Kathryn Lee (right) with Cass Piper Sandoval, RN, in the UCSF Medical Center Cardiac ICU (photo and video by Elisabeth Fall)
April 2015 • By Elisabeth Fall and Andrew Schwartz

Concerned that shift work and long hours were compromising the health and safety of patients and nurses, in late 2014 the American Nurses Association issued a position statement to help employers and nurses collaborate to make more informed decisions about work conditions.

The recommendations include:

  • Giving nurses the right to accept or reject a work assignment based on preventing risks from fatigue, and recognizing that rejecting an assignment does not constitute “patient abandonment” and should not be subject to “retaliation.”
  • That registered nurses not exceed 40 hours of professional nursing work in a seven-day period, and that shifts be limited to 12 hours or less.
The Dean's Blog | David Vlahov

This month, Science of Caring article highlights research that provides important insights into the health needs of older adults living alone. Among the story’s unspoken questions is this one: How does a school of nursing decide where to focus its research efforts?

This is a more complex challenge than one might expect, as nursing research covers a wide range of topics in its efforts to improve patient care and community health, as well as shape health policy. At UC San Francisco School of Nursing, we are in the process of defining criteria that will help shape and sharpen our research themes moving forward.

Featured Articles

April 2015
How We Age: Elena Portacolone Looks at Older Adults Living Alone – Social scientist Elena Portacolone explores what it means and what people need to age in place successfully.
April 2015
UCSF-Led Study Finds Lasting Wage Gap Between Male and Female Nurses – According to a recently released study led by UC San Francisco School of Nursing professor Ulrike Muench, nursing – a female-dominated profession – is not immune to the same types of gender-based pay inequality that exist in many other professions.
March 2015
Understanding Pediatric Acute Care Nursing: The Patients’ Perspective – Patients and families with critically ill children often gain unique insights into nurses’ clinical role – a role that is far too often misunderstood.
March 2015
A Nursing Story – When 19-year-old Steven Rodriguez entered UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco with a rare brain tumor, highly skilled nurses were central to his clinical care and to the emotional health of Steven and his family.
March 2015
Neuro-Oncology CNS Margaretta Page Spearheads Innovative Program to Care for the Caregivers – Caring for a loved one with a brain tumor presents unique challenges. Clinical nurse specialist Margaretta Page’s new program helps people cope with those challenges.