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Webcast: National Summit on 
Advancing Health through Nursing

The National Summit on Advancing Health through Nursing--the capstone event of the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM--will be webcast live on November 30, 2010. The Summit will officially "kick-off" the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action and engage stakeholders in efforts to identify strategies to implement recommendations from the IOM report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, released in October 2010. Summit presentations will highlight the recommendations from the report and steps to help foster their implementation.

For more information on the RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the IOM, please visit www.iom.edu/nursing or www.thefutureofnursing.org. RWJF recently redesigned www.thefutureofnursing.org to provide details on the research and data behind the recommendations from the IOM report; resources for organizations to become involved in RWJF's implementation efforts; and materials for leaders to advance the recommendations in their communities.
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The RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing Launches New Website ...

The RWJF Initiative on the Future of Nursing Launches New Website to Help Advance the Recommendations in IOM Report

Website will feature ways to get involved, educational resources, research and data

As part of the Initiative on the Future of Nursing, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a new website to include:

  • details on the Institute of Medicine recommendations from the Future of Nursing report and the research and data behind them
  • ideas, action steps and resources for how organizations can become involved 
  • toolkits and template materials for those working on the ground to advance the recommendations in their communities.
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Linking quality measures to clinical practice

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is a process of creating an environment in which administration, healthcare workers, and ancillary staff strive to generate consistent quality outcomes. Many long-term care facilities establish benchmarks associated with state and federal regulatory compliance, staff turnover, budgets, occupancy, and quality care. Long-term care staff strives to address problems in a timely manner with the goal of avoiding a repeating occurrence. However, positive outcomes can best be achieved by linking quality measures to clinical practice. This 5-step pyramid design is just one example of a problem-solving process using a bottom-up approach to achieving quality outcomes.

Step one: The first step at the base of the pyramid starts with data collection of an identified problem or concern within the healthcare facility. This information is queried from a computer database or from a file folder of variance reports. Most problems are prioritized based on resident safety and department goals.

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Meridian Health Institute for Evidence-Based Care’s second annual conference, Knowledge in Motion: Interdisciplinary Evidence-Based Care

If you haven’t already, it’s still not too late to sign-up for The Meridian Health Institute for Evidence-Based Care’s second annual conference, Knowledge in Motion: Interdisciplinary Evidence-Based Care, scheduled for November 30 and December 1 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Last year’s conference was dubbed “one of the best conferences of the year” by a participant.

Designed for a multidisciplinary audience, this conference will tackle subjects in evidence translation, patient preferences, post-partum depression qualitative evidence, health care-associated infection controversies, research supporting team training for health care, and more.  National speakers include Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., R.N., of Arizona State University; Dale Collins Vidal, M.D., MS, of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center; Cheryl Beck, DNSc, CNM, of the University of Connecticut; Karen Frush, BSN, M.D., of Duke Medical Center; and Richard Hader, Ph.D., R.N., Chief Nursing Officer of Meridian Health and Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Management Magazine.