How much does nursing care cost? How can we build a better nursing care system to improve efficiency, effectiveness, performance, quality, and ultimately the value of the work nurses provide to their patients? These questions define the career research interests of Dr. John Welton, Professor and Senior Scientist for Health Systems Research at CU College of Nursing. His interests started early in his career during his MSN degree program at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where his Nursing Administration thesis project was a financial analysis of, and business plan for, an air-ambulance company. The financial numbers for the company looked so good that Dr. Welton became a nurse entrepreneur, launching National Medevac, Inc. A few years later, he met Dr. Edward Halloran at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he completed his PhD in Nursing Systems. Subsequently, his academic career path took him to the University of Maryland School of Nursing, to Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and just previous to CU, to Florida Southern College.
Dr. Welton’s research foci are nursing costs and economics; quality and outcomes of care; real-time information and decision systems in nursing; performance and effectiveness; nursing value-based care; and pay for nursing performance. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Foundation Nurse Researcher Award; the South Carolina League for Nursing Award for Excellence; the South Carolina Governor’s Distinguished Professor Award; the Medical University of South Carolina Teaching Excellence award; Educator/Lecturer of the Year; Palmetto Gold; South Carolina Best-100 nurses; and North Carolina Great-100 Nurses.