Kerstin Dittmer

Kerstin Dittmer


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Kerstin Dittmer is a state licensed nurse. From 2010 to 2014, she studied at the Catholic University of Applied Science North Rhine-Westphalia, first in Nursing Science and later Nursing Care Management. In her master thesis, Kerstin Dittmer did an organizational diagnostics on a ward for patients with private health insurance and analyzed the effects on the nurses and work flows.

After being in nursing management, Kerstin Dittmer moved on to the Institute of Medical Sociology, Health Services Research, and Rehabilitation Science of the University of Cologne in the department of Health Services Research as a research associate in June 2017.


Magnet Model Podcast

The Magnet Model is a great example of an evidence-based approach that leads to a higher percentage of satisfied nurses, lower turnover, fewer vacancies, improved clinical outcomes for patients, greater nurse autonomy, and enhanced patient satisfaction.

But what is a Magnet Hospital? What does Magnet4Europe have to do with it, and what can be the important variables in the German health system creating a magnetism that attracts and retains professional nurses on its staff?

We discuss these questions in this podcast in two parts.

In the first podcast, I talk with health services researcher Nora Kobertz about the origins of the Magnet Concept and the Magnet Model Components. Nora Kobertz shares her experiences with the Magnet4Europe study, connecting current nursing challenges in hospitals to the Magnet Model. She outlines ways in which the concept can be applied in Germany.

Continuing the topic of the Magnet Concept, Nora Kobertz and I speak with Lynn Newberry. She currently works at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Education and Outreach Program Manager. Lynn Newberry gives us a vivid account of her long-time experience guiding a hospital on the path to becoming a Magnet Hospital and how she created a positive professional environment for nurses that leads to improved outcomes for staff, patients and organizations. It’s important to be aware and listen to the staff on the front line and support them in their work.

  • Organizational health services research
  • Qualitative methods
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Process design
  • Beckmann, M., Dittmer, K., Jaschke, J., Karbach, U., Köberlein-Neu, J., Nocon, M., … & Pfaff, H. (2021). Electronic patient record and its effects on social aspects of interprofessional collaboration and clinical workflows in hospitals (eCoCo): a mixed methods study protocol. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), 1-10.
  • Dittmer, K., Hower, K. I., Beckmann, M., Karbach, U. & Pfaff, H. (2021). A qualitative study of the adoption of Value Stream Mapping in breast cancer centers. European journal of oncology nursing 54, 102037
  • Pfaff, H., Karbach, U. & Dittmer, K. (2019). Kommunikationswandel im digitalen Krankenhaus. In A. Elmer, D. Matusiewicz & T. Althammer (Hrsg.), Die digitale Transformation der Pflege. Wandel. Innovation. Smart Services (1. Auflage, S. 147–152). Berlin: Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft.