Dr. Edwards completed his BS in Biology from The University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas in 1999. He later completed his BS in Nursing from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2004. Dr. Edwards began the MS in Leadership in Complex Healthcare Organizations at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2006 but transitioned into the BSN-PhD program in 2007. He completed his PhD from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 2013.
Areas of Research, Teaching, And Clinical Expertise and Scholarship
Dr. Edwards has a clinical background in acute/critical care. While serving as Assistant Director of Quality and Measurement, Dr. Edwards also gained an in-depth knowledge of quality outcomes and regulations especially as it influences reimbursement. During this time, Dr. Edwards also gained knowledge in data governance and data management. Dr. Edwards has taught in multiple venues. He began his teaching journey prior to becoming a nurse, where he taught 1st-5th grade P.E. and Health and later taught English conversation in one of the largest English conversation schools in Japan. Dr. Edwards has been adjunct clinical faculty for the adult classes since 2006. Additionally, while serving as Assistant Director of Quality and Measurement, he provided hospital staff and clinicians instruction and guidance on process improvement and quality outcomes in the acute and ambulatory settings as well as data governance practice standards. These experiences have shaped his research interests revolving around patient outcomes, staff satisfaction, and the work environment.
Dr. Edwards has participated as faculty in Health Assessment, Adult 1, Adult 2, Adult 3, and Evidence-Based Practice.
Dr. Edwards's nursing career began in 2004. Since then, he has served in clinical, education, and administrative roles. He served in leadership roles at UTMB for the ICD-10 transition, building of the data warehouse, helped establish the organizational data governance, and built the quality webpage to increase the transparency of UTMB's quality data. In addition, Dr. Edwards has published or presented the following:
- Edwards, C. R. (2008). Using interdisciplinary shared governance and patient rounds to increase patient safety. Medsurg Nursing, 17(4), 255-257
- Edwards, C. (2007). Communicate better for patients' sake! Medsurg Matters, 16(5), 1, 12.
- Edwards, C., Feldhusen, M., and Kirschbaum, M. (2016, May 10). Quality transparency on the internet [Webinar]. In America's Essential Hospitals. Retrieved from http://essentialhospitals.org/webinar/quality-transparency-on-the-internet/
- Edwards, C. (2010). A critical ethnography study of the perceptions of men in about the effects of gender on their career paths. American Assembly of Men in Nursing 34th Annual Conference: Working for the Health of the Nation and the World, Duke University School of Nursing, Raleigh, NC.
- Edwards, C. R., Lucke, K., and Fain, N. (2008, May). Feasibility study for telehealth in spinal cord injury patients. Poster session for Nurses Week at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.
- Edwards, C. R., Lucke, K., and Fain, N. (2008, February). Feasibility study for telehealth. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Birmingham, AL.
Dr. Edwards' proudest accomplishment is his marriage to Dr. Tu-Quynh Edwards and their three beautiful children.