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Banner Health Facility Receives Pediatric Emergency Certification

Mesa, Ariz. Banner Baywood Medical Center joined its sister facilities to become Pediatric Prepared Emergency Care certified by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, or AzAAP.The certification means the facility meets specific criteria and is prepared to provide emergency care resources and capabilities for pediatric patients. If necessary, the hospital can stabilize a child for transfer to a facility that offers more specialized pediatric care."Banner Baywood Medical Center is deeply ...

Posted on: August 01, 2014
National Nurses United to Join People's Climate March in New York City

With new signs of the global climate crisis emerging almost daily, the nation's largest U.S. organization of nurses announced it will participate in what is expected to be the largest march to date calling for action to stem the harmful effects of climate change. The People's Climate March is to be held Sept. 21 in New York City with associated events being scheduled around the world.Officials with National Nurses United (NNU) say they will emphasize escalating concerns about the health hazards posed ...

Posted on: August 01, 2014
Hospital Arrival Time Impacts Heart Attack Treatment & Survival, Study Finds

Going to the hospital for a heart attack during evenings, weekends and holidays increases your risk of dying 13% compared with people arriving during workday hours, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the most severe type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart. To prevent death, it's critical ...

Posted on: July 31, 2014
Milwaukee, Wis. - Marquette's Frenn Inducted Into Nursing Fellowship Society

Marilyn Frenn, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, professor of nursing at Marquette University, was recently named to the American Academy of Nursing Fellows. Frenn is one of 168 nurse leaders who were selected to join the Academy's Class of 2014 based on their leadership in education, management, policy and work toward improving the health of the nation.Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing is highly selective and is considered the highest honor in the nursing profession. Frenn specializes in obesity ...

Posted on: July 31, 2014
American Psychiatric Nurses Association Names New Board of Directors

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 APNA Elections. The newly-elected members will begin their terms on the APNA Board of Directors at the APNA 28th Annual Conference to be held Oct. 22-25 in Indianapolis. The new board members include:President-Elect Mary Ann Nihart, MA, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BCTreasurer Susan Dawson, EdD, PMHCNS/NP-BCMember-at-Large Wailua Brandman, MSN, APRN-Rx, PMHCNS/NP-BC, ...

Posted on: July 30, 2014
Birmingham, Ala. - UAB Receives NCI Grant as Lead Site in National Clinical Trials Network

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute as a National Clinical Trial Network Lead Academic Participating Site.After a competitive peer-review application process, the UAB Cancer Center was selected as one of 30 cancer centers in the nation, and one of only five in the Southeast. The five-year grant, which awards $497,800 annually, allows the Cancer Center to be part of NCI's primary infrastructure to conduct ...

Posted on: July 30, 2014
Fist-Bumping Study Supports Call to Ban Handshakes in Hospitals

Fist bumping transmits significantly fewer bacteria than either handshaking or high-fiving, while still addressing the cultural expectation of hand-to-hand contact between patients and clinicians, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).In this study from the Institute of Biological, Environmental, and Rural Sciences at ...

Posted on: July 29, 2014
Frontier Nursing University Celebrates 75 Years

Lexington, Ky. In 1939, Frontier Nursing University nurse-midwives set out on horseback over rough Eastern Kentucky terrain to care for women, attend births, and forever enrich the lives of rural families. Seventy-five years later, Frontier graduates travel by more modern means, from mobile health clinics to floatplanes in Alaska, providing personalized healthcare to babies, moms and families in every state and around the world. These Pioneers for Healthcare are celebrated as Frontier Nursing University ...

Posted on: July 29, 2014
Joint Commission Education Module Aims to Reduce Long-Term Care Infections

The Joint Commission has released an innovative online educational tool designed to apply the principles of high reliability to reducing infections in long-term care settings such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.The learning module, "Applying High Reliability Principles to the Prevention and Control of Infections in Long Term Care," was partially funded through a conference grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  It is a 50-minute, easy-to-use and engaging ...

Posted on: July 28, 2014
Cambridge, Mass. - Cambridge Health Alliance Recognizes Two Nurses with DAISY Award

Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) has honored nurses Yanny Kavanagh, RN, and Cheryl Palazzolo, RN, with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. Kavanagh, an orthopedics nurse at CHA's Cambridge Hospital campus, takes great care in addressing the cultural needs of her patients. She frequently makes the extra effort to accommodate her patients including, most recently, communicating with a patient, his doctor, and a pharmaceutical company to make sure a process was in place for the patient to receive his ...

Posted on: July 28, 2014
Safe, Effective, Cancer-Preventing HPV Vaccine Underutilized, CDC Says

The number of girls and boys aged 13-17 years receiving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine remains unacceptably low despite a slight increase in vaccination coverage since 2012. That's according to data from CDC´s 2013 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen) published in the newest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).HPV vaccine prevents various forms of cancer, but HPV vaccine remains underutilized. There is a substantial gap between the number of adolescents receiving tetanus, ...

Posted on: July 27, 2014
Obamacare Rule Returns $9 Billion in Insurance Premiums to Consumers

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced this week that consumers have saved a total of $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since 2011 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.Created through the law, the 80/20 rule, also known as the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) rule, requires insurers to spend at least 80% of premium dollars on patient care and quality improvement activities.  If insurers spend an excessive amount on profits and red tape, they owe a refund back to ...

Posted on: July 26, 2014
American Indian College Fund Announces Nursing & Public Health Scholarships

The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) announced that $100,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 18 academically excellent students in partnership with United Health Foundation's Diverse Scholars Initiative. The Diverse Scholars Initiative aims to increase diversity in the healthcare workforce by supporting promising future health professionals. It has provided nearly $2 million in scholarships this year through partnerships with organizations like the College ...

Posted on: July 25, 2014
White Memorial Medical Center's New Simulation Center

Los Angeles The Charitable Foundation at White Memorial Medical Center (WMMC) successfully raised $1.4 million for a Simulation Center, a multidisciplinary training center designed to help staff improve patient safety and patient outcomes of care. The Lyman A. Brewer III, MD, Simulation Center replicates a multidisciplinary hospital setting to give healthcare professionals and trainees a real-world environment in which to learn, practice and master the latest techniques for patient care. "The ...

Posted on: July 25, 2014
Free E-book Helps Nurses Identify & Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections

American Sentinel University has released a free e-book, "Are You Prepared to Identify and Prevent the Three Infections That Make Up Two-Thirds of All Healthcare Associated Infections." Described as "a go-to guide to help nurses minimize the occurrence of hospital-acquired infection (HAI) risk factors and details basic prevention measures that every nurse should know to help prevent infections," the e-book is available for download ...

Posted on: July 24, 2014
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