University of Texas-Austin Student Awarded ASQ Healthcare Division Scholarship

University of Texas-Austin Student Awarded ASQ Healthcare Division Scholarship

ASQ honors nursing student for her outstanding commitment to pursuing quality improvement in the healthcare field

For Immediate Release

MILWAUKEE, Wis., May 12, 2014 — The Healthcare Division of ASQ has awarded a $2,000 Nightingale Scholarship to Ellen Martin from Austin, Texas, for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to pursuing quality improvement in the healthcare field.

The scholarship was presented during a ceremony at ASQ’s 2014 World Conference on Quality and Improvement on May 5th in Dallas at the Healthcare Division’s 3rd Annual Healthcare Speakers Reception.

Martin is currently a doctoral student in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas–Austin, where she is studying nursing research. She also is employed at the Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice. Previously, she served as director of quality at Hospice Austin as well as quality director for the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas.

Martin also is actively involved on the steering committee of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement section, and serves as a mentor to new hospice quality professionals. Her primary interests in healthcare quality are providing coordinated care for seniors and their caregivers and quality measurement in hospice and palliative care.

“This scholarship will support my goal to help strengthen team-based improvements in care coordination across all healthcare settings, particularly for seniors at the end of life,” Martin said. She plans to use the funds to help conduct research as part of her dissertation on caregiver perspectives for improving the transition from the hospital to home.

The ASQ scholarship is named in honor of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing who also pioneered healthcare statistics and promoted quality reforms in hygienic hospital care.

“It’s clear from Ms. Martin’s work experience and her studies that she has a strong commitment to pursuing quality improvement in the care of seniors,” said Grace Paranzino, co-chair of the ASQ Healthcare Division Nightingale scholarship committee. “We are pleased to present this scholarship to Ms. Martin, as it is our belief that she will play a key role in the continued improvement of hospice and palliative care.”

For more information and future scholarship eligibility requirements, please visit ASQ Nightingale Scholarship Application.

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