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RWJF News Digest - Nursing

Yale New Nursing Degree to Focus on Policy
by webmail@rwjf.org
23 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
Next fall, the Yale School of Nursing will offer a new type of degree for the very first time: the doctorate of nursing practice.The new two-year graduate option, prompted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, aims to create policy leaders who will make change.



Nurses at Dozens of Central, Northern California Hospitals to Begin Strike
by webmail@rwjf.org
22 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
The California Nurses Association — the union organizing the strike — estimates that nearly 23,000 nurses will walk off the job today at 33 not-for-profit hospitals run by Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, and at the independent Children’s Hospital Oakland. As hospitals reschedule surgeries and secure replacement staff, striking nurses will fight against higher costs for their own health care and reduced benefits.

University of Pennsylvania Nursing School Revamps Curriculum for More Hands-O...
by webmail@rwjf.org
21 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
A recent study published by Carnegie Mellon University has prompted the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School to develop new curriculum for Class 2015 and onward. The new curriculum will engage students in more situated learning instead of only theoretical and didactic learning, and steer freshmen and sophomores to think like nurses early.

Nurse-Led Disaster Response Model Aligns Red Cross With IOM Goals
by webmail@rwjf.org
20 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
Believing that "a strong cadre of nurses is a must," the American Red Cross has announced a nurse-led disaster health services community response model to help improve health services delivered to survivors of disasters. The model aligns the American Red Cross with recommendations made in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health," allowing nurses to act within their scope of practice.




CSUF Nursing Program Most Impacted on Campus
by webmail@rwjf.org
20 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
At California State University at Fullerton Nursing School, difficult applicant requirements and limited open slots have made the nursing program competitive to the usual business and criminal justice majors.When an entry-level registered nurse can make anywhere from $42,000 to $50,000 a year, the pay and an aging population attract students into nursing careers.

California Nursing Strikes Rattle Hospitals
by webmail@rwjf.org
19 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
The sudden release of pent up frustrations from more than 23,000 registered nurses at 34 Northern and Central California hospitals will explode to the surface in a one-day strike on Thursday, September 22. The work stoppage affects two of California’s largest and most profitable hospital chains, Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente, as well as Children’s Hospital Oakland.

University of Maine Gets $80K to Address National Nurse Shortage
by webmail@rwjf.org
18 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
The University of Maine School of Nursing received an $80,000 grant from the Maine Department of Labor Health Care Sector, which jump-started a new Nurse Educator Certificate Program to its fall curriculum. The program was launched to address concerns of a national nurse shortage. As an incentive, expenses will be lowered for the first 10 students who enroll.

Nurse Staffing Costs Must Be Weighed Against Cost of Errors
by webmail@rwjf.org
16 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
When revenues fall, hospitals stop investing in the biggest budget expense: nurses. That's a bad short-term solution to a long-term problem. To deal with ongoing challenges presented by value-based purchasing and healthcare reform, executives must acquaint themselves with studies demonstrating how nurse staffing affects a hospital's overall performance and base staffing decisions on evidence.

Western Honors Nursing Education
by webmail@rwjf.org
15 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
After 40 years of offering nursing education, Missouri Western State University has graduated about 2,000 into the nursing field. About 100 students a year are enrolled in Western’s bachelor’s program. Western also offers a master’s program for students interested in administrative responsibilities in the nursing field. About 20 students are enrolled in that program. Officials plan to commemorate the 40th anniversary next month in conjunction with homecoming.

Psychological Empowerment and Job Satisfaction Between Baby Boomer and Genera...
by webmail@rwjf.org
15 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
Data was collected from a recent study of Baby Boomer and Generation X nurses to determine differences in nurses’ generational psychological empowerment and job satisfaction. What elements are needed from nurse managers to entice varying generations of nurses to stay in their jobs?

Four in 10 Nurses Surveyed Believe Full Retirement Now Unattainable
by webmail@rwjf.org
13 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
Data from a survey commissioned by Fidelity Investments show nearly 79 percent of nurses feel secure about their jobs and their financial future, but more than 71 percent feel they are not saving enough for retirement. The survey was conducted to provide insight into how the economy and health care industry changes have impacted nurses' perspectives on their profession and retirement.

ASHHRA: 'Jerk Bosses' Derail Nurse Retention Strategies
by webmail@rwjf.org
13 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
The best nurse recruiting and retention plans on the planet are no match for a "jerk boss," per a discussion at the 47th annual convention for the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) in Phoenix, Ariz. "Jerk bosses" are commonly persons who employees do not trust. Job turnover is a tremendous driver in health care (27 percent in first year nurses), and for retention plans to succeed, jerk bosses must be identified and held accountable.

Raising Care Standards Behind Bars
by webmail@rwjf.org
12 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
Often incarcerated women enter the correctional system with serious illnesses that have not been treated, including infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, mental health disorders and chronic conditions. Nurses have an opportunity to advocate for their patients when it comes to the practice of shackling pregnant inmates, according to Renee Byfield, RN, MS, FNP, C-EFM, the nurse program development specialist for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.



To Nurses, Doctors: Compassion Missing in American Health Care
by webmail@rwjf.org
9 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
A new national survey suggests problems with the U.S. health care system include escalating costs, medical errors, inconsistent results and, a lack of compassion. The survey found that only 53 percent of patients and 58 percent of doctors and nurses rate the U.S. health care system as a compassionate one, despite strong agreement among patients and doctors that compassionate care is important to successful medical treatment and can even make a difference in whether a patient lives or dies.




UNMC Students Help Serve Rural Areas
by webmail@rwjf.org
9 Sep 2011 at 12:00am
Hundreds of medical students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha are working with health care professionals from across the state, particularly underserved areas, as part of their education requirement. Students from the College of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Allied Health Professions and the College of Nursing are all taking part in the program.




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