Thursday August 22nd 2019

Discrimination, board leadership and full practice authority among new content

New articles and a Legislative Column are on the way this spring in OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

More than a decade before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as an African-American teenager from Baltimore, MD, Esther McCready challenged discriminatory nursing school admission policies. Author Phoebe A. Pollitt, PhD, RN, in the recently posted article, Esther McCready, RN: Nursing Advocate for Civil Rights, explores nurse advocacy and how McCready advocated for herself and greater racial equity in nursing education during a time of civil rights turmoil. Her actions eventually resulted in the formation of numerous schools of nursing for African Americans across the South. This article recounts McCready’s early life experiences and the powerful impact her actions had on creating educational options for nurses during a time when they were severely limited for African American women, including discussion of her student days and her journey after nursing school.

Serving on Organizational Boards: What Nurses Need to Know, a recently posted article by authors Ann M. Stalter, PhD, RN, and Deborah Arms, PhD, RN, describes six competencies needed for nurses serving on boards and policy committees to enable them to contribute in a productive manner. They discuss strategies for demonstrating these competencies and describe personal responsibilities of board members. If you have ever thought about serving on a board or being actively involved in meetings aimed at making policy decisions, but are not sure you have the knowledge, skills or abilities to serve competently, this article is for you.

In the upcoming article Full Practice Authority for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses: A Gender Issue, author Nancy Rudner Lugo, DrPH, APRN, reviews the history of the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States and describes her study that assessed advanced practice registered nurse full practice authority. She compared states accepting the ERA with those not accepting women’s equality, as reflected by the individual state vote on the Equal Rights Amendment. Progress toward full APRN practice authority for all will require building political support and developing strategies that align with each state’s social and political values.

It is a common misconception that all veterans are eligible to receive full health care benefits within the Veterans Health Administration. As RNs, we must be prepared to assist veterans in determining eligibility and understand how to help veterans navigate the VA system to increase their access to care. A new OJIN Legislative Column to be posted this spring, Providing Veteran-Specific Health Care, offers nurses a better understanding of this process. Authors Jullian Weber, MSN, RN, CNL, and Angela Clark, PhD, RN, provide information about determining veteran status and eligibility and discuss veteran-specific health needs to enable nurses to promote desired health outcomes among veterans and to positively contribute to their overall quality of life.

Read these articles at www.nursingworld.org/OJIN.

— Jackie Owens is the editor of OJIN.

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