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Nurses Union Plans to Picket Hospitals Over Ebola Safety Precautions

Registered nurses from California to Maine will hold strikes, picketing, and other actions in 12 states and the District of Columbia Wednesday, Nov. 12, with possible support actions globally, as National Nurses United (NNU), the largest U.S. organization of registered nurses, steps up the demand for tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation's hospitals.A centerpiece of the actions will be a two-day strike by 18,000 RNs and nurse practitioners at 66 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics who have ...

Posted on: October 31, 2014
Negotiations Fail in Maine Nurse's Struggle to Lift Ebola Quarantine

Negotiations between the State of Maine and Kaci Hickox, the registered nurse who refuses to be quarantined after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, have "failed" and the government will now be forced to "exercise the full extent of his authority," according to a statement from Gov. Paul LePage.Hickox has been defiantly challenging the voluntary Ebola quarantine since returning home to Maine. Her protests at being held in a mandatory quarantine in New Jersey when she returned from treating patients ...

Posted on: October 31, 2014
Colorado Nurse Honored With Magnet Award

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awarded five clinical nurses nationwide with the Magnet Nurse of the Year award. Jacqueline Murray, PhD, BSN, RN, CPN, Brain Injury Nursing Program coordinator at Children's Hospital Colorado was recognized for the Exemplary Professional Practice award. The National Magnet Nurse of the Year award recognizes the outstanding contributions of clinical nurses for innovation, consultation, leadership and professional risk taking. Awards are presented in each of ...

Posted on: October 31, 2014
Maywood, Ill.-Holm Appointed Associate Research Dean

$0Karyn Holm, PhD, FAAN, FAHA, has been named associate dean for research at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON). She returns to Loyola after serving as a professor from 1992-2001 and as chair in the Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing from 1992-1999. $0$0Holm comes to Loyola from DePaul University where she served as a professor in the school of nursing. She also continues to hold the title of professor emerita at DePaul. Prior to that, Dr. Holm held faculty positions ...

Posted on: October 30, 2014
ANA Announces Support for Nurse Defying Ebola Quarantine in Maine

In a show of absolute defiance to comply with a voluntary quarantine for Ebola exposure, registered nurse Kaci Hickox this morning reportedly left her home in Maine with her boyfriend, hopped on their bicycles and went for a ride. Hickox arrived at Newark airport on Oct. 24 and was immediately quarantined in a hospital tent by New Jersey state officials, who eventually allowed her to travel to Maine via private transport on Oct. 27. State health officials announced Thursday the government's intention to ...

Posted on: October 30, 2014
Ebola Crisis Adds to Consumer Interest in New Hospital Safety Scores

At a time of unprecedented attention on U.S. hospitals due to the Ebola crisis, statistics suggest that more than 1,000 people die each day in the U.S. because of preventable hospital errors. And that number doesn't even include the many others who survive accidents and injuries that take place in a hospital setting, reinforcing the need for hospital vigilance and patient awareness. However, not all hospitals are equal. Released Oct. 29, new data from The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog) provides updated patient ...

Posted on: October 29, 2014
Metairie, La. - EJGH Offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

East Jefferson General Hospital and Wound Care Specialists recently announced the opening of the new East Jefferson Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy will operate in conjunction with East Jefferson's existing wound care center which already provides outpatient services to people with chronic or difficult to heal wounds.Hyperbaric medicine, also known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), is the medical use of concentrated oxygen at levels higher than atmospheric pressure. HBOT ...

Posted on: October 29, 2014
Texas Nurse Amber Vinson Declared Ebola-Free, Released From Hospital

Amber Joy Vinson, the second registered nurse who contracted Ebola at a Dallas hospital, is being released Tuesday from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where officials announced she is now free of the virus.Vinson is one of two Dallas nurses diagnosed with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed in the U.S. who died Oct. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Her case caused widespread fear after she was reported to have flown round-trip to Ohio after being exposed to ...

Posted on: October 28, 2014
Tri-Council for Nursing Calls on Profession to Reduce Public's Fear of Ebola

The Tri-Council for Nursing, which includes the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), American Nurses Association (ANA), American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), National League for Nursing (NLN), on Monday released the following joint statement calling for nurses to engage the public in an effort to curtail growing concern about the Ebola virus from turning into widespread panic in their communities across the U.S. "The global nursing workforce plays a critical role in ...

Posted on: October 28, 2014
Nurse Who Protested Mandatory Quarantine for Ebola in New Jersey Released

Kaci Hickox, 33, a registered nurse who spoke out while quarantined in New Jersey for three days after returning to the U.S. from West Africa on Oct. 24, has been released and reportedly was on her way home to Maine on Monday."Since testing negative for Ebola on early Saturday morning, the patient being monitored in isolation at University Hospital in Newark has thankfully been symptom free for the last 24 hours," New Jersey health department officials said in a statement. "As a result, and after being ...

Posted on: October 27, 2014
Perioperative Nurses Join Statement on Handling Ebola Medical Waste

The recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease has raised questions about the correct handling of Ebola contaminated biohazardous medical waste. In response, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM), the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation  (AAMI), and the Association of Surgical Technologists (ASST), ...

Posted on: October 27, 2014
Newport, R.I. - Newport Hospital Receives Magnet Recognition

Newport Hospital has again attained the Magnet hospital designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. Considered the gold standard for nursing excellence, the voluntary hospital credentialing program recognizes nursing excellence and professionalism. It is the top international credential for outstanding nursing care."It is a privilege for us to be honored for the third time with health care's most coveted recognition," said Denise Sullivan, RN, vice ...

Posted on: October 27, 2014
Brain Imaging May Help Prevent Heart Attacks & Strokes in the Future

Future prevention and treatment strategies for vascular diseases may lie in the evaluation of early brain imaging tests long before heart attacks or strokes occur, according to a systematic review conducted by a team of cardiologists, neuroscientists, and psychiatrists from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and published in the October issue of JACC Cardiovascular Imaging.For the review, Mount Sinai researchers examined all relevant brain imaging studies conducted over the last 33 years. They looked ...

Posted on: October 26, 2014
American Nurses Association to Host Free Educational Webinars on Ebola

On the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) release of more stringent guidelines regarding use of personal protective equipment in clinical settings, the American Nurses Association (ANA) will host a two-part Ebola virus disease education webinar series Oct. 28 and Oct. 30. The webinars are targeted to nurse leaders, clinical staff nurses and primary care nurses. Registration is complimentary."ANA  pushed CDC for revised guidelines, and we are pleased to see that they are ...

Posted on: October 25, 2014
Nurse Nina Pham Declared Free of Ebola, Discharged From NIH Clinical Center

Nina Pham, RN, CCRN, the first critical care nurse infected with Ebola while treating index patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from the virus Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has been declared free of the virus Friday and scheduled to be released officials said Friday.Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters that Pham "has no virus in her" and "she feels well."Pham reportedly attended the press conference flanked by her mother ...

Posted on: October 24, 2014
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