school of nursingThe Spring 2012 issue of Johns Hopkins Nursing magazine is the first of three issues that explores the strategies nursing schools are using to double the number of doctorally-prepared nurses and expand interprofessional education efforts. 

These initiatives reflect two of the eight recommendations outlined in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health and are called a “blueprint for action” for changing the way nurses lead, educate, practice, build infrastructures, and partner with other healthcare professionals. Throughout the magazine, an icon representing one of the eight recommendations is matched to articles to indicate which recommendation is addressed.

The eight recommendations are:

  • Recommendation 1: Remove scope-of-practice barriers.
  • Recommendation 2: Expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts.
  • Recommendation 3: Implement nurse residency programs.
  • Recommendation 4: Increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020.
  • Recommendation 5: Double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
  • Recommendation 6: Ensure that nurses engage in lifelong learning.
  • Recommendation 7: Prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health.
  • Recommendation 8: Build an infrastructure for the collection and analysis of interprofessional health care workforce data.

In “Hill’s Side,” the magazine’s first department, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) Dean Martha Hill, PhD, RN, introduces the theme and invites Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Senior Advisor for Nursing, to identify RWJF’s top priorities for nursing. “Though all of the recommendations need to be advanced to transform nursing and improve patient care, RWJF is taking the lead in nursing education, nursing leadership, and interprofessional education,” Hassmiller explains.

“Higher Education,” the issue’s lead feature article, reacts to the IOM’s recommendation “to double the number of nurses with doctorates by 2020.” Deans and directors of doctoral nursing programs share their approaches to attract and prepare the next wave of nurse educators and researchers, including expanding faculty, increasing the speed at which students complete their degrees, and alternative funding opportunities to help students finance their education. Engaging profiles give readers a look at the research current and past JHUSON doctoral scholarship students are conducting, such as investigating cardiovascular disease risk factors among West African immigrants and examining attachment issues between incarcerated mothers and their babies.

In the second feature story, “From Silos to Synergy,” faculty and students share their experiences, triumphs, and challenges in creating the game-changing interprofessional education (IPE) efforts that are transforming Hopkins healthcare education. The article addresses the IOM’s recommendation to “expand opportunities for nurses to lead and diffuse collaborative improvement efforts.” An interview with Paul B. Rothman, MD, the incoming Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and new CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, highlights his plans for the partnership between the Schools of Nursing and Medicine. “Hopkins has the top nursing school in the country, and as we look at ways to incorporate interprofessional education, I look to the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine to work closely together to provide these important opportunities to our students,” he says.

The current issue also introduces a new department within the magazine that highlights the work of Jhpiego, an international health non-profit and affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. The article, "Jhpiego Assists Lesotho to Strengthen Nursing Education," shows how a multipronged effort between Jhpiego and a faith-based organization in Lesotho is ensuring that more nurses are educated and nursing students receive a quality education and the hands-on clinical experience they need to provide competency-based care.

To read more or for past issues of Johns Hopkins Nursing, go to http://magazine.nursing.jhu.edu.