Beatrice Kalisch Chosen as the Distinguished Institute of Medicine Nurse Scholar-in-Residence

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Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been chosen as the 2013–2014 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. At the conclusion of the program, Dr. Kalisch will develop policies and publish research to reduce "missed nursing care."

Beatrice J. Kalisch, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been chosen as the 2013–2014 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. The IOM Scholars-in-Residence program provides a yearlong leadership opportunity in healthcare policy at the IOM.

The IOM program, which has been in place since 1992, is designed to fully engage an accomplished nurse leader with significant experience in health policy development at the national level and to work with other health scholars.

“The IOM asks and answers the nation’s most pressing questions about health care,” says Dr. Kalisch. “This is a wonderful opportunity for me to participate in the policy process at an organization that has shaped health policy to improve the lives of millions of people.”

The Distinguished IOM Nurse Scholar-in-Residence program is supported by the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation. Gifts to the Academy’s Rheba de Tornyay development fund and donations to the ANF Annual Fund support the Scholar-in-Residence program. 

Dr. Kalisch is the Shirley Titus Distinguished Professor of Nursing and director of Innovation and Evaluation at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. A member of ANA-Michigan, she was inducted as fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1978.

As an IOM nurse scholar, Dr. Kalisch will focus on patient safety and teamwork with an emphasis on “missed nursing care,” or standard, required care that is not completed or is significantly delayed. Missed nursing care is a serious problem in acute care hospitals. Based on previous research, improved communication and teamwork is the most effective and pragmatic approach to reducing missed nursing care.

She has conducted numerous research studies on the image of nurses in the media and on the Internet. She has worked with media producers to improve the image of nurses. She has also extensive research and knowledge on the effect federal funds have on nurse education and practice and the work environment of nurses.

At the conclusion of the program, Dr. Kalisch will develop policies and publish research to reduce missed nursing care. The American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, the American Nurses Foundation, and the Institute of Medicine are all eager to see the positive influence Dr. Kalisch will make to health policy and patient care.

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About the American Academy of Nursing
The American Academy of Nursing (http://www.AANnet.org) serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy's more than 2,000 fellows are nursing's most accomplished leaders in education, management, practice, and research. They have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions to nursing and health care.

About American Nurses Association
ANA is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. Please visit http://www.nursingworld.org for more information.

About the American Nurses Foundation
The American Nurses Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent and state nurses associations and its organizational affiliates. The Foundation supports programs that transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.

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