Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge: The January 2014 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 January issue:
Patients Slowly Gaining Access to Care Provided by Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
In recent years, several states have taken steps to ease restrictions on advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), indicating that efforts to empower them and improve patient access to care are picking up steam. However, many consumers still lack unfettered access to care provided by APRNs because two-thirds of states do not allow them to practice without physician supervision—and even in states that do, APRNs aren’t always able to practice independently.
Stronger Primary Care System Is Goal of RWJF Scholar
RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Margaret Flinter, PhD, APRN, has been at the center of three movements: community-oriented primary care, the growth of the community health center movement, and the growth of nurse practitioners as primary care providers. She founded the country’s first formal post-graduate residency training program for new nurse practitioners, and co-directs The Primary Care Team: Learning from Effective Ambulatory Practices, a national project supported by RWJF that is working to help health care organizations develop and accelerate innovations.
Health Leaders Rally Supporters to Continue Transforming Nursing
Three years into a national movement to transform the nursing profession to improve health and health care, leaders came together recently to rally supporters at the Institute of Medicine’s 2013 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Lecture. Leaders in the field, including Donna Shalala, PhD, FAAN, former head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and chair of the Committee on the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, acknowledged many successes and urged nurses and their allies to “seize the opportunity” to transform nursing. More than 1,000 people viewed the lecture online.
Assuring Better State-Level Nursing Workforce Data Systems
The first step to ensuring there will be enough nurses to meet growing demands for health care services is to possess robust and accurate data on the nursing workforce. However, the foremost data source on the demographics, location, and practice behaviors of U.S. nurses has been discontinued. A new set of briefs, developed by a team of researchers funded by RWJF’s Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, provides information and guidance to help states build and maintain nursing workforce data systems that will help answer questions about the current and future supply, distribution, diversity, and demand for nurses.