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Magnet4Europe Project Brings Hospital Partners Together in Philadelphia

(Photos: Hoag Levins) Welcoming 300 hospital researchers, clinicians, and managers from U.S. and ...(Photos: Hoag Levins) Welcoming 300 hospital researchers, clinicians, and managers from U.S. and European hospitals to a two-day meeting in Philadelphia are Magnet4Europe Co-Directors Walter Sermeus, PhD, RN, from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Strong European Union Support and Extended Funding Set Tone of Two-Day Gathering

The two-day M4E October gathering was part of a larger three-day American Nurses Association’s American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) National Magnet Conference that filled Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center and adjacent Philadelphia Marriott Downtown conference center with 13,000 attendees.

“Magnet is clearly a social movement in the US when that many nurses come together with great enthusiasm and energy to invest in strengthening the Magnet model and to celebrate its success at a time when hospital nurses are experiencing the most difficult period in my professional career with over half of hospital bedside care nurses experiencing high burnout,” said Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR), who co-directs M4E with Walter Sermeus, PhD, RN, of Belgium’s Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL).

M4E Co-Director Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, is a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Department of Sociology, Founding Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR), and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI). As part of the run-up to the October meeting, Aiken, Sermeus and 20 other scientists from the M4E Consortium authored an in-depth paper on the theoretical framework, conceptual design, and methodological approaches of the project that was published in BMJ Open in July.

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Largest International Effort to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing of Health Professionals and Patient Safety

The four-year Magnet4Europe project involves hundreds of hospitals in the U.S. and Europe.Magnet4Europe, a 4 million Euro project funded by the European Commission, is the largest international implementation science project ever attempted to fundamentally change hospital work environments to improve clinician and patient wellbeing. Today the BMJ Open scientific journal published the scientific protocol for Magnet4Europe establishing its scientific and clinical significance. The project, involving a randomized trial in 130 hospitals in 7 countries, has prevailed over the pandemic. The grant supports the international partnership of some of the world’s leading Universities led by KU Leuven, Belgium and the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, USA. More

The National Institute of Nursing Research gives CHOPR the go ahead to extend our study on health equity and patient outcomes.

The four-year $3.3m multilevel panel study will significantly expand the work which began nearly 30 years ago. In this competitive continuation, we will conduct surveys twice in seven states in the US. Our aim is to not just understand the benefits of organizational change for patient outcomes, but to understand how to target organizational change via interventions that can have a transformative impact on health equity, nurse wellbeing, and patient outcomes. 

New Publications

  • Journal of Clinical Nursing
    Access to post‐acute care services reduces emergency department utilisation among individuals insured by Medicaid: An observational study. AUTHORS: heather Brom, Colleen A. POGUE (…),
    j. MARGO Brooks Carthon
  • Nursing Research
    Racial disparities in stroke readmissions reduced in hospitals with better nurse staffing.
    AUTHORS: J. Margo brooks Carthon, heather Brom H, matthew M. McHugh, et al.
  • BMJ Open
    Hospital nurse staffing and sepsis protocol compliance and outcomes among patients with sepsis in the USA: a multistate cross-sectional analysis. AUTHORS: Andrew M. Dierkes, linda H. Aiken,
    Douglas Sloane, et al. 
  • Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
    Care processes and racial/ethnic differences in family reports of end‐of‐life care among Veterans: A mediation analysis. authors: ANN Kutney‐Lee,  (…), J. margo Brooks Carthon
  • Journal of Nurse Management
    The association between hospital nursing resource profiles and nurse and patient outcomes. AUTHORS: eileen t. Lake ET, kathryn A, Riman, CS Lee.

Dr. Margo Brooks Carthon is co-editor of a special issue in RINAH.

The issue on “Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)” brings together studies that illuminate avoidable differences in health between different groups of people. These widespread differences are the result of unfair systems that negatively affect people’s living conditions, access to healthcare, and overall health status. Co-editors Drs. Bridget Brawner, Margo Brooks Carthon and Adriana Perez; and journal editor Dr. Eileen Lake hope that readers will be inspired to integrate the information presented into their own clinical practices and research. More

CHOPR Investigators have four major papers published on Sepsis.

The papers all show that better sepsis outcomes would have been achieved by hospitals employing more nurses and by states passing minimum required nurse staffing than policies requiring implementation of a bundle of services which often were not delivered because there weren’t enough nurses.