Eileen V Lake, PhD, RN, FAAN
Jessie M. Scott Term Chair in Nursing & Health Policy, Secondary Faculty in Sociology and Assoc Dir of the Ctr for Health Outcomes & Policy Research

Contact Information
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Room 302 Fagin Hall
418 Curie Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4217
tel: (215) 898-2557
email: elake@nursing.upenn.edu

Dr. Lake teaches nursing students across the education spectrum. She introduces undergraduates to professional nursing and research methods. She prepares future nursing scholars through an outcomes research seminar for doctoral students. "By fostering a research foundation in student nurses, we can begin to close the gap between clinicians and researchers, and to enable nurses to use research evidence to improve patient care."

Dr. Lake leads a program of research on the contributions of the nurse's work environment and clinical nursing expertise to patient outcomes. She says, "Research demonstrating the positive effects on nurses and patients of good work environments can be a catalyst for change." From the perspective of organizational sociology, Dr. Lake has developed a theoretical framework linking the nurse's work environment to patient outcomes. Her work advances the instruments and methods of outcomes research. She is principal investigator of two studies of nurse staffing, practice environments, and patient outcomes. One study, funded by the NIH, uses the ANA-sponsored National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, comprising data from 4,300 nursing units in 650 hospitals nationally. The other, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, studies very low birthweight infant outcomes in 104 neonatal intensive care units throughout the U. S. Dr. Lake's work reaches diverse audiences in nursing, sociology, and health policy.

• Currently Funded Grants

• Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research

Clinical Practice
Clinical nursing expertise; defining and creating a professional nursing practice environment.


Dr. Lake is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and is the recipient the 2007 Junior Faculty Research Award of the Biobehavioral and Health Sciences Division of the School of Nursing, and was the 1997 American Nurses Foundation Julia Hardy RN Scholar. In 2014, Dr. Lake received the Research Mentor Award from the AcademyHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group on Nursing Issues

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To assure the best care for our patients we must provide work environments for nurses that support professional nursing practice and the development of nurses' clinical expertise. These environments facilitate nurses' caring, advocacy, clinical judgment and action, as well as nurses' collaboration with physicians and others. The professional rewards of nursing practice in these environments will keep nurses in direct patient care and will attract young people to nursing as a career.