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Peggy Kalowes

PhD, RN, CNS, FAHA

Peggy Kalowes Nursing Research & EBP

Dr. Peggy Kalowes PhD, RN, CNS, FAHA is a Nursing Scientist with over 30+ years acute care experience. She has an extensive background as an expert APRN, educator and nurse leader across many healthcare settings. Dr. Kalowes established a system-wide Nursing Research and EBP program in Southern California, developing and conducting over 75+ nursing research studies, including many national, NIH funded multi-site studies. Her pioneering research on pressure injury prevention, resulted in multiple peer reviewed publications, and was most recently selected as the most robust randomized clinical trial (RCT) included in the new 2019 National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) Prevention and Treatment Guidelines.1 Her multiple areas of research and robust EBP/PI studies has created an evidence base to demonstrate improvement in professional nursing practice and patient outcomes among Magnet® hospitals. Peggy has received multiple awards, including most recently the 2017 Nurse Researcher of the Year Award, from the Association for California Nurse Leaders (ACNL).

Dr. Kalowes’s consultation experience includes a variety of healthcare organizations such as large academic, tertiary, community, and critical access hospitals. Peggy has conducted numerous performance improvement (PI) projects to implement structural and process changes to improve outcomes and reduce the cost of providing care in acute care settings. She has recently established Nursing Consulting Partners (NCPs) innovative ‘Research / EBP’ consultative services, to help hospitals/healthcare systems bridge the research / practice gap, as they seek Magnet® designation and redesignation. She also helps mentor organizations through the process of research to evaluate Nurse’s Perception of Peer Review and Shared Governance, by using the NCP Institutional Research Board (IRB) ready protocols, using highly reliable and valid instruments. Dr. Kalowes serves as a key NCP consultant by providing guidance for healthcare systems on the written documentation to support the Magnet® application, including site preparation and coaching of physicians, executives, and staff to achieve successful on-site appraisal.

Dr. Kalowes is a member of many national associations including Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL), National Association for Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and the American Nurses Association (ANA). She has an expansive scholarship program; and has presented numerous poster and podium presentations regionally, nationally and internationally, on the Magnet® journey, which includes many research and EB practice initiatives that have focused on improvement of patient/nurse satisfaction, professional nursing practice, safe patient handling, and quality and safety initiatives. Peggy also serves as a peer reviewer for the CNS Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice.

Dr. Kalowes is an established nursing scientist, and a strong advocate for the profession of nursing and patient-centered care built on a foundation of clinical nursing excellence, quality and patient safety.

1 European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel, National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel and Pan Pacific Pressure Injury Alliance. Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries: Quick Reference Guide. Emily Haesler (Ed.). EPUAP/NPIAP/PPPIA: 2019.

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Client Testimonials

Thank you for your wonderful presentation entitled “RN Care Coordination: Practice, Education, and Certification” at our Catalyst Academy 2015. Your important topic and great presentation style had the audience immediately engaged

Holly A. De Groot, PhD, RN, FAAN
Catalyst Systems, LLC

You had a hand in getting us there [receiving Magnet® status].

Thanks for your article in the Nurse Leader on shared decision making. I always appreciate your words of wisdom in this arena.

Great examples of control charts used [in NCP’s webinars] to “tell a story” of improvement over time.

What a difference a peer makes! Our discharge medication reconciliation accuracy rose from 56% to greater than 90% in one year, and our improvement has been sustained for over one year beyond that.

Nicole Jones, RN, MS & Beth Lacoste, RN, MSN
East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, LA

We appreciated the examples you presented [in your webinars] per standard – this was helpful related to many standards be written generically.

Our Pathway to Excellence® document was accepted! Thanks for all of your help!

Pathway to Excellence® Project Director
2012

Thank you for helping us on our way to Magnet® status. I know your visits to us and your advice steered us on this journey. We value your input.”

We just summarized the comments from your presentation – Our nurses loved our consultant and her message.

Judy Boerger
Parkview Medical Center

Thank you so much for an amazing Nurses Day! We had the best turnout ever, and your presentations were spectacular. People have been talking about it ever since, and I’ve heard grumbling from people who couldn’t be there—a sure sign of a great event! Thank you for your wisdom and support! It has been totally great working with you.

Paul Parker, RN, BC
Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, ME

We value your input – I especially value your candor and wisdom!

Excellent presentation! I’m excited about implementing peer review in our organization. Fabulous speakers with a true passion for the content.

Participant
Peer Review Workshop 2012

I wanted to say thank [our consultants] for their insight. I’m a staff nurse and beyond their guidance for Magnet, they provided insights into my profession while tying in IOM and ANA principles. You inspired my colleagues and myself with our journey.

Joy Fumera
Kaiser Permanente Orange County-Irvine

Thank you for the excellent workshops you conducted for our nursing leaders, council members, and educators. Finalizing the professional practice model as well as writing our bylaws, and council charters and objectives, was monumental. There was overwhelmingly positive feedback and enthusiasm as we move forward on our shared governance journey. Thank you for your leadership and expertise.

St. Mary's Health System

The level of excitement since your visit is outrageous. Staff are even more engaged and energized, with most talking about the learnings you shared.

Just wanted to take a moment to send you a personal note of thanks for all of the efforts you and your team put into helping our organization successfully achieve its fourth Magnet designation. Although Julie and her leadership group are enjoying many well-deserved accolades for this successful accomplishment, I have certainly not forgotten that it was you and your partners who helped immeasurably in getting our Magnet efforts back on track and providing assistance and mentoring to Julie and our team as they navigated this process and re-tooled our nursing governance structure. It is amazing to think back 2 ½ years and realize how far our nursing team has come in that short amount of time. Thanks so much again Kathleen for all of the time, thought and effort you and your colleagues put into helping us achieve this milestone.

Rob Myers MHA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer, Goshen Health
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