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Darcy Waechter

Associate Professor
Health & Community Systems


My DNP Capstone quality improvement project was entitled “Simulation-Based Cardiopulmonary Feedback Training:  A Quality Improvement Project".  This project was conducted to develop and implement a simulation-based CPR audio-visual feedback training program, examine whether the training program improved CPR performance during simulation and patient cardiac arrest events, and evaluate comfort and confidence levels of nurses using the equipment.  My ongoing interests are in informatics and simulation learning.


I am a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and currently teach Nursing Informatics and Transition Into Professional Practice courses in the Undergraduate Traditional and Second Degree Programs.


I am an accomplished Healthcare Executive with combined clinical, operational and healthcare informatics experience.  As a lifelong learner, I have focused on clinical practice, quality initiatives, process improvement, leadership, and transformation.  I have 20 years of critical care experience, working in a variety of healthcare organizations as a clinical nurse and as the clinical director of a Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at a large academic medical center before focusing my career on Informatics.  I served in several roles as an Information Technology leader working in highly complex clinical areas, in both inpatient and ambulatory large scale Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementations.  These implementations enabled clinical process improvement, improved quality outcomes, change management and care transformation. 
I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau.  Within the School of Nursing, I am a member of the BSN Council, the BSN Leaders Committee, and the Faculty Practice Council.  I serve as the Coordinator for the RN Options Program.