Linda H Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN
Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 387 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
UNITED STATES
tel: (215) 898-9759
email: laiken@nursing.upenn.edu

Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN is the Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and The Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing and Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Dr. Aiken conducts research on the health care workforce and quality of healthcare in the U.S. and globally. She co-directs RN4CAST, a European Union funded study of nurse workforce and quality of care in 12 European countries, China, and South Africa and directs RN4Cast-United States, a NINR-funded study of the outcomes of nursing care in hospitals, nursing homes, home care, and office-based practices. Her funded NIH research has received numerous awards including the Individual Codman Award from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for leadership utilizing performance measures to demonstrate relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes. She was honored with the Academy Health Distinguished Investigator Award, the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, and the Episteme Award from Sigma Theta Tau International. Dr. Aiken is a former President of the American Academy of Nursing, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Teaching
Dr. Aiken teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses that delve into current issues in health and social policy and health outcomes research in both nursing and sociology. She also directs an NIH-funded pre- and post-doctoral research training program in health outcomes research.

Research
Dr. Aiken conducts research on the use of performance measures to demonstrate relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes, and is the author of more than 300 scientific papers. She has directed studies of the impact of nursing on patient outcomes in over 30 countries. Her seminal research demonstrating the impact of adequate nurse staffing on improving patient outcomes is widely used as a basis for managerial and policy decision making. Her influential research showing that hospitals with more nurses with bachelor’s qualifications have lower mortality and fewer adverse patient outcomes has impacted national trends in nurse education and employment and public policies in the U.S. and abroad. Her research has received many awards including recently the Global Health Project of the Year from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health and HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein Award for Significant Contributions to Health Care Across Borders.

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• Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research

Clinical Practice
Dr. Aiken has broad clinical practice interests including nursing care delivery and administration in institutional and ambulatory care settings.

Honors/Awards

Dr. Aiken is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, a Fellow and former president of the American Academy of Nursing, an Honorary Fellow in the Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Research awards:
- Baxter Episteme Research Award 2001, Sigma Theta Tau International
- William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research,
- Baxter International Foundation and Association of University Programs in Health Administration, 2006
- Distinguished Investigator Award, AcademyHealth, 2005
- Raymond and Beverly Sackler Award for Sustained National Leadership in Health Research, Research!America, March 21, 2006
- Article-of-the-Year Award for best health services research article, AcademyHealth, 2003
- Individual Ernest A. Codman Award, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, 2003
- HRH Princess Muna Al-Hussein Award for Significant Contributions to Health Care Across Borders, 2010
Velji Global Health Project of the Year Award 2013, Consortium of Universities for Global Health
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My policy research agenda is motivated by a commitment to improving health care outcomes by building an evidence base for health services management and providing direction for national policymakers. My Center’s program of international outcomes research deals with the impact of modifiable organizational attributes on patient outcomes and workplace stability in hospitals, causes and consequences of, and solutions for, cyclical nurse shortages, and managerial innovations such as magnet hospitals.