The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded four new grants from its Future of Nursing National Research Agenda, including one to a team from Boston.
The new grants are for studies to examine nurse residency programs and scope of practice regulations. A related study funded last year is intended to determine the implications of emerging models of primary care, such as the nurse-managed health center, for future primary care workforce needs.
A team from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston will examine whether loosening state restrictions on scope of practice for NPs affects cost, quality or access to care, or brings more NPs into the state. They also will look at the role organizations play in interpreting regulations.
“The results of these studies are invaluable to efforts to advance nursing and improve healthcare in our nation,” Mary Naylor, RN, PhD, FAAN, the Marian S. Ware professor in Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative program, said in a news release.
RWJF created the Future of Nursing National Research Agenda in 2012 to support research that would inform implementation of the recommendations in the Institute of Medicines 2010 report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.” The project is coordinated by RWJFs INQRI program.
By requiring research teams to include a nurse scholar and at least one scholar from another healthcare discipline, INQRI not only fosters interprofessional collaboration, it also ensures that diverse perspectives are brought to bear in research.
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