The Next Decade of Nursing: NAM Town Halls Explore How New Roles, New Tech, and Social Needs Are Transforming the Field

In King County, as is true across the nation, we face major barriers to achieving health equity and social justice. Barriers include historical and current underinvestment in the social determinants of health, and severe fragmentation in the delivery of health care, social, and public health services. One promising solution for addressing these barriers is the rise of cross-sector partnerships that aim to bridge clinical and community settings. In order to be successful, such partnerships typically require some level of information sharing across partners, but the current state of data fragmentation makes this difficult. As expert negotiators with a practice grounded in person-centered care and cultural humility, nurses can serve as effective cross-sector data sharing champions. Learn more about this topic by watching a Future of Nursing 2030 Seattle Town Hall presentation at (Panel 2: Eli Kern).


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Public Health Colleagues!

Dorene Hersh, Chief of Nursing

Dorene Hersh, Chief of Nursing

As you have read in the year-end email communications from our leadership, Public Health has had an exceptionally productive year.  On July 1st, the Nursing Office began our 4 year, 2.8 million dollar grant to prepare the next generation of ambulatory care nurses.  We are leveraging the work of this grant across the department to support the training and development of our nursing and medical assistant staff. Look for more information and sharing of this resource in 2019 and beyond.

Thank you for another year serving the residents of King County.  We have the privilege of working in this amazing organization, making a difference in the lives of many.  I am very proud to support you in the care you provide to our community.  Have a safe, happy and healthy 2019.

The Washington Center for Nursing has just released their nursing workforce report. It made me curious to know what our internal statistics were in comparison.  I’ve highlighted interesting data from the report below, with our data at the end of this blog post.    Continue reading

Nursing Office receives HRSA grant!

image003By Dorene Hersh

I am very pleased to announce that the Nursing Office has been awarded a 2.8 million dollar grant over the next 4 years.  Our grant is titled: Ambulatory System Supported by Education and Training (ASSET).

Our goal is to establish Public Health as a training center of excellence for community-based primary care nurses.  We will create a formal programmatic partnership with Seattle Pacific University (SPU) nursing program in order to train baccalaureate nursing students in the provision of evidence-based, trauma-informed primary care to medically underserved populations (MUP).

Year 1: Develop standard work for all positions in our ambulatory care clinics.  We will next develop a Nurse Residency Program to fully train and orient new nurses in public health to work at the top of their licensure.  Curricula will include chronic disease, substance use, behavioral health and trauma-informed care.

Year 2: We will provide senior clinical practicums to 7 SPU nursing students (per year) using the “Dedicated Education Unit” model.  It will bolster the education of students and RNs practicing in these settings, and will result in broader and lasting outcomes for patient care, nursing practice, and health status indicators.

Years 3 & 4: Extend the program into our community with other schools of nursing and community health centers.

This grant will develop the infrastructure to maximize our learning management system and SharePoint across Public Health for all divisions.  Dorene Hersh will be the Principal Investigator, and Shayla Holcomb is the Project Liaison.  We have an evaluation component and will periodically update you with our progress through this blog and our SharePoint site.

We look forward to the learnings associated with this wonderful opportunity. It is a gift for our organization and community.