Mar 21 2012
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Sharing Nursing's Knowledge: What's in the February Issue

Are 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 February issue:

United States in Search of Nurses with Geriatrics Training

As the leading edge of the baby boomers reach retirement age, there aren’t enough nurses with competencies in geriatric care to meet the surging need for their services. One of the key ways to ensure that nurses are able to provide optimal care for the elderly is to include geriatric content in nursing school curricula, experts say, and some efforts are underway to make that happen.

“Texas Team” Hits the Ground Running

Although only recently dubbed an Action Coalition, the “Texas Team” has been working to increase the capacity of nurse education in the state for years. Now, as they work to advance recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report, they have recruited more than 120 partner organizations from business, health care, academia, and other sectors.

Nurse-Led Program Helps Young, At-Risk Moms and Babies

Learn about the Nurse-Family Partnership, which sends nurses into the homes of new teen mothers to provide assistance, guidance and support. This highly successful evidence-based program is improving child health, developmental and maternal outcomes, and increasing the young women’s self-sufficiency. Now operating in 34 states, the Nurse-Family Partnership has touched the lives of more than 140,000 mothers and families since receiving a $10 million grant from RWJF in 1999.

Nurse-Scientist Explores Ways to Prevent Patient Safety Events in the Operating Room

Read a profile of RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar alumna AkkeNeel Talsma, whose research explores how perioperative practices, processes and staffing policies may contribute to postoperative infections. Talsma and her colleagues are currently collecting data from a network of Michigan hospitals to learn how their nurses prepare patients’ skin for surgery, and linking these processes with patient outcomes. They are sharing the results among participating hospitals to initiate local improvement projects.

See the entire February issue here. Sign up to receive Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge here.

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