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Established in 1989 as one of the first centers to scale up rigorous research on the impact of nursing on patient outcomes, the Center uses evidence to inform policy and produces the next generation of scientists.

Calling for Nursing Support Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Penn Nursing and CHOPR researchers, nurse leaders and executives from around the world call for rapid policy reform and investment in nurses and nursing in order to leverage the skills of this global workforce.

There are close to 28 million nurses around the world who comprise a global workforce that delivers about 90 percent of primary healthcare, including frontline response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring their optimal contribution and continued well-being amid the myriad consequences of COVID-19 will increase the potential for measurable and improved health outcomes. More


CHOPR Research on health disparities and inequities comes into full focus due to new data derived from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Well-documented research from CHOPR investigators spanning three decades has demonstrated persistent disparities in outcomes for racial and ethnic minorities, especially in settings with insufficient nursing resources. From the most vulnerable infants to older African American/Black patients, the alarming and unprecedented COVID outbreak is shining a bright light on health disparities that have been apparent for some time. Read more about the Center’s history of groundbreaking research on health disparities and racial inequities from this link

“Now is the time to support our frontline care providers with adequate resources such as PPE and other necessary supports while also ensuring that vulnerable populations have equal access to high quality care.” J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, April 15, 2020

Check out some of the recent CHOPR papers listed below.

  • Journal of Clinical Nursing — “You only have time for so much in 12 hours” Unmet social needs of hospitalized patients: A qualitative study of acute care nurses — Brooks Carthon JM, Hedgeland T, Brom H, Housnell D, Cacchione PZ — Download
  • Medical Care — Unmet nursing care linked to rehospitalizations among older black AMI patients: A Cross-Sectional Study of U.S. Hospitals — Brooks-Carthon JM, Lasater KB, Rearden J, Holland S, Sloane DM — Download
  • Health Services Research — Nursing care disparities in neonatal intensive care units — Lake ET, Staiger D, Edwards EM, Smith J,  Rogowski JA — Download
  • Health Services Research — Disparities in perinatal quality outcomes for very low birth weight infants in neonatal intensive care — Lake ET, Staiger D, Horbar J, Kenny MJ, Patrick T, & Rogowski JA — Download
  • Journal of the American Geriatrics Society — Reducing racial disparities in postsurgical readmissions: The role of hospital nursing — Lasater KB, McHugh MD — Download
  • Journal of the American Geriatrics Society — Nurse staffing and post-surgical outcomes in black adults — Brooks Carthon M, Kutney Lee A , Jarrin O, Sloane DM, Aiken LH — Download
  • Leonard Davis Institute, Blogs/Media  — THRIVE: Addressing patients’ social needs after hospitalization. — Brom H, Brooks Carthon JM — Download 

Nurse leaders representing dozens of U.S. Magnet® Hospitals attended the Inaugural Meeting of the...Nurse leaders representing dozens of U.S. Magnet® Hospitals attended the Inaugural Meeting of the U.S. Clinician Wellbeing Study at the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Silver Spring, MD

Sixty-Seven U.S. Magnet® Hospitals Join Two Groundbreaking CHOPR Initiatives

Magnet4Europe and the U.S. Clinician Wellbeing Study, led in part by Dr. Linda H. Aiken and Dr. Matthew D. McHugh, have recruited nearly 70 U.S. Magnet® Recognized Hospitals. In joining these initiatives,  hospitals have pledged to improve the mental health and wellbeing of nurses and physicians and to improve patient safety. Each U.S. hospital will participate in both initiatives - pairing up with an E.U. interventional hospital to assess and redesign workplace environments in Magnet4Europe, and opening their doors to a large-scale evaluation of the mental health of their physicians and nurses for the Clinician Wellbeing Study. These hospitals have the unique opportunity to improve their own workplace environments by utilizing findings from the Clinician Wellbeing Study, and pay it forward by improving the workplace environment of a mentee hospital in the E.U. through Magnet4Europe. More

Magnet4Europe is a trial initiative that pairs U.S. Magnet designated hospitals with a E.U. interventional hospital located in one of five participating E.U. countries. he E.U. hospital will implement a workplace intervention guided by the principles of Magnet recognition. The Clinician Wellbeing Study is the first large-scale evaluation of the mental health and wellbeing of hospital nurses and physicians in the U.S. The study has been approved by the ANCC Research Council and strives to discover the value of positive work environments.