Marianne Weiss, DNSc, RN, Associate Professor, Nursing, Marquette University, is the principal investigator for the READI study. Dr. Weiss has previously served as the Principal Investigator for several studies of patient perceptions of discharge teaching, readiness for hospital discharge, and readmission, including the team’s study on nurse staffing, discharge preparation, and post-discharge utilization which was funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative. She has developed and tested the RHDS and other instruments related to discharge preparation and the discharge transition across patient populations. The results have been disseminated widely through presentations and publications, and scales have been used by numerous researchers nationally and internationally.
Olga Yakusheva, PhD, Associate Professor, Economics, Marquette University, is co-investigator for the READI study. She is a health economist with expertise in health services research, study design, econometrics, data analysis methods including causal modeling, and cost-benefit evaluations. Dr. Yakusheva’s research is focused on nursing workforce issues and patient outcomes in acute care settings. She was Co-PI for the team’s INQRI project and has been involved as a PI on two projects under the Future of Nursing initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Kathleen Bobay, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Nursing, Marquette University, is co-investigator for the READI study. Her research and clinical expertise is in nursing and health systems. She is the coordinator for the Systems Leadership and Health Care Quality track within Marquette’s MSN/DNP curriculum. Dr. Bobay was a Co-PI on the team’s INQRI project. She is currently leading the team’s study, funded by CGEAN, to further refine the nurse version of the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale. For the READI study, Dr. Bobay will hold primary responsibility for development of staff training modules and for dissemination of unit-specific results back to the study units.
Ronda Hughes, PhD, MHS, RN, CLNC, FAAN, Associate Professor, Nursing, Marquette University, has recently joined the Marquette University health services research team. Dr. Hughes’ PhD in health services research with expertise in large database analysis and in health policy positions her well to serve as co-investigator for the READI study. She will have primary responsibility for developing the specifications for data extraction from hospital ITS, developing the infrastructure at Marquette University for transferring and secure in data sets from participating hospitals, and data management throughout the study.
Linda Costa, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, has recently collaborated with the Marquette team, serving as a Co-Investigator on a research study to compare the nurse and patient short forms of the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale and their relationships to postdischarge readmissions and ED visits, one of the foundational studies to the READI project. Dr. Costa has leadership experience as both a nurse administrator (VP for Nursing Services) and as a Principal Investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative funded study related to medication reconciliation. Dr. Costa will have primary responsibility for site coordinator training.