faculty profile

Treasa 'Susie' Leming-Lee   DNP, MSN, RN, CPHQ

Assistant Professor
Director of Organizational Performance Improvement

Bio

Dr. Treasa "Susie" Leming-Lee teaches various core nursing and management course at the MSN and doctoral graduate level and is co-designer of the Lean Methodology in Healthcare course. She has an extensive background in performance improvement and process redesign and holds a certification as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and a certificate in Lean Healthcare. She is a nationally recognized expert and consultant in the area of assessing, developing, and implementing quality infrastructures in health care facilities. Dr. Leming-Lee has served as a Board Examiner for the state Baldrige/Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence Award. She is interested in applying knowledge from other high-risk industries and methods from human factors and systems engineering to study and improve operational efficiency and individual and team performance in complex, high-risk clinical environments.

Education

  • DNP, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • ADN, Middle Tennessee State University

Certifications

  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • The Toyota Production System Lean Methodology

Academic Interests

Dr. Leming-Lee teaches various core nursing and management course at the MSN and doctoral graduate level and is co-designer of the Lean Methodology in Healthcare course.

Representative Publications

Journals

Leming-Lee, T. (Susie) & Watters, R. (2019). Quality improvement: Application of evidence-based practice. Nursing Clinic of North America. Manuscript in preparation.

Leming-Lee, T. (Susie), Polancich, S. & Pilon, B. (2019). The application of the Toyota Production System Lean 5S methodology in the operating room setting. Nursing Clinic of North America. Manuscript in preparation.

Gillis B. D., Holley S. L., Leming-Lee, T. (Susie), & Parish A. L. Implementation of a perinatal depression care bundle at a midwifery practice: A quality improvement Initiative. Journal of Midwifery & Women�s Health. Submitted for publication.

Leming-Lee, S., Crutcher, T D., & Kennedy, B., B. 2017. The Lean Methodology in healthcare course: Application of transformational learning. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 13(9), e415-e421.

Gillespie, G. L., Leming-Lee, T. S., Crutcher, T., & Mattei, J. (2016). Chart it to stop it: A quality improvement study to increase the reporting of workplace aggression. Journal of nursing care quality, 31(3), 254-261.

Pilon B., Crutcher T. D., Leming-Lee S., Watters R., Wolgast K. A., Arnow, D. The Value Proposition for Graduate Education of Emerging Nurse Leaders: Immediate Benefit to Organizations. Nurse Leader 01/2014; 12(3):81�85

Book Chapters

Leming-Lee, S. & Watters, R. (2018). Quality Improvement Processes and Evidenced-Based Practice. (2018). In Christenbery, T. Editor, Evidenced-Based Practice in Nursing: Foundations, Skills, and Roles. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Representative Presentations

The Basics of QI for the Bedside Nurse, Treasa (Susie) K. Leming-Lee, DNP, RN, CPHQ, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN. & Terri Davis Crutcher, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Clinical and Community Partnerships, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN. Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) Annual Meeting. Monday, March 6, 2017, Franklin, TN.

Continuous Quality Improvement in the Healthcare Setting. Treasa (Susie) K. Leming-Lee, DNP, RN, CPHQ, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN. & Terri Davis Crutcher, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Clinical and Community Partnerships, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN Learning for Babies Conference March of Dimes, November 03, 2017, Franklin, TN.

Quality Improvement: The Toyota Production System Lean Methodology: Basic Building Blocks and Application. Treasa (Susie) K. Leming-Lee, DNP, RN, CPHQ, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN. & Terri Davis Crutcher, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Clinical and Community Partnerships, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, THA/TAHQ 78th Annual Meeting Conference, Friday, October 21, 2016, Nashville, TN.

Toyota Lean Methodology in Healthcare Course: The Use of Transformational Learning to Attract the Graduate Student. Treasa (Susie) K. Leming-Lee, DNP, RN, CPHQ, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN. & Terri Davis Crutcher, DNP, RN, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean, Clinical and Community Partnerships, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing) Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals (GNAP) Conference, April 7, 2015. Phoenix, AZ.

The Hand Hygiene Compliance Challenge: Going to Gemba to Prevent Health Care Associated Infections. Treasa ?Susie? K. Leming-Lee, DNP, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Laura A. Hollis, BSN, RN, CCRN, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, April 23, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Hand Hygiene Challenge: Going to Gemba to Protect Your Surgical Team and Patients Treasa ?Susie? K. Leming-Lee, DNP, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Laura A. Hollis, BSN, RN, CCRN, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2013 AORN Congress, March 7, 2013, San Diego, CA.

Professional Organizations

  • American Organization of Nursing Executives, Member 2017-2018
  • American Nursing Association, Member 2007-2018
  • Tennessee Nursing Association, Member 2007-2018
  • National League of Nursing, Member 2017-2018
  • Academy for Healthcare Improvement, Member, 2007-2018
  • Tennessee Hospital Association, Member 2004-2018
  • National Association for Healthcare Quality, Member, Section Past Healthcare Chair, 1990-2018
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Member 1990-2018

Honors/Awards

  • Vanderbilt School of Nursing, VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award for Faculty 2018
  • Vanderbilt School of Nursing, VUSN Tradition Meets Innovation Award for Faculty 2016
  • Vanderbilt School of Nursing, Dean Colleen-Conway Welch Award, 2015
  • Innovation Award, Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Senior Fellow ASQ (American Society for Quality) 2007 
  • Leadership Award, Southern Hills Medical Center, 1998
  • Sigma Theta Tau Society, Iota Chapter, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing