Jeffrey M. Adams, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, has joined BWH as senior nurse scientist in the Center for Nursing Excellence and executive director of the Workforce Outcomes Research and Leadership Development Institute (WORLD-Institute).
As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation executive nurse fellow and an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) scholar, Adams has devoted his career to nursing research. He has developed and published the Adams Influence Model (AIM), which defines the factors, attributes and process of influence and power as they relate to nursing leaders, and the Model of the Interrelationship of Leadership, Environments & Outcomes for Nurse Executives (MILE ONE), which provides structure for nursing administration education and practice.
The WORLD-Institute is a novel academic and practice collaboration among BWH, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation that studies nursing leadership. Members of the consortium will study and test the impact of new leadership development models on the effectiveness of clinical leaders and their impact on clinical, workforce and organizational outcomes—in hopes of improved effectiveness, productivity and joy in the workplace, healthier and more supportive work environments for staff, and improved outcomes for patients, families and their health care providers.
“While we know that health care leadership contributes to improved outcomes, the WORLD-Institute is designed to solidify this evidence base through empirical findings that pool researcher knowledge and organizational resources to optimize outcomes for our workforce and patients,” said Adams. “This initiative is innovative because it simultaneously addresses well-established needs of practice, research and education in a way that has never been done before.”
Adams is the author of a book, The Adams Influence Model (AIM): Understanding the Factors, Attributes and Process of Achieving Influence, and multiple peer-reviewed articles. He earned his master of science in Nursing Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate from the Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship training at the Massachusetts General Hospital Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research. Prior to joining BWH, Adams was a director at Massachusetts General Hospital for five years.