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Aiken To Give NINR Director’s Lecture

Dr. Linda H. Aiken
Dr. Linda H. Aiken

Dr. Linda H. Aiken will present the first of this year’s four NINR Director’s Lectures on Thursday, Mar. 2 from 11 a.m. to noon in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. In her talk, “Nursing’s Impact on Patient Outcomes,” Aiken will describe her program of research showing that nurses with higher levels of qualifications, fewer patients to care for and improved working environments have better patient outcomes.

Aiken is the Claire Fagin leadership professor of nursing, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She conducts research on the use of performance measures to demonstrate relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes and is the author of more than 300 scientific papers. Her research awards include the Baxter Health Services Research Prize, the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award, the Individual Codman Award from the Joint Commission and the National Academy of Medicine’s 2014 Lienhard Award for the cumulative impact of her research on the improvement of personal health services. She has directed studies of the impact of nursing on patient outcomes in more than 30 countries. 

Aiken is a former president of the American Academy of Nursing, an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. 

The NINR Director’s Lecture series is designed to bring the nation’s top nurse scientists to NIH to share their work and interests with a transdisciplinary audience. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit

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