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Styles Credentialing Research Grants

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has supported research grants to investigate the relationship between credentialing in nursing and quality outcomes in health care since 2002 through the the Margretta Madden Styles Credentialing Research Grants Program, which is administered by the Nursing Research Grants Program of the American Nurses Foundation.

Credentialing research in nursing is inquiry into the impact of credentialing and credentialing variables (standards and criteria) on healthcare performance and outcomes for nurses, patients, and organizations. Credentialing research provides evidence for credentialing standards and generates knowledge about how the public and the profession benefit from credentialing.

Research priorities of the Margretta Madden Styles Grant

Current research priorities for proposals to the Margretta Madden Styles Credentialing Research Grant include:

  • The relationship of credentialing to competency
  • The relationship between credentialing and patient outcomes
  • Identifying and filling in the gaps in the credentialing research literature

For application details

To read more about credentialing research, see the National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine) report Future
Directions of Credentialing Research in Nursing: Workshop Summary (2015) at

What credentialing programs does ANCC offer?

ANCC offers four credentialing programs, one for individuals and three that credential organizations. The Certification program provides certification examinations to individual nurses in a variety of nursing specialties. For a list of other nursing specialty certifications available, please visit the member list posted on the American Board of Nursing Specialties website. ANCC's credentialing programs for organizations are:

  • The Magnet Recognition Program®,
  • The Pathway to Excellence® Program
  • The Accreditation Program® for providers and approvers of continuing nursing education.

Each program defines multiple standards that organizations must meet to become credentialed. For example, the Pathway to Excellence Program is based upon six practice standards that characterize a positive work environment, with each of these standards containing specific criteria.

View all credentialing programs

Previous Recipients of the Margretta Madden Styles Credentialing Research Grant:

Eileen Lake, PhD, RN
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
How Missed Nursing Care Influences the Patient Care Experience and Readmission in Magnet® and Non-Magnet Hospitals

Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Predicting Likely Candidates for Successful Magnet Applications Among Hospitals in Europe

Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Understanding Adoption and Diffusion of the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program as an Organizational Innovation for Hospital Quality

Ann Kutney-Lee, PhD, RN
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
The Magnet Transformation: A Panel Study of Outcomes in Emerging Hospitals

Amy Witkoski Stimpfel, PhD, RN
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
The Association Between Magnet Hospitals and Patient Satisfaction

Olga F. Jarrin, PhD, RN
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Evidence for a Pathway to Excellence in Home Health Care

Lesly Kelly, PhD, RN
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Are Patient Outcomes Better in Magnet Hospitals?

Amany A. Farag, PhD, RN
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Keeping Patients Safe: Impact of Leadership Style, Unit Climate, and Safety Climate on Safe Medication

Elena O. Siegel, PhD, BS, RN
Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, Portland, OR
Exploring the Management and Administrative Roles of Directors of Nursing Positions in Nursing Homes

2008 Marie Boltz, PhD, RN, GNP-BC New York University College of Nursing, New York, NY Nurse Certification and Patient Outcomes in NICHE Medical-Surgical Units

No award

2006 Andrew C. Mills, PhD, MSN(R) Saint Louis University School of Nursing, St. Louis, MO Effect of Magnet Hospital Designation on Patient Outcomes

Elizabeth Ann Coleman, PhD, RNP, AOCN
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Effect of Certification on Nursing Sensitive Outcomes

Jeanine Seguin, MS, APRN, BC
Widener University, Chester, PA
Dissertation Award: A Psychometric Analysis of an Instrument that Tests Genetic Knowledge Patterned on the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) Standards of Genetic Clinical Practice

No award

Kathleen L. Bobay, MSN, RN, CS
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Dissertation Award: Defining and Measuring Expertise in Clinical Nursing Practice

Susan Tullai-McGuinness, MSN, MPA, RN
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH Dissertation Award: Exploring the Home Health care Nursing Practice Environment

1The Margretta Madden Styles Credentialing Research Grant funded by Stryker Medical, a division of the Stryker Corporation.

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