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Colorado Hospital Association Names Health Care Star

American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) recently named Lynda Steinbach, RN, BSN at Grand River Health CHA in Rifle, Colo. as the April Colorado Health Care Stars Award Winner recognizing Steinbach as an exceptional health care professional.Colorado Health Care Stars is a new statewide health care professional award recognition program sponsored by American Sentinel University and CHA. The program was launched in February 2015 to acknowledge clinical professionals in ...

Posted on: July 07, 2015
Kansas City Nurse Receives AWOHNN Excellence Award

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented its 2015 Award of Excellence in Advocacy to Melanie Foltz, MSN, RN, for her contributions to the field of women's health and professional nursing. The award was presented at the AWHONN national Convention in Long Beach, California.Nominees for the Award of Excellence in Advocacy are judged on their history of individual contributions to promote women's and newborn's health in the federal, state or local political arenas, ...

Posted on: July 06, 2015
UAB School of Nursing Research Shows Culture Shift Needed for Palliative Care

Two papers recently published by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing researchers in the Journal of Clinical Oncology highlight the need for a "culture shift" by clinicians and the general public to engage palliative care services long before a person reaches the final stage of life.Two articles reporting on 207 advanced cancer patients and 122 of their family caregivers who participated in the ENABLE III Trial ("Early Versus Delayed Initiation of Concurrent Palliative Oncology Care" and ...

Posted on: July 05, 2015
Nursing Master's Added to Baker College's Upcoming Semester

Baker College in Jackson, Michigan will add an online master's program in the Science of Nursing starting this fall, college officials said.The master's program is designed for graduate students who aspire to be nurse educators, administrators, managers and health policy experts. "Graduates of Baker College's new MSN degree will be prepared for positions in nursing administration and nursing education," Lesley Morgan, Ph.D., MBA, ARNP, dean of Baker College's School of Nursing, said in a statement. ...

Posted on: July 04, 2015
New Chief Nursing Officer & Associate Executive Director of Patient Care Service at Lenox Hill Hospital

Irene Macyk, RN, MS, PhD(c), has been named Chief Nursing Officer/Associate Executive Director, Patient Care Services at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, effective May 2015. As a member of the senior leadership team, Macyk will be responsible for creating and communicating the vision and direction for nursing at the hospital. She will lead the overall clinical and administrative operations and strategy for patient care services and will partner with physicians and administrators to optimize hospital ...

Posted on: July 03, 2015
Violence to Homecare Workers Means New Policies Needed

When it comes to caring for older adults, there is a shift to a consumer-driven model that focuses on keeping patients in their homes and out of institutional care facilities. It's an arrangement that can benefit both the patient and the healthcare system, but new research by Johns Hopkins School of Nursing professor Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN and colleagues shows that the personnel working in patient homes are often at risk for harassment and violence with no plan of prevention.Published in BMC ...

Posted on: July 02, 2015
California Nurses Join Efforts to Feed Needy Children

When school lets out, many children also lose access to healthy breakfasts.Nurses at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock, Calif. are working on a drive to help alleviate that problem, collecting healthy cereals for distribution to needy children.The effort started in 2010 at a Detroit Tenet hospital, after nurses noticed that some of the children they were seeing were malnourished. They started the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive. This year, with Emanuel now under Tenet Healthcare Corp. ownership, the ...

Posted on: July 01, 2015
Month of June Dedicated to Raising PTSD Awareness

In order to bring more attention to the issue of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), June has been selected as PTSD Awareness Month for the second year in a row, and June 27th was  named National PTSD Awareness Day for the fifth consecutive year. The National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), along with other organizations such as The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), is dedicated to helping the general public recognize the symptoms of PTSD in themselves and others and ...

Posted on: June 30, 2015
Charleston Southern University Nursing Awarded $1 Million for Scholarships

The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the Charleston Southern University College of Nursing to be awarded over three years to fund scholarships for nursing students who commit to work in community or home-based settings upon graduation. "We're pleased to partner with CSU on this scholarship program," said Harvey Galloway, executive director of the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation. "Our work together to address the significant shortage ...

Posted on: June 29, 2015
South Jersey Hospitals Launch Collaborative to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services

Five major health systems in southern New Jersey, the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers have launched the South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovation Collaborative (SJBHIC) to evaluate the current behavioral health landscape and provide innovative recommendations on how to improve the system. The year-long project will include engaging key stakeholders, including patients, families and providers in an effort to better identify the challenges they ...

Posted on: June 28, 2015
Nyack Hospital Awards Margaret Mary Kennedy Nursing Scholarship

Nyack Hospital, Nyack, N.Y., recently awarded the second annual Margaret Mary Kennedy Nursing Scholarship to Rina Elias, RN of West Nyack, NY.  Elias will put the award to good use as she pursues her master's degree at Pace University.  This scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from Peter Kennedy of Orangeburg, NY, in honor of the excellent nursing care his wife received at Nyack Hospital.Kennedy shared, "I am proud to provide this opportunity for Nyack Hospital employees to ...

Posted on: June 27, 2015
ELNEC Celebrates 15 Years as a Leading Advocate for Enhancing Palliative Care

The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) is celebrating 15 years of promoting excellence in palliative care education. To date, over 19,500 nurses and other healthcare professionals - representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 85 countries - have attended an ELNEC train-the-trainer course, which provides a comprehensive set of teaching resources to better prepare health professionals to care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. The ELNEC project is administered by the ...

Posted on: June 26, 2015
ANA Lauds Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act Tax Credit Subsidies

The American Nurses Association (ANA) lauds the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by preserving tax credit subsidies that have allowed more than 10 million Americans to obtain health insurance coverage. "We are gratified that the Supreme Court ruling will avoid the loss of subsidies that have allowed millions of people to get healthy and stay healthy," said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. "The Supreme Court has spoken. Now it's time ...

Posted on: June 25, 2015
Dixie State University Hosts Tanzanian Nurses for Exchange Program

After traveling for 30 hours and traversing 10,000 miles to reach St. George, Utah, 10 nurses from the United Republic of Tanzania received a warm from members of the Dixie State University community and Utah State Legislature during a welcome reception.In Southern Utah to participate in Dixie State's seven-week Tanzania Nurses Educational Exchange (TNEE), the nurses took turns expressing their gratitude for the opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge relevant to their careers. Selected from nearly ...

Posted on: June 24, 2015
Wisconsin Nurse Receives Excellence in Writing Award from AWHONN

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) today presented its Best of JOGNN Award to Lisa Hanson, PhD, CNM, FACNM, for her article entitled, "Feasibility of Oral Prenatal Probiotics against Maternal Group B Streptococcus Vaginal and Rectal Colonization."  The award was presented at the AWHONN national Convention in Long Beach, California.The Best of JOGNN Award honors the first author of an original article published ...

Posted on: June 24, 2015
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