2011 In the news
The ABCs of the ACA: Health care education may need an Rx
As health care administrators around the country prepare to implement the Affordable Care Act, educators are also tasked with preparing the next generation of managers — for the unknown. No one knows yet just how health care reform is going to change the daily routine for practitioners and administrators, but all agree that business decisions, from purchasing supplies to the cost of follow-up care, are going to look different.
Telehealth awards to help California organizations reach remote, at-risk populations
Fifteen community organizations across California are receiving more than $5 million in funding to improve telehealth access to some of the state’s most underserved populations, with a goal of improving access to healthcare and reducing costs. The Broadband Adoption Model eHealth Communities Awards, announced on August 18, are being issued through the University of California-Davis Health System and the California Telehealth Network. The groups receiving the awards were chosen through a strict selection process that included an emphasis on providing care to medically underserved regions, older adults, at-risk people and children.
Nurses aim to take more effective role in health care
Armed with a law, a report and a plan, California nurses are angling for action. Federal reform will transform the way health care is delivered in this country and nurses can — and should — play a fundamental role in the transformation, a report by the Institute of Medicine concluded last year. California is one of five states selected to champion the effort. Nurse leaders and supporters gathered for a town-hall meeting at the University of California Davis Health System campus in Sacramento last week to discuss priorities and talk about what’s next.
Nurses Must Lead: California nurses are called to local, regional and national action
Nationally, the proposals for healthcare reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, the Initiative on the Future of Nursing are a rallying call to action that can unite the nursing profession, mobilize support from all stakeholders in health and catalyze meaningful advances in healthcare delivery. This will ultimately result in improvements in the health of the individuals, families and communities we serve.
UC Davis Health team gets pain management grant
A team of UC Davis Health System faculty was recently awarded a $290,000 grant to research and develop a pain-management curriculum for nursing and medical students, as well as current practitioners. The grant comes from the Mayday Fund, a New York-based organization dedicated to alleviate human physical pain and its consequences.
Gerontology a new focus for registered nurses
In a small way, the two of them are pioneering the geriatric care of the future. Retired corporate executive George Gabel, 72, regularly sits in front of the computer in his Truckee home to chat via videoconferencing technology about how exercise has helped ease his type 2 diabetes symptoms. In a research center at the UC Davis Health Science Center, Sheridan Miyamoto coaches and encourages him. As a registered nurse, she has worked in an Olivehurst family practice clinic and a Sacramento child abuse clinic. But as a doctoral student at UC Davis' Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, she's learning that gerontology is a core discipline of health care.
California is in demand of nurses. Are nursing programs too small for the demand? Are they equipping them well enough for technological changes in the future? Why are some nursing graduates still finding it hard to find jobs? Capitol Public Radio talks about this with Tanya Altmann with the Sacramento State Nursing Department; Monica Small, regional director of Clinical Workforce Development at Sutter; and Holli DeVon, associate professor of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis.
Push to remake nursing profession
As health care reform is rolled out across the country, there's also a push to change the role the nation's nurses play in providing care. A recent report from The Institute of Medicine calls for an overhaul of the nursing profession to meet upcoming changes to the system, which will face added stress when some 32 million people gain health coverage under the new law. Host Tara Siler talks to Dr Heather Young, Dean of the UC Davis Nursing School and a member of the panel planning to implement the recommedations here in California.
Researchers at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at University of California, Davis (UC Davis) explored the relationship between Hmong and Mein communities and the lack of knowledge within each community about how to pursue services for their developmentally disabled children. The study focused on the Hmong and Mien populations in Central Valley, an area of Sacramento, Calif. For this study, entitled “Understanding Developmental Disabilities in Families of Southeast Asian Origin,” UC Davis partnered with local groups, including the Hmong Women’s Heritage Association and the United Iu-Mien Community, to interview representatives from the communities. These representatives were Hmong and Mien Asian American individuals with mentally/physically impaired children.
Ethnic groups battle varying health issues
African-Americans are two to three times more likely than other populations to be hospitalized for preventable health conditions — including diabetes, asthma and heart disease — according to a new report by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.
Nursing a Quandry: A worker shortage with no jobs?
California might be facing a long-term nursing shortage of epic proportions, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find a job. Blame it on the Great Recession, but for new nurses it’s harder than ever to get a foot in the employment door. Nursing jobs are so scarce that it’s taking many new nurses months to find work, and when they do, they are often moving to new cities or out of the state. Some have given up the search all together and, despite their degrees, are now working outside of health care.