The New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has named two new program directors to replace founding director Susan Bakewell-Sachs, who is leaving the state. The new directors are Aline M. Holmes, MSN, RN, of the New Jersey Hospital Association, and Susan W. Salmond, EdD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. They will lead this innovative program, which is addressing the state’s nurse faculty shortage.
Recent actions in Iowa and Nevada will improve care for patients and make that care more accessible. The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that advanced registered nurse practitioners can supervise fluoroscopy, a high-tech X-ray and imaging procedure; and Nevada lawmakers enacted a measure that allows advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently and expands their prescriptive authority. Read more.
Keep Up With the Campaign for Action
Want to keep up with the latest news from the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action? Bookmark the Campaign for Action page on RWJF.org. It features the latest work of Action Coalitions across the country. You can also stay up-to-date with the Campaign on social media, on its new Facebook and Twitter pages.
Toward a More Diverse Health Care Workforce
“We often see the benefits of diversity as being for minorities. We seldom see that the majority benefits as well,” RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Angela Amar writes on the RWJF Human Capital Blog as part of a “carnival” on diversity in the health care workforce. She recounts her personal experiences challenging stereotypes held by patients and students. Diversity also plays a role in pain management, Nurse Faculty Scholar Martin Schiavenato writes, because race and culture matter in determining the quality of clinical care.
Also on the Human Capital Blog, Janice “Nisa” Bruce writes about New Mexico’s “remarkable and revolutionary” work to provide seamless baccalaureate education for aspiring nurses, so community college students can more easily complete BSNs. See more nursing posts on the RWJF Human Capital Blog.
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