Linda Aiken Receives Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses Top Award
Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the award at the AMSN Annual Convention where she was also the keynote speaker.
The annual award recognizes "the extraordinary contributions of a nurse towards the enhancement of health care... through research, education and practice... and who is recognized as an outstanding nursing leader."
Aiken, a University of Pennsylvania Professor in both the School of Nursing and the School of Arts and Sciences, is the Director of the Nursing School's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and an LDI Senior Fellow. She is internationally renowned for her studies of the nursing environment's logistics and quality and their connections to patient outcomes.
An expert on the causes and consequences of nurse shortages in the United States and around the world, Aiken leads the International Hospital Outcomes Consortium studying the impact of nursing on patient outcomes in 13 countries, and directed the Nursing Quality Improvement Program in Russia and Armenia.
Her funded NIH research has received numerous awards including the Individual Codman Award from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for leadership utilizing performance measures to demonstrate relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes.
She has previously been honored with the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award, the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, and the Episteme Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing.
Aiken is a former President of the American Academy of Nursing, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.