Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge: What’s in the April 2013 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 April issue:
More Nurses Climbing Education Ladder
Over the last century, nursing education has shifted from hospital-based diploma programs to colleges and universities, which offer associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in research and practice. Today, enrollment in higher degree nursing programs is on the rise, according to a 2012 survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Read about RWJF scholars who are continuing their education, and what the Institute of Medicine says about a more highly educated nursing workforce.
In Indiana, Physicians and Nurses Work Together to Transform Nursing
In the Indiana Action Coalition, the partnership between physicians and nurses runs deep. “Nursing can’t change health care alone,” co-lead Kimberly Harper says, and many doctors, pharmacists, and other professionals she works with agree—and are championing the effort to advance nursing because they believe it will ultimately benefit patients. Improving interprofessional education and collaboration is a top priority for the group.
RWJF Scholar Pioneers Innovative Program to Help Low-Income Elderly Age at Home
Sarah Szanton, PhD, CRNP, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and an RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar, has developed a program that sends teams of nurses, occupational therapists, and “handymen” to the homes of low-income, frail elderly participants for 16 weeks. After an assessment of all functional areas, the participant decides on functional goals, such as taking a bath or walking to church, as opposed to medical ones, such as reducing blood sugar or blood pressure levels. The program is having extraordinary success, helping seniors age in place and saving taxpayers money.