Christine T Kovner


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Christine T Kovner

Professor Emerita

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433 First Ave
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New York, NY 10010
United States

Christine T Kovner's additional information

Christine Tassone Kovner, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Mathy Mezey Professor of Geriatric Nursing at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and a senior faculty associate at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. She is also a professor of medicine at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, an affiliated faculty at NYU College of Global Public Health, and Editor-in-Chief of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice. She is a highly-respected nurse educator and researcher with more than 150 published articles. Kovner maintains an active research program involving studies on quality improvement, RN working conditions, and nursing care costs. For five years she was the principal investigator for the TL1 Pre- and Post-Doctoral Program of NYU's NIH funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Kovner was the principal investigator of a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation studying the career trajectories of newly licensed registered nurses over the first ten years of their careers. As a clinical nurse, she was proud to provide COVID vaccinations. 

Among her many honors, in 2019 Prof. Kovner received the Excellence in Policy Award from Nursing Outlook for “Diversity and education of the nursing workforce 2006-2016,” the IRGNI Research Mentorship Award from Academy Health (2018), the Eastern Nursing Research Society Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Research Award (2018), the Golden Pen Award from the Journal for Healthcare Quality (2007), and the Lavinia Dock Distinguished Service Award from the New York Counties Registered Nurses Association.

PhD - New York University
MSN - University of Pennsylvania
BS - Columbia University School of Nursing
Post-doctoral Fellowship - Robert Wagner School of Public Service, NYU

Nursing workforce
Community/population health

American Academy of Nursing Fellow
Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
Sigma Theta Tau
International Association of Clinical Research Nurses

Faculty Honors Awards

Distinguished Contributions to Nursing Research Award (2018)
IRGNI Research Mentorship Award, Academy Health (2018)
Treasurer, CGFNS International, Inc. (2016)
Nursing Outlook Excellence in Policy Award for “State Mandatory Overtime Regulations and Newly Licensed Nurses’ Mandatory and Voluntary Overtime and Total Work Hours.” (2012)
Distinguished Alumna Award, New York University, College of Nursing (2012)
Vernice Ferguson Faculty Scholar Award, New York University, College of Nursing (2010)
Golden Pen Award for “Exploring the Utility of Automated Drug Alerts in Home Healthcare,” Journal for Healthcare Quality (2007)
Health Policy and Legislation Award, New York University, College of Nursing (2006)
Honorary Recognition Award, New York Counties Registered Nurses Association (1999)
Best of Image Award in Health Policy Scholarship, for “Nurse Staffing Levels and Adverse Events Following Surgery in U. S. Hospitals," Journal of Nursing (1999)
Alumni Award for Distinguished Career in Nursing, Columbia University-Presbyterian Hospital Alumni Association (1996)
Distinguished Nurse Researcher, Foundation of the New York State Nurses Association (1994)
Lavinia Dock Distinguished Service Award, New York Counties Registered Nurses Association (1992)
Martha E. Rogers Scholarship Award, Upsilon Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau (1983)


Caring for Older Adults

Kovner, C., & Cortes, T. (2022). Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, 23(3), 147-149. 10.1177/15271544221105996

COVID-19 and the supply and demand for Registered Nurses

Kovner, C. (2022). International Nursing Review, 69(2), 118-120. 10.1111/inr.12759
There are concerns that the future balance between the supply and demand for nurses will result in major nursing shortages around the world. Some think that nurses are leaving nursing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United States, nurses may be leaving their jobs, but not nursing. Enrollments in nursing programs have increased. Nurse migration to the United States has decreased. This paper, using examples from the United States mainly, aims to explore the issue of supply of nurses and argues that it is not clear that we will have a worldwide nursing shortage going forward.

Eileen Sullivan-Marx Interview of Representative Lauren Underwood (Democrat-Illinois 14th District)

Sullivan-Marx, E., & Kovner, C. T. (2021). Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 22(4), 292-296. 10.1177/15271544211032561

Eileen Sullivan-Marx Interview of Representative Lauren Underwood (Democrat-Illinois 14th District).

Sullivan-Marx, E., & Kovner, C. T. (2021). Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 22(4), 292-296. 10.1177/15271544211032561

The psychosocial impact on frontline nurses of caring for patients with COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic in New York City

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The psychosocial impact on frontline nurses of caring for patients with COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic in New York City.

Kovner, C., Raveis, V. H., Van Devanter, N., Yu, G., Glassman, K., & Jean-Ridge, L. (2021). Nursing Outlook, 69(5), 744-754. 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.03.019
Infectious disease pandemics, such as COVID-19, have dramatically increased in the last several decades.

Psychosocial resilience: Challenges and facilitators for nurses from four New York City hospitals responding to the first wave of COVID-19, spring 2020: Qualitative findings from a mixed-methods study

Devanter, N. V., Raveis, V. H., Kovner, C., Glassman, K., Yu, G., & Ridge, L. J. (2021). Journal of Emergency Management, 19(9), 147-158. 10.5055/jem.0619
Frontline workers are at great risk of significant mental health challenges as a result of responding to large-scale disasters. We conducted a mixed-methods study to identify the challenges experienced and the resources nurses drew upon during this first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 in New York City (NYC). The qualitative data presented here are on 591 nurse participants in the qualitative arm of the study. Responses to qualitative questions were reviewed by one of the investigators to identify emerging themes. Two qualitative researchers used both deductive (guided by the Resilience Theory) and inductive approaches to analysis. Challenges identi fied by nurses included concerns about well-being and health risk; mental health symptoms such as depres sion, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping; fears about the ability to care for patients with severe life-threatening symptoms; and home-work challenges such as risk to family and friends; and lack of availability of institutional resources, particularly, personal protec tive equipment (PPE). Facilitators of resilience were institutional resources and support available; social support from coworkers, friends, and family; and positive professional identity. Recommendations for promoting resilience in future disaster/pandemic responses included clarification of disaster-related professional responsibilities, integration of disaster preparedness into professional education, and engage ment of nurses/frontline workers in preparation plan ning for disasters.

Research Informs Policy

Kovner, C. (2021). Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 22(2), 83-84. 10.1177/15271544211005048

Variables Associated With Nurse-Reported Quality Improvement Participation

Djukic, M., Fletcher, J., Witkoski Stimpfel, A., & Kovner, C. (2021). Nurse Leader, 19(1), 76-81. 10.1016/j.mnl.2020.06.009
Lack of staff engagement in quality improvement (QI) is a persistent challenge in improving quality in health care. In this study, we examined variables associated with nurse-reported participation in QI using data from over 500 registered nurses employed in US hospitals. Of the 16 studied variables, based on the adjusted multivariate regression analysis, the following were positively associated (p < 0.05) with nurse-reported participation in QI: working in advanced practice nursing and manager roles versus staff nurse role, working a full-time work schedule versus a part-time work schedule, and reporting higher levels of procedural justice, quantitative workload, and work motivation.

Why Don't U.S. Nurses Get COVID-19 Vaccines

Kovner, C. (2021). Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, 22(4), 243-244. 10.1177/15271544211053999