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Ameritech College's RN-to-BSN Program Accredited by CCNE

Recently, Ameritech College of Healthcare, which has campuses in both Provo and Draper, UT, announced that their RN-to-BSN degree completion program has been accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) under direction of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), effective September 2015 through 2021.Ameritech prides itself on the quality of faculty in their RN-to-BSN program. The curriculum focuses on a holistic approach to nursing, providing students with a holistic ...

Posted on: June 26, 2016
Kaplan University's MSN-to-NP Program and DNP Program Earn National Accreditation

Kaplan University, a leader in higher education which has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago ,recently announced that its School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice  (DNP) Program has been granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the maximum five-year period for new programs. Kaplan University began offering its DNP program in 2013.The CCNE also re-affirmed the School's Master of Science in Nursing program (MSN) for ...

Posted on: June 25, 2016
Karen A. Jeffries Wins a 2016 Circle of Excellence Award

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recently recognized Karen A. Jeffries, MS, RN, clinical education specialist for the Specialty Nurse Accelerated Program (SNAP) Fellowship for St. David's HealthCare, headquartered in Austin, TX, as a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award. Jeffries was one of only three nurses in Texas to earn this award."Karen embodies the spirit of this award by serving as an advocate for excellence in nursing," David Huffstutler, CEO at St. David's ...

Posted on: June 24, 2016
The Silent Knight Reduces Pills to Fine Powder Quietly and Effortlessly

Links Medical Products, Inc. (LMP), headquartered in Irvine, CA, recently introduced its latest crushing system for solid tablet form medications.Advanced engineering and design components were applied to the original Silent Knight's basic operating and crushing features to create the new system. The new Silent Knight offers nursing homes, hospitals and other care providers a device specifically made to more easily crush pills into powder form using LMP's patented, tear-resistant pill crusher pouch.The ...

Posted on: June 23, 2016
NJ Hospital Leader Will 'Dance with the Stars' to Raise Money for NICU

For the past 10 years, doctors, educators, business owners and everyday citizens have gone out of their comfort zone to raise money for hundreds of Gloucester County, New Jersey charities through the Greater Woodbury Chamber of Commerce's "Dancing with the Gloucester County Stars" fundraiser.Even though this year's finals aren't until Sept. 29, 2016, 6 contestants are already hard at work becoming ballroom dancers. Among those 6 is Dean Auer, director of patient experience for Kennedy Health, who is ...

Posted on: June 22, 2016
CXOs Expected to Make Patients 'Architects of Improvement'

Vocera  Communications Inc., a company that offers robust clinical communications systems for healthcare and has systems installed in more than 1,300 organizations worldwide, recently released an annual research report,  titled, "The Rise of the Healthcare Chief Experience Officer: 2016."The study-an update of the 2015 report, "The Evolving Role of the Healthcare CXO"-was released during Vocera's Experience Innovation Network's (EIN's )10th semi-annual CXO Roundtable, held earlier this year ...

Posted on: June 21, 2016
AACN Summit Discusses Nurse Staffing Solutions

Responses from more than 400 nurses at a recent national summit held by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) highlighted the frequency and scope of challenges related to nurse staffing, but attendees were sure that creativity and a commitment to the overall health of the work environment will help hospitals find innovative solutions.The half-day summit was held as part of AACN's National Teaching Institute & Critical-Care Exposition (NTI), held this past spring in New Orleans.During ...

Posted on: June 20, 2016
CO Researchers Find ICU Nurses Prone to PTSD

Past studies have found that up to 28% of hospital nurses who work in the intensive care unit (ICU) suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-that's a larger percentage of nurses suffering PTSD than veterans of the Iraq War. A recent news report on CBS4 in Denver, CO (CBS4-Denver) talked to researchers at the University of Colorado, who are studying what to do about this problem. Nurses who spoke to reporters from CBS4-Denver revealed that, while there is no typical day in the ICU, ICU nurses work ...

Posted on: June 19, 2016
Indiana Licensing Board Recommends 33 Nurses Be Investigated by AG

According to I-Team 8 investigative reporters for, the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) referred 33 nurses to Indiana's Attorney General's office after their licenses were automatically renewed  earlier this year. The nurses were granted automatic renewal of their licenses because the board failed to take action in time.State law requires that the board take any action on a license within 120 days. The I-Team 8 investigative team initially reported there were 44 nursing ...

Posted on: June 18, 2016
Nurses Top 'Demand List' in Southwest Florida

Which Southwest Florida occupation has the largest gap between the number of workers demanded by employers and the available supply in the labor market?This was the question studied by Workforce Now, a research initiative that studies the regional workforce and is comprised of researchers from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Hodges University, and Florida SouthWestern State College.  According to a news report on, one of the outcomes revealed in the report, titled, "Southwest ...

Posted on: June 17, 2016
Duquesne University Teaches Nurses Cross-Cultural Skills

Nursing students at Duquesne University are learning to more effectively treat patients from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds through a virtual simulation experience, funded by a $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Innovation Award Grant.The Pittsburgh Business Times did a report on how nursing students are using a simulation platform, administered through the Blackboard site, to "meet" and interview maternity ward patients-some of whom come from an Amish background, and others who hail ...

Posted on: June 16, 2016
Bill Aims to Require Stricter Standards for NJ School Nurses

According to a report on, legislation sponsored by New Jersey Senator Christopher "Kip" Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) that would require school nurses to meet additional training, clinical experience and education requirements has cleared the Senate Education Committee."A school nurse's responsibilities extend far beyond placing a Band-Aid on a scraped knee," Bateman told local news reporters. "For a child living below the poverty line, a school nurse may be the only ...

Posted on: June 15, 2016
Survey Reveals Few Hospitals Use Value-Based Arrangements

Fewer than 25% of U.S. hospitals are on track to hit the Obama Administration's 2018 goal of providing at least half of their patient care through so-called "value-based" arrangements-structures that tie reimbursement from Medicare to the quality of care patients receive, a recent survey from Health Catalyst revealed.Health Catalyst, mission-driven data warehousing, analytics and outcomes-improvement company, conducted an online survey of healthcare executives representing 190 U.S. hospitals with a total ...

Posted on: June 14, 2016
Department of Veterans Affairs Proposes APNs Act as Doctors

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently proposed a rule change that would allow advanced practice nurses (APNs) to prescribe medications, do diagnostic testing, and in some cases, even administer anesthesia, in an attempt to alleviate some of its notorious and controversial wait times. The thought is that thousands of nurses could take on some of the duties that doctors typically perform at VA hospitals around the country, with hopes that more veterans will be able to receive care in a ...

Posted on: June 13, 2016
Oregon Nurse Honored by Cornell University

Barbara Coombs Lee, who graduated from Cornell University School of Nursing in 1970, was recently honored with the 2016 "Distinguished Alumni Award" from The New York Hospital-Cornell University School of Nursing Alumni Association.After graduating, Coombs Lee practiced as an ER and ICU nurse and physician assistant for 25 years before beginning a career in law and health policy. Since 1996, Coombs Lee, who has lived in Portland, OR, for more than 40 years, has served as president of Compassion & ...

Posted on: June 12, 2016
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