Category Archives: Palliative care
By Sally Welsh, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Executive Officer, The Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing
On July 15, 2012, the Palliative Nursing Leadership Institute became a reality.
The institute was a joint project supported by the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Association (HPNA) and the Hospice and Palliative Nursing Foundation (HPNF). Leadership development is a cornerstone of HPNA’s mission statement, which is: “Leading the way to promote excellence in the provision of palliative nursing care through leadership development, education, and the support of research in the field.”
The guiding vision for the Palliative Nursing Leadership Institute is “a national health care system in which every patient has access to quality palliative nursing care.” The mission of the institute is to “develop leaders who will embrace, utilize, and integrate palliative nursing concepts into professional nursing practices throughout the health care system, as achieved through a model of education and mentoring.”
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 latest nursing news, research and trends. Here are descriptions of some of the stories in the September issue:
Advocates Call on Nurses to Take Leading Role in Palliative Care
The United States is facing a growing need for palliative care, which focuses on symptom relief and optimizing quality of life at all stages of serious illness—but the country has a serious shortage of palliative care providers. Experts say nurses can help fill the void. Advanced practice registered nurses can provide high quality palliative care, and nurse leadership can help reshape and build the field.
Study: Nurse-Led Intervention Can Dramatically Reduce Deadly, Costly Infections
A study funded by the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative (INQRI) reveals that combining several tested and proven practices for preventing central line associated bloodstream infections with a program to improve safety, teamwork and communication can dramatically reduce infection rates. While health care teams using the bundles were interdisciplinary, in each unit, nurses were responsible for ensuring adherence to the intervention.
Nurse’s Mobile App Idea Helps New Parents
Anna Wroble, a nurse and a mother of four in Nevada, recently won a contest sponsored by Dignity Health, a national hospital chain, for her idea for a mobile application that would enable parents to track their babies’ growth during the first year of their lives. The NICU Baby Growth Tracker app—one of three projects that received funding through the contest—became available for free download in August.
2012 RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars: The Next Generation of Leaders in Academic Nursing
Twelve talented and diverse junior nurse faculty from across the country have been chosen as the fifth cohort of RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars. The award is given to junior faculty who show outstanding promise as future leaders in academic nursing. It is designed to promote their academic careers, support their research, and reduce the severe nurse faculty shortage that is facing the nation. Each scholar receives a three-year $350,000 grant to pursue research, leadership training in all aspects of the faculty role, and mentoring from senior faculty at his or her institution.