Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge: The July 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 July issue:
Public Health Nurses Satisfied With Their Jobs, In High Demand
“It was so fulfilling to be seen as that kind of community resource and be able to have an impact on the lives of so many people at once,” RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program alumna Joy Reed, EdD, RN, FAAN, president of the Association of Public Health Nurses, says of her first job with a local health department. A report from RWJF finds that public health nurses are satisfied with their jobs and feel they are making a difference in their communities, but they have concerns about job stability, compensation, and career growth in light of budget-tightening at many state and local health departments.
Nurse Historian Helps Build “Nest” for Nurse Scholars
A nurse, a nurse educator, a historian of nursing, and a nurse administrator at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, is now adding another title to her lengthy resume: co-director of the Future of Nursing Scholars program, a new $20 million initiative launched by the RWJF that will support some of the best and brightest nurse scholars as they pursue research-focused doctorates in nursing.
Rhode Island Launches Innovative Nurse Residency Program
The Rhode Island Action Coalition has created a statewide nurse residency program that will educate nurses in settings beyond hospitals and health care agencies, where most nurse residency programs are based. Under the Rhode Island program, participants will have opportunities to practice not just in acute care settings but also in community health clinics, visiting nurse services, long-term care facilities, behavioral health hospitals, and developmental disability providers. The Action Coalition is also supporting legislation that would advance the practice rights of certified registered nurse anesthetists and collaborating with partners to build a “minimum data set” that would shed more light on demand for nurses in the state.