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RWJF awards grants to 2 new scope of practice studies

Wednesday September 18, 2013
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Two new studies examining the regulations, policies and practices that affect nurses’ ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training will receive nearly $500,000 in grants, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation news release.

The funds will come from RWJF’s Future of Nursing National Research Agenda, which was created in 2011 to support research informing implementation of the recommendations in the Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” report. The project is coordinated by RWJF’s Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, and the new grants bring the total number of projects funded through this initiative to seven.

The newly funded studies are being conducted by researchers at the University of Florida and the University of California, San Francisco.

The UF research team will examine the effects of state regulations and other barriers on advanced practice registered nurses’ practice, particularly in rural and other underserved communities.

The UCSF research team will examine the structural, practice and policy opportunities and barriers that affect psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners’ ability to most effectively use their skills and expertise in public mental health settings.

“The studies being funded through the National Research Agenda are addressing some of the key contemporary issues in nursing,” Mary Naylor, RN, PhD, FAAN, Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and INQRI program co-director, said in the release. “The findings will help us build a base of evidence to support policies and practices that will not only advance nursing but also improve the quality of healthcare and increase access to healthcare.”

An earlier round of initiative funding was awarded to five studies that are addressing:

• the effect of emerging models of primary care for future primary care workforce needs;

• the effect of the provision of the Prescription for Pennsylvania law that removed practice barriers for APRNs;

• the effect of state regulations on APRN and physician teamwork, collaboration and patient outcomes;

• the effects of loosening state restrictions on scope of practice for nurse practitioners on cost, quality, access to care and the size of the nurse practitioner workforce;

• the return on investment for nurse residency programs and the entities to which returns accrue.

Project information: www.inqri.org.


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