More Nursing on, August 2013

Public health nurses, the primary care workforce, and more.

    • August 5, 2013

Nursing on the RWJF Human Capital Blog

Public health nursing is about a lot more than taking blood pressures, getting health histories, and dressing wounds—and nurses are weighing in on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Human Capital Blog about their jobs and why they love what they do.

Anneleen Severynen, RN, MN, PHN, who works in a mobile medical unit that provides care to homeless individuals in Seattle, says her most important nursing skill is the ability to listen.

Cassandra Standifer, BSN, PHN-NFP, a public health nurse working at the Nurse Family Partnership program in Renton, writes about the personal connection she feels to her patients because of her own struggles growing up.

Marni Storey, an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow, writes about why she would recommend a public health nursing career to others. 

Shirley Orr, an alumna of the RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program, notes that, with population health and prevention emerging as priorities for the country, public health nurses are positioned to lead because of their skills in clinical and population health.

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In blogging about the role of advanced practice registered nurses in providing primary care, Linda Aiken, PhD, FAAN, FRCN, RN, warns about caring too much about simplistic polls about complex issues. She concludes he blog post by noting that “health services research, as embattled as it is because of lack of funding, remains the mainstay of good decision-making about the national health care workforce.” Aiken is a research manager supporting the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and a National Advisory Committee member for the RWJF Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative.

See more nursing posts on the RWJF Human Capital Blog.

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