As an integral part of hospital staffing, nursing is front and center for California hospitals. CHA works closely on many nurse-related issues with the Association of California Nurse Leaders, California Institute for Nursing and Health Care, California Board of Registered Nursing and other related organizations to address clinical, quality, safety and practice issues.
Education and scope-of-practice issues are also addressed in an ongoing dialogue with nurses throughout the state. In addition, CHA has a registered nurse on staff to liaison with the various organizations.
Due to continued delays in processing RN license applications and renewals – a result of online licensing software problems – the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) has issued several new updates on licensing and renewal application status. Last week, the BRN issued the attached resource and letter regarding delays with the licensing software. This week’s updates address December and January applications, as well as incomplete applications.
The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) has issued the attached information resource and letter regarding delays with its BreEZe licensing software. The information addresses the four areas of RN licensure affected by the delays and includes tips for applicants using the electronic system. Because the most significant delays are being experienced by applicants for initial licensure request, the BRN issued a separate letter to prospective employers requesting flexibility with new RN employee start dates.
Due to problems with new online licensing software — BreEZe — the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is experiencing delays in processing RN license applications and renewals. To help correct the problem, the BRN has added staff who are working around the clock to address the backlogs. BRN’s executive director, Louise Bailey, reports the board is doing everything possible to process applications and renewals as quickly as possible. Additional information is posted on the BRN website.
Currently, the board is working on the last license applications submitted in November and will begin processing December applications by next week. All new applications are being processed in the order received. The board asks new applicants to refrain from contacting the BRN unless it has been longer than 90 days since the bank processed their application check. In addition, RNs who have licenses that are about to expire — but have not been notified about their renewal — should immediately contact Stacie Berumen, BRN assistant executive officer, at Stacie.email@example.com.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has published a white paper examining the role of bedside care teams in a changing health care system. Summarizing the findings of an AHA-convened roundtable on the issue, the paper identifies six principles that will characterize movements toward a reconfigured bedside care team during the next five years; foundational concepts that must be in place for the work to occur; cutting edge practices; and examples of hospitals that have innovative and engaged bedside care teams.
The California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC) is California’s nationally recognized nursing workforce center, and as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has partnered with hospitals and health systems for over a decade to ensure nursing’s ability to meet the evolving health care needs of Californians. For the past 10 years, CINHC has fulfilled a unique role offering important benefits for California hospitals and the patients and communities they serve.
Working with coalitions of government, education, provider, and nurse partners, CINHC leadership has created long-term sustaining solutions to building the nursing workforce needed in the current demanding times. The CHA Board of Trustees last week reaffirmed its support of CINHC and urges hospitals and health systems that are able to make a contribution to CINHC to support essential programs that benefit hospitals; CHA members will soon receive a letter from CINHC asking for financial support to continue its work.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently released Establishing Transdisciplinary Professionalism for Improving Health Outcomes, a report summarizing the results of a workshop held in May by the IOM Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. Participants in the workshop discussed how a shared understanding could be integrated into education and practiced to promote a transdisciplinary model of professionalism, ultimately achieving better outcomes and patient care. The report explores how this new professionalism would improve outcomes by facilitating multiple disciplines working together to address common problems.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has launched a public awareness campaign to raise visibility of the role nurse practitioners play in providing primary, acute and specialty health care. The campaign includes a 30-second television spot and radio segment that will run from Oct. 7 through Nov.15.
AANP says that nurse practitioners today play an increasingly important role as primary care givers for millions of Americans, combining clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management. For more information about the campaign, visit AANP’s website.
The 2013 Annual Survey of Chief Nursing Officers has been sent to hospital CNOs throughout California. The survey, conducted collaboratively by UCSF, the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) — on behalf of all the hospital associations in California — and FutureSense, Inc., is in its fourth year. The data will be combined with data from the HASC Quarterly Vacancy & Turnover Survey to build a clear picture of the current status of California’s nursing labor market and help hospitals and policymakers better plan for future workforce needs.
The California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC) has released a new report titled Nurse Role Exploration Project: The Affordable Care Act and New Nursing Roles, identifying top new roles for registered nurses (RNs) in the era of health care reform. The paper, funded by a grant from the California Wellness Foundation, is the result of nine months of research and collaboration with leaders in health care across the state. The top new roles identified as most important for RNs to meet rapidly expanding demand for health care services in California are care coordinator, faculty team leader, informatics specialist, nurse/family cooperative facilitator and primary care provider. The report and CINHC’s press release about the project are attached.
CHA Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services, BJ Bartleson, has been appointed by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) to serve on its International Committee. During her one-year commitment, which starts Jan. 1, 2013, she will be tasked with providing input on international initiatives for AONE and finalizing the international consortium (ICN) of nursing leadership associations that will be explored at the 2013 ICN meeting.
Bartleson has been actively involved with AONE since 1990. A former AONE Board member, she most recently served on the AONE Future Patient Care Delivery Committee and Health Policy Committee where she helped develop key transformational guidelines to enhance nursing practice for the future.
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The state of California has been active creating a brand new marketplace for health care — the California Health Benefit Exchange (CHBE). Health plans have been busy too, filing certification applications, creating products for CHBE and developing networks of providers to support the products. With all this activity, providers and purchasers are asking questions — lots of them. This webinar addresses the latest developments at CHBE and explores your most pressing concerns.