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Nurse educator named to World Alliance for Patient Safety

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Monday, December 8, 2008

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Media Contact: Teresa Newton

ARLINGTON - Dr. Mary E. "Beth" Mancini, RN, PhD, NE-BC, FAAN, professor of nursing and associate dean for undergraduate programs at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing, has been appointed to the World Alliance for Patient Safety, a part of the World Health Organization (WHO) initiative on training and simulation in patient safety.

Dr. Mancini will be a member of the alliance's training and simulation expert group, which is based at the Imperial College London's Technology for Patient Safety Program. The group will focus on technology and patient safety. The aim of the expert group is to identify and clarify the role and objectives of technology in improving patient safety both in the developed and developing world, and future directions (research, education, and implementation) for the World Alliance and Imperial College regarding technology for patient safety.

WHO created the alliance in 2004 to decrease the number of illnesses, injuries and deaths suffered by patients during health care. The alliance was the first international effort to improve patient safety, according to WHO.

Dr Mancini earned an associate degree in nursing from Rhode Island Junior College, a bachelor's degree in nursing from Rhode Island College and a master's degree in nursing administration from the University of Rhode Island. She earned a doctoral degree in public and urban affairs from UT Arlington in 2004.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a graduate of the National Association of Public Hospital's Management Fellowship Program and the Johnson & Johnson Nurse Executive Management Program.

Dr. Mancini is a co-founder of the American Heart Association's National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and chair of its science advisory board. She chairs the Certification, Accreditation and Technical Standards Committee for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare and the Education Committee for the Texas Nursing Association. She co-chairs the education task force of the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation and is a member of the American Heart Association's Executive Database Steering Committee and Education Committee. Much of her research has been in the areas of basic and advanced life support, improving the chain of survival during in-hospital cardiac arrest, and the effective use of simulation in healthcare education.

She has served as a commissioner for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and chair of the Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations,

In 2007 she was an honoree of the YWCA Tribute to Women in Business. She was named Texas Nurse of the Year in 2000 and District 4 Nurse of the Year in 1991 by the Texas Nursing Association. In 1992, she was named one of the Great 100 Nurses by the DFW Hospital Council. The National League for Nursing honored her in 1993 with the Centennial Leadership Award. Sigma Theta Tau, an international nursing honor society, awarded her the Excellence Award in Leadership in 2000.

UT Arlington's School of Nursing is one of the 20 largest schools of nursing in the United States. With more than 1,200 students and 110 faculty members, it is committed to educating nurses who effectively and quickly integrate into the health care environment and are life-long learners and leaders. The masters program in nursing offers MSN and post-MSN Certificate Nurse Practitioner (NP) Programs in the areas of acute and primary care pediatrics, neonatal, acute and primary care adult, emergency, family, gerontology and psychiatric-mental health. The Nursing Administration program offers an MSN, Dual MSN/HCAD and MSN/MBA and a joint MSN/MPH (with the University of North Texas). A new MSN Nurse Educator program started in fall 2008, and the new Doctorate of Nursing Practice program will begin enrollment for fall 2009. The PhD program focuses on diverse and vulnerable populations.

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