Dec 30 2013

YOUR Favorite Blog Posts of 2013 – Part One

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Human Capital Blog published nearly 400 posts in 2013. Which were your favorites? Today and tomorrow, as the year comes to an end, we’re taking another look at the posts published on this Blog in 2013 that attracted the most traffic.

A Closer, More Dispassionate Look at Obesity  RWJF Scholar in Health Policy Research alumna Abigail Saguy, PhD, discusses how fatness went from being considered a fashion problem to a social problem, a medical problem, and finally the public health crisis we see it as today. She says social perceptions of weight have affected medical interpretations, and shares her concern that some efforts to promote healthy lifestyles will exacerbate weight-based discrimination. Saguy’s interview was also the post most-shared on social media this year, generating more than 2,200 “likes” on Facebook.

A Chief Nursing Officer Who Does Not Have a BSN-Only Hiring Policy in Place  In a blog that is both personal and provocative, RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow alumnus Jerry Mansfield, PhD, RN, shares his journey to become a nurse, the setbacks he overcame, and how he has fulfilled his commitment to lifelong learning. He also addresses how he reconciled his support for the Institute of Medicine’s future of nursing education recommendations with the steps he had to take to meet demand for nurses at his institution. Mansfield is chief nursing officer at University Hospital and Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, and a clinical professor at Ohio State University College of Nursing.

“Of All the Forms of Inequality, Injustice in Health Care is the Most Shocking and Inhumane” This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day blog, by RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Nalo Hamilton, PhD, RN, WHNP/ANP-BC, and Cheryl Woods Giscombé, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, provides a close look at the staggering cost of ethnic health disparities to the nation—and a plea to end those disparities. The headline is a quote from Dr. King himself. Hamilton is an assistant professor of nursing at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing; Woods Giscombé is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Affordable Care Act and Physician Supply This blog post reports on findings from a Congressional Research Service study that examined how the Affordable Care Act is likely to affect the nation’s supply of physicians, with a particular focus on its size, composition, and geographic distribution.  

Physician Turnover at Highest Rate Since 2005  This post reports on results from the annual Physician Retention Survey, from the American Medical Group Association and Cejka Search. It found health systems struggling to recruit and retain physicians, as the improving economy (a recovering housing market and higher stock prices) led more physicians to consider retiring or switching jobs. It rounds out the ten most-read posts on this Blog this year.

Check back tomorrow, December 31st, for the top five most-read posts on the RWJF Human Capital Blog in 2013. And revisit the top ten most-read posts on the RWJF Human Capital Blog in 2012 here.

Tags: Executive Nurse Fellows, Health Disparities, Nurse Faculty Scholars, Nurses and Nursing, Nursing, Physician Workforce, Public and Community Health, Scholars in Health Policy Research