Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge: The December 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 the foundation’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 December issue:
School nurses play a vital role in improving the health of children and the public, yet students in one-quarter of the nation’s public schools have no access to a school nurse. Still, need is rising as medical advances allow more premature babies and others with severe health conditions to survive. Several RWJF Scholars are working to address this problem, as is the National Association of School Nurses.
Barbara Nichols has been a nurse since before the advent of CPR, ICUs, and pre-mixed narcotics. She came of age during the days when segregation was institutionalized, and became the first Black president of the American Nurses Association. Throughout her illustrious career, Nichols has helped others from underrepresented backgrounds enter and advance in the profession. Today, she is working with the Wisconsin Action Coalition and the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, to help diversify the nursing workforce.
The New Jersey Action Coalition (NJAC) has received $1.6 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to prepare new registered nurses for practice at long-term care facilities in the state. The NJAC will use the funds to develop, implement, and evaluate the nation’s first nurse residency program at long-term care facilities. New Jersey has the third highest hospital readmission rate for geriatric adults with chronic diseases among the states.
The November issue of Health Affairs focused on redesigning the health care workforce. It featured research and commentary by RWJF scholars regarding the vital role that nurses play in the changing field. “In a fast-changing health care system, one thing is constant: Nurses have always played, and will always play, a pivotal role,” RWJF Senior Adviser for Nursing Susan B. Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN, writes. “From the design to the delivery of care, from prevention to clinical practice to policy, and from research to reimbursement issues, nurses are at the very center of care.” In addition to Hassmiller’s commentary, the issue featured RWJF-funded studies that show relying more heavily on nurses, and ensuring they can practice to the full extent of their education and training, can help mitigate the looming primary care physician shortage and reduce health care costs.