Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge: The August 2013 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 August issue:
Nurses Advocate for Health System Change
Like so many others, nurses, too, have bad personal experiences with the health care system—but several RWJF Scholars have turned those challenges into efforts to make positive change. They are using their experiences with violence, bullying, poor care coordination, and other health problems to advocate for more access, better care, and other reforms.
Nurse Leader Combats Cancer Among African Immigrant Women
After a difficult experience trying to get care for her mother, RWJF Community Health Leader Ifeanyi (Ify) Anne Nwabukwu’s eyes were opened to the difficulties immigrants face accessing health care in the United States. Nwabukwu founded the African Women’s Cancer Awareness Association, which aims to address disparities in awareness, prevention, and access to quality health care services. The Association opens its doors to all people, but targets African immigrant women, and especially those who are underserved or uninsured.
A Fast Track to Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing
A new initiative designed to ease the transition between associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs opened its doors to its first class of students this summer. Based at the School of Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles, the program enables students with associate degrees in nursing to earn baccalaureate degrees in nursing in 12 months. Supporters say the program will eliminate redundant coursework, enhance diversity in the nursing workforce, and help develop more nurse leaders.