Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge: The November 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 essential nursing issues. These are some of the stories in the November issue:
For decades, experts have called for more team-based care but the movement has gained traction in recent years with more health professions schools incorporating interprofessional education into their coursework. Proponents say this kind of education will prepare students to practice in coordinated, well-functioning health care teams, which in turn will help meet increasing, and increasingly complex, patient needs. Officials in several professions are considering making interprofessional education and training a requirement for accreditation for health professions colleges and universities.
In South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Community Health Leader Debbie Chatman Bryant has dedicated her career to helping the underserved get medical care and stay healthy. In her role as assistant director of Cancer Control and Outreach at Hollings Cancer Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Bryant has helped increase the number of screenings done by the Center’s mobile unit, trained lay patient navigators, developed a voucher system to cover co-payments and eliminate financial barriers, expanded outreach, and more.
After seeing first-hand, early in her nursing career, the importance of social interaction for patients with mental illness, New Jersey Nursing Scholar Sheila Linz decided to focus her research on social isolation among this population. Linz recently published a paper that offers solutions that can be implemented in nursing practice to help people with severe mental illness engage with the outer world and develop a better sense of who they are. “People with mental illness have much more going on in their lives than just their mental illness,” she says.