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Pillars of nursing: Kovner’s research provides lasting impact on nursing


Christine Tassone Kovner, RN, MSN, PhD, FAAN, is a professor at the New York University College of Nursing, serves as a senior fellow for the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU and is a nurse attending at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Kovner began her clinical career in public health nursing.

Through the years, her career has moved into nursing education and nursing research, both fields in which she has left her mark. “The biggest impact I have made was in teaching students about health policy and doing research that informs policy on nurse staffing, improvements in nurse work environments and patient safety,” she said.

As part of her commitment to nursing research, Kovner has served as principal researcher on a number of projects. A highlight, according to Kovner, was serving as a Senior Scholar in Residence at what now is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Rockville, Md.

Since 1985, she has participated in more than 20 funded research projects. One of her most notable efforts was her RN Work Project, the only multistate, longitudinal panel study of new nurses’ turnover rates, their intentions and attitudes including intent, satisfaction, organizational commitment and preferences about work.

“I obtained funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a 10-year study of nurses’ work trajectories and development of the website,” she said. Kovner and colleague Carol S. Brewer, RN, PhD, FAAN, of the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) School of Nursing, began the project in 2006 as a national study to track career changes among new nurses. The study will continue with foundation funding until 2016.

Along with authoring more than 85 book chapters, numerous journal articles and editorials and co-authoring four editions of the book “Financial Management for Nurse Managers and Executives,” Kovner also has served as a reviewer and panelist for numerous state and federal committees, most recently the Health Resources and Services Administration’s longitudinal expert panel and the Scientific Merit Review Meeting of the TriService Nursing Research Program.

Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.


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