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Ruth A. Anderson, RN, PhD, FAAN
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Dr. Anderson is Virginia Stone Professor of Nursing and a Senior Fellow in the Duke University School of Nursing. She earned a BSN from Stockton State College in New Jersey, a Master of Science in Gerontological Nursing and Master of Arts degree in Social Gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania, and the PhD in nursing from The University of Texas at Austin. She has extensive experience teaching graduate courses in human and financial management, chronic illness, and outcomes in health care systems. She pioneered the application of complexity theory and management science in nursing in analysis of the institutional environment of the nursing home. Her studies of organizational structure, interpersonal relationships of staff and families, employee turnover and job satisfaction, and patterns of staff communication have given researchers new tools for implementing evidence-based changes in the care delivery practices in long term care facilities. Her research highlights the key role of interpersonal relationships in nursing home management, leading to a better understanding of how changes in management practices can improve relationship quality and increase staff retention while improving quality of life, health care, and health outcomes for older adults in long-term care facilities.  

"I use complexity science, organizational and nursing theory to bring together the constructs of communication and decision processes, relationship and interaction, organizational structures, context, resource allocation and health care outcomes.”



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