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CHOPR Prominently Featured in International Council of Nurses Report

Research from Penn Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) is highlighted throughout the International Council of Nurses (ICN) recently released resource and evidence toolkit: Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health. This important resource comes out as nurses are on the frontlines caring for critically ill patients  in the COVID-19 pandemic, and comes in advance of International Nurses Day (IND) in the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, which will be celebrated on May 12, 2020.

CHOPR research on improving care environments and nurse staffing are featured with chapters from Director Linda Aiken, PhD, the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, and Associate Director Matthew McHugh, PhD, the Independence Chair for Nursing Education. There are citations to CHOPR’s research throughout the report. 

Aiken noted: “Florence Nightingale said if we have evidence and don’t act we are going backwards. There is an abundance of evidence that safe nurse staffing and work environments that support professional nursing practice save lives and money. It is past time to act on the evidence and improve nurse staffing and work environments in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other settings. Nursing the World to Health is a call to action and provides best practices to guide new practices and policies.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic shows for all to see how important nurses are to life, health and wellbeing. Research shows that chronic nurse understaffing in health care settings puts the public at risk during emergencies as well as usual circumstances,” said McHugh.