Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge: The March 2014 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 the Foundation’s nursing programs, and the latest news, research, and trends relating to academic progression, leadership, and other essential nursing issues. Following are some of the stories in the March issue.
Nurses Need Residency Programs Too, Experts Say
Health care experts, including the Institute of Medicine in its report on the future of nursing, tout nurse residency programs as a solution to high turnover among new graduate nurses. Now, more hospitals are finding that these programs reduce turnover, improve quality, and save money. Success stories include Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas, which launched a residency program to help recent nursing school graduates transition into clinical practice. Now, three out of four new graduate nurses make it to the two-year point, and five or six new nurse graduates apply for each vacant position.
Iowa Nurses Build Affordable, Online Nurse Residency Program
Some smaller health care facilities, especially in rural areas, cannot afford to launch nurse residency programs to help new nurses transition into clinical practice. A nursing task force in Iowa has developed an innovative solution: an online nurse residency program that all health care facilities in the state—and potentially across the country—can use for a modest fee. The task force was organized by the Iowa Action Coalition and supported by an RWJF State Implementation Program grant.
Nurse-Focused Care Transitions Education Program Gets National Attention
In February, the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation received a prestigious award from the American Health Care Association in part for its Care Transitions Education Project (CTEP), which trains nurses to lead and improve care transitions, which take place when patients are transferred from one care provider or setting to another. Transitions are associated with adverse events including medication errors, poor patient outcomes, and preventable readmissions to the hospital. CTEP is funded by Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future, a joint initiative of RWJF and the Northwest Health Foundation.
American Indian Nurse Fights ‘Curse’ of Culturally Insensitive Care
A series of family medical tragedies led Margaret Moss, now a prominent American Indian nurse scientist, to identify flaws in how the health care system serves American Indians. When she became a nurse, she began to understand even more about how the “system” undermines the health, and the lives, of native people. For example, Moss saw elders shun long-term care because “Anglo” facilities did not take into account the spiritual and cultural needs of patients. Today, Moss, an RWJF Health Policy Fellow alumna, is working to improve care for American Indians.