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. These are some of the stories in the January issue:
Mentoring: A Boon to Nurses, the Nursing Profession, and Patients, Too
The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on the future of nursing found that mentoring is a good way to strengthen the nursing workforce and, in turn, improve the quality of care and patient outcomes. Mentoring helps nurses develop into the kind of leaders who can play a larger part in the development, design and delivery of health care. They also help with practical advice; see how mentors helped one struggling young nurse meet the challenges of balancing work and family.
RWJF Scholar Triumphs Over Chronic Pain and Brings Lessons to the Nursing Profession
After living with chronic––but preventable––pain for nearly a decade, RWJF New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholar John Pederzolli, RN, BS, finally found relief. Pederzolli’s struggle inspired him to become a nurse, which he was able to do because he received a New Careers in Nursing scholarship. Now a newly minted nurse in Ohio, Pederzolli says one good thing came out of his experience: an appreciation for listening—a skill that has already come in handy in his new career.
Nurse and non-nurse leaders are coming together to transform the nursing profession in Connecticut and improve health and health care for the state’s residents. The Connecticut Nursing Collaborative was established in 2008 when a group of nurse leaders began informal discussions about the need to cross institutional lines to generate change in the profession. In 2012, the collaborative was officially recognized as an Action Coalition, one of 50 state groups working to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine report on the future of nursing.
'A Healing Place' at the Rose Parade
Sally Bixby, RN, MS, CNOR, became the first nurse—and the second woman—in history to serve as president of the Tournament of Roses, a century-old celebration of flowers and football that takes place in California on the first day of every year. Bixby’s presidency inspired area nurses to create a float to thank nurses for the work they do, educate the public about the role nurses play in improving health and health care, and encourage more people to join the profession. Ten nurses representing diverse backgrounds and disciplines rode the float, called “A Healing Place,” during the parade.