The Hillman Foundation is always pursuing new research, reports and tools that can help nurses and other health-care professionals initiate change. Here we share some of the resources that currently inform our thinking. We hope they will inspire you.
Nurse Staffing, Burnout, and Health Care–Associated Infection
Jeannie P. Cimotti DNSc, RN, Linda Aiken PhD, Douglas M. Sloane PhD, Evan S. Wu BS. Reducing Burnout in registered nurses is a promising strategy to help control infections in acute care facilities.
Nurses' Widespread Job Dissatisfaction, Burnout, And Frustration With Health Benefits Signal Problems For Patient Care
McHugh MD, Kutney-Lee A, Cimiotti JP, Sloane DM and Aiken LH. Health Affairs, 30(2), pp. 202-210. Dissatisfied nurses contributes to costly labor disputes, turnover, and risk to patients.
THE CARE SPAN--The Importance of Transitional Care in Achieving Health Reform
Naylor, M.D., Aiken, L.H., Kurtzman, E.T., Olds, D.M., Hirschman, K.B. (2011).. Health Affairs, 30(4), 746-754. A helpful review of randomized clinical trials that study care transitions interventions.
An Increasing Number of Hospital Patients Are Seen by Nurses or Physician Assistants without a Doctor
New federal data show a significant (50 percent) increase in hospital outpatient department visits where patients are seen by a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA), but not by a doctor.
How Job Insecurity, The Decline in 'Good' Jobs, and an Uncertain Safety Net Affect Health
An interview with Sarah Burgard, PhD, MS, MA, an alumna of the RWJF Health & Society Scholars program, and an associate professor of sociology and epidemiology and research associate professor at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. Burgard recently co-authored a study that finds perceived job insecurity is linked with significantly higher odds of fair or poor self-reported health, symptoms of depression, and anxiety attacks.
"We Knew the Need Was Significant": Nurse Leadership by Example
Three project leaders weigh in on what led them to tackle leadership development and what they’ve learned along the way.
Primary Care: Nurse Practitioners & Scope of Practice
Nurses Stepping Up to Solve Primary Care Challenges
Highlights groundbreaking examples of nurses' changing roles.
Diane Curley, Performance Improvement Coordinator at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, is treating obesity like any other disease or addiction.
Unleashing Nurse Practitioners’ Potential To Deliver Primary Care And Lead Teams
Joanne M. Pohl, Charlene Hanson, Jamesetta A. Newland, and Linda Cronenwett
The Role of Nurses in Reinventing Primary Care
Mary D. Naylor and Ellen T. Kurtzman
Nurse Practitioners and Primary Care
Amanda Cassidy. Federal and state laws and other policies limit how these professionals can help meet the growing need for primary care.
Perspectives of Physicians and Nurse Practitioners on Primary Care Practice
Karen Donelan, Sc.D., Catherine M. DesRoches, Dr.P.H., Robert S. Dittus, M.D., M.P.H., and Peter Buerhaus, R.N., Ph.D. The New England Journal of Medicine
Child & Maternal Health
The Power of Nursing
David Bornstein, The New York Times.
Awarding-winning author Katherine Boo, The New Yorker.
For Mothers at Risk, Someone to Lean On: N.Y.C Nurses Aid Low-Income First-Time Mothers
John Leland, The New York Times.
Improving on Success: Why the Nurse-Family Partnership Model is a Work in Progress
David Olds, PhD, founder of the Nurse-Family Partnership, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
How the Nurse-Family Partnership Became a National Model for Maternal Child Health Programs
Innovations Exchange Team, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The Story of David Olds and the Nursing Home Visiting Program
Andy Goodman, Grants Results Special Report
Caution Urged Over Future of Family Nurse Program
Development of a Nurse Home Visitation Intervention for Intimate Partner Violence
NFP IPV Research Team, BMC Health Services Research
Nurse Family Partnership Published Research
Comprehensive collection of major research including from the NFP website.
When Paying It Forward Pays Us Back
David Bornstein, The New York Times.
Letting the Patient Call the Shots
Pauline W. Chen, M.D., The New York Times.
Patient-Centered Care: What It Means and How to Get There
James Rickert, Health Affairs.
The Quality of Death: Ranking end-of-life care across the world
Economist Intelligence Unit
Americans Seriously Unprepared for Long-Term Care, Survey Finds
Jason Kane, PBS Newshour
How Therapy Can Help the Golden Years
Abby Ellin, The New York Times.
Reports & Tools
Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research
Released in 2011, this proposes a “cultural transformation” in the way health care providers and the public view pain and its treatment. The report recommends that government agencies such as the National Center for Health Statistics accelerate the collection of data on pain incidence, prevalence, and treatments to increase public awareness and also calls for the inclusion of pain education in the curricula of health professions education.
The Future of Nursing (IOM)
Developed by the Institute of Medicine in 2010, this is a thorough examination of the nursing workforce. The recommendations offered in the report focus on the critical intersection between the health needs of diverse, changing patient populations across the lifespan and the actions of the nursing workforce.
Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce (IOM)
In an effort to ensure that the health care workforce is prepared to meet the growing needs of the aging population, this 2008 publication proposes a variety of initiatives designed to develop new and more effective models of health care delivery. The report explores ways in which to improve the training of health care providers as well as prepare family members and other informal caregivers to care for their loved ones and friends.
Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes
This report takes a close look at the current system of nursing home regulations, and proposes a variety of ways to better provide for those living in these facilities. It provides information, in-depth studies, and discussions useful to nursing home administrators and professionals involved in caring for the elderly.
Improving the Quality of Long-Term Care (IOM)
This study explores the strengths, limitations and overall quality of care and quality of life in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and home health agencies. The recommendations offered focus on investigating new quality measurements, improving staffing and strengthening state and federal survey and sanction efforts.
Health Professions Education: A Bridge to Quality
This report looks to establish an approach to nursing and other health professions education that better prepares clinicians to meet the needs of patients as well as the increasing demands of a changing health care system. It calls for a mix of approaches to health education improvement, including those related to oversight processes, the training environment, research, public reporting, and leadership.
- The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
- Campaign for Nursing
- Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative (HGNI)
- National Institute of Nursing Research
- Partners Investing in Nursing's Future (Northwest Health Foundation)
- Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative
- AAN Edgerunner videos
- More Edgerunner videos
- HARTFORD: Health Agenda
- Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Knowledge Center
- RWJF: Nurse Digest
- RWJF: Pioneering Ideas
- TEDMED Videos
- Health Affairs Blog
- INQRI Blog
- Wall Street Journal Health Blog
- A Nurse Story