Dr. Jeannie P. Cimiotti, DNSc,
RN, of Philadelphia, PA, associate professor of the College of Nursing and executive
director, New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing (NJCCN), was formally
notified last week of her selection as Fellow of the American Academy of
Nursing (FAAN). The induction ceremony will be held in October 2013, during the
40th National Meeting and Conference of the American Academy of
Nursing at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Capitol Hill, Washington DC.
Cimiotti is the first researcher
to establish compelling evidence that poor hospital practice environments and
associated nurse burnout undermine best practices for infection
prevention. Her recent publication in
the American Journal of Infection Control received extensive media coverage,
showing that her work is getting through to the public, healthcare
administrators, and practitioners (Cimiotti et al., 2012). Findings from her research showing higher
rates of infection associated with nurse burnout provide significant support that
healthcare organizations need to continue to improve work environments to
better patient care outcomes and staff satisfaction.
Her scholarship impacts her
focus as executive director of the NJCCN, established by the New Jersey
Legislature as a primary source for data-based evidence to formulate reliable
health policy that has a positive impact on nursing care, nursing education,
and patient outcomes. The Center studies and analyzes healthcare workforce
issues and provides recommendations to the New Jersey governor and legislature
on policy affecting healthcare workforce.
According to Dr. Linda L.
Aiken, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor of Nursing & Sociology, and
Director, Center for Health Outcomes Policy Research, University of
Pennsylvania, Cimiotti’s research agenda “is innovative in ways that open up
whole new areas of inquiry.” Aiken adds that Cimiotti’s first authored paper in
the Journal for Healthcare Quality (Cimiotti, 2012) examines nursing resources
for hospitalized children in 3 types of hospital arrangements: pediatric units in general hospitals,
pediatric hospitals in larger hospital systems, and freestanding children’s
hospitals. She finds that freestanding children’s
hospitals have significantly better nursing resources in terms of staffing and
nurses’ education, as well as significantly improve practice environments. This
research then sets the stage for subsequent analyses to determine the extent to
which nursing explains better outcomes in freestanding children’s hospitals
which have generally been attributed to specialty physicians (Cimiotti, 2012).
Cimiotti is one of the few
workforce researchers who are testing models to determine interactions among
types of nursing resources and patient outcomes, which will contribute to comparative
effectiveness conclusions. Examples of
this work include the following findings:
improved nurse staffing in hospitals with poor work environments has no
effect on patient outcomes but a larger than expected effect when work
environments are good; and nurse specialty certification is associated with
lower hospital mortality but only among nurses with bachelor’s education.
The American Academy of Nursing, an independent
affiliate of the American Nurses Association, was established in 1973 to help
advance the profession of nursing through health policy and practice by
generating, synthesizing and disseminating nursing knowledge. The members of
the Academy, referred to as Fellows, are invited from various sectors of the
healthcare industry and nursing, with roles in management, academia, clinical
practice, and research. These Fellows are distinguished in their respective
areas of expertise, as well as visionaries in coursing the future direction of
nursing as a profession and discipline. Being selected as a Fellow is
considered a very distinctive honor in the nursing discipline, as inductees
become part of the select core of nursing leaders that take responsibility to
advance the status of nursing.
The College of
Nursing, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has campuses in Newark
and New Brunswick, offering generic, accelerated and RN-BS baccalaureate
programs, BS to DNP, BS to PhD, and post-Master doctorates (Doctor of Nursing
Practice and Doctor of Philosophy).
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