By Cheryl Green, PhD, DNP, RN, LCSW, CNL, CNE, ACUE, MAC, FAPA
Disparities in healthcare arise when there is an imbalance between opportunities to achieve optimal healthcare with access, education, and financial means. However, the difficult subject of health disparities in healthcare and its historical origins demonstrate that culture and race may contribute to health crises of minority groups within the United States. Educating vulnerable populations on making lifestyle modifications and reducing stress without educating healthcare professionals about increasing their awareness of hidden biases, prejudgment, and discrimination, will allow health disparities to remain.
Examining and Solving Health Disparities in the United States: Emerging Research and Opportunities is a critical reference book that provides discussion on the topic of inequities in healthcare that impact health disparities and serves to increase awareness on these issues. The author particularly explores health disparities from a unifying perspective that supports the understanding of why health disparities occur and how an increase in the awareness, education, and confrontation of discriminatory acts can help make changes at the organizational and societal levels. Covering topics that include cultural clashes, equity, healthcare delivery, and healthcare accessibility, this book is essential for government officials, policymakers, medical administrators, medical professionals, medical boards and directors, researchers, academicians, and students involved in gender studies, cultural studies, social justice, socioeconomics, ethics and law, government, medicine, public health, psychology, sociology, and more.
The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:
It is time for LIGHTS, CAMERA & ACTION and shine a spotlight on CT Nurses!
As you know, the Connecticut League for Nursing (CLN) and the Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce (CCNW) were the catalysts to engage the country music duo, Brown & Gray, to write and perform a song dedicated to celebrate Connecticut nurses and those nurses around the globe.
The acoustic version of the song entitled, You Didn’t have To, was premiered by Brown & Gray at CLN’s 40th Annual RN Student Day that took place virtually in November 2020. To amplify the song on a national scale, CLN and CCNW collaborated with a national organization called NursesEverywhere; and in December 2020, a music video was created to spread the word!
Now, NursesEverywhere and country music stars, Brown & Gray, invite you to participate in the official #ThankANurseContest, to recognize all the countless contributions nurses have made to their patients, colleagues, families and to the profession of nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NursesEverywhere is kicking off a 6-week campaign to engage supporters of nursing on both the national and global scale to create a video that showcases your thanks and appreciation to recognize the contributions of today’s nurse. Prizes will be awarded for the top video entries.
It’s EASY as 1-2-3!
When finished, upload your recorded videos -whether it’s a TikTok-like challenge, a dance, a heartwarming message of gratitude or the images of the nurses that have made an impact in your life, we will leave it up to you - no later than May 15, 2021 directly to the Challenge Site:
The official submission period will begin on April 1, 2021 and winners will be announced at the end of National Nurses Month at the end of May 2021. Brown & Gray have graciously authorized the use of the single for the contest, so no worries about copywrite infringement for this contest!
This pilot study investigated increasing nurse resiliency utilizing a toolkit of stress-reducing interventions on medical-surgical units at 4 hospitals.
Mintz-Binder, Ronda DNP, RN, CNE; Andersen, Susan PhD, APRN, FNP-BC; Sweatt, Laura MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Song, Huaxin PhD Exploring Strategies to Build Resiliency in Nurses During Work Hours, JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: April 2021 - Volume 51 - Issue 4 - p 185-191
April 14, 2021 - It’s time for healthcare to take the next step in health equity work.
Nurse practitioners could play a big role in expanding community-based care access, creating more health equity in healthcare services. By Sara Heath
Over the course of the past year, which brought with it the coronavirus pandemic and a national reckoning on race and racism, the industry has produced countless studies confirming the existence of racial health disparities. The data has piled up indicating that communities of color carried a disproportionate COVID-19 burden compared to their White peers, while racial health disparities in transplant care, maternity care, and breast cancer care have also come to the forefront.
When managers support interventions for stress relief and encourage nurses to take time during their shift to practice stress management, it may make the work environment feel less stressful & more supportive.
