David Ainsworth, MSN, RN, CNL

It’s rigorous but rewarding. I can’t begin to describe how impactful this program was to my personal growth and my career here at Kaiser.

David Ainsworth, MSN, RN, CNL, graduated from the Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader program at the University of San Francisco in Summer 2018.

David is currently a Regional Service Director for Home Health and Hospice in Northern California Regional Offices, and during his time in the MSN-CNL program was a Hospice Site Director in San Francisco.

What is the name of your capstone project/dissertation title?

Prospectus for Improving Measure II Scores of Hospice Visits when Death is Imminent

What impact did your project have on your career?

It has been surprisingly impactful. I’ve been approached to present my paper at local, regional and national Kaiser levels. It has also opened the door to job opportunities at Kaiser NCAL region.

What impact did your project have on quality metrics, change in practice, and/or clinical outcomes data?

As noted above the QI project showed dramatic improvements in quality measures and in patient satisfaction scores.

Please describe how your project has continued, or how it has continued to make an impact on your unit post-graduation.

The regional leaders have asked me to present this project for possible roll out across the NCAL region and I will be presenting it nationally at Kaiser. We continue to grow on the work we started and are approaching our stretch goal this year. We also plan to show off this project at the upcoming Joint Commission survey.

How has this degree program affected your professional growth and leadership?

IN SO MANY WAYS. I can’t begin to describe how impactful this program was to my personal growth and my career here at Kaiser. It has been all the more impactful due to the fact that USF has such similar missions and visions in terms of social justice for the community of San Francisco, embracing diversity and pursuit of excellence.

How has this degree program impacted your personal life?

It was SO powerfully impactful I have decided to continue my studies at USF for the DNP program. The colleagues I have met and become lifelong friends.

What “words of wisdom” would you like to share with potential scholars interested in advancing their education through a Nurse Scholars Academy program?

It’s rigorous but rewarding. Be sure to invest in time with a writing tutor.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the Nurse Scholars Academy?

Just, THANK YOU! What an amazing opportunity and a very important partnership with USF that will impact the future of healthcare in the bay area.