Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge: The September 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 September issue:
Wanted: Young Nurse Faculty
Nearly three-quarters of full-time nurse faculty are 50 and older, and the nurse faculty workforce is on the brink of a mass retirement. Most young nurses have chosen to work in other settings, and the insufficient number of young nurse faculty threatens to exacerbate the looming nurse shortage. Read about what is stopping young nurses from entering academia, and how RWJF programs are encouraging faculty careers.
RWJF Fellow Tapped to Head New Diversity Initiative in California
RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Mary Lou de Leon Siantz was tapped in June to head up the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS) at the University of California, Davis, which aims to increase the participation of women, and Latinas in particular, in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The appointment of a Latina nurse to this high-profile position calls attention to the often overlooked fact that science undergirds the nursing profession, and to the valuable role that women, and Latinas, play in scientific endeavors.
Nurse Leader Raises Awareness About the Environment’s Impact on Health
Laura Anderko, an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program alumna and nationally recognized nurse leader known for her pioneering work at the intersection of health and the environment, was recently recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change.” Because of the award, she was invited to discuss her work with top government officials and other “champions” at the White House—a day that helped her achieve her mission of raising awareness about the link between climate change and public health in the United States and around that world.
Bullying: When Words Get in the Way
Verbal abuse of nurses by their colleagues in health care settings is an ongoing and well-documented problem. Now two studies published by the RWJF RN Work Project demonstrate that high levels of such abuse have a significant negative effect on victims. The studies reveal that newly-licensed registered nurses who are on the receiving end of verbal abuse have lower job satisfaction, greater intent to leave their jobs, and more negative perceptions of their work environments.