Health Systems/Health Policy

This RIG is a forum for members interested in health services and health policy research. We offer networking opportunities, peer support, and inspiration to others interested in this area of work and research. We welcome all interested parties t – researchers, clinicians, academicians, and students  –  to our RIG. Find out more in the Research Interest Groups (RIGs) section of the SNRS website.

The goal of the Health Systems/Health Policy RIG is to promote, encourage and supplement development of health services research that focuses on nursing practice, workforce, improvements in care quality and delivery in and across systems, as well as health policy. Future objectives for this RIG (as discussed at the last RIG meeting) include offering webinars and promoting individual and symposium submissions for health systems and health policy topics.

This RIG is currently seeking a co-chair (along with Lynne). For more information, contact Lynne (contact information below) and/or the Board member overseeing RIGS, Sheila P. Davis.


Co-Chair:  Lynne C. Andrus, PhD, RN, CEN

Research. Lynne’s areas of research include patient quality and safety outcomes with her dissertation focused on patient and unit level effects on expected inpatient length of stay (LOS) using multi-level latent path analyses and Bayesian methods. As a research coordinator in the research division of the Seton Dell Medical School Stroke Institute, she supports the PIs and manages study protocols and subjects participating in multinational studies on stroke ( identifiers NCT01282242, NCT02072681, NCT00991029) and reversal of anti-coagulants (NCT02329327, NCT02104947).

Teaching. As adjunct faculty, Lynne teaches graduate FNP nursing students at South University, Austin including Advanced Research Methods and Graduate Research Capstone Project. Previously, she taught Research and Evidence-Based Practice to baccalaureate RN students at Concordia University Texas,  graduate level Healthcare Human Resources at Texas State University, and both didactic and clinical courses to associate degree RNs at Austin Community College. She also served as a Research Assistant in the Center for Nursing Research at the University of Colorado (CU) College of Nursing.

Service. Along with serving as RIG co-chair for SNRS, Lynne is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, CANS, WIN, ENA, AANN, and ANA. While a graduate student at the CU, Lynne served on the Board of Governors for Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) as the board member representing students.

Education. Lynne received her PhD from the CU College of Nursing in 2014. Following a first career in human resources, she practiced in the ED, Neuro, and Telehealth  nursing specialties after returning to graduate school to become a RN (MSN, University of Texas at Austin). Her previous degrees include a MA from Michigan State University and a BA from Texas A&M University.

Contact information:
Lynne C. Andrus, PhD, RN, CEN
Stroke Institute – Research Division at
Seton Dell Medical School
1400 N. IH 35, C3.400
Austin, Texas  78701
(512) 324-7000  x77744

RIG Co-Chair: Lynne C. Andrus