Oct 11 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Nurses' assessment of quality of care, climate change, domestic violence, and more.

Around the country, print, broadcast and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows and grantees. Some recent examples:

A study led by RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, CRNP, finds that nurses are extremely accurate and reliable assessors of the quality of care in the hospitals in which they work. In the study, nurses’ reports of excellent quality care corresponded with higher levels of patient satisfaction, better scores for processes of care, and better results for patients in the hospital with regard to mortality and failure to rescue. Becker’s Hospital Review and Advance for Nurses are among the outlets to report on the findings. Read more about the study.

New Mexico Business Weekly reports that the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico has been recognized by the nonprofit Excelencia in Education as one of America’s top programs that is increasing academic opportunities for Latino students.

Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, CRNP, a Nurse Faculty Scholar, spoke to the Baltimore Sun about his research on drug-resistant bacteria and “whether MRSA eradication among people who are HIV positive should focus on the person's entire household, and not just the individual.”

NJ Spotlight reports on the work of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) to help address the state’s nurse and nurse faculty shortage. “The Nursing Initiative’s flagship program, the Faculty Prep Program, comprises 61 nurse scholars (nurses and doctoral-prepared nurses) who have committed to being nurse faculty in New Jersey,” the story reports.

RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research recipient Edward W. Maibach, PhD, MPH, was interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle about how the issue of climate change will influence the presidential election. Maibach is the director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, and recently co-authored a study that tested possible “frames”— the context in which problems and solutions are discussed—for making the case for action on greenhouse gas emissions. Read more about the study.

The Banner cites a study by RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Kate Strully, PhD, MA, that examined the long-term health effects of being laid off from a job. People who lost their jobs through no fault of their own were 54 percent more likely to report fair or poor health, she found, and had an increased risk of new stress-related health conditions even after becoming employed again.

Investigator Award recipient Ilan H. Meyer, PhD, is co-author of a study that finds higher rates of domestic violence among bisexual women and gay men, EDGE Boston reports. The researchers say the reasons “are unclear.”

KBIA-FM spoke to Nurse Faculty Scholar Tina Bloom, PhD, RN, about the “One Love App” that she and other researchers at the University of Missouri have developed to provide information and resources to combat partner abuse.

Tags: Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico, Health & Society Scholars, Health Care Quality, Human Capital News, Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research, Media Coverage, New Jersey Nursing Initiative, Nurse Faculty Scholars, Research & Analysis