Linda Flynn, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor, Director, Ph.D. Program, Rutgers School of Nursing

Recognized for her extensive research into the effects on patient outcomes of system factors such as nurse staffing levels and organizational culture, Dr. Linda Flynn serves as the Interim Senior Associate Dean of Nursing Science, a professor and the director of the PhD program at the Rutgers School of Nursing.

Her funded program of research extended beyond hospitals and into non-acute care settings, including home health care, nursing homes, and outpatient dialysis where findings influenced federal policy. Within the hospital setting, she quantified relationships among the practice environment, nurses’ safety practices, and the frequency of medication errors in 82 medical/surgical units. Building on those findings, she designed and tested the Nurse Manager in Action program (N-MAP) to improve patient safety. Currently, she is the co-lead on three PCORI-funded projects aimed at improving veteran health through healthcare system modifications.

In recognition of her accomplishments, Dr. Flynn was the recipient of Rutgers School of Nursing’s 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award. She is also the co-editor of the textbook, “Nursing Policy Research: Turning Evidence-Based Research into Health Policy.” She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2009, and is currently an honorary Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania.

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