Ann Kutney-Lee, PhD, RN -- Emily Tuthill, BSN, RN

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American Nurses Foundation 2013 Annual Report


Innovative Scholars
Shaping care practices through nursing research

To achieve Magnet designation — the ultimate credential for high-quality nursing — health care organizations undergo a rigorous review and application process. With support from the American Nurses Foundation, Ann Kutney-Lee, PhD, RN, is studying emerging Magnet hospitals to find out how this recognition influences outcomes. “These results will provide some of the first longitudinal evidence of the relationship between Magnet credentialing and the outcomes of nurses and the patients they care for,” she explains.

For nearly 60 years, ANF’s Nursing Research Grants Program has been helping nurses like Kutney-Lee conduct innovative studies that shape care practices and launch larger scientific health research. More than $185,000 in research grants was awarded in 2013 thanks to contributions from organizations and individuals. Twenty projects in total were funded, including one submitted by Emily Tuthill, BSN, RN, who studies health behavior change among breastfeeding HIV-positive mothers in South Africa. “Through applying behavioral change theory we aim to provide a practical and innovative approach to increase the practice of exclusive breastfeeding, which is the cornerstone to public health measures focused on child survival and improved overall infant health.”

Recognized for its high caliber and rigorous scientific review, the program is only growing stronger. In 2014, with an increased award budget of $250,000, the number of applicants more than doubled to 171 nurses. Also new in 2014 is a special clinical research focus supported by the American Nurses Credentialing Center — which had funded Kutney-Lee’s 2013 grant — in Magnet and non-Magnet facilities.

For a full list of 2013 scholars, visit