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President of MNA Urges Nurses to Be "Agents of Change"

Mary Turner, RN, an ICU nurse at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, and the current president of the 20,000-member Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), recently spoke with the Minnesota Labor Review (MLR) about her new position at MNA and the future of nursing. "I think out of all the jobs you can have, nursing feeds your soul-even though it's physically taxing," Turner told a reporter from MLR. "It's the type of job that at the end of the day, no matter how taxing, you can say, 'I made a ...

Posted on: May 27, 2016
University of Miami School Of Nursing Receives $1.7 Million in Grant Money

The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies (UM-SONHS), located in Coral Gables, Florida, recently received a $1.7 million grant through the Helene Fuld Health Trust, one of the nation's largest private funders donated exclusively to nursing students and nursing education. UM-SONSH plans to build a cutting-edge skills resource center within the school's new Simulation Hospital, currently under construction, and also to educate second-career nursing students.In November of 2015, the school ...

Posted on: May 26, 2016
Mercy Medical Center Nurses Get Magazine's Top Honor

Baltimore Magazine recently announced the results of its annual "Nursing Excellence Awards Competition" in its May 2016 issue.  Four nurses from Mercy Medical Center, located in Baltimore, have been named to this year's list of winners. They 4 winners are:• Debora Phillips, RN, in the community care/ambulatory care category; • Tracy Kostelec, RN, in the educator category; • Tanja Gross, RN, in the management/nurse executives category;• Juvel-Lou Velasco, RN, in the ...

Posted on: May 25, 2016
Veronica Butt Receives Montefiore's Joan H. Bilder Award

Joan H. Bilder was the associate director of nursing for more than 20 years (from 1965-1987) at  Montefiore Health System in the Bronx, NY. Her husband, Judge Bilder, created an annual award bearing her name to annually recognize a nurse who consistently demonstrates excellence in professional nursing. This year, Veronica Butt, RN, received the 29th annual John H. Bilder Award at the hospital's awards ceremony, held recently during Nurses' Week. Butt's impressive career includes accomplishments such ...

Posted on: May 24, 2016
ANA Calls for a Culture of Safety

Recently, the American Nurses Association (ANA) asked nurses to help make their workplaces safer to enhance patient care and nurses' health and well-being. The emphasis on developing this type of work environment was reflected in the theme for the 2016 National Nurses Week, "Culture of Safety-It Starts with YOU." At 3.4 million strong, RNs are the largest group of health care professionals. However, RNs also rank 6th among all occupations for the highest rates of musculoskeletal injuries ...

Posted on: May 23, 2016
WalletHub Ranks the 10 Best and 10 Worst States for Nurses in 2016

WalletHub, a personal finance social network, compiled the list of the Best and Worst states for nurses by ranking states based on 14 key metrics for nurses, including monthly median starting salary, number of healthcare facilities per capita and nursing job openings per capita. The resulting list ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C. For the second year in a row, Washington state topped WalletHub's annual list of best states for nurses, while Illinois shot up to the No. 2 spot on the "best" list ...

Posted on: May 22, 2016
6 Santa Barbara Nurses Honored with Awards for Nursing Excellence

For the last 10 years, in Santa Barbara, CA, the Bialis Family Foundation, a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, has quietly been recognizing a critical group of workers in their midst by honoring outstanding nurses, according to an article in the Santa Barbara Noozhawk. To date, the organization has bestowed 83 nurses with its "Award for Nursing Excellence." Patients, patients' family members, and/or physicians nominate nurses, who then must pass a rigorous selection process. Award ...

Posted on: May 21, 2016
Indiana's Licensure Renewal System Not Secure

The online system that Indiana nurses use to renew their licenses falls short of other states' security measures, which could leave Indiana nurses open to identity theft, according to an investigation conducted by Indianapolis television reporters for the channel 8 news (I-Team 8). At least 31 states require their users to create a unique username or password when renewing their licenses. Indiana nurses are asked to use their licensing number (which is public record) and the last four digits of their ...

Posted on: May 20, 2016
Tennessee Nurses Brave Flames to Save Patients from Hospital Fire

Tennessee firefighters in the Knoxville Fire Department said the actions of several nurses at Tennova Healthcare, who rescued patients during a fire recently and "saved several lives," were "nothing short of heroic." D.J. Corcoran, a spokesperson for the Knoxville Fire Department Spokesperson, told a Local 8 News reporter, "The dedication we saw [is] something that will be with me forever. A lot of times, we see a mother or father [stay in a building on fire], but for people who weren't related to them, ...

Posted on: May 19, 2016
Philadelphia Nurses Rally to Demand Safe Staffing

Recently, nurses in Philadelphia, PA, banded together and rallied outside City Hall to publicly raise awareness of and demand solutions for staffing levels as they relate to patient safety-a critical and timely issue for nurses and patients alike. Nurses from Temple University Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, Einstein Medical Center, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Crozer Chester Medical Center, Suburban Community Hospital and Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital ...

Posted on: May 18, 2016
Karen Myrick Receives NONPF's Outstanding Researcher Award

The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) recently presented its outstanding researcher award to Karen Myrick, DNP, APRN, of West Hartford, Conn., who is an assistant professor of nursing at the Quinnipiac University's School of Nursing, located in Hamden, Conn. "I am very proud and honored to receive the award," said Myrick, who developed a physical-examination technique to diagnose hip labral tears. The Hip Internal Rotation with Distraction (THIRD) Test, as it is called, ...

Posted on: May 17, 2016
Two Nurses Receive AACN's "Pioneering Spirit" Awards at Annual Conference

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is presenting its AACN Pioneering Spirit Award to both Cathie Guzzetta, PhD, RN, FAAN, a preeminent nurse expert on family presence, and Suzanne "Suzi" Burns, RN, MSN, RRT, ACNP, CCRN, FAAN, FCCM, FAANP, one of the world's foremost experts in pulmonary care and critical care nursing.This AACN Visionary Leadership Award recognizes significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing and relate to the association's mission, ...

Posted on: May 16, 2016
WalletHub Ranks the 10 Best and 10 Worst States for Nurses in 2016

WalletHub, a personal finance social network, compiled a list of the best and worst states for nurses by ranking each state based on 14 key metrics for nurses, including monthly median starting salary, number of healthcare facilities per capita and nursing job openings per capita. The resulting list ranks all 50 states and Washington, D.C. For the second year in a row, Washington state topped WalletHub's annual list of best states for nurses, while Illinois shot up to the No. 2 spot on the "best" ...

Posted on: May 15, 2016
College Choice Ranks the Best Online Master's in Nursing Degree Programs

College Choice, an independent, online publication which is based in Eugene, OR, and is dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college, has published its annual ranking of best online master's programs in nursing. "Prospective nursing students can now elect to pursue a degree online, which is extremely important for those who are already working in the field or are looking to transition from their current jobs," stated Katie Amondson, associate editor of the ranking. "Online ...

Posted on: May 14, 2016
Health Dialog Provides a "Nurse Line" to Los Angeles Plan Members

Health Dialog, a leading provider of population health management solutions that is headquartered in Boston, MA, recently announced that its L.A. Care Plan members in Los Angeles county will have access to Health Dialog's Nurse Line, a professionally staffed telephone support system with direct access to registered nurse (RN) Health coaches 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Health Dialog's Nurse Line provides guidance and information to help people make informed decisions about their medical care and avoid ...

Posted on: May 13, 2016
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