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  – 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.

Co-Chair:  Nancy Crego

Nancy Crego is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at Duke University. Her program of research concerns understanding factors within the health care system that effect the quality and safety of care in acute and chronically ill people. She has expertise in pediatric sedation safety, conducting research on adverse events and nurse sedation regulation. She currently serves on the board of the Society for Pediatric Sedation. Her current research focuses on improving the quality of life of children and adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease, understanding disparities and reducing harms associated with acute pain episodes. She has expertise in the use of utilization, cost, clinical and repository data.

She teaches in the PhD and DNP programs and serves on the Racial Justice Taskforce at Duke. She integrates high fidelity simulation into her course instruction, to improve nursing student performance in team communication and critical thinking. In addition, she has held several nursing leadership roles including clinical nurse specialist and nurse manager.

Contact information:
Nancy Crego, PhD, RN, Alumnus CCRN, CHSE
Duke University School of Nursing
Assistant Professor
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307 Trent Drive
Pearson 3118
Durham, NC 27708
BOX 3322
Office Number: 919-681-0696

Co-Chair: Susan Fowler

Dr. Fowler is a Nurse Scientist at Orland Health in Orlando FL.  She teaches research and health policy at Walden University and Thomas Edison State University.  Dr. Fowler is a member of health policy committees for the Society of Pediatric Nursing and the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.  Susan was fortunate to have attended the Nurses In Washington Internship (NIWI) program in Washington D.C. for three years. 

Contact information:
Susan B. Fowler PhD RN CNRN FAHA
Nurse Scientist
Center for Nursing Research
1414 Kuhl Ave. MP 161 Orlando FL 32806
Tel: (321) 841-8166