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 March issue:
RWJF Announces Initiative to Support State Efforts to Transform Health Care through Nursing
RWJF has announced a new $3 million initiative to help states prepare the nursing profession to address our nation’s most pressing health care challenges—access, quality, and cost. The Future of Nursing State Implementation Program will bolster efforts already underway in 50 states and the District of Columbia—the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action—to transform health care through nursing and meet the challenges stemming from an aging and more diverse population. The initiative is providing two-year grants of up to $150,000 to 20 state-based Action Coalitions.
Nation’s Nurse Leaders Convene in D.C.
Nurses and health leaders from across the country assembled in the nation’s capital in early March to advance a national campaign to transform the nursing profession in order to improve health and health care. Hundreds of participants from state Action Coalitions shared ideas and developed plans to move their collective agenda forward at the Campaign for Action National Summit. The summit was designed to help Action Coalition leaders and supporters identify their own priorities and understand those of other Action Coalitions, develop strategic plans to actualize those priorities, come up with new ways to increase their impact, and align state-level work with the national agenda.
Boosting Nurse Education Gives Patients a Better Chance After Surgery
Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found that a 10-point increase in the percentage of nurses holding baccalaureate degrees at hospitals was associated with an average reduction of 2.12 deaths for every 1,000 patients; they found an even greater reduction in deaths for patients with complications. The study, “An Increase in the Number of Nurses with Baccalaureate Degrees is Linked to Lower Rates of Postsurgery Mortality,” was published in the March issue of Health Affairs. The study stems from the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a collaboration between RWJF and AARP.
RWJF Scholar Tackles Childhood Obesity
Shanda Johnson, MS, RN, APN-C, FNP, doctoral candidate at the Rutgers University School of Nursing and grantee of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, is doing her part to curb the obesity epidemic by researching and exploring how neighborhood safety, family, and acculturation affect the weight of adolescent Latinas. The New Jersey Nursing Initiative is a project of RWJF and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation.