News posts September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012

Jonas Center Launches Nurse Initiative to Improve Veterans’ Care

By Debra Wood, RN, contributor to

September 20, 2012 - With more than 22 million military veterans living in the United States, nurses in any setting must be prepared to assesses their unique needs and properly refer or care for them. Yet even experienced mental health professionals often feel unprepared to help veterans with reintegration issues, according to the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, which has launched an initiative to better prepare nurses.

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Darlene Curley, MS, RN, Executive Director of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence speaks at the Oregon Center for Nursing's 10th Anniversary Celebration

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Shirley Chater: A Legend Retires

Shirley Chater, the first and, until now, the only national advisory committee chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) storied Executive Nurse Fellows Program, stepped down from the post this weekend. Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and dean of the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, will take the position.

“Nobody replaces Shirley Chater,” Fulmer said. “She is iconic and has created a program that will have an indelible impact on the future of nursing and the history of nursing.”

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American Nurses Credentialing Center Announces Members of the IOM Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing

The Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Credentialing Research in Nursing will discuss issues related to research on credentialing of nurses and organizations. As a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association, ANCC is proud to serve as the credentialing arm and as a leader in sponsoring this research agenda for nursing.

Marilyn P. Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN, vice president for national patient care services at Kaiser Permanente will chair the committee. She has been recognized for her expertise in leadership, innovation, regulation of nursing practice, work-force policy, and primary care. Dr. Chow has received numerous awards for her work and serves on several national boards and commissions.

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