Mintz-Binder, Ronda DNP, RN, CNE; Andersen, Susan PhD, APRN, FNP-BC; Sweatt, Laura MSN, RN, NPD-BC; Song, Huaxin PhD Exploring Strategies to Build Resiliency in Nurses During Work Hours, JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: April 2021 - Volume 51 - Issue 4 - p 185-191 doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000996
Death, Through a Nurse’s Eyes - A short film offering a firsthand perspective of the brutality of the pandemic inside a Covid-19 I.C.U.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has eclipsed the one year mark, the New York Times wanted to feature the day to day work of the ICU nurse; and their holistic and critical role related to patient care, nursing excellence and commitment to the profession.
This is an unprecedented view into the ICU, showcasing how the nursing team leads care for our patients each and every day. and offers interviews with staff so we truly can understand the impact of this pandemic on the nurse.
Click on the image below to watch video by New York Times.
Hospital for Special Care (HFSC) welcomes students pursuing initial degrees in nursing to apply for a 2021 Nursing Scholarship. Scholarships available are made possible through established charitable funds. Six scholarships will be awarded to students enrolling or enrolled in an accredited college/university as full-time or part-time undergraduate students and meeting the eligibility criteria below.
Application deadline is May 10, 2021
This scholarship is open to:
ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
§ Must maintain a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale
For your convenience, here is a direct link to the application online: HFSC 2021 Nursing Scholarship Application.
Donor Database Manager
Hospital for Special Care Foundation
The Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce, Inc. and the Connecticut League for Nursing, Inc. are very proud to be the catalyst for engaging the Country Duo, Brown & Gray, to write and perform a song entitled, “You Didn’t Have To” in honor of our Connecticut nurses, and nurses around our nation and the globe!
Therefore, it is truly special that the Daily News in the UK agreed to premiering the video of Brown & Gray performing the song on Christmas Eve morning!
The Connecticut Center for Nursing Workforce Inc., (CCNW) invited NursesEverywhere to support the national promotion efforts to amplify this “nursing anthem” to a fever pitch; and they created a music video…. Thank a Nurse, Wear a Mask!
By clicking the image below, you will be directed to YouTube to watch their video. You may even see some Connecticut Nurses!
National Policy Brief: U.S. Nursing Leadership Supports Practice/Academic & Partnerships to Assist the Nursing Workforce during the COVID-19 Crisis
The Connecticut League for Nursing’s Council of Deans & Directors Supports that National Policy Brief and Highlights below how our Colleges and Universities can Partner with Practice Settings to Support a Robust and Safe Nursing Workforce during the COVID-9 Crisis and Aftermath.
This policy brief is a collaborative effort of nursing leaders who propose & support academic/practice partnerships between health care facilities and pre-licensure registered nursing (RN) and practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN) programs across the country during the COVID-19 crisis. This is one potential model to consider. It is not mandated, rather an innovative approach to meeting academic and workforce needs.
COVID-19 is a virus affecting the entire world. To date, thousands of people in the U.S. have tested positive for the disease, and it is anticipated that many more will be affected in the near future. After observing the pattern of the virus, the U.S. anticipates an overabundance of patients inundating hospitals and possibly overwhelming the entire U.S. healthcare system.
Health care facilities and nursing education programs are encouraged to partner during the COVID-19 crisis.
For the past 12 months the leadership of the Schools & Program of Nursing and of Acute Care practice Settings in Connecticut have been actively engaged in work to address:
Pre-licensure RN students from diploma, associate degree and baccalaureate degree nursing programs and PN/VN students from certificate nursing programs could augment and support nursing services in health care facilities.
Propose that our pre-licensure nursing students and associated faculty from our Schools/Programs of Nursing augment the nursing workforce within healthcare facilities in the following areas:
Connecticut practice settings would dictate the employment relationship directly with the pre-licensure student, and the awarding of academic credit for such experiences (Capstone’s) would be decided upon by each academic institution in alignment with current University/College policies and practices.
Moreover, NOT all students may choose to engage in these academic/employment opportunities as their participation is NOT mandatory.
