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AHCPR and American Academy of Nursing Announce Selection of First Senior Nurse Scholar
Press Release Date: September 20, 1995
The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, in conjunction
with the American Academy of Nursing, has announced the selection
of Christine Kovner, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., as the first nurse senior
scholar. Under this program, senior nurse scientists will help
AHCPR develop areas of investigation that integrate clinical
nursing care questions with critical issues of quality, cost, and
access to health care. Dr. Kovner is currently an associate
professor on the faculty of New York University's Division of
"We welcome this opportunity to engage the exceptional abilities
and experience in nursing science that Dr. Kovner brings to her
new role as senior nurse scholar," said AHCPR administrator
Clifton R. Gaus, Sc.D. "This appointment is especially important
at a time when the field of nursing is undergoing rapid and
Dr. Gaus said that while nursing staffs at many hospitals and
nursing homes are being downsized, new opportunities are opening
up for nurses in community health services, and in ambulatory
care settings. "The changes now underway in the nursing field
raise many important research questions relating to their effect
on workforce requirements, and the impact on costs and quality of
care," he said.
"We are pleased to collaborate with AHCPR in identifying talented
scholars who will work with interdisciplinary experts to address
critical health care problems," said Janet Heinrich, DrPH, RN,
FAAN, director of the American Academy of Nursing. The Academy,
an organization of nursing leaders operating under the aegis of
the American Nurses Association, is committed to the exploration
of policy issues in health care. "This is a wonderful opportunity
for Dr. Kovner to bring nursing's expertise in clinical outcome
measures together to focus on the quality of patient care," Dr.
Dr. Kovner will work with the AHCPR staff to develop a research
agenda, and to identify data sources and researchers that can
contribute to studies of nursing work force issues. "We will
focus initially on reviewing studies that examine the
relationship between the organizational structures of health
care delivery systems and measures of quality of care and clinical
outcomes; this may include, for example, studying the effects on
quality and outcomes of using nursing units dedicated to care of
patients with HIV disease, versus dispersing such patients
throughout the hospital for care in a non-specialized nursing
"By identifying organizational structures that are associated
with high quality care and positive clinical outcomes,
researchers will be able to develop benchmarks or guidelines for
establishing optimal organizational structures and an adequate
mix of nursing skills in acute care hospitals," Dr. Kovner
Dr. Kovner has completed several health policy research studies
which focused on nursing care costs and health workforce issues.
These included a 1992 study for the New Jersey Department of
Health on nursing care models comparing the cost of care and
patient outcomes. She also collaborated on two studies in New
York State, including a study of the estimated future supply and
demand for health care personnel in New York City.
The nurse senior scholar program is associated with AHCPR's
Center for Primary Care Research, which supports studies of
primary care, and clinical, preventive and public health policies
and systems. These include studies of the effectiveness of
education, supply, and distribution of the health care workforce.
Nurse senior scholars are appointed to serve for one year.
Dr. Kovner received her BSN from Columbia University. She
completed a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of
Pennsylvania and earned her PhD from the New York University. An
active researcher and educator in public health nursing, Dr.
Kovner was the recipient of a postdoctoral research fellowship
from the National Center for Health Services Research and Health
Care Technology, the Public Health Service agency which was
predecessor to AHCPR. Dr. Kovner is the author of numerous
articles and chapters on nursing resource use and the cost of
For additional information, contact AHCPR Public Affairs at
(301) 427-1364: Karen Migdail, (301) 427-1855; or
the American Academy of Nursing: Lucia Katsouros, (202)