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 work of RWJF’s nursing programs, and the latest news, research and trends relating to academic progression, leadership and other critically important nursing issues. Here are descriptions of some of the stories in the November issue:
The Future of Nursing is Arriving
The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a nationwide initiative of AARP and RWJF, is working to transform health care by helping implement recommendations from the landmark nursing report issued two years ago by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In the time since the report’s release, nursing and other health experts have been transforming nursing education, nursing, and the country’s health care system.
Five Years of Progress
Since 2008, New Careers in Nursing (NCIN), a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, has facilitated scholarships for more than 2,700 students who entered accelerated degree nursing programs after completing bachelor’s degrees in areas other than nursing and, in some cases, working in other fields. NCIN has increased enrollment and diversity at schools of nursing, and led the way in shaping accelerated nursing programs and nursing education.
Minnesota Action Coalition Takes Aim at Nursing Shortage, Practice Restrictions, Leadership Opportunities
The Minnesota Action Coalition, barely a year old, is building on a long record of nursing collaboration in the state—including past projects funded by RWJF—to advance the recommendations of the Future of Nursing report. The Action Coalition used a survey of all the licensed registered nurses in the state to set its priorities, which include increasing the percentage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and removing barriers that prevent nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and training.
Helping Children with Terminal Illness Create Living Legacies
As Terrah Foster, an assistant professor of nursing and medicine at Vanderbilt University and an RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar, studied bereavement processes experienced by parents and siblings of children who died of cancer, she found that some ill children yearn to communicate feelings with loved ones and seek tangible ways to be remembered. Foster is now developing an intervention that will allow young patients to create remembrances about their lives. While studies have shown such “legacy” projects to be helpful to adults, there is little research into the effects of similar projects for children. “In adult populations, researchers have found that these kinds of projects have many benefits for both patients and their loved ones,” Foster says. “We hope to find out just what this kind of legacy project can mean for kids.”