Christine T Kovner

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Christine T Kovner

Mathy Mezey Professor of Geriatric Nursing

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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
AcademyHealth
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)
Distinguished Alumna Award, New York University, College of Nursing (2012)
Nursing Outlook Excellence in Policy Award for “State Mandatory Overtime Regulations and Newly Licensed Nurses’ Mandatory and Voluntary Overtime and Total Work Hours.” (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)
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)
Honorary Recognition Award, New York Counties Registered Nurses Association (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)

Publications

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

Kovner, C., Raveis, V. H., Van Devanter, N., Yu, G., Glassman, K., & Ridge, L. J. (2021). Nursing Outlook, 69(5), 744-754. 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.03.019
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Background: Infectious disease pandemics, such as COVID-19, have dramatically increased in the last several decades. Purpose: To investigate the personal and contextual factors associated with the psychological functioning of nurses responding to COVID in the New York City area. Method: Cross sectional data collected via a 95-item internet-based survey sent to an email list of the 7,219 nurses employed at four hospitals. Findings: 2,495 nurses responded (RR 35%). The more that nurses cared for COVID patients as well as experienced home-work conflict and work-home conflict the higher the nurses' depression and anxiety. When asked what has helped the nurses to carry out their care of patients the most common responses were support from and to co-workers, training in proper PPE, and support from family/friends. Discussion: Understanding the potential triggers and vulnerability factors can inform the development of institutional resources that would help minimize their impact, reducing the risk of psychological morbidity.

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
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Abstract
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
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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
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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 Use (or Should It Be Utilize?) Big (Maybe Gigantic?) Words When Little (Maybe Miniscule?) Words Will Do?

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Covid-19 rages on around the world

Kovner, C. (2020). Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice, 21(3), 131. 10.1177/1527154420946993

Does unit culture matter? The association between unit culture and the use of evidence-based practice among hospital nurses

Jun, J., Kovner, C. T., Dickson, V. V., Stimpfel, A. W., & Rosenfeld, P. (2020). Applied Nursing Research, 53. 10.1016/j.apnr.2020.151251

History and the Future

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