May 2019 Newsletter

Zheryl Baldonado, DNP ’21, Awarded 2019 Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety Scholarship

[pictured above L to R: Dr. Sujeong Kim with Zheryl Baldonado]

Please join us in congratulating Zheryl Baldonado, RN, BSN, CCRN, who received a scholarship from the Academy of Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety.

The scholarship provides program costs, travel, and boarding to attend the Telluride Conference on Patient Safety in Napa, CA this summer. Attendees at the conference complete a 4-day immersion in patient safety under the direction of its founder, Dr. David Mayer, Executive Director of MedStar and Chair of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation.

Zheryl is studying to become a Family Nurse Practitioner at Seattle University in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and is set to graduate June 2021. Prior to applying for the scholarship, she had already begun an extensive literature review for improving patient safety reporting systems as part of her studies.

In her final DNP project, Zheryl plans to focus on ways to improve care systems through debriefing training for nurse managers. “Medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death,” she said. “Through critical conversations, these errors could be used as valuable tools for experiential learning.”

Zheryl has been a critical care registered nurse for 10 years. She started her nursing career at Swedish Medical Center’s Cardiothoracic intensive care unit when she was as a newly graduated RN.

“Social justice is the foundation of nursing,” responded Zheryl when asked what drew her to Seattle U’s DNP program. “The values of Seattle University College of Nursing will help prepare me to understand complex health care needs and to provide me with a strong foundation as an advanced practice nurse.”

To prepare herself for becoming a family nurse practitioner, Zheryl said she transitioned into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Swedish Medical Center. In addition to her DNP studies, she currently provides care at both Swedish First Hill’s Level 4 NICU and UW Medical Center’s Level 3 NICU.

To learn more about the Academy of Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety visit