Aiken is the director of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR). The National Institute of Nursing Research provided a $2.9 million grant to CHOPR for the survey, which is titled Panel Study of Effects of Changes in Nursing on Patient Outcomes. RWJF, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the Hillman Foundation, and the Boettner Center also provided funding.
“Our study will examine organizational-level changes over time in nurse inputs in education, staffing, skill mix, and work environment between 1999, 2006 and 2015,” Aiken said in a statement on CHOPR’s website. “The great strength of this project is that in creating a panel of organizational observations, we can see where change has occurred and why.”