RWJF News Digest: January

This frequently updated news digest on the subject of Nursing highlights key articles from major journals, news publications and blogs. The digest is a free service of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Wisconsin Nursing Shortage Shifting to Advanced-Practice
Milwaukee Business Journal, Rich Kirchen, 01/10/2013
Rapid growth in the number of jobs being created for physician assistants and advanced-practice nurses is triggering a new round of recruitment challenges for Wisconsin hospitals, according to a study by the Wisconsin Hospital Association. The Hospital Association attributed the increases to the difficulty recruiting primary care physicians and the positive impact on health care quality of advanced-practice professionals.

School on Wheels Brings Lessons to Nurses Working in Prisons
The Day/Connecticut, Judy Benson, 01/09/2013
In Connecticut, about 90 percent of all medical care for prison inmates is provided by in-house nurses and doctors. To keep the nurses’ education and training fresh for medical incidents they may encounter with inmate patients, a school on wheels assists them. A partnership between the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, University of Connecticut Health Center and the state Department of Corrections has afforded the Mobile Simulation Laboratory, a 40-foot van customized with three “prison cells,” simulation computers, and other training equipment.

Series: Disaster Preparedness for Bedside Nurses
Advance for Nurses, Charlene Romer, PhD, MSN, & Toni Hebda, PhD, MNEd, MSIS, BSN, RN, 01/09/2013
This article is the first in a three-part series on disaster preparedness for bedside nurses. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, floods, acts of terrorism and other disasters can strike anytime, anywhere and can hit with or without warning. Lack of preparation undermines both the safety and well-being of nurses and the patients under their care. Disaster preparedness information is available, however, there are fewer tools offered to specifically guide the nurse left at the patient’s bedside.

RWJF: Solving the New Jersey Nursing Shortage (Opinion)
NJ.com/The Star-Ledger, John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH and Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, PNP-BC, 01/08/2013
Facing a projected workforce shortage of 23,000 nurses in less than two decades, New Jersey and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have put forth great efforts to tackle the urgent issue. One such effort includes the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, launched in 2009, which has since supported 61 New Jersey Nursing Scholars, providing tuition and other support while they pursue master’s or doctoral degrees that qualify them for faculty positions. Thirty-eight scholars have already graduated, with many now teaching in the state.

Nurses On the Big Screen
Advance for Nurses, Rebecca Hepp, 01/08/2013
With more than 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States, according to the American Nurses Association, it can be difficult for those outside the profession to answer the questions, “Who are nurses and what do they do?” New documentary, If Florence Could See Us Now, directed by filmmaker Kathy Douglas, MHA, RN, enables nurses in multiple specialities to answer those questions by authentically capturing their daily work.

Doctors and Nurses: Straight Talk
Advance for Nurses, Danielle Wong Moores, 01/07/2013
A nurse approaches a doctor with a question about a patient. The doctor, in a rush to get to the operating room, barks back a response. The nurse, intimidated, finds it even harder to speak up the next time around. Without implementing a positive shared leadership model, negative relationships in health care facilities can increase morbidity and mortality, causing the patient to lose every time.

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