Dr. Dietmar Ausserhofer
Dietmar Ausserhofer is a postdoctoral fellow at the College of Health-Care Profession Claudiana (Bozen, Italy) and at the Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel. He gained his PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Basel in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sabina De Geest und Dr. René Schwendimann.
His research focus is on health services research in the field of patient safety and quality of care in various healthcare settings with a special interest on the relationships between organizational factors (i.e., implicit rationing of nursing care) and patient outcomes.
Prof. Dr. Kasia Bail
Dr Bail is known for her work examining the three most expensive populations in health care: hospitals, older people and nursing. She has earnt over A$700,000 in industry and government funding to examine nurse practitioners, nurse sensitive outcomes, health information systems, prognosis communication, and costs of dementia care.
Dr Bail maintains casual hospital shifts and enjoys sharing scholarly inquiry with nursing students, industry and professional groups to address structures and processes that enable quality patient care.
Prof. Dr. Suzanne Dhaini
Dr Suzanne Dhaini is an Assistant Professor at the Hariri School of Nursing at the American University of Beirut. Dr Dhaini holds a PhD in Nursing (University of Basel, Switzerland), MA in Child Studies (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada), and a BSc in Nursing (American University of Beirut, Lebanon).
She is a member of an EU COST Action project, the CA15208 – RANCARE. RANCARE is an International Project funded by the EU. RANCARE consists of 28 European Countries, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zeeland and Lebanon and it has 90 members form nursing and other health profession.
Her research interest focuses on patient safety and quality of care. She leads the RATIONAL study, which investigates trends and variations in rationing of nursing activities across time and service. She also collaborates on several other projects nationally and internationally. She is a scientific collaborator in the PSQ research team, led by the Institute of Nursing Science at Basel, and collaborates on the MATCH RN study. She is also a co-investigator in the PROFILE study, which investigates nursing resilience during the Syrian crisis in Lebanese and Jordanian hosting communities.
Currently, her educational activities include teaching nursing research. She is also a member at the research committee and the academic curriculum committee at the Hariri School of Nursing and a member at the Research Council at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, and an evaluator of research projects submitted for PhD at Global P3HS at the University of Basel, and at the Clinical Research Institute at AUB.
Prof. Dr. Dunja Nicca
Dunja Nicca is assistant professor at the Institute of Nursing Science, University of Basel and the University Hospital of Basel. She gained her PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Basel in 2009 and holds a Master’s degree in Nursing Science.
Her research is focused on individual and system readiness for effective implementation of chronic infectious disease prevention, care and treatment in particular HIV, Hepatitis C and Influenza. She has nine years of clinical experience as an advanced practice nurse (APN) caring for patients living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C.
Dunja Nicca is a member of the scientific board of the Swiss HIV Cohort Study and board member of the Swiss Association for Nursing Science.
Prof. Dr. Evridiki Papastravrou
Dr Evridiki Papastavrou is an Associate Professor at the Cyprus University of Technology, with a long experience as an Educator, Researcher, Consultant, Chair of the Cyprus Regulatory body for Nursing and Midwifery and Chair of the Cyprus University of Technology Ethics Committee.
Dr Papastavrou is a recipient of several international research grants and her research interest focuses on two main directions: a) the aspect of care as a multidimensional and complex phenomenon and b) the effects of care of chronically ill patients on their family carers, especially in dementia care. She has a record of over 3130 citations and 171 publications in peer reviewed journals. Her educational activities include teaching at the Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral programs, she has supervised over 20 doctoral dissertations and she has served as an external examiner for PhD theses in other National and European Universities as well as an evaluator of research projects submitted for funding in different European National bodies.
Prof. Dr. Lori Popejoy
Lori Popejoy, PhD, RN, FAAN is an Associate Professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri. She is a health system researcher focused on understanding the complex issues surrounding the provision of care to elders in hospitals, nursing homes, community settings, home healthcare, and primary care.
She has over fifty publications in refereed journals, and has been principal investigator or co-investigator on eight National Institutes of Health or Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grants. She has served as co-director or co-lead on three Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations (CMMI) studies funded for nearly 48 million dollars. The work of Dr. Popejoy and her colleagues has been instrumental in changing nursing home systems in the United States by implementing and testing evidence based approaches to the care of the elderly. Dr. Popejoy believes it is essential to describe and quantify nurse activities, including utilization and cost outcomes so that nurses’ contributions to patient outcomes can claimed.
Prof. Dr. Hugo Sax
Prof Dr med Hugo Sax currently holds the positions of head of the infection prevention and control program and infectious diseases consultant at the University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, where he originally graduated from medical school. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.
He served as a leader in several national infection control surveillance and intervention programs and as a president of the Swiss Society of Infection Control and the Swissnoso-Swiss Center for Infection Prevention. He is an international consultant and speaker on infection control topics and board member of the First Challenge on Patient Safety of WHO. His actual research interests focus on translation of research into clinical practice in the field of infection prevention and patient safety by means of human factors design, qualitative research, and data mining. To this end, he founded humanlabZ.org. The ‘My five moments for hand hygiene’ concept that he developed has become the global standard to understand, train, and monitor hand hygiene performance. He teaches human factors to medical students and pilots, and much enjoys flying vintage aerobatic aircraft himself. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1532-2198
Prof. Dr. Maria Schubert
Maria Schubert, PhD, MNS, RN is a professor for acute and critical care at the Institute of Nursing, School of Health Professionals, Zurich University of Applied Science. She holds a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Her research focuses on patient safety and quality of hospital care, in particular the association between system factors like implicit rationing of nursing care, nursing practice environment, staffing and skill mix and patient and nurse outcomes. A second focus of interest is the development, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions or programs to prevent adverse events and improve the outcomes of acute care patients, like the prevention, early detection and treatment of deliriums. She has many years of experience as registered nurse, critical care nurse, advance practice nurse and clinical nurse scientist and in conducting national, international, single and multicentre health service research projects. She is a member of the management committee EU COST Action CA15208 – RANCARE and the leader of working group 2 “Evidence-based interventions and intervention design.
Dr. Franziska Zuñiga
Dr. Franziska Zúñiga is university lecturer and head of education at the Institute of Nursing Science (INS), University of Basel. She did her PhD at the same Institute in 2015 and holds Master’s degrees in both nursing and theology. Before, she worked in acute care hospitals in positions in middle management and education and led for several year the quality management in a 200-bed nursing home.
Her research focuses on health services research and implementation science in long-term care of older persons (both stationary and home care), with special interest in patient safety and quality of care, and the implementation of new models of care to improve the care of older persons. In her projects, she examines the context factors of quality of care in nursing homes including rationing of nursing care and explored the possibilities to improve pain management in nursing homes. Currently, she leads INTERCARE, a SNF-funded implementation science project introducing a new care model in nursing homes with the goal of strengthening geriatric expertise and reducing avoidable hospitalizations. She is responsible for two academic- service –partnerships with the nursing homes of Basel-Stadt and Baselland (CURAVIVA BS / BL) and a nursing home near Zürich (KZU Kompetenzzentrum Pflege und Gesundheit), maintaining the link to the practice field of care.