Dr. Aiken: Codman Award
Dr. Linda H. Aiken, the Claire
M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing,
has been named the winner of the 2003 Ernest A. Codman Award
for individuals. She was recognized by The Joint Commission
on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for
her leadership role in utilizing performance measures to
draw attention to important issues in nursing care.
Dr. Aiken, director of the Center
for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and professor of
sociology, has been a dominant and influential leader and
researcher in the field of nursing outcomes research for
the past two decades.
Named for the physician regarded
in health care as the "father of outcomes measurement,"
the Ernest A. Codman Award showcases the effective use of
performance measurement by health care organizations and
recognizes industry leaders who have achieved extraordinary
success in promoting and in using performance measurement
to improve the quality and safety of health care.
A panel of national experts in quality measurement and improvement
selected the recipients of the 2003 Awards.
"Linda Aiken has been a health
services research star for many years," said Dr. Dennis
S. O'Leary, JCAHO president. "It is especially fitting
that her seminal work in demonstrating clear relationships
between nursing care and patient outcomes is now getting
the attention that it, and she, richly deserves."
"I am very gratified that
JCAHO has recognized through this award the importance of
nurses, nurse staffing levels, and their work environment
to safe and effective hospital patient care," said
Dr. Aiken. "While I am thrilled to accept this individual
award, I am mindful that the work of many is reflected in
it, especially the members of the Center for Health
Outcomes and Policy Research at the School of Nursing, our
funding agencies, and many supporters. We believe this recognition
from JCAHO will help us to spotlight nursing on
the national health care agenda."