Linda Aiken Awarded Christiane Reimann Prize

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Linda Aiken Awarded Christiane Reimann Prize

Influential researcher wins

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On May 27, Linda H. Aiken, RN, M.N., Ph.D., FAAN, FRCN, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and one of the world’s most influential nurse researchers, will receive nursing’s highest international award: the 2017 Christiane Reimann Prize.

Nurse Staffing and Patient Outcomes

Even if her name doesn’t ring a bell, Linda Aiken’s research has probably touched your practice. A past president of the ANA, a professor of sociology and the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, Aiken has spent much of her career making the case for better work environments and better education for nurses, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her work on the relationship between nurse staffing and patient outcomes helped to shape California’s mandatory minimum staffing ratios and similar rules in other nations. Aiken’s research also underlies the now-familiar Institute of Medicine recommendation that at least 80 percent of RNs have a BSN or better by 2020.

Contributions to Nursing or Humanity

The ICN awards the Christiane Reimann Prize only once every four years, honoring RNs whose work has made significant international contributions to nursing or humanity. Honorees receive not only a statuette, but also a cash prize paid from a trust established by the award’s namesake, former ICN Executive Secretary Christiane Reimann, RN, M.A., upon her death in 1979. Our March issue included a profile of Reimann and her influential tenure with the ICN. If you missed that story, you can find it on

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