Sawyer is a board-certified clinical nurse specialist who spent nine years as a bedside nurse in progressive care and then in bed management and as a member of the hospital’s resuscitation team. Her clinical experiences led her to the field of patient safety and served as the patient safety officer in the department of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital prior to her current role. She is currently completing a Dr.P.H. in Health Care Leadership and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and serves as the president of the local chapter of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Sawyer began one of the first Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program projects outside of an ICU at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and has since participated in numerous quality improvement projects. She is most interested in multidisciplinary collaboration as a tool to improve patient outcomes.
She leads the Armstrong Institute's Learning and Development team, which helps Johns Hopkins Medicine and other organizations to build internal capacity to improve patient safety and quality of care.
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