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Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FRCN
Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, Professor of Sociology,
and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Linda Aiken conducts extensive research on the health care workforce and the quality of health care in addition to serving on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Her NIH-funded research uses performance measures to illustrate relationships between nursing care and patient outcomes. The compiled research base motivates hospitals to establish supportive working environments for nurses, because quite simply, patients fare better when nurses fare better.


Chris McCarthy, MPH, MBA
Director, Innovation Learning Network
Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

Over the course of 10 years of working with Kaiser Permanente, Chris McCarthy has immersed himself in experiencing a nurse’s work setting while actively exploring ways to optimize the time spent with patients. He has developed and shared real-life solutions that help create a better environment for both nurses and their patients. McCarthy’s health care innovations have included models for safer medication administration for patients and more robust shift changes in staffing strategies


Marla Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN
CEO, American Nurses Associations (ANA)
Silver Spring, MD

Weston, a nurse leader with nearly 30 years of diverse management experience in health care operations, is the chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association; the American Nurses Foundation (ANF); and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Prior to joining ANA, she led Weston Healthcare Consultants, assisting hospitals across the country to optimize their nurse staffing

Information about additional speakers to be posted.