Jonas V Veterans Healthcare Scholar

Lisa Alvarez, MS, RN, FNP-BC

University of San Diego
PhD Student

Short-term goals include attending the PhD nursing program at University of San Diego and graduate in three years. After graduation, initiate and participate in clinical trials for advancement in cardiology to promote my hospital as the best community heart center in the South Bay. Long-term goals include developing a continuum from inpatient to outpatient pathway for heart failure patients. Increasing communication between inpatient and outpatient settings and our process will decrease 30-day readmission rates from 19.2% this year to the Sharp goal of 16.4% for heart failure populations. These goals directly affect patient outcomes and satisfaction rates. Five and ten year goals include nurse practitioner managed heart failure clinics and developing a rapid rule out program for acute coronary syndrome starting in the emergency room. Both goals will help flow and movement in the emergency room and assist with early diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease processes. As the lead nurse practitioner I have lead the program to improve patient care and communication with physicians. During this time been awarded the guardian angel award which is a prestigious award by a patient or family that acknowledges a difference I have made in their care.