Maja Djukic, an assistant professor at the NYU College of Nursing, is one of 12 outstanding nursing educators to win a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program this year. Djukic received a three-year, $350,000 award to promote her academic career and support her research. The Nurse Faculty Scholar award is given to junior faculty who show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing.
For the proposed study, Djukic will collaborate with nurse leaders from the nation’s largest public health system, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, which serves a primarily low-income and diverse population. She will survey about 300 nurse managers employed at 11 hospitals within this system to explore personal and organizational factors associated with the implementation of evidence-based nurse work environment improvement strategies.
“What I am proposing has not been investigated before,” Djukic says. “My program of research will make important contributions to the emerging, interprofessional field of implementation science, where traditionally the focus has been on identifying factors associated with implementation of evidence-based disease prevention and treatment strategies by clinicians.”
The need for the study is partly informed by preliminary findings from Djukic’s prior research with a national sample of early career nurses in the United States. In it, only about 40 percent of nurse managers report being very prepared to use evidence to inform their practice. Djukic’s goal with this study is to help transform nurse manager practice by developing novel interventions to support nurse managers in leading collaborative efforts to redesign nurse work environments as a fresh approach to securing high-quality patient care.