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NIH Clinical Center Upgrades Health Status of Nurse Infected With Ebola

After receiving what was described as "countless inquiries and expressions of support" officials at the NIH Clinical Center said Tuesday that the status has been upgraded from "fair" to "good" for Nina Pham, RN, CCRN. Pham, 26, is one of two critical care nurses infected with Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the so-called index patient who was the first person diagnosed with the virus inside the U.S. and whom later died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.  Pham was admitted to the ...

Posted on: October 22, 2014
Durham, N.C. - Duke University SoN Announces New Women's Health NP Major

Beginning in January 2015, the Duke University School of Nursing will offer a new major for students interested in working in women's health as part of the school's Master of Science in Nursing Program.The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) major prepares advanced practice nurses with the skills and expertise necessary to provide primary and specialty medical care for women. Students will be ready for a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as correctional health, family planning, medical ...

Posted on: October 22, 2014
ANA Reacts to New CDC Guidance on Ebola Safety for Nurses, Others

In the wake of two registered nurses becoming infected with Ebola while caring for the patient who died in Dallas, the CDC previewed revised personal protective equipment recommendations during a teleconference Monday night.  According to the American Nurses Association, CDC officials indicated the full guidelines, to be posted soon CDC web site, would include: Prior to working with Ebola patients, healthcare professionals need to engage in repeated hands-on training and ...

Posted on: October 21, 2014
Fairfield Medical Center Introduces Newest Oncology Nurse Navigator

Lancaster, Ohio - Fairfield Medical Center is pleased to introduce Shelly Romine, BSN, RN, BC, CCRN, as its newest oncology nurse navigator. Romine will work alongside oncology nurse navigator Ivy O' Neal, BSN, RN, OCN, and will serve as an advocate for breast and colon cancer patients. "As an oncology nurse navigator, I have the honor of assisting cancer patients with their care during a very intimate and terrifying period in their lives," Romine said. "To me, that is a privilege." Oncology nurse ...

Posted on: October 21, 2014
HHS Accelerates Search for Vaccine as Obama Appoints Ebola Czar

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced Friday that it would provide financial support to accelerate the development of a vaccine to prevent Ebola. HHS made the announcement just ahead of President Obama informing the public that he would appoint a new Ebola czar to manage the reponse to any potential outbreak in the U.S.  Under a one-year contract with HHA, Profectus BioSciences Inc., headquartered in ...

Posted on: October 20, 2014
Springfield, Vt. - Springfield Receives Grant from National Breast Cancer Foundation

Springfield Hospital has received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). The grant was awarded to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds for women who have no insurance or for whom cost prevents them from seeking needed services.The mission of the NBCF is to help women affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. This is the second grant of this type awarded to Springfield Hospital by NBCF. In 2013, ...

Posted on: October 20, 2014
Specialty Nursing Groups Show Solidarity in Joint Statement on Ebola

In response to two critical care nurses becoming infected with the Ebola virus in Dallas, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives issued a joint statement reinforcing an partnership between the three nursing and nursing leadership organization to marshal their resources as necessary to support to support their respective membership, staff nurses and the patients and communities they serve throughout the U.S. ...

Posted on: October 19, 2014
American Academy of Nursing Joins National 'Choosing Wisely' Campaign

The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) this week released a list of common healthcare practices that are not always necessary or in the best interests of patient health.The release of the list occurs in conjunction with the Academy's participation in the Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation intended to spur conversations between healthcare professionals and patients about what care is genuinely necessary.The Academy's recommendations are supported by extensive health evidence ...

Posted on: October 18, 2014
ANA Calls for Clear, Concrete Ebola Safety Guidelines for Patients, Nursing Staff

In a call with nurses nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced revised emergency preparedness and treatment guidelines to prevent transmissions of Ebola in the U.S. The changes come after two nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas became infected with Ebola while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with virus inside the U.S. Duncan had recently traveled to Dallas from Liberia and died from the disease on died ...

Posted on: October 17, 2014
AMA Applauds U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Steps to Improve Diabetes Screening

According to Robert M. Wah, MD, president, American Medical Association, "The AMA commends the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for amending its recommendations on screening for diabetes based on its review of current best evidence. The AMA fully supports the new Task Force recommendation that screening for diabetes and prediabetes should be performed in all adults over age 45, and that uniform coverage for these critical screenings is long overdue. "More than 86 million Americans have ...

Posted on: October 17, 2014
APIC Focuses on Helping Hospitals to Better Protect Nurses From Ebola

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) on Thursday issued the following statement on its efforts to help hospitals protect staff from the Ebola virus which has already infected two critical care nurses in Dallas. The APIC statement was attributed to APIC's CEO, Katrina Crist, MBA. "[APIC] and its members were saddened by the death of Thomas Duncan last week, and are deeply concerned about the Dallas healthcare personnel who have contracted the Ebola virus. As ...

Posted on: October 17, 2014
Nurses Infected With Ebola Transferred to Special Units at Other Hospitals

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center on Thursday afternoon was to admit Nina Pham, RN, CCRN, the first nurse who contracted the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Pham, 26, was to be admitted to the Special Clinical Studies Unit at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. at the request of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, NIH said she "will receive state-of-the-art care in this high-level containment facility, which is one of a small number of such ...

Posted on: October 16, 2014
Second Nurse Infected With Ebola Took Round-Trip Flight Before Falling Ill

The second healthcare worker to be infected with Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has been identified as nurse. Amber Vinson, 29, who was a member of the same team that took care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the deadly disease inside the U.S. who died at the Dallas hospital Oct. 8. The first nurse identified as having contracted the deadly virus is a 26-year-old critical care nurse, Nina Pham, RN, CCRN, who reportedly is improving in an isolation unit at the ...

Last Updated: October 16, 2014 | Posted on: October 15, 2014
Second Healthcare Worker Tests Positive for Ebola as Nurses Voice Concerns

A second healthcare worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the Ebola virus. Hospital officials said the unidentified healthcare worker is among many who provided care to Thomas Eric Duncan as he died from Ebola. Duncan, a citizen of Liberia, was the first person to be diagnosed with the virus inside the U.S. and later died at the hospital in Dallas.Additional cases among the hospital's healthcare workers is a "very real possibility" one hospital official said at a news ...

Last Updated: October 16, 2014 | Posted on: October 15, 2014
Chicago, Ill.-University of Chicago Hepatitis C Public Health Collaborative Granted $1.55 Million

$0The Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes Chicago (ECHO-Chicago) program at the University of Chicago Medicine has received a $1.55 million grant from the CDC to lead an unprecedented public health collaboration to reduce hepatitis C (HCV) infections in Chicago. $0$0The total projected grant of $6.2 million over four years will fund the Hepatitis C Community Alliance to Test and Treat (HepCCATT) program to build Chicago's capacity to test for and cure HCV infections. $0$0The program brings ...

Posted on: October 16, 2014
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