Eileen V Lake, PhD, RN, FAAN
Jessie M. Scott Endowed Term Chair in Nursing and Health Policy, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Associate Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and 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 devotes her research and theory expertise to students by teaching the core research methods course - scientific inquiry for evidence-based practice – to undergraduates and the culminating course – dissertation seminar – to doctoral students. Dr. Lake’s Spanish proficiency is showcased in her undergraduate study abroad course, Comparative Health Systems – Spain, which focuses on maternal and child health services in Barcelona and Pamplona. She teaches the theory and methods of health outcomes research to doctoral students. Dr. Lake also mentors pre- and post-doctoral research fellows in an NIH-funded training program in health outcomes research.

Dr. Lake conducts research on how to organize nursing services in hospitals to achieve the best quality of care and patient outcomes. She deploys large multihospital research designs to measure care processes and organizational features of the work environment of the hospital and the nursing unit. These elements are then linked to administrative or registry data on patient outcomes. She has authored papers in influential journals reaching interdisciplinary audiences. Her research on the benefits of Magnet hospitals contributed to Magnet status being added in 2004 by U.S. News & World Report as a criterion to rank America’s Best Hospitals. Her research showing widespread understaffing of U.S. neonatal intensive care units relative to national guidelines, and that understaffing is related to premature infants developing infections prompted the American Nurses Association’s National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators to add infant acuity measures developed by Dr. Lake’s team to the national database in 2016. These are the first acuity measures to be added to the database and will yield robust, actionable benchmark reports for hospitals to compare their performance to their peers and make needed improvements.

• 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.