More Nursing on RWJF.org, August 2014

    • August 13, 2014
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Fourteen Schools of Nursing to Receive Grants to Prepare PhD Nurses

The Future of Nursing Scholars program, a multi-funder initiative led by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), aims to help reach the Institute of Medicine goal to double the number of nurses with doctorates in the United States. The program announced the first 14 schools of nursing selected to receive grants to support nurses as they pursue their PhDs. In addition to RWJF, United Health Foundation, Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the Rhode Island Foundation are supporting the grants as part of this inaugural cohort. See which schools of nursing were selected.

New on the RWJF Human Capital Blog

Learn more about a surprising study on the nursing workforce, led by Peter Buerhaus of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Among the findings Buerhaus reports: “First, there has been a great surge of interest in nursing since the mid-2000s, and this has been reflected in a dramatic increase in the number of graduates from associate- and baccalaureate-degree nursing programs. And second, RNs are, on average, spending more time in the workforce—about 2.5 more years than did their peers back in the 1980s and 1990s.” He says these phenomena may help delay the nursing shortage, but are unlikely to mean the nation will avoid it.

Read about RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar alumna Laurie Theeke’s research into loneliness, which she blogs is a significant stressor that contributes to multiple chronic conditions, as well as a predictor of functional decline, depression and mortality in older adult populations. Theeke’s research team has developed a new intervention for loneliness.

See an interview with RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program alumna Juliann Sebastian, president-elect of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. Sebastian discusses her interest in building partnerships and her views on the value academic nursing brings to health care. “I believe a focus on the inherent benefits of collaboration will yield better outcomes for the health of our nation and our world,” she says.

See more nursing posts on the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

Read Past Issues of Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge

Read previous and archived issues of this newsletter, including: a story on nurse innovations in geriatrics and gerontology; a new degree program that combines nursing with biomedical engineering; and a profile of New Jersey Nursing Initiative Co-Director Aline Holmes, who earned her doctorate at age 67 to inspire other nurses to continue their education. See the July issue and read archived issues of Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge.

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