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Duke University School of Nursing Provides Medical Care to Underserved Residents

Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, N.C. partners with Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA), Inc. to provide medical care to more than 500 TROSA residents, many of whom do not have health insurance. "We're committed to excellence in health care as a world-class educational and research institution, but we are also expanding our commitment to the community in which we live," says Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, dean and vice chancellor for nursing affairs at Duke University and ...

Posted on: May 30, 2015
DeSales Alumna Receives Healthcare Hero Award

Emily Stephens, RN, MSN, FNP-C, a graduate of DeSales University's undergraduate and graduate nursing programs in Center Valley, Penn. and a nurse practitioner at St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem, Penn.  was awarded Nurse of the Year at the 2015 Lehigh Valley Business Healthcare Heroes event."I am very proud and kind of overwhelmed," said Stephens said after winning her award. "There are so many people that deserve this award. I am very grateful that I get to continue to work in the ...

Posted on: May 29, 2015
Columbia University School of Nursing Receives $6.5 Million to Educate Future Nurse Leaders

Columbia University School of Nursing in New York has been awarded a $6.5 million grant from the Helene Fuld Health Trust for three vital projects that will educate future nurse leaders."This generous gift from the Helene Fuld Health Trust - the largest single donation in our school's 123-year history - will enable us to continue a tradition of leadership in nursing education, preparing world-class nurses to meet the challenges of today's dynamic health care environment," said Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, ...

Posted on: May 28, 2015
AHA Keeps the Beat A Capella Style With New Hands-Only CPR Training Video

The American Heart Association says Hands-Only CPR can double or triple a victim's chance of survival and is as effective as CPR with breaths.With funding from the Anthem Foundation, the American Heart Association is debuting a new Hands-Only™ CPR music-based training video, designed to showcase the simplicity and lifesaving benefits of Hands-Only CPR. The video features the unique sounds of the wildly-talented a capella group, Street Corner Symphony, and is available ...

Posted on: May 27, 2015
Gonzaga Students, Faculty Delivered Keys to Social Change to Zambia

When the 19 students and three faculty members from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. departed for Zambia on May 11, they brought with them some keys to social change: 75 handmade feminine hygiene kits that will allow the young women in Zambezi to stay in school, learn, and have a chance to break the cycle of poverty.Josh Armstrong, PhD, director of the Gonzaga-in-Zambezi program, is bringing the female hygiene kits for the second consecutive year. Dale Abendroth, PhD, assistant professor of nursing, ...

Posted on: May 26, 2015
Presentation College Nursing Program Continuously Accredited through 2022

Presentation College  PC) in Aberdeen, S.D. was formally notified by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Board of Commissioners April 13, 2015 that the Baccalaureate Nursing Program at PC, accredited since 1968, will remain accredited through 2022. The previous warning status has been removed and the next evaluation visit is scheduled for fall 2022."We were confident this decision would go in our favor because we met all requirements," said Dr. Margaret Huber, PhD,  C ...

Posted on: May 25, 2015
Children's Hospital of San Antonio Opens Medical and Surgical Units

Grape and tangerine walls greeted the first children who entered the newest patient floors at the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. The color scheme for the 10th floor features luminous orange accents, while the 11th floor is vibrant purple. Bright colors have been incorporated throughout the Hospital based on research showing children heal faster and with better results when surrounded by dazzling colors and natural light. These two new additions bring the number of new floors at the Hospital to ...

Posted on: May 24, 2015
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Celebrates its Nurses During Oncology Nursing Month

Along with caring for and administering treatments to cancer patients, oncology nurses at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick are involved with numerous aspects of the field including cancer research, mentoring colleague, and developing education materials and programs for both patients and fellow nurses. To recognize the scope of their work, Cancer Institute nurses were celebrated with Oncology Nursing Excellence Awards given during the annual Elizabeth Gibby Osborne ...

Posted on: May 23, 2015
AACN Unveils "Courageous Care" as 2015-2016 Theme

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) unveiled its theme and accompanying artwork for the coming year May 20 during the final SuperSession of its 2015 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in San Diego. As with other AACN themes, "Courageous Care" transcends its simple tagline, serving as a source for inspiration and motivation for the association, its chapters and its 100,000-plus members. AACN's President-elect Karen McQuillan, RN, MS, CNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, ...

Posted on: May 22, 2015
Standard Nursing Assessments Greatly Improve Ability to Predict Survival in Cirrhosis Patients

Patients hospitalized with advanced cirrhosis, a chronic and degenerative disease of the liver, are at increased risk of death.  A new study, appearing in the journal Hepatology,from the Liver Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston suggests that standard assessments that nurses already use to care for patients can be mined for data that significantly improve the ability to predict survival following transplantation and may help improve patient outcomes."We hypothesized ...

Posted on: May 22, 2015
New Set of Foundational Courses Designed to Standardize Requirements for BSN

A diverse group of nurse leaders and educators supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today called on the nation's nurse education programs to adopt a standardized set of non-nursing course requirements. The goal is to make it easier for nurses and nursing students to earn bachelor's degrees in the science of nursing (BSN). The new set of foundational courses is designed to create a more seamless path to the BSN, so more nurses can transition from associate's degree in nursing ...

Posted on: May 21, 2015
AACN Announces Recipients of Its Highest Honor

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has announced the recipients of its 2015 Visionary Leadership Awards (its highest honor), to be presented at  the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, May 18-21, in San Diego. Joanne Disch, RN, PhD, FAAN, will receive the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career. Disch - professor ad honorem at the University of Minnesota (UM) School of Nursing - will be recognized for exceptional contributions ...

Posted on: May 21, 2015
Burnout and Nurse Resilience at Forefront of Healthcare Summit

Healthcare leaders from around the country will address the challenges presented by nurse burnout and explore solutions, as part of AACN's National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in San Diego this week. The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) presented "Burned Out or Fired Up: The Choice Is Yours," a half-day interactive summit, today, Wednesday, May 20, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center. Research shows that nurses in critical care are at increased ...

Posted on: May 20, 2015
AACN Conference Brings Thousands to San Diego

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) brings together thousands of nurses this week in San Diego at its annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI, #NTI2015) with the theme "Focus the Flame."AACN President Teri Lynn Kiss, RN, MS, MSSW, CNML, CMSRN, is director of Medical Unit-2South and Case Management Services at Alaska-based Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (Banner Health). She says the theme goes beyond a simple tagline. "This year's theme, Focus the Flame, ...

Posted on: May 19, 2015
Stressful Environments Can Have Long-Term Health Effects on Infants

Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) can be stressful environments for infants due to bright lights, noisy alarms, and painful interventions like intravenous lines.  Researchers have suggested that the stress associated with the NICU environment can have long-term health effects on brain development.Rosemary White-Traut, PhD, RN, FAAN, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin wrote "Nurse Management of the NICU Environment Is Critical to Optimal Infant Development," published in the March/April 2015 issue ...

Posted on: May 18, 2015
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