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Institute focuses on leadership development and improved outcomes in health care workforce

Arizona State University

The Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Arizona State University's College of Nursing & Health Innovation have joined forces to create the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development Institute, also known as the WORLD-Institute.

The WORLD-Institute, a collaborative academic-practice consortium, will research, develop and implement evidence-based approaches to optimal leadership development for clinicians across all roles in the delivery of health care. Members of the new consortium will identify, share and optimize resources, and invest in the creation of new knowledge in leadership development.

Founding sponsors of the WORLD-Institute include Jacqueline Somerville, PhD, RN, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services at Brigham and Women's Hospital; Patricia Reid Ponte, DNSc, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Executive Director of Oncology Nursing and Clinical Services at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and Teri Pipe, PhD, RN, Dean of the College of Nursing & Health Innovation at Arizona State University.

"While there is evidence in the literature by Dr. Linda Aiken and others showing a strong relationship between the educational level of nurses and the clinical outcomes of patients, there is less available evidence about the relationship between nursing leadership competency and clinical and fiscal outcomes," Pipe said. "Measuring nursing leadership and understanding the most effective ways of developing nurse leaders--from the student experience all the way to the executive level--will be part of the work of the WORLD-Institute."

Members of the consortium will study and test the impact of new leadership development models on the effectiveness of clinical leaders and their influence over clinical, workforce and organizational outcomes. Anticipated results include improved effectiveness, productivity and joy in the workplace; healthy and supportive work environments for staff; and improved outcomes for patients, families and their health care providers.

Pipe sees a distinct advantage for the academic community as they focus on preparing graduates to be practice-ready leaders and strong professional assets for health care organizations. "We will be able to partner for research, and we will also be able to better understand how to make sure our curriculum reflects a strong and effective leadership development trajectory for students," she said.

The WORLD-Institute welcomes new members, partners and scholars who are dedicated to advancing evidence-based scholarly research and strengthening leadership potential in clinicians and health care providers. The consortium supports the mission of two prominent associations dedicated to advancing leadership development: the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).


Jeffrey M. Adams, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Professor of Practice at Arizona State University's College of Nursing & Health Innovation, and Visiting Scholar at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, assisted in initiating the WORLD-Institute's vision and will serve as its Executive Director.

For membership inquiries, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Adams at

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Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation
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About ASU's College of Nursing & Health Innovation--

Arizona State University's College of Nursing & Health Innovation (CONHI) is distinguished as a model for excellence in nursing and interprofessional practice, education and research. U.S. News and World Report ranked CONHI 24th in the country in 2015 for its master's programs in nursing, making it the highest-ranked in Arizona. Graduates from CONHI's BSN program have an NCLEX first-time pass rate of 92% compared to the national average of 82%. The AACN awarded CONHI the Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award for its partnership with Mayo Clinic Arizona. From our undergraduate programs, certificate programs and continuing education opportunities, to our nationally recognized graduate degrees, CONHI is recognized for advancing knowledge, innovative practice models, and new solutions to optimize the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities. To stay connected, follow CONHI on Facebook and Twitter.

About Brigham and Women's Hospital--

Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 793-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare. BWH has more than 4.2 million annual patient visits and nearly 46,000 inpatient stays, and is the largest birthing center in Massachusetts. The Brigham's medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in patient care, quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, and its dedication to research, innovation, community engagement, and educating and training the next generation of health care professionals. Through investigation and discovery conducted at its Brigham Research Institute (BRI), BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research on human diseases, more than 1,000 physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by nearly $600 million in funding. To learn more, visit BWH's online newsroom.

About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute--

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. It provides adult cancer care with Brigham and Women's Hospital as Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, and pediatric care with Boston Children's Hospital as Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Dana-Farber is the top-ranked cancer center in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report, and one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health grant funding. Dana-Farber has been an AMCC Magnet Designated Hospital since 2005. Follow Dana-Farber on Facebook and Twitter.

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