Jun 30 2014
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Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge: The June 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 related to academic progression, leadership, and other essential nursing issues. Following are some of the stories in the June 2014 issue.

Campaign for Action Is Chalking Up Successes that Will Improve Patient Care
Three years after it launched, the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is making steady progress on nurse education, practice, interprofessional collaboration, data collection, and diversity, according to a series of indicators released last month. Led by RWJF and AARP, the Campaign has created Action Coalitions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia that are working to implement recommendations from the Institute of Medicine. “Because of the Campaign, there’s more awareness about the importance of preparing the nursing workforce to address our nation’s most pressing health care challenges: access, quality, and cost,” says RWJF Senior Program Officer Nancy Fishman, MPH.

Pioneering Nurse Scientist Addresses Asthma-Related Disparities
Kamal Eldeirawi
, PhD, RN, a pioneering scientist with expertise in immigrant health, was born in the Gaza Strip in Palestine, where he saw the profound impact of poverty and disadvantage on health in his own community. A career in nursing, the RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar believed, would allow him to make a difference at both the individual and population-wide levels. Today, Eldeirawi, is researching risk factors that contribute to asthma in Mexican American children living in the United States, and the effects of immigration and acculturation on children’s health.

Becoming a Magnet Hospital Can Increase Revenue, Offset Costs of Achieving Magnet Status
A new study by RWJF’s Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative shows that, on average, hospitals accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as Magnet Hospitals see an annual increase in revenue of more than $1.2 million. “Since Magnet Hospitals have better patient outcomes, we suspect that these increases in revenue reflect increased reimbursement rates from private insurers, relative to non-Magnet Hospitals,” said Richard C. Lindrooth, PhD, who worked on the report. “The higher costs likely reflect a combination of the cost of providing high quality care and, to a lesser extent, a shift toward treating more complex cases.” To date, 393 U.S. hospitals have achieved Magnet status.

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Tags: Campaign for Action, Future of Nursing, HC Website Feature, Health Care Workforce, Health Disparities, Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, Nurse Faculty Scholars, Nursing, Social Determinants of Health