This opportunity will not only provide much needed clinical education to assist in meeting program requirements, it is an unparalleled opportunity for nursing students to assist the nation in a time of crisis and learn the principles of population health and emergency management. This academic-practice model demonstrates that in the midst of a periling disruption in the environment, such as COVID-19, continuous innovation can occur.
1. Health care facilities and nursing programs are encouraged to promulgate plans to take advantage of this opportunity and make every effort to reach out to eligible nursing students and inform them of the opportunity.
Practice Setting will share opportunities with the CT Nurses’ Association, CT Center for Nursing Workforce & CT League for Nursing- RN Student Day Attendees if registered directly with CLN, CT Center for Nursing Workforce to promote; and via their organization’s website, social media, and other communication platforms.
2. Health care facilities and nursing programs are encouraged to collaborate to identify ways to accomplish appropriate faculty supervision of the nursing student-employee to achieve the final learning outcomes of the nursing program. For example,
Options for Engagement & Collaboration:
3. Nursing program leaders/faculty are encouraged to work with health care facility representatives to align clinical skills and competencies with the nursing student-employee work role/responsibilities.
CT’s Schools and Programs of Nursing utilize the Massachusetts Nurse of the Future Core Competencies (MA DOE, 2016) in their curriculum design as well as other best-practice competency models including QSEN.
4. Nursing student-employees must have planned clinical practice experiences that enable the students to attain new knowledge and demonstrate achievement of the final learning outcomes of the nursing program.
The Schools and Programs of Nursing have compiled best-practices, virtual experiences, and simulation that have been distributed to all faculty to ensure that program objectives and outcomes will be met at the end of the final year of study and program completion. As Simulation is an everchanging modality for nursing education, it is imperative that Connecticut Colleges/Universities have the needed resources to ensure program excellence. Through the Healthcare Simulation Network of CT (HSNCT) supported by the Connecticut League for Nursing, leaders of the Simulation Centers can best identify and recommend the critical resources for a robust Simulated Learning experiences that will meet program outcomes at all level.
5. Nursing programs should consult with their State Board of Nursing to ensure clinical requirement regulations would be met with this opportunity and experience.
Through the Council of Deans & Directors, the CT SBEN approved a motion during the March 18, 2020 Nursing Board meeting to approve the use of alternative clinical experiences for nursing students of advanced standing.
6. Nursing programs are responsible for informing nursing students of the risks and responsibilities associated with working in a healthcare facility at this time. Additionally, nursing programs are responsible for communicating with students about their rights to be protected from infection and their options for completing the clinical practice requirements of the nursing program.
Schools and Program of Nursing will not be soliciting students directly to participate in these voluntary work experiences.
Endorsement by National Nursing Organizations and Associations:
Dear Colleagues in Nursing,
The CLN Council of Deans and Directors had a strong and productive academic year. The Council, which is comprised of deans, directors and chairs from schools of nursing in the State of Connecticut representing all entries into nursing practice: LPN, Associate, Baccalaureate, LPN - RN, RN - BSN, Master’s and Doctoral levels, began the year engaging with our new meeting structure. We continued to meet regularly as a council of Deans and Directors, collecting and disseminating information on current issues and concerns that affect nursing education, nursing practice and health care in our state. Built on prior year relationship-building, this year we expanded our meeting schedule to include statewide nurse educators four times a year and the Chief Nursing Officers (CNOs). This allowed the opportunity to expand our influence to ensure a robust nursing workforce for the state.
As a collaborative group of nurse educators, the CLN Council of Deans & Directors commenced quickly and effectively to ensure quality throughout the academic year and continuity throughout this pandemic. These efforts were built on a strong foundation of trust, collegiality and a shared mission to ensure quality nursing care for the State of Connecticut. We wish to thank Marcia Proto for her many years of service to this organization, and the entire staff of CLN for their dedication and unwavering support to nursing education across the state of Connecticut and beyond!
CLN Council Co-Chairs
Meredith Wallace Kazer, PhD, APRN, FAAN, Fairfield University Egan School
Janice Watts, MSN, RN, Goodwin University