Sharing Nursing's Knowledge: What's in the Latest Issue
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 May issue:
A growing number of people are re-starting their careers by becoming nurses and, in so doing, helping to curb a looming nursing shortage and making valuable additions to the nursing workforce. Many second career nurses are able to enter the workforce quickly thanks to accelerated nurse education programs, which enable students to earn baccalaureate degrees in 12 to 18 months and master’s degrees in two to three years.
Pamela Austin Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN, CEO of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), is leading a new RWJF-supported initiative called Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN). APIN represents an historic collaboration among four of the nation’s largest nursing groups to lead a nationwide effort to help new nurses earn baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing and transition into practice.
The North Carolina Action Coalition has made significant strides in advancing the recommendations in the Future of Nursing report: the Coalition has begun a dialogue with key health care leaders across disciplines to remove unnecessary regulatory and reimbursement requirements; is working to create a common course catalog of pre-requisites for RN-to-BSN programs across all state-funded nursing schools; and is encouraged by the addition of a graduate nursing leadership course at East Carolina University to better equip nurses to lead change through participation on hospital and other health-related boards.
The Neighborhood, a unique and innovative online teaching application developed by RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Jean Giddens, RN, PhD, FAAN, is being used in schools of nursing across the country to engage students in concept-based learning. The Neighborhood includes 48 diverse “patient” and “health professional” characters, each with his or her own medical history and biography. The stories in The Neighborhood are written from the patients’ perspectives through narratives and video vignettes posted online, which help bring the characters’ stories more vividly to life and provide context for learning about health conditions.