Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN
Dr. Linda Aiken is the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts & Sciences, Founding Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at Penn. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Her pioneering research has created an evidence base in over 30 countries showing the impact on patient outcomes of nurses caring for fewer patients each, having most nurses with bachelor’s or higher qualifications, and improving nurse work environments. Her research has improved health outcomes through policy; it influenced nurse staffing legislation in California, Massachusetts, Wales, Ireland, and Queensland, Australia; is incorporated in the National Academy of Medicine’s 2010 recommendation that 80% of US nurses have a bachelor’s degree by 2020, and the European Parliament’s 2013 decision to recommend university education for nurses in the European Union; and influenced the successful evolution of the Magnet Recognition Program®, a voluntary accreditation program for nursing that creates good clinical work environment that result in better patient outcomes.
Dr. Aiken has received the major awards in her field of health services and policy research, including the Gustav O. Lienhard Award from the National Academy of Medicine, the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award, the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, and the Christiane Reimann Prize from the International Council of Nurses.