Telehealth traumatic brain injury project prepares DNP graduate for stroke care leadership


College of Nursing graduate Jessica Dickman has taken leadership and quality improvement skills learned through her clinical scholarship project to her role as Saint Louis University Hospital’s stroke coordinator.

Dickman has since earned a master’s in nurse leadership, and in August, she completed a DNP from the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Nursing.

The doctoral program integrates leadership with clinical practice. For her clinical scholarship project, Dickman helped implement a telehealth program for Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System. The experience leading the project gave her skills and knowledge that she’s continued to apply to similar quality improvement projects in her current role as stroke coordinator at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

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Many at the St. Louis Polytrauma Site worked with Dickman to design the rollout of VA Video Connect. Pictured here (left to right) Amy Alter, assistant chief of nursing; Laura Riegler, licensed clinical social worker and UMSL alumna; Julie Spiros, RN; Jennifer Buchholz, RN; Jay Granier, polytrauma medical director; Alan Birtwistle, head of comprehensive medical rehab. Collaborators who are not pictured include John Schmeink, recreational therapist; Meredith Melinder, MD; Cortney Frosch, clinical video telehealth coordinator and Heather VanMeter, speech-language pathologist.