November 2013 - Connecting the Dots: Identifying Simulation Resources in Ohio
Two major concerns discussed at ONNW meetings have included the shortage of nursing faculty in Ohio and the competition for and scarcity of clinical sites for nursing students. To that end ONNW decided to survey employers and nursing schools about their use of simulation. ONNW collaborated with the Florida Center for Nursing to use the Simulation Survey developed by them. The Center for Health Affairs, Cleveland, offered to fund this survey. A sub-committee of ONNW provided guidance and assistance.
Below you will find the reports and results of this survey. Needless to say the two concerns that stimulated the survey have not gone away and remain of high concern to ONNW as well as nursing programs in Ohio.
Click Here for Survey Summary Results
Click Here for "Connecting the Dots: Identifying Simulation Resources in Ohio" - Print Version
Click Here for "Connecting the Dots: Identifying Simulation Resources in Ohio" - Electronic Version
October 2013 - The Ohio Board of Nursing has Released RN & APRN Workforce Data Report Summaries
The Board recently collected comprehensive workforce data for registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) during the 2013 renewal cycle that just ended on August 31st. The response rate was over 97% of RNs with an active Ohio license or nearly 170,000 nursing licensees.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” identified data collection as a vital component for health care planning and policymaking. The data questions are based on the nursing Minimum Data Set (Colleagues in Caring Project), core data questions developed by the HRSA National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, and the joint 2013 survey conducted by the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).
The Board is aware of the importance of data for effective workforce planning and policymaking in Ohio. The Board will make this information directly available to those interested parties who assisted us in developing the questions, including the Governor, the Ohio legislature, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, the Ohio Department of Health, the Human Resources Service Administration (HRSA), the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), the Health Policy Institute of Ohio (HPIO), the Ohio Action Coalition (OAC), and the various state nursing associations. The Board will also make the numbers generated from the survey publicly available on our website at www.nursing.ohio.gov, with the added ability for anyone interested to search the numbers themselves in different ways and combinations.
The Board again wants to thank Ohio nursing licensees for taking the time to answer the important workforce questions included in this year’s renewal process. Your assistance will positively impact the profession of nursing and the health of Ohioans.
Click Here for the RN Summary
Click Here for the APRN Summary
September 2013 - Nurse Job Satisfaction Improves Patient Outcomes, NDNQI Data Show
When nurses enjoy their jobs and intend to stay in their positions long term, it can translate to improved patient outcomes, according to findings from NDNQI, a quality improvement program of the American Nurses Association.
"NDNQI data show that positive patient outcomes are strongly tied to nurse satisfaction," says Marla J. Weston, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief executive officer of the American Nurses Association. "For example, during a two-year time span, our RN survey data revealed that a 25% increase in job enjoyment, and a 29% increase in intent to stay, associated with an overall quality of care increase of 5-20%."
NDNQI data also showed that injury falls rate decreased by 17% in four years, hospital-acquired pressure ulcer rate decreased by 24-59% in two years, and infection rates decreased by 87% in two years. The ranges are reflective of the differences among nursing units and why reporting at the nursing unit level matters. NDNQI tracks up to 18 nursing-sensitive quality measures, providing actionable insights based on structure, process, and outcome data. For more information, visit www.ndnqi.org.
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NDNQI is a quality improvement solution of the American Nurses Association. Used by 2,000 hospitals nationwide, it is the largest provider of unit-level performance data to hospitals.
May 2013 - The U.S. Nursing Workforce: Trends in Supply and Education Report
Understanding the supply and distribution of nurses is key to ensuring access to care and an effective health care system. The report is intended to be used by national and state workforce planners, as well as educators, researchers, and policy makers. We have included a copy of this report on our Nursing Workforce Supply and Demand page. (Click Here)
May 2013 - Nursing the Most Trusted Profession in America
May 2, 2013 -- Article give an overview of the nursing profession, a caring career that holds numerous opportunities for service. Last year, Americans voted nurses the most trusted professionals in America for the 13th time in 14 years in an annual Gallup poll. Source: Boston Globe
April 2013 - HRSA Faculty Loan Repayment Program
The 2013 Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) application cycle is scheduled to open soon. If you know of a health professions faculty member that may be eligible, refer them to the link below to signup for future Faculty Loan Repayment Program notifications.
Click Here for More Information Directly from HRSA
March 2013 - Strategies to retain older health care professionals
This Rutgers Center for State Health Policy issue brief identifies promising retention practices for employers and policymakers. This publication offers strategies to retain older health care professionals based on a one-day symposium held January 2012, "The Aging Workforce: Challenges for the Health Care Industry Workforce." Identifies promising practices for employers and policymakers.
Click Here for the PDF that is Available Through Rutgers Universty
January 2013 - The 2013 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open
The 2013 NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application cycle is now open. The NURSE Corps LRP is adapting to the increasing demand for NPs by reserving up to half of the award funding for NPs; the remaining funding will continue to support RNs and nurse faculty. The deadline to apply to NURSE Corps LRP is February 28, 2013, at 7:30 pm ET.
Click Here to Download a PDF with the Complete Announcement
July 2012 - (Excerpt) The Boomers Have Arrived: Preparing to Meet the Needs of Our Aging Population
"... The aging of the U.S. population is destined to dramatically impact every conceivable facet of American life. How could some 78 million baby boomers now turning 65 years of age at the rate of 10,000 a day not change our lives and not alter the delivery of health care in significant ways? We need to remember that Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are healthier, more mobile, more educated, more skilled, and more outspoken than any previous generation of Americans. Their expectations will be higher and they will let their views (both positive and negative) be known loudly and clearly. The implications for the health workforce are clear. I anticipate Boomers will make heavier use of health care resources and demand that those services be of the highest quality. Boomers will want more health care choices available to them including the availability, in particular, of nontraditional health care including a heavy dose of health promotion and illness prevention services. They will not allow themselves to be treated as passive, vulnerable victims but will rather insist they be viewed as the educated consumers they are with a critical eye continuously assessing the manner in which health care is provided. They will expect a greater voice in the development of their personal health care plan. And, they will be more honest, direct, and open in their style of communication with the health professionals that serve them. Get ready, the Boomers have arrived and will surely drive dramatic changes in the design and delivery of health care in the years ahead. ..."
The complete article can be found here on the HWIC Website.
June 2012 - "Health Care Drives US Job Growth in May
The healthcare sector created 32,800 jobs in May—accounting for 47.5% of the 69,000 new jobs in the larger economy for the month, new federal data shows. (Source: HealthLeaders Media)