Dr. Donna Prosser Wins Prestigious Robert L. Wears Patient Safety Leadership Award

Dr. Donna Prosser Wins Prestigious Robert L. Wears Patient Safety Leadership Award 

IRVINE, CA — Donna Prosser, DNP, RN, NE-BC, FACHE, BCPA, Chief Clinical Officer of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), has won the Robert L. Wears Patient Safety Leadership Award for exemplary individual impact on the field of patient safety through implementation, communication, education, and knowledge dissemination of the PSMF’s programs and services. The award information will be posted on the virtual website of the 2021 QSEN International Virtual Conference, June 2, 2021.

With her 30 years of experience, equally devoted to bedside care, frontline administration, and organizational leadership, coupled with multiple personal experiences with medical error has helped her to understand just how fragmented and unsafe patient care can be. 

“I am honored to receive the Robert L. Wears Patient Safety Leadership Award and am so humbled by this incredible recognition. Although we have improved patient safety significantly over the past 20 years, we still have a long way to go to create the highly reliable systems that we need to keep patients and health workers safe. I remain as passionate as ever to continue this work, and to help to achieve ZERO preventable deaths in healthcare across the globe,” said Donna Prosser. 

Prior to joining the Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Dr. Prosser worked as a performance improvement in patient safety consultant, was responsible for clinical practice improvement across Martin Health System in Florida, while also functioning as Site Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer for the system’s largest hospital. She previously held administrative, education, and clinical roles at both Carteret Health Care in North Carolina and the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Prosser received a Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Central Florida, a Master of Science in Nursing at Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at George Mason University. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is board certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and as a Patient Advocate by the Patient Advocate Certification Board.

About the Award

This award is named in honor of Robert L. Wears, MD, MS, PhD, for his pioneer work in patient safety as an emergency medicine physician, mentor, professor, researcher, and global collaborator who transformed the way investigators approach patient safety research. The Wears Awards are sponsored by QSEN Institute Regional Center at Jacksonville University. It is with great pleasure that the QSEN Regional Institute at Jacksonville University and the University of Florida College of Medicine at Jacksonville present the following 2021 Robert L. Wears Patient Safety Leadership Award Winners. For more information, please click here:

Additional Winner in the Individual Category:

Rollin J. “Terry” Fairbanks, MD, MS -​Vice President, Quality & Safety, MedStar Health; Founding Director Emeritus, Medstar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, ​Professor of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Winner in the Team Category:

UF Pain Assessment and Management Initiative (PAMI) – Phyllis Hendry, MD, FAAP, FACEP ​and Sophia Sheikh, MD, FACEP (Principal Investigators) – University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, FL.

Winner in the Volunteer Category:

John T. James, PhD, DABT – Founder of Patient Safety America, Houston, TX.

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