When you’re ready for something, life opens the door for you. – Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN (09:29-09:35)

Ellen T. Kurtzman, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, is a health services researcher and a tenured associate professor of nursing with secondary appointments in the university’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration. In this week’s episode, let’s get to know her more.


Part One of ‘2020: Year of the Nurse an Interview with Ellen Kurtzman’

Dr. Kurtzman teaches health policy, research, and statistics. Her investigator-initiated research explores the impact of federal, state, and institutional policies on health care quality and the role of the healthcare workforce in achieving higher-value care.

From 2014-2016, Dr. Kurtzman served as the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)/Academy Health Policy Fellow, which placed her “in residence” at NCHS to collaborate with federal researchers and access NCHS restricted data assets. From 2011 to 2012, was an affiliate scholar at the Urban Institute’s Health Policy Center. Serving as both a collaborator from 2007-2010 and Visiting Nurse Scholar from 2010-2011 with the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at The University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kurtzman advanced and built policy support for a model of care for chronically ill elderly, referred to as the Transitional Care Model.

Many times, in my career, I’ve done projects that people
have told me not to do, but I felt like they were important. And they’ve turned out to be the projects that had the
biggest impact. – Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN

Before joining academia, Dr. Kurtzman served in senior capacities for organizations such as the American Red Cross, National Quality Forum (NQF), American Health Care Association, National PACE Association, and the Partnership for Behavioral Healthcare. While at NQF, she was the architect of national consensus standards for measuring nursing’s contribution to quality. She also led NQF’s national efforts to establish a hospital and home health care quality and performance standards.

Dr. Kurtzman received her PhD in public policy and Administration from GW’s Trachtenberg School, her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, Dr. Kurtzman was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Part Two of ‘2020: Year of the Nurse an Interview with Ellen Kurtzman’

She went from being a bedside nurse to getting a degree in public health and then a doctoral degree in public policy. But her research program has always been on how the policy environment influences the delivery of health care in this country.

She is currently investigating the impact of marijuana legalization on nursing care and patient outcomes.  Her recent work has also explored team-based care’s role in the quality of office-based physician practices and the prevalence of opioid prescribing in ambulatory care settings. She has led studies examining the quality of care and the services delivered by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the impact of occupational restrictions on clinician practice, the effect of Medicaid expansion on community health centers, and the influence of performance-based payment programs on practitioner behavior.

If you’re a health care professional, you have to do the standard gold stuff to establish your expertise.
– Melissa Batchelor, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN (30:46-30:56)

Throughout her career, Dr. Kurtzman has pursued unique extramural collaborations to advance her scholarship. From 2018-2019, she was one of only eight mid-career professionals selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Policy Fellows program. During her year on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, she worked in the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, The Honorable Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and the Office of the Surgeon General, Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH.

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