Ann M Kutney-Lee, PhD, RN, FAAN
Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 385 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-9669

Dr. Kutney-Lee received her BSN from the University of Scranton in 2001. She earned her MSN in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health in 2004, and her PhD in Nursing in 2007, both from the University of Pennsylvania. Immediately after earning her PhD, she entered a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Penn in the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, which she completed in August 2009. Dr. Kutney-Lee is a core faculty member of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. She is also an associated faculty member of the Center for Integrative Science in Aging.

Dr. Kutney-Lee is co-course director of NURS 101: The Nature of Nursing Practice, traditionally the first core nursing course taken in the undergraduate curriculum, and is a seminar leader in NURS 102: Situating the Practice of Nursing. Dr. Kutney-Lee also teaches NURS 547: Scientific Inquiry for Evidence Based Practice. She is a frequent guest lecturer in graduate courses, where she discusses nursing outcomes research and secondary data analysis methods. Dr. Kutney-Lee serves as a mentor and advisor to students in their undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate studies.

Dr. Kutney-Lee’s scholarship is focused on the effects of nursing care organization on health outcomes and how systems can be redesigned to work more efficiently to improve patient care. She recently completed a 3 year study funded by AHRQ that produced some of the first evidence that changes over time in nursing organization, including nurses’ work environments and educational levels, influence changes in patient and nurse job outcomes. Dr. Kutney-Lee’s work also explores how the adoption of technological and organizational innovations, such as electronic health records and Magnet recognition, are associated with patient outcomes. Dr. Kutney-Lee is a Health Science Specialist at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she is currently collaborating with PROMISE Center researchers to study the impact of nursing organization on the quality of care received by Veterans at the end-of-life. She is also interested in the important role of nurse surveillance in preventing poor patient outcomes.

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Clinical Practice
Dr. Kutney-Lee integrates her clinical background in oncology, and her training in psychiatric –mental health nursing into her teaching and research. A primary aim of her research is to provide evidence to front-line administrators of how outcomes for patients can be optimized by focusing on modifiable elements of hospital organization, particularly those related to the provision of nursing care. Dr. Kutney-Lee is currently working on a collaborative research project with nursing administration officials and clinical staff nurses from Pennsylvania Hospital. Together, they are exploring how multiple existing data sources can be used to evaluate system-level interventions as well as demonstrate the value of nursing.

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