Linda Flynn, PhD, RN, FAAN
2015 Rutgers School of Nursing Outstanding Alumna
Dr. Flynn was the first graduate of the PhD program at the former Rutgers College of Nursing and has become one of the premier nurse scientists working in patient safety, quality, and outcomes, particularly related to nurse staffing and organizational climate. She is a highly respected teacher who has demonstrated excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level, supervising capstone projects in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and supervising PhD dissertations.
Dr. Flynn has an active program of research that is extramurally funded and widely published in top-rated peer review journals. She has an established program of research focusing upon safety, quality, and outcomes of patient care, with particular focus upon organizational climate. She has published four data based research articles that are multi-site studies where the hospital serves as the unit of analyses. These very complex studies are extremely difficult to execute, seeking institutional support and IRB approval from multiple sites, and demanding complicated analytical strategies.
Dr. Flynn has collaborated on nationally significant health policy research that is directly impacting patient safety and quality and focuses upon the health of the people of New Jersey. The most recent manuscript that Dr. Flynn collaborated on compared nurse staffing ratios in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with mandated nurse-patient ratios in California. This highly significant and widely cited manuscript concluded that if hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey staffed nurses to patients at the same rate as those in California (which are mandated by law), mortality would be reduced by some 14% in these states. These findings are still reverberating through organizations like the hospital associations because of the cost implications.
Dr. Flynn is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Being a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing is a very high honor that belongs only to some 1500 nurses out of the 2.3 million nurses in the United States. Currently, Dr. Flynn is professor & Associate Dean Academic programs at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing.