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VPS University

Sharing Data and Improving Care

VPS University was born out of a need to help the VPS Community increase their ability to analyze their data via VPS and help influence change in their PICU based upon the valuable tools VPS provides.  These courses help Site Coordinators share their learnings with key groups in and around their PICU. VPS launched the inaugural class of VPS University in 2018 with a focus on sharing data (in Level I), completing a quality improvement project (in Level II), and a research project (in Level III). 

VPS University Certification Levels

VPS-Certified Level I:

Open to: Certified VPS Site Coordinators

Purpose: Empowering Site Coordinators to share internal VPS data in a meaningful and exciting way with their customers (ICU staff, Nursing leadership, ICU attendings, Quality Department and C-Suite).


12-month program of interactive virtual classes for no more than two hours per meeting.

Monthly assignments of projects that are “hands-on” actionable activities that will bring value to your internal customers.

VPS-Certified Level II:

All requirements for VPS-C I completed. Level II will contain an ICU- based QI project from inception to completion.

VPS-Certified Level III:

All requirements for VPS-C I & II completed. Level III will contain a research project using your internal data or the VPS Comparative Dataset.

Requirements for all levels:

* Complete application for VPS University and submit to Nancy Brundage (

* Attend informational meeting

* Commitment to completing the class

* Participate in group discussions and presentations within the class

* Complete all activities required for the selected level of participation by the assigned due dates

* Plan ahead and be proactive


* Build a case for quality improvement

* Promote quality care in the ICU

* Improve presentation skills

* Practice in a safe environment

* Create value and excitement from your data

* Provide cost-benefit data

* Become VPS certified


VPS University Graduates

VPS is pleased to announce the graduation of participants from VPS University Level I and VPS University Level II.  

The following Site Coordinators have successfully completed their VPS University course and are entitled to use the credential VPS-C1 for certified Level I and VPS-CII for certified Level II.


2019/2020 Level I:

Gloria Arnold, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, Registry Partners’ Services Director

Angela Brown, RRT, Children’s Hospital and Clinics Minneapolis, MN

Helen Felps, MSN, RN, University of Maryland Children’s Hospital Baltimore, MD

Sherry Green, RN, Children’s Hospital of Alabama Birmingham, AL

Cherith Lane, BSN, RN, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Grand Rapids, MI

Pamela Marshall, RN, Registry Partners’ Services Director

Rachelle Martin, RN, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Cleveland, OH

Tonya Naughton, RN, University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital Iowa City, IA


2019/2020 Level II:

Maria Galletto, MSN, RN, CNL, CPHQ, Kaiser North California

Elissa Harnen, RN, Kaiser LAMC Los Angeles, CA

2018 Level I:

Kellie E. Brown, RN, BSN, The Children’s Hospital at St. Francis Tulsa, OK

Maria Galletto, MSN, RN, CNL, Kaiser North California

Stacy Gehm, RN, MS, Registry Partners’ Services Director

Elissa Harnen, RN, Kaiser LAMC Los Angeles, CA

Jaime LaVelle, RN, BSN, Colorado Children’s Hospital Aurora, CO

LeAnn J. Marsherall, RN, BS, Golisano Children’s Hospital Rochester, NY

Stacy Pennington, RN, BSN, CCRN, Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City, MO

Nicole Sardinas-Lago, BSN, RN, CCRN, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Miami, FL

Christine A. Young, BSN, RN, PENN State Health Children’s Hospital Hershey, PA