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Austin, Texas - Student Named Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Fellow

Janiece Walker, a doctoral student at University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, has been accepted as a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Center for Innovative Care in Aging. After completing her dissertation this summer, she will work with Sara Szanton, PhD, CRNP, to develop programs, policies, practices and tools to help diverse older adults and family members remain independent.Walker was mentored by Tracie Harrison, PHD, RN, FNP, associate professor at the UT Austin ...

Posted on: July 23, 2014
Nursing School Launches Accelerated BSN Program for Military Veterans

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing announced the launch of an accelerated nursing degree program that provides course credit for military experience. The UNCG Veterans Access Program (VAP) will start January 2015 with a cohort of approximately 24 veterans. With some prior college credit, veterans who are RNs can earn the bachelor's of science in nursing (BSN) within nine months, and those earning the BSN leading to RN licensure can complete the program within 18 months."Many ...

Posted on: July 23, 2014
PSNA Supports State Medical Marijuana Bill

Harrisburg, Pa. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), representing more than 215,000 registered nurses in Pennsylvania, applauds the passing of SB 1182, "Medical Marijuana," from the Senate Law and Justice Committee to the State Senate floor. PSNA supports the establishment of efficient drug delivery, growing and dispensing systems as contained within SB 1182.It is the position of PSNA that medical marijuana is worthy of further rigorous clinical testing. To truly weigh the risks and benefits ...

Posted on: July 22, 2014
Nurse Practitioners Urge Congress to Focus on Child Health in Border Crisis

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) has released a statement attributed to its president, Mary L Chesney, PhD, RN, CPNP, on the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border:"Since October, an estimated 52,000 unaccompanied children from Central America have crossed the U.S. southern border. Many of these children have fled their homeland to escape poverty and gang violence and seek reunification with parents or other family members residing in the U.S., ...

Posted on: July 22, 2014
Nurses Lead Thousands in Protests Against Water Shutoffs in Detroit

Thousands of registered nurses, community, labor, environmental and community activists on July 18 marched in Detroit in protests against the shutoff of water to tens of thousands of city residents, an action the marchers called "a wanton violation of human rights that creates a public health emergency." Brandishing signs that read "Water is a Human Right," "Turn on the Water. Tax Wall Street," "Water = Life," "Blame Chase," "Make the Banks Pay," and "Nurses are the Real Emergency Managers," marchers ...

Posted on: July 21, 2014
New York - Singapore Healthcare Group Visits U.S. Sites to Gain Insights on NICHE Program

NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) at NYU College of Nursing recently hosted a group of healthcare professionals from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), Singapore, who met with the NICHE team and NYU faculty, and visited five U.S. hospitals to expose them to the innovative NICHE eldercare programs adopted by the facilities. The intent of the multi-site visits was to learn how to implement the NICHE program and the Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) model. NICHE is the leading, international, ...

Posted on: July 21, 2014
Nursing Researchers Endeavor to Engage Non-Compliant HIV/AIDS Patients

Nursing Researchers Endeavor to Engage Non-Compliant HIV/AIDS Patients Regular attendance at HIV primary care visits and high adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) are vital for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), as these health behaviors lead to lowered rates of morbidity and mortality, increased quality of life and reducing the risk of HIV transmission to others.  However, a large proportion of PLHA in the U.S. are not sufficiently engaged in care and not taking ART when it is medically ...

Posted on: July 20, 2014
AACN Releases Updated Critical & Progressive Care 'Essentials' Textbooks

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has released new editions of two popular textbooks bearing its trademark and written and edited by clinical experts in acute and progressive care nursing.  The third editions of "AACN Essentials of Critical Care Nursing" and "AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing" were edited by Suzanne M. Burns, professor emeritus at the School of Nursing, University of Virginia, and a consultant and expert in critical care clinical practice and ...

Posted on: July 19, 2014
Nurses Set for Possible One-Day Strike at 100 NYC Area Hospitals

New York City- A week-long voting process yielded a 95% yes vote in support of a one-day strike to take place July 31 at more than100 hospitals and nursing homes if an agreement is not reached between 1199SEIU members and employers. Healthcare workers say they do not want to strike, and will continue negotiating in good faith to reach an agreement. The legally required 10-day strike notices have been delivered to employers. At the request of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes, the union will ...

Posted on: July 18, 2014
Hospital Work Environment Impacts Nurse Satisfaction & Patient Outcomes

Job satisfaction is an important predictor of registered nurses' (RNs) job turnover, patient satisfaction, and nurse-sensitive patient outcomes (including pressure ulcers and falls), which can result in higher healthcare  costs and penalties for hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments.Numerous studies have been conducted to assess nurses' job satisfaction, asking about nurse-physician relationships, opportunities for promotion, autonomy, and similar issues, but very few have addressed ...

Posted on: July 18, 2014
Two California Nurses Receive Honors from AWHONN

San Francisco & Santa Barbara, Calif. The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Professional Service Award, to Dodi Gauthier, MEd, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, for her contributions to the field of women's and newborn care.  Since 1977, Gauthier has cared for laboring women in a variety of settings. She is currently the coordinator of perinatal education and maternal transport at Cottage Health System in ...

Posted on: July 18, 2014
Chicago-Financial Toxicity Named Cancer Side Effect, Says University of Chicago Study

Along with the distress that comes with a cancer diagnosis and the discomforts of treatment, more patients now have to deal with "financial toxicity," the expense, anxiety and loss of confidence confronting those who face large, unpredictable costs, often compounded by decreased ability to work.In the July issue of Cancer, a team of University of Chicago cancer specialists describe the first tool -- 11 questions, assembled and refined from conversations with more than 150 patients with advanced ...

Posted on: July 17, 2014
Delayed Retirement Boosts Supply of Registered Nurses, Study Finds

Older registered nurses are working longer than in the past, one reason that the nation's supply of RNs has grown substantially in recent years, according to a new study.Researchers found that between 1991 and 2012, among registered nurses working at age 50, 24% remained working as late as age 69. That's compared to 9% during the period from 1969-1990. The findings are published online by the journal Health Affairs."We estimate this trend accounts for about a quarter of an unexpected surge in the supply ...

Posted on: July 17, 2014
AACN Opens Registration for Nurse Manager Conference

Nurses in management roles play a pivotal role in efforts to improve patient outcomes and hospitals' fiscal health. Nurse leaders need the tools and confidence to successfully navigate the challenges in today's complex healthcare environment.The AACN Nurse Manager Priorities conference, presented by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), offers specialized sessions and resources for current and emerging nurse managers to gain new leadership skills and fresh insights with peers ...

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 | Posted on: July 04, 2014
American Sentinel University Makes Donation to Denver Health NICU

American Sentinel University, an accredited online university based in Aurora, Colo., presented the Denver Health Foundation with a $1,200 cash donation in addition to clothing and blankets for Denver Health's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursing team.  The fundraising initiative was held in conjunction with National Nurses Week."We are grateful for this donation which will help our NICU nurses make these babies more comfortable and build strong relationships with their parents," says Robin ...

Posted on: July 16, 2014
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