Dr. Thompson Forbes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing Science. Dr. Forbes's scholarship is focused on improving quality of care and patient safety delivered to patients with dementia using data science approaches and big data. His long-term research objective is to understand the behavioral and psychological factors that increase risk for pressure injuries/ulcers among the various dementia severity levels and develop interventions to meet those specific needs. Dr. Forbes's interest with big data began during his clinical and administrative experience. Dr. Forbes came to ECU after 10 years in various leadership roles within the Vidant Health system. During his time at Vidant Health, he led medication reconciliation, bundled payment analyses, and workforce improvement projects using big data from the electronic medical record, reimbursement claims, and human resources databases to create and operationalize improvements. Dr. Forbes has experience with qualitative methods. Dr. Forbes's dissertation was a grounded theory study to understand resident physicians value of nursing communication about patient care. He is currently part of qualitative studies to understand nurses perspectives of responses to patient error events in an academic medical center and another to understand the biopsychosocial factors contributing to readmissions among DKA patients. He is also working with Vidant Health to develop a research collaboration focused on using data science techniques to understand and improve population health outcomes in eastern North Carolina.
Quality and Patient Safety
Forbes, T.H. (2014). Making the case for the nurse as the leader of care coordination. Nursing Forum.49(3),167-170.
Forbes, T.H., Osborne, K.C., Hartsell, K.C., & Wall, B. (2014). Quantifying efficiency: One academic medical center’s commitment to improving patient flow. Nursing Management, 45(7),18-24.
(funded by ECU's BB&T Center for Leadership Development)
08/2017 to 07/2018
This grant supports undergraduate nursing student leadership development within the classroom. Strategies include inviting nurse leaders to speak with students, presentation skill development, and active application of leadership strategies to enhance nursing's role in patient decision making.
Forbes, T.H. (2017, October). A grounded theory study to understand nurse and resident physician communication dynamics. Poster presented at the 2017 Sigma Theta Tau Biennium Rising Stars of Research Session.
Forbes, T.H., Larson, K., Scott, E., Garrison, H. (2017, March). Resident Physician – Nurse Relational Ties and Communication Using Grounded Theory. Poster presented at the 2017 National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting.
Forbes, T., Cato, K. (2018, June). Understanding the research question for data science. Podium presentation at the Big Data Nursing Knowledge Conference, University of Minnesota.
Forbes, T., Lekan, D. (2018, June). Data science deployment and clinical decision support implementation. Podium presentation at the Big Data Nursing Knowledge Conference, University of Minnesota.
Tyndall, D., Avery, J., Forbes, T., Powell, S. (2018, January). Writing Accountability Groups (WAGs): Increasing PhD Student Scholarship by “Wagging”. Poster presented at the 2018 AACN Doctoral Education Conference.
Cutruzzula, J. F., Forbes, T. H., Wall, B. (2014, October). Capacity management: Clinical operations predicting discharges and improving patient throughput. Poster presented at the 2014 Health Informatics Career and Internship Fair/Symposium, Greenville, NC.
Forbes, T.H. (2013, February). Relationship between registered nurses’ characteristics, perceptions of knowledge and attitudes of pain management, and patient satisfaction scores. Poster presented at the 22nd Annual Collaborative Research Day, Greenville, NC.
Forbes, T.H. (2017, November 15). Communication and collaboration: The importance of nurses and physician relationships in leading patient care [Webinar]. In the East Carolina Consortium for Nursing Leadership Emerging Leaders Webinar Series.
NURS 6083 Healthcare, Finance and Economics
NURS 4140 Research in Nursing
NURS 4150 Nursing Leadership
NURS 4511 Clinical Capstone
Member (2011 - Present)
Northeast Regional Director & Board Member (2014 - Present)
Associate Regional Director (2012-2014)
Delegate (2011, 2012)
Board Member (2018-Present)
BB&T Faculty Leadership Scholar Fellowship - Spring 2018
Harvard Business School Value-Based Health Care Delivery Institute - 2017
AACN Nurse in Washington Internship Scholarship - 2011
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