Eunhee Cho

PhD, RN

Professor

Yonsei University

Republic of Korea

Eunhee Cho is a professor at the Yonsei University College of Nursing in Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Cho has significantly contributed to research and policy in solving nursing care quality deficits, preventable adverse patient outcomes, and nurse shortages in hospitals and nursing homes in South Korea. She designed and evaluated skilled nursing units in 20 nursing homes requiring RNs relating to increasing substitution of non-nurses for nurses. These units reduced hospitalization, emergency room use, and outpatient and home health care service use. The Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare and National Health Insurance Service has committed to continue funding skilled nursing units and expanding them nationally. Dr. Cho also directed the replication of the influential study RN4CAST in 60 South Korean hospitals, resulting in informed safe nurse staffing policies in the country. Her rigorous studies published in high-impact international journals has contributed to nursing by demonstrating that safe nurse staffing, BSN education, and good work environments are critical to good patient outcomes in the Asian context; thus, contributing to the growing evidence that nursing resources have the same positive effects on improving patient outcomes in differently organized and financed health care systems.

Dr. Cho earned her BSN and MPH from Korea University and Seoul National University, respectively. She completed MSN and PhD degrees at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) at the University of Pennsylvania.

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