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    • February 11, 2013

Tootsie’s Story

In a deeply personal two-part post, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholar Jennifer Bellot blogs about the medical error that caused complications that took her grandmother’s life, and how nurse-led care might have averted the problems. “No amount of industry knowledge on my part, no amount of elder advocacy and no keen interest in Medicare could have saved Tootsie from a textbook case of error, difficult transitions in care, unnecessary intervention, missed opportunities, and conflicting opinions and prognoses. No matter how good Tootsie’s medical care was, non-clinical factors such as hand-off communication, caregiver coordination and outpatient care management and support were overlooked. The critical piece that was missing or diminished in each of these instances was the role of the nurse. Her case was, simply and sadly, quite typical.”

Also on the RWJF Human Capital Blog

The RWJF Human Capital Blog features nursing news and perspectives several times each week, as well as information on RWJF-supported programs and people.

Read nurse-authored posts on health disparities: one by RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Gaurdia Elane Banister and one co-authored by RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Nalo Hamilton and Cheryl Woods Giscombé. See a post by Robin Newhouse, a grantee of the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, about the imperative to provide high quality, patient-centered care.

See all the nursing posts here.

Read Past Issues of Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge

Read previous and archived issues of this newsletter, including stories on the role of mentoring in nursing and a profile of RWJF New Careers in Nursing scholar John Pederzolli, who is taking lessons learned from a decade of chronic—but preventable—pain and applying them to his work as a nurse. Visit the homepage for Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge.

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