Excellence in Nursing
Emily Torres, 33
Nurse manager, UC Davis Medical Center
Now a nurse manager, Torres in 2010 was one of UC Davis' founding Quality and Safety Champions, given the mission of improving patient safety and outcomes by reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia. She developed a root-cause analysis tool and worked to identify roadblocks to VAP prevention in the operating rooms, working collaboratively across disciplines. Torres was named an assistant manager in 2014 and was soon chosen to open an eight-bed medical-surgical unit, initially intended as a stop-gap facility. It became permanent six months later with Torres overseeing its operation. She also now leads an otolaryngology and internal medicine acute-care unit.