Benedictine University Faculty Publishes New Research on How Analytics Impact Patient Care

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Benedictine University announced groundbreaking research by Professor of Nursing and Health, Elizabeth Ritt titled Essential Analytics in Nursing Education: Building Capacity to Improve Clinical Practice.

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“It is our hope that organizations can use these important findings to make clinical decisions using analytical data,” said Master of Science in Nursing Program Director Alison Ridge.

Benedictine University announced the release of groundbreaking research by Professor, Nursing and Health Elizabeth Ritt, Ed.D., M.S.N., RN, CNE, NEA-BC. Published by Sciedu Press in the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, the content is titled Essential Analytics in Nursing Education: Building Capacity to Improve Clinical Practice. The research demonstrates that health care professionals with knowledge of analytics within clinical practice reduce costs and improve patient outcomes in medical organizations.

There are four major types of analytics described in the article: Descriptive, Predictive, Prescriptive and Comparative. Each can be used to advance the development of organizational capacity and enhance decisions made by members of the health care team. Analytics in clinical practice has the long-term potential to improve patient outcomes, promote health and safety, mitigate risk, reduce costs, address health care disparities and promote disease prevention.

The ability to embed analytics into clinical practice improves workflow, improves decision-making, increases productivity, reduces overall costs and fosters optimal patient outcomes.

About Elizabeth Ritt
Elizabeth Ritt joined Benedictine University in August 2011. Prior to joining Benedictine she held the position as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. She has a long history with North Park University as a tenured professor and dean. Ritt is frequently sought out by national and international organizations for her expertise on adult learning, assessment, and accreditation. She has published many papers on the fields of education and health care, including Redefining Tradition: Adult Learners in Higher Education, which she authored for the journal Adult Learning. She holds an Ed.D, specializing in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies, from Northern Illinois University (1989). She received her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), specializing in Adult Health Nursing/Education, from Loyola University of Chicago (1982), and a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Nursing (BS), from North Park University.

Benedictine’s Online Master of Science in Nursing
Benedictine University offers the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program to prepare registered nurses to become effective and ethical leaders, professionals and health educators in the health care industry of today and tomorrow.

The online Master of Science in Nursing prepares students to promote quality improvement and excellent patient care in any type of health care setting. Benedictine’s online MSN curriculum aligns with the graduate education standards specified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Benedictine’s online MSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Online MSN offers two concentrations:

  •     Nurse Educator

Learn to serve in teaching roles for patients and nurses in both clinical and academic settings such as universities, community colleges and teaching hospitals.

  •     Nurse Executive Leader

Designed for nurses interested in administrative and executive roles, coursework in this concentration focuses on the planning and management of high-quality care initiatives and processes.

To learn more about Benedictine University’s online Master of Science in Nursing, go to or call 866.295.3104.

About Benedictine University:
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014. Information on campus-based programs can be found at and on online programs at

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