More Nursing on, October 2013

Nurses’ creative potential, nurse leadership, and more.

    • October 7, 2013


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced the launch of MakerNurse, an initiative to better understand what drives nurses to use what’s around them to fix problems and improve the patient experience, and how best to nurture the creative potential of the American nurse. Spearheaded by the Little Devices Lab at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MakerNurse hopes to uncover the behaviors, circumstances, and cultural drivers that enhance resourcefulness and innovation among hospital nurses, and identify tools and resources that could help more nurses bring their ideas to fruition and lead improvements in patient care.

Read a news release about the initiative.

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A nurse-led diabetes prevention program for at-risk residents of public housing showed improvements in health behaviors among participants, including healthier eating, more physical activity, and improved stress management. The study, led by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative grantee Robin Whittemore, PhD, APRN, FAAN, offers a feasible and potentially sustainable way to improve access to diabetes prevention programs.

Why is it so important to have nurses on hospital boards? In a video produced by the New Jersey Action Coalition, Dave Knowlton, president and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, and Robert Wise, president and CEO of the Hunterdon Healthcare System, share their views.

This is the best and the worst of times for public health nursing, RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow Pamela A. Kulbok, DNSc, RN, PHCNS-BC, FAAN, writes, because of the current economic and political climates and the renewed national emphasis on health promotion, prevention, and population health. Kulbok co-chaired the American Nurses Association workgroup that revised “Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.”

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