Jeannie P. Cimiotti, PhD, RN, FAAN is an Associate Professor, tenured, in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She is an internationally recognized health services researcher with expertise in nurse workforce issues and the quality of patient care. Dr. Cimiotti uses an interdisciplinary approach better understand the work-related outcomes of acute care nurses and the patients for whom they provide care. Her research has been cited for its expertise on nurse outcomes such job dissatisfaction and burnout and patient outcomes, specifically healthcare-associated infections and the sequela of infection such as extended lengths of stay, hospital readmissions, and mortality. Her work on healthcare-associated infections has been recognized with widespread press coverage not only in the U.S., but globally including NBC News, the Daily Mail, Modern Healthcare, and National Public Radio (NPR).

Prior to her appointment at Emory University, Dr. Cimiotti held academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey and the University of Florida. She is currently adjunct associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania and associated faculty with the Atlanta Veterans Healthcare System Quality Scholars Program. She has served as a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for ICUs, the U.S. News and World Reports Best Hospitals for Common Care medical advisory panel; and a special emphasis panel for the National Institutes of Health. She currently serves as a Health Services Research & Development reviewer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Cimiotti is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academies of Practice, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Areas of Expertise

Health Policy
Health Services Research
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Aiken, L. H., Sloane, D. M., Barnes, H., Cimiotti, J. P., Jarrin, O. F., & McHugh, M. D. (2018). Nurses’ and patients’ appraisals show patient safety in hospitals remains a concern. Health Affairs. 37(11), 1744-1751.

Mazella Ebstein, A. M., Sanzero Eller, L., See Tan, K., Chermiss, C., Ruggiero, J., & Cimiotti, J. P. (2018). Relationships among coping, occupational stress and emotional intelligence in newly hired oncology nurses. Psycho-Oncology.

Azevedo, F., Rodrigues, M. C., & Cimiotti, J. P. (2018). The work environment of intensive care units. Acta Paulista de Enfermagem, 31(2), 217-223.

Dutra, H. S., Cimiotti, J. P., & Guirardello, E. B. (2018). Nurse work environment and job-related outcomes in Brazilian hospitals. Applied Nursing Research, 41, 68-72.

Olds, D. M., Aiken, L. H., Cimiotti, J. P., & Lake, E. T. (2017). Association of nurse work environment and safety climate on patient mortality: a cross-sectional study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 74, 155-161. PMID: 28709013
De Cordova, P., Johansen, M. J., Martinez, M. E., & Cimiotti, J. P. (2017). Emergency department weekend presentation and mortality in patients with myocardial infarction. Nursing Research, 66(1), 20-27. PMID: 27977565

Torsten, O. S., Vera, A., Antons, D., & Cimiotti, J. P. (2017). Fighting healthcare-associated MRSA bloodstream infections: Lessons from English hospital organizations. Health Services Research, 52(3), 959-983. PMID: 27329446

Johansen, M. L., de Cordova, P., Martinez, M. E., Duan, W., & Cimiotti, J. P. (2015). The implications of nurse resources on cardiac care in the emergency department. Applied Nursing Research, 28(2), 2010-2. PMID: 25085809

Kutney-Lee, A., Witkoski Stimpfel, A., Sloane, D. M., Cimiotti, J. P., Quinn, L. W., & Aiken, L. H. (2015). Changes in patient and nurse outcomes associated with magnet hospital recognition. Medical Care, 53(6), 550-7. PMID: 25906016

Cimiotti, J. P., Barton S. J., Sloane, D. M., Gorman, K. C., & Aiken, L. H. (2014). Nurse reports of resource adequacy in hospitals that care for acutely ill children. Journal for Healthcare Quality. 36(2), 25-32. PMID: 22713115

Aiken, L. H., Cimiotti, J. P., Sloane, D. M., Flynn, L., & Neff, D. F. (2012). The effects of nurse staffing and nurse education on patient deaths in hospitals with different nurse work environments. Journal of Nursing Administration, 42(10), S10-S16. PMID: 22976889

Cimiotti, J. P., Aiken, L. H., Sloane, D. M., & Wu, E. (2012). Nurse staffing, burnout, and healthcare-associated infection. American Journal of Infection Control, 40(6), 486-90. PMID: 22854376


Dr. Cimiotti teaches across three academic programs at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She is the primary faculty member associated with Emory University’s prestigious Robert F. Woodruff Scholars and Fellows Program.

NRSG 508 Woodruff Scholars Seminar

NRSG 509 Woodruff Scholars Seminar

NRSG 510 Woodruff Scholars Seminar

NRSG 710 Principles of Health Outcomes Research

NRSG 730 Measurement and Design in Clinical Research


Dr. Cimiotti ‘s program of research examines the organizational factors associated with poor patient care. Using large amounts of data such as those available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other government agencies she is positioned to better understand the factors associated with delivery of acute care services and the associated patient outcomes. Her research on nurse burnout and healthcare-associated infections received global recognition and the Paper of the Year Award from the American Journal of Infection Control.

Dr. Cimiotti’s curriculum vitae outlines her current research awards which are funded through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).