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Georgia Nursing Board Replacement Questioned

Georgia nursing board executive director Jim Cleghorn was removed from his position  by Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Cleghorn will be replaced by the former head of the cosmetology board, Andrew Turnage.The switch has nurses talking: The Georgia Board of Nursing unanimously rejected Kemp's idea, and the Georgia Association of Nursing Deans and Directors asked for a private sit-down with him. During the sit-down, Kemp made it clear that the staffing change would go into effect July 1 no matter what, ...

Posted on: July 27, 2016
Nursing Students Get Connected to Many Careers

Galen College of Nursing in Louisville, Ky., partnered with StaffGarden, a digital healthcare company based in California, to provide Galen's nursing students with free access to StaffGarden's ePortfolio. The ePortfolio is an interactive tool enabling students to directly connect to healthcare employment opportunities. "Galen is committed to providing resources for our students to pursue careers in healthcare," said Steve Hyndman, executive vice president and provost at Galen. "Combined with a dedication ...

Posted on: July 26, 2016
NP Receives Scholarship for PTSD Research

Tamar U. Rodney, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, was selected to receive a $10,000 scholarship, to be matched by Johns Hopkins, for research focused on identifying biomarkers during the screening process for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare partnered with the Geneva Foundation in support of this scholarship. Rodney is a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. The scholarship requirements ...

Posted on: July 24, 2016
Mercy Health Recognized for Stroke & Heart Failure Efforts

Three hospitals comprising the Mercy Health System in Pennsylvania have been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA)'s Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Program.Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital were awarded the Stroke Gold Plus award and the Heart Failure Gold award. Additionally, Nazareth Hospital received the Stroke Gold Plus award, Target: Stroke Honor Roll, the Heart Failure Gold Plus award and Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll.These ...

Posted on: July 23, 2016
Nurses, NPs and PAs to Treat Opioid Overdose

President Obama has passed a bill aimed at combating heroin and opioid addictions into law. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2016 will expand the scope of addiction treatment by allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to use medication in treating patients who are experiencing a drug overdose.             Approximately 28,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2014, according to the Department of Health and Human ...

Posted on: July 22, 2016
Capella University Collaborates with ANA on Scholarship

Capella University and the American Nurses Association (ANA) Leadership Institute are now offering a "Nurse Leader Scholarship" for nurses.Capella, located in Minneapolis, and ANA have extended their working relationship through 2018 in the continued support of educating nurses who want to advance their career and impact quality of care through nursing leadership. The Nurse Leader Scholarship, which ranges in amount from $4,500 to$7,500, is awarded to nurses planning to move into expanded clinical ...

Posted on: July 20, 2016
Florida Hospital DeLand Names Nurse Manager

Lisa Steele, BSN, was recently named nurse manager of the BirthCare Center at Florida Hospital DeLand. A registered nurse with 15 years of experience, Steele will oversee the daily operations of the center, as well as coordinate the unit's clinical education."Lisa has a strong passion for women's health and is committed to providing excellent patient experience and evidence-based standards of care practices," said Becky Vernon, director of women and children's services at both Florida Hospital DeLand and ...

Posted on: July 18, 2016
New Jersey Nurses Advocate for Gun Violence Study

New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) representatives teamed up with the American Nurses Association (ANA) to repeal language prohibiting research about gun violence. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is unable to conduct gun violence research and appropriate funding to examine causes and prevention strategies. "As the largest single group of healthcare professionals, nurses increasingly are caring for those victimized by gun violence and are forced to confront the ...

Posted on: July 17, 2016
16 Programs to Benefit from Donation to Saint Agnes Medical Center

Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., recently received a donation of more than $208,000 from the Saint Agnes Men's Club. Sixteen hospital programs and services will be improved by this gift.The Men's Club's efforts to raise money started in 2015. Nancy Hollingsworth, RN, accepted the donation on behalf of the medical center during the Men's Club Mercedes-Benz of Fresno Casino Night in May 2016."Our special thanks to everyone who contributed to or participated in the Men's Club's fundraisers, ...

Posted on: July 16, 2016
Pa. Implements First Phase of Medical Marijuana

Temporary regulations for medical use of marijuana are being developed at the Department of Health in Pennsylvania. The department's secretary, Karen Murphy, recently announced that the medical marijuana program being designed for Pennsylvania will be a "transparent process" on which the public, stakeholders and the department's partners are encouraged to comment."Our vision is to have a high-quality, efficient and compliant medical marijuana program for Pennsylvania residents with serious ...

Posted on: July 14, 2016
Non-English Speaking Parents Struggle to Understand Shaken Baby Syndrome

The leading cause of non-accidental death in children younger than 2 years is shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma (SBS/AHT), occurring in up to 1,600 children in the U.S. each year. Education is a key component in preventing fatal injury.In 2006,  Massachusetts passed legislation aimed at preventing SBS/AHT. The ruling mandated that hospitals provide education to new parents about SBS/AHT. Ten years later, Leslie Rideout, PhD, FNP, spearheaded a study to assess the effectiveness of the required ...

Posted on: July 11, 2016
American Lung Association Seeks Standard of Care for Asthma

The American Lung Association is encouraging more careful adherence to asthma treatment guidelines after data found that patients on Medicaid often don't receive evidence-based care.Research shows that guideline-based care results in better patient outcomes. An estimated 24 million people in the U.S. have asthma, which is incurable but manageable through appropriate treatment. Guideline-based care is especially critical for people on Medicaid, because it is the most common primary payer for asthma-related ...

Posted on: July 10, 2016
ANA Re-Elects Pamela Cipriano as President

The American Nurses Association (ANA) re-elected Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, as president. Currently a research associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Cipriano has served as president of the ANA, which represents the interests of nearly 3.6 million registered nurses nationwide, since 2014. "Registered nurses are on the frontlines of providing lifesaving healthcare to millions of people each day, and it is an honor to advocate for nurses and to lead an ...

Posted on: July 09, 2016
University of Mary Grant to Fund CHI Partnership

The University of Mary (UMary) in Bismarck, ND, received a $407,249 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to increase the number of nurse practitioners working in rural parts of North Dakota and Minnesota. The money will enable UMary to partner with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI).    CHI is one of the country's largest healthcare providers, giving UMary students the opportunity to have hands-on experience in their field. Billie Madler, DNP, FNP-C, says the benefits of this ...

Posted on: July 07, 2016
ANA Hails Supreme Court Decision on Texas Abortion Law

The American Nurses Association is hailing a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a restrictive abortion law in Texas. The court voted 5-3 against a law that would have placed strict requirements on healthcare clinics and providers who offer abortions."The American Nurses Association is gratified by the court's decision," said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. "The Supreme Court has sent a powerful message that Roe v. Wade is still the law of the land and ...

Posted on: July 05, 2016
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