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Angela G. Opsahl, MSN, RN, CPHQ

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Nursing


PHONE: 812.348.7375
E-MAIL: agopsahl@iupui.edu

Biographical Statement

I served as the Quality Data Manager for Franciscan St. Francis Health for the three area campus hospitals of Carmel, Indianapolis, and Mooresville. This position had allowed me the opportunity to impact patient care through collection/submission and analysis of patient outcomes by communicating trends to staff, physicians, and administrators to improve the overall patient experience and support positive patient outcomes. I continue to assist the organization with their quality projects. My doctoral focus is related to the effects of staff and patient engagement with bundled interventions for inpatient fall reduction.

I served as adjunct faculty for University of Indianapolis School of Nursing for the past two years with completion of my current contract ending this semester. Content areas included APRN Roles and Ethics for the Nurse Practitioner track of the MSN Program.

I will complete my DNP in May of 2015.

Education

  • Doctoral Candidate, DNP, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN, May 2015
  • MSN, Nursing Administration, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN, May 1995
  • BSN, Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis, IN, May 1990

Professional Activities

Licensures and Certifications

  • Registered with Indiana Board of Nursing, 1990-present
  • CPHQ certification, Indianapolis, IN, December 21, 2010
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Franciscan St. Francis Health, 2010
  • Journey to Excellence Bronze Level, Franciscan St. Francis Health, 2010

Professional Organizations

  • Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Alpha Chapter, 1990-present
  • Member, American Nurses Association (ANA), 2012-present
  • Member, Indiana State Nurses Association (ISNA), 2012-present
  • Member, Indiana Association of Healthcare Quality (InAHQ), 2010-present

Courses Taught

  • Traditional BSN S484 Capstone
  • Traditional BSN S483 Practicum
  • Traditional BSN S470 Restorative Health
  • Traditional BSN S471 Restorative Health Clinical
  • RNBSN S483 Capstone
  • APRN Roles, MSN Program University of Indianapolis
  • APRN Nursing Ethics, MSN Program University of Indianapolis

Administrative & Service Responsibilities

  • IUPUC Campus Representative Assessment Team for Accreditation and Program Review Committee
  • IUPUC Nursing Division Coordinator for Accreditation/Evaluation
  • Representative for IUPUC/IUPUI Traditional BSN Evaluation Subcommittee
  • Representative IUPUC/IUPUI RN-BSN Consortium Evaluation Committee
  • IU School of Nursing Department of Science of Nursing Care Representative

Research Activities

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice Inquiry Project: the effects of staff and patient engagement with bundled interventions for inpatient fall reduction

Awards & Activities

  • Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, 1990
  • Contributor and Editor, Radcliff and Ogden, Calculation of Drug dosages:  An Interactive Workbook, Fifth Edition, Mosby Year-Book, 1995
  • Recipient, Journey to Excellence Bronze Level, Franciscan St. Francis Health, 2010

Civic Engagement

  • Member, Daughters of the American Revolution, Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter, Indianapolis, IN   
  • Volunteer, Indiana Historic Bureau, 2007-present
  • Committee Chairman, President General’s Project, DAR, 2010-present
  • Member, Indiana Landmarks Historical Preservation, 2009-present
  • President, GPHOA, Indianapolis, IN, 2006-present
  • Member. Southport Christian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana. Parish nurse, Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, and Elderly Shut-In Call Team, 1988-present.

Additional Content

I have been married for 24 years and have three sons spanning 13 years to 18 years of age. Our oldest son attends Purdue University with a major of Biology (Pre-Med) and the younger boys still keep us busy with their sports and band schedules for high school and middle school.

I am committed to supporting lifelong learning and stimulating self-reflection for each nursing student on their path toward self-actualization. Teaching and learning are reciprocal in nature and should energize and inspire all participants.

Favorite Quote:  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi