciences including evidence-based practice, quality outcomes and nurse sensitive indicators.
  • Education
    The Education division’s goal is to narrow the gap between nursing education and practice by relating practice to curriculum, exploring performance-based development systems, increasing research efforts in education and testing methods to increase students and new graduates’ critical thinking and reasoning skills. 
  • Research
    The Research division works to identify gaps and opportunities in nursing research, foster collaboration between clinical and academic organizations and create research experiences for students and practicing nurses.
  • Quality and Safety
    The Quality & Safety division advances patient safety through best practice models and quality data measures, and supports a statewide competency model for students and practicing nurses at all levels. 

NEONI’s PERQS Center is a collaborative between nurses from academia and practice with the purpose of sharing nursing research, best practices, quality initiatives, models of care and ultimately conquering nursing excellence in practice, education, research, quality and safety across hospitals, schools of nursing, long-term care and homecare organizations throughout Northeast Ohio.

Contact Rita Spirko, ADN, BSN, MSN, director of NEONI's PERQS Center, via email to learn more about how NEONI’s PERQS Center is harnessing nursing excellence.


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