Tina Hilmas, RN, BSN, MS, CPPS

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Ms. Hilmas is the Assistant Director at The Center for Patient Safety and brings a diverse nursing background to the Center. She received her BSN from The Ohio State University and her MS in Health Informatics from the University of Missouri.  She has spent over 20 years in the nursing profession both within hospital walls and outside in the home care arena. She spent the first decade of her career working in the Neonatal ICU at places such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the University of Michigan. She has spent time as a school nurse, and also adjunct faculty in an AD nursing program before turning her attention to the home care arena where she spent more than 10 years in leadership, operations and quality improvement.

She first developed a passion for patient safety when working in the NICU. This passion continued as she transitioned into home care and was able to see first-hand how patient safety was affected by the transition of the patient from the hospital to the home environment. Her current work includes collaborating on quality improvement projects that include incorporating a strong patient safety culture.  She also reviews patient safety events reported to the Center to analyze for trends and causal factors to assist organizations with changing their culture and improving patient safety.

Ms. Hilmas is a certified Just Culture trainer, a master TeamSTEPPS trainer and is also a Certified Professional in Patient Safety.  Her master’s degree focused on evaluating patient safety in home care and developed a road-map for the development and implementation of a patient safety program/culture in home care

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