Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Loyola’s highly regarded nursing faculty includes several members with significant expertise in areas of health systems management:

Ann Scott Blouin RN, MBA, PhD, FACHE

Ann founded ‘PSQ Advisory’ to deliver strategic guidance to America’s health systems. Dr. Blouin works with boards and senior leadership to help organizations achieve success on financial and clinical metrics through an organizational focus on improvement science and harm avoidance.

Prior to founding PSQ Advisory, Dr. Blouin was the Executive Vice President of Customer Relations at The Joint Commission, providing leadership in aligning the strategic goals of the organization with its client base.

With more than 30 years of health care administration, consulting and clinical nursing experience, Dr. Blouin has held key senior leadership positions at community teaching hospitals, academic medical centers and prominent global consulting firms. Specific areas of expertise include strategic planning in rapidly changing environments, contemporary leadership, organizational design, regulatory compliance, business case development for quality and safety, high reliability, and clinical integration. Ann’s experience as a senior leader in operations and strategy roles bring a unique understanding of today’s challenges in health care.

Dr. Blouin has published and presented extensively on topics focused on health care leadership, patient care quality and safety, as well as nursing, and served as an adjunct faculty member at several Chicago area schools of nursing and medicine. Ann is currently an affiliate faculty at Loyola University’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Ann is a long-standing member of the Journal of Nursing Administration editorial advisory board.

Dr. Blouin earned her PhD in Nursing Sciences and MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her MSN with honors from Loyola University of Chicago, and BSN with high honors from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. She is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and is a certified Green Belt in Lean/Six Sigma/Change Management methodologies.

Dr. Blouin currently serves on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors, the IHI Certification Board, and has joined two healthcare technology start-up boards, Vitalacy and Elemeno Health. Ann is also a current Board member of Ensign Group, a public company focused on delivering excellent quality and safety in post-acute care settings (skilled nursing, assisted living, home care, hospice).

William Duffy RN MJ CNOR FAAN

Mr. Duffy is currently the Director for the Nursing and Healthcare Administration Masters of Science in Nursing program at Loyola University of Chicago’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Bill is a Nurse executive with over 30 years of leadership experience ranging from regional Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Magnet Chief Nursing Officer and Assistant Vice President of Perioperative Services. As a CNO, Mr. Duffy was responsible for the clinical and fiscal performance for all nursing areas including inpatient care units, emergency services (Level 1 and Level 2 trauma), Women’s Health Services (including Level III Neonatal Intensive Care unit), Cardiovascular services, Perioperative services (including Level 1 trauma center) and ambulatory services. As a regional CNO, in addition to the nursing departments his responsibilities included the Pharmacy, Food and Nutrition, Environmental Services and the Facilities department.

Mr. Duffy has authored numerous articles in professional journals and several chapters in nursing textbooks. He has presented nationally and internationally on health law, leadership, patient safety and patient satisfaction topics. Mr. Duffy has been invited to present to nurses in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Panama, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore, In the United States he has shared his expertise at professional conferences for the Association of periOperative Nurses (AORN), Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders, (IONL) and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).

Mr. Duffy is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and is a past President of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). During his term as President, Mr. Duffy led the Associations effort to reduce wrong site surgery through the introduction of the Time Out toolkit that was adopted across the globe.

Mr. Duffy earned his Masters of Jurisprudence from Loyola University School of Law and his Bachelor’s in Nursing from Loyola’s School of Nursing. He is a Certified Nurse of the Operating Room (CNOR) since 1988.

Mr. Duffy teaches courses on Healthcare Leadership, Healthcare Finance, Advanced Clinical Practicum and Health Policy. Additionally he serves as the faculty advisor to the Nursing and Healthcare Administration students.

Rose Giannini MSN, RN-BC, NE-BC

Rose Giannini is a registered nurse with over 40 years of experience in multiple roles including clinical nurse, supervisor, educator, and nurse manager and nursing director.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from Governors State University and a Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing Informatics from Duke University. Rose is currently finishing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Marquette University (anticipated graduation date - May 2020). 

Previously employed by Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee she held the position of the Manager of Nursing Informatics and was involved in system-wide projects supporting best practice efforts using technology.  Some of the projects she has led and supported include bringing smartphone technology to the bedside, creating nurse leader dashboards, the design and implementation of a longitudinal plan of care and removing barriers to implementing electronic order sets, from the nurse perspective. 

In addition to teaching Population Health Informatics here at Loyola University, she teaches informatics at Marquette University. As her specialty is nursing informatics and while she loves teaching on this topic the best part is when students grasp the concepts in a way they can apply the information to their profession and find ways to use data to improve patient outcomes. 

Rose is from Kenosha, WI but recently moved to Crown Point, Indiana to be closer to her son and her grandchildren. When she is not teaching, she enjoys her many hobbies her favorite being genealogy. 

Colleen Kordish PhDc, RN, CNE

Colleen Kordish has extensive experience leading projects in quality improvement, establishing community relationships, and critical care. As an instructor, she finds that helping student achieve their personal and professional goals through learning and project experiences is her raison d’etre. The only thing better is when a student likes integrating statistics into their projects just as much as she does. She has research experience as both a research coordinator and a primary investigator. She received her BSN from East Carolina University, a Masters in Nursing education from University of Phoenix on-line, and her doctorate in Nursing from Loyola University Chicago.  She has a strong interest in methods of data analysis and received a Certificate of Quantitative Analysis in conjunction with her doctoral studies. She also holds a Certificate in Nursing Education. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between social support and stress, emotional distress, and behavioral responses for women with type 2 diabetes and depression. Other research interests include Vitamin D and data analysis for quality improvement. 

Frances Rita Vlasses, R.N., Ph.D., ANEF, FAAN

Dr. Vlasses received a BSN from Villanova University and an MSN in Community Mental Health Nursing from Ohio State University.  She received a Ph.D. in Nursing from Loyola, with distinction, in 1997; her thesis was entitled “Too Familiar for Words: An Analysis of Invisible Nursing Work.”  Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Vlasses had extensive experience in nursing service administration, project management, hospital nursing staff professional development, clinical and classroom instruction and nursing and health care consulting.  From 1997-1999, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical effectiveness and outcomes at the University of Iowa College of Nursing.  She is currently a Professor in both the MNSON and SSOM, Department of Family Medicine and Inaugural Co-Director of Loyola’s Institute for Transformational Interprofessional Education and

Vlasses has been a champion for Interprofessional practice and education for over ten years. She has provided leadership for the development of interprofessional education and practice opportunities for medical, nursing, pharmacy, social work and public health students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. As an educator she commits to mentoring students on their leadership journey. Her favorite teaching methods are project based; frequently drawing her students into ongoing innovation projects. For example,  undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral students have worked with her on a grant funded project to redesign the model of care to include nurse led interprofessional teams.

Dr. Vlasses is also an advocate for individuals with disabilities. Her work in this area, which includes raising 17 highly skilled service dogs; has earned her international recognition. In 2011, she was honored to become a Fellow in both the American Academy of Education and the American Academy of Nursing.  She was named one of Ohio State College of Nursing’s top 100 Transformers in health care and education in 2014.