Fall 2019 Newsletter

Mary Field, BSN ’07, DNP ’20, Receives Research Grant from Seattle Children’s Hospital

Congratulations to Mary Field, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHON, who received a research award of $9,923 from Seattle Children’s Hospital for her proposal, “A longitudinal cross-sectional evaluation of nursing satisfaction with the electronic medical record.”

Field, a Pacific Northwest native, received her BSN from Seattle U in 2007. She is now pursuing her DNP degree at SU in the Health Systems Leader track and plans to graduate in June. Her professional areas of expertise are in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing and health care informatics. She also has an MBA with an emphasis in informatics. She currently works at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a nursing manager of the inpatient hematology/oncology unit. She leads all informatics initiatives in her division from a multidisciplinary perspective.

When asked what drew her to the DNP program at SU, she said, “As a nurse administrator and informaticist, I think the combination of an MBA and DNP provides me all of the tools I need on an everyday basis at work. To move projects forward I have found I need to have a strong foundation of business skills and my graduate level nursing education allows me to take those projects and bring them to an academic level. So I know how to pitch a project AND evaluate it! I have found my formal business and nursing education to blend nicely in both of my roles as an administrator and informaticist.”

This grant award will fund Field’s research study evaluating nursing use, quality, and satisfaction with the electronic medical record (EMR) at Seattle Children’s Hospital, which will continue until 2022. “I want to give nurses a voice in evaluating the technological tool they use most every day!” she said. “There is a ton of published literature out there that focuses on provider satisfaction with the EMR, but very little about nursing satisfaction. I will be longitudinally evaluating this as we transition from one EMR to another while also looking at whether one’s demographics (age, tenure in the role, type of nurse, and unit) make a difference in nursing satisfaction.”