Award: Dr. Norma Lang
Norma Lang, professor of nursing, has been honored by the Joint
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for her
leadership role in promoting the use of performance measures to
improve health care services. She was named the individual winner
of the 2001 Ernest A. Codman Award, which will be presented on November
8, during the National Conference on Quality and Safety in Health
Care. She is the first woman and the first nurse to receive this
Her work to identify standards and measures to evaluate the quality
of nursing care is used to guide nursing policy throughout the world.
This nursing quality model---known as the Lang Model---has been
adopted in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
for the physician regarded as the "father of outcomes measurement,"
the Ernest A. Codman Award showcases the effective use of performance
measurement, thereby enhancing knowledge and encouraging the use
of performance measurement to improve the quality of health care.
Joint Commission salutes Dr. Lang for her superb efforts in enhancing
the quality of care for patients," says Dr. Dennis S. O'Leary,
Commission president. Her accomplishments "underscore the productive
innovations that can be achieved by measuring and using outcomes
to improve patient care processes."
would like to share this honor with all practicing professional
nurses who are the minute-by-minute determiners of the quality care
received by patients," said Dr. Lang. "To recognize me
is to recognize the essential contributions made by more than two
million nurses in this country. It is a great honor to follow previous
awardees who are considered the great leaders in the field of quality
health care. It bodes well for nursing to have a nurse--and thus
nursing--recognized as major contributors to the quality of health
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 10, October 30, 2001
October 30, 2001
Volume 48 Number 10