Patient Safety Specialist
Cheryl Connors is a patient safety specialist for the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. She is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating safety programs throughout the hospital. Her primary responsibility is to serve as the director for the RISE (Resiliency In Stressful Events) team which she co-led the development and implementation of. The RISE team currently provides trained peer support for Johns Hopkins Hospital employees who encounter stressful, patient related events.
Connors works with the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) teams to promote a culture of sharing and learning from defects, and to work toward meeting safety goals. She also has responsibility for the debriefing of the Safety Culture Assessment Survey house-wide and is faculty for the TeamSTEPPS training program at AI.
Connors received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama in 2019. She has a clinical background in pediatrics, where she developed a passion to improve patient safety. Connors led the Josie King Safety team for several years at Johns Hopkins before advancing her career in nursing leadership. Connors officially became a patient safety specialist in 2012.
Connors has presented on safety topics both nationally and internationally (Qatar, Okinawa, and Saudi Arabia) and has facilitated the education of staff and the establishment of safety teams in the Military Health System. She collaborates with Johns Hopkins' schools of nursing, public health and medicine on teamwork and communication and patient safety programs