Feb 21 2013
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Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge: What’s in the Latest Issue

Have you signed up to receive Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge? The monthly Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) e-newsletter will keep you up to date on the work of RWJF’s nursing programs, and the latest news, research and trends relating to academic progression, leadership, and other critically important nursing issues.  These are some of the stories in the February issue:

RWJF Scholars Work to Strengthen Rural Nursing
Remote communities like Crawford, Colo. and Chokio, Minn. now have improved access to local health care, thanks to programs that are offering distance education and other innovative ways to educate nurses. Suzan Ulrich, DrPH, CNM, FACNM, associate dean of midwifery and women’s health at Frontier Nursing University and an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, is just one of the RWJF scholars working to increase access to high quality nursing care in underserved and hard-to-reach rural areas. Several Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future programs—from Alaska to Wyoming to North Carolina—also are focused on improving care in rural communities.

RWJF Nurse Scientist Discovers New Health Benefits of Tai Chi
During her 15 years studying and practicing nursing in Hong Kong, Ruth E. Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, FAHA, learned firsthand about the health benefits of Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art involving slow physical movements, extended concentration, and relaxed breathing. A cardiovascular nurse scientist and RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar, Taylor-Piliae was well aware of the health benefits of Tai Chi and wondered if the practice carried similar benefits for stroke survivors, a population she studies in her research. She conducted a study on the effects of Tai Chi in adult stroke survivors, often prone to losing their balance, and found that the practice may reduce falls.

RWJF Scholar Takes Helm of Nursing Journal
In early January 2013, Patricia Morton, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, took over as editor of the Journal of Professional Nursing, a publication for nurse educators published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Morton, an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, plans to carry out her new responsibilities on top of her full-time duties as professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and as a nurse practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center. 

Investing in Nurses and Nursing
Since its inception in 1972, RWJF has helped shape the ongoing transformation of nursing, while positioning nurses to assume an expanded role in the health care system of the 21st century. RWJF has invested more than $538 million in nursing programs, an indication of the importance of nursing in the Foundation’s vision of the future of health care. The latest issue of Charting Nursing’s Future looks at RWJF’s investment in nursing-related programs and their impact on nurses’ ability to improve care and to strengthen the nursing profession.

See the entire February issue here. Sign up to receive Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge here.

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