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Nurse is Named Employee of the Month at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center

Sue Verbella, RN, was recently named employee of the month for Pottstown Memorial Medical Center (PMMC), a 232-bed, acute care hospital. The recognition is based upon the PMMC's designated pillars of excellence (service, growth, finance, people, and quality). Employees are nominated for the award by their colleagues based on their commitment to patient care, their professionalism and their contributions on the job. Sue Verbella, who has been an employee at PMMC since 1977, was chosen under the ...

Posted on: February 10, 2016
MA Nurses Speak Against Workplace Violence

Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) spoke to the need for a legislative remedy to prevent workplace violence against nurses before members of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security during a hearing in early February.A new survey by the MNA shows that violence against nurses and other health care professionals is rising, but most nurses say their employers are not taking adequate steps to prevent assaults and support workers when they are attacked.Of the more than 220 ...

Posted on: February 09, 2016
Malpractice Claims Against Nurses On the Rise

A new report published by the Nurses Service Organization (NSO), a division of Aon Affinity and CNA, finds that malpractice claims against nurses are on the rise. The report, "Nurse Professional Liability Exposures: 2015 Claim Report Update," said that more than $90 million was paid in nurses' malpractice claims over a five-year period. The nurses included registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses. Interestingly, approximately 85% of the nurses who experienced a ...

Posted on: February 08, 2016
Nevada's Roseman Launches Nine-Month RN-to-BSN Program

The College of Nursing at Roseman University of Health Sciences (Roseman), located in Henderson, NV, has expanded its offering of nursing degree programs with the creation of a 9-month (35-week) RN-to-BSN program. The college is enrolling its first class to start in May 2016. "Roseman University's new RN to BSN program is structured to support working nurses in completing their baccalaureate nursing education while continuing their day-to-day responsibilities," said Brian Oxhorn, BS, MS, PhD, interim ...

Posted on: February 07, 2016
Henry Predolin School of Nursing Awarded Major Grant

Edgewood College, located in Madison, WI, is pleased to announce that the Henry Predolin School of Nursing has been awarded a $42,000 grant from Bader Philanthropies, Inc. to develop a statewide collaborative among Wisconsin schools of nursing to address aging and dementia. Project leader and nationally recognized professor of gerontology Colleen Gullickson notes, "The U.S. population over the age of 65 will more than double between 2005 and 2050. This means that all nurses will increasingly need to ...

Posted on: February 06, 2016
Nursing Shortage in Louisiana a Concern

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19% in 2016 -- faster than the average of any other occupation. The Louisiana Center for Nursing reports that could mean a major shortage of nurses. And with the economic growth southwest Louisiana is experiencing, will the demand be met? "All the predictions economists and workforce demands are showing is that the supply of nurses is going to be challenged and it's going to grow more in the next 2 to 5 ...

Posted on: February 05, 2016
Nurses and Doctors Learn in Tandem at University of Virginia

The University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and School of Nursing are uniting for a unique partnership to train physician-nurse pairs together for the first time. Doctors and nurses, until recently, have been trained in professional silos and do not always understand each other's roles as well as possible, said Ken White, associate dean for strategic partnerships and innovation at the nursing school. White said he hopes the "Leadership Partners in Healthcare Management" program will change ...

Posted on: February 04, 2016
Registration Is Open for the 2016 Annual NICHE Conference

More than 900 nurses and other healthcare professionals from over 350 hospitals and other healthcare organizations worldwide will soon convene in Chicago for the 2016 Annual NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) Conference, to be held April 17-20, 2016. The theme of this year's conference at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile hotel is "Care Across the Continuum." Presenters and attendees at the annual NICHE conferences share evidence-based innovations and initiatives. ...

Posted on: February 03, 2016
Bristol-Myers Awards Eight Grants to Make Lung and Skin Cancer Screening More Accessible

To mark National Cancer Prevention Month, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) recently announced eight grants totaling nearly $11.5 million that will help make lung and skin cancer screening programs, care and patient support more accessible to underserved populations. The goal is to develop, validate and sustain models that deliver equitable and optimal outcomes.The grants were awarded through the Foundation's Bridging Cancer Care™ (BCC) and Specialty Care for Vulnerable Populations (SCVP) ...

Posted on: February 02, 2016
PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week Begins Today

Today, the nation's 60,000+ perianesthesia nurses will highlight and celebrate their work during PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week (PANAW), which is observed throughout the United States February 1-7, 2016. Perianesthesia nurses care for patients before and after procedures requiring anesthesia, sedation, and analgesia. Approximately 40 million anesthetics are administered in the U.S. each year. The 2016 PANAW theme is, "PeriAnesthesia Nurses Practice with Excellence," and the American Society of ...

Posted on: February 01, 2016
New Book on Avoiding Nurse Burnout

Long hours, physical and mental exhaustion, and heavy workloads are some of the many reasons nurses become burnt out. To help increase the well-being of nurses and improve the quality of patient care, Suzanne Waddill-Goad, DNP, MBA, RN, CEN, is sharing her solutions to coping with the stressors that often lead to burnout in her new book, "Nurse Burnout: Overcoming Stress in Nursing." Waddill-Goad is president and principal consultant of Suzanne M. Waddill-Goad & Company, Inc., a consulting ...

Posted on: January 31, 2016
University of Alabama Opens New College of Nursing Building

The University of Alabama Huntsville's College of Nursing is ushering in a new era in nursing education, with a new, $17 million facility, called the Learning and Technology Resource Center (LTRC), which will include Charger Hospital, a 16-bed hospital laboratory, and five high-fidelity simulation laboratories. The expansion also includes additional classrooms, student gathering spaces, faculty offices, and a 250-seat auditorium. The college's dean says it will change how students are taught going ...

Posted on: January 30, 2016
Student Nurses in Flint, MI, Collect Bottled Water for Locals

In response to the Flint water crisis, which has garnered much national media attention, the Henry Ford College (HFC) Student Nursing Association (SNA) began collecting bottled water for the people of Flint. There was such an overwhelming response of bottled water donations - more than 30 cases donated, and $100 in cash -- and such an overwhelming need for these supplies, that the deadline was extended through the end of January. The bottled water drive was initiated by HFC nursing instructor Cathy ...

Posted on: January 29, 2016
Massachusetts School Nurses Will Receive Narcan Training

Facing an opioid epidemic, schools outside Boston are arming themselves with Narcan to administer in the event of a crisis. As of August 2015, an estimated 1,256 people died from opioid overdoses, according to the state's data brief. Despite the lack of opioid emergencies during school hours, city officials believe it's best to be prepared. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's October 2015 survey, 133 of the 244 public schools surveyed are equipped with or expect to be ...

Posted on: January 28, 2016
Emergency Nurse Testifies at Senate Committee Hearing

Penny Blake, RN, CCRN, CEN, a resident of North Palm Beach, Florida, and a member of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), testified in mid-January at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing titled, "Improving the Federal Response to Challenges in Mental Health Care in America." Blake is an emergency nurse at Good Samaritan Medical Center, an acute care community hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida. In addition, she is chair of government affairs for the Florida ...

Posted on: January 27, 2016
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