Latest News from the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR)
Penn’s Rebecca Clark, PhD, Joins Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program at UC Davis Nursing School
Rebecca Clark, PhD, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor of Perinatal Nursing, Midwifery, and Women’s Health at Penn Nursing and a Nurse Scientist at Pennsylvania Hospital, is one of 16 nurse scientists accepted to the fourth cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. She is the first nurse scientist from Penn to be accepted to this program.
Study Shows Missed Nursing Care is a Key Factor in Adverse Outcomes for Very Low Birthweight Infants
Sometimes hospital staff nurses cannot provide required care due to time constraints. This reality can contribute to potentially dire outcomes for very low birthweight (VLBW) infants, who weigh less than 3.3 lbs. at birth. These newborns depend on the nurse for survival. Missed nursing care is likely clinically relevant to whether VLBW infants develop an infection, develop a brain hemorrhage, or even die. Given post-pandemic staffing shortages and the increased burden placed on nurses, routine measurement of missed care and managerial efforts to prevent it could be vital to improving the health and life course of VLBW infants.
Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, to Receive the 17th Claire M. Fagin Distinguished Researcher Award
The biennial award honors the best scholarly qualities that Dr. Fagin, the School’s third Dean, exemplified. It is given to a Penn Nursing faculty member, or a graduate from the School’s doctoral program, who has made a distinguished contribution to nursing scholarship. Matthew D. McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, CRNP, FAAN, The Independence Chair for Nursing Education, Professor of Nursing, and Director of the School’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, is a stellar nurse scientist with national and international stature and impact. He is renowned for his program of research that addresses critical problems that affect the nursing profession and enhances health system quality. The award presentation will be on April 13, 2023.
Illinois Nurse Staffing Legislation Predicted to Reduce Hospital Deaths and Improve Care
According to a new study published in the scientific journal BMJ Open, proposed state legislation in Illinois—HB 2604 Safe Staffing Limits Act– would significantly improve nurse staffing in hospitals and likely save thousands of lives. The cost of improving nurse staffing could be offset by cost savings achieved by the impact of better nurse staffing on shorter length of hospital stays.
CHOPR RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTED IN THIS IMPORTANT NEW YORK TIMES OPINION BY LYDIA POLGREEN (JAN 18, 2023)
“We studied Medicare patients in NY and found that better staffing ratios could have prevented more than 4,000 deaths and saved upward of $700 million in medical costs over a two-year period.” Linda H. Aiken
LINDA AIKEN TELLS NBC NEWS WHY Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. hospitalized patients experience harmful events
“We consistently find that one of the major explanations for poor patient outcomes is insufficient numbers of nurses at the bedside,” she said. “Having a sufficient number of nurses is a building block for safety.”
WRITING FOR MYAMERICANNURSE.COM,MAGNET4EUROPE (m4E) NURSES DETAIL THEIR JOURNEY TO achieve Magnet® recognition across international boundaries.
The article focuses on the M4E partnership between the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from the City of Brotherly Love, & Universitätsklinikum Münster from the City of Peace.
INVESTIGATORS call on the federal government to change Medicare’s nurse-staffing policies to fix nurse shortages in HOSPITALS. more
“It is past time for the federal government to step in with strategic and specific interventions to eliminate chronic understaffing and nurse shortages in hospitals permanently, not just during COVID.”