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Durham, N.C. - Two New Professors Named at Duke University School of Nursing

Marilyn Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, and Bei Wu, PhD, were named distinguished professors at Duke University School of Nursing. Effective July 1, Oermann is the Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing and Wu is the Pauline Gratz Professor of Nursing. Oermann's career has been devoted to the discovery of innovative educational methods and translating these into practice. Her work has garnered national and international acclaim and has transformed approaches in educating not only students in nursing but in ...

Posted on: September 17, 2014
First Board Certification for Faith Community Nursing Announced

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Health Ministries Association (HMA) announced the launch of a new certification through portfolio for Faith Community Nursing. This new certification serves to validate faith community nurses' unique knowledge, skills and contributions to patient care, the groups said in a joint statement released Sept. 16 at the 2014 HMA Annual Meeting and Conference in Hyattsville, Md. ANCC supports HMA members and all faith community nurses worldwide in their ...

Posted on: September 17, 2014
Jacksonville, Fla. - Baptist Health First to Enroll Patient in Global Brain Aneurysm Study

Florida's Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville this week became the first hospital in the world to enroll a patient in an international study that is assessing a new way to treat brain aneurysms.Baptist Jacksonville is one of 20 sites globally that will be studying a device that has traditionally been used for larger aneurysms in the brain. A cerebral aneurysm is an area where a blood vessel in the brain weakens, resulting in a bulging or ballooning of part of the vessel wall.The study hopes to expand the ...

Posted on: September 16, 2014
Good Home Care by Nurses Prevents Hospital and Nursing Home Admissions

In the largest study of its kind, a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) investigation shows that home health agencies providing organizational support to their nurses get better outcomes.  The best outcomes for patients, including fewest hospitalizations and transfers to nursing homes, are achieved by home health agencies that provide supportive work environments, enabling nurses to focus on patient care.The study, "Home Health Agency Work Environments and Hospitalizations," ...

Posted on: September 16, 2014
Press Ganey Report Identifies Patient Experience Transparency Best Practices

In a new report, Press Ganey  details how transparency of patient experience data drives improved provider performance and enables more patient-centered care. The Performance Insights report, "Transparency Strategies: Online Physician Reviews for Improving Care and Reducing Suffering," profiles three innovative health systems that implemented their own physician-review web sites to more accurately present data and allow patients to make informed choices about their care."Patients ...

Posted on: September 16, 2014
American Sentinel University Partners With National Rural Health Association

American Sentinel University, an accredited career-focused online university, has been named an approved education affiliate for the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).The education partnership supports the mission of both organizations for the improved access, quality and equity in rural healthcare for rural Americans.  Specifically, American Sentinel will provide NRHA's more than 20,000 members with access to the university's degree and certificate programs in nursing, informatics, management ...

Posted on: September 15, 2014
New York, N.Y. - Mount Sinai Celebrates Magnet Designation

The Mount Sinai Hospital announced today it has received its third consecutive Magnet Recognition Program designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  In addition, Mount Sinai Queens received first-time Magnet designation as well. Considered the gold standard, Magnet designation is the highest recognition for nursing excellence.  Less than 8% of hospitals worldwide have received the designation."Collaboration, caring, and excellence are personified by the Magnet model," ...

Posted on: September 15, 2014
Excessive Sodium Consumption Puts Children at Risk for Hypertension

More than 90% of children ages 6-18 years in the U.S. eat more sodium than recommended, putting them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta.The report provides the most recent data detailing how much sodium school-age children eat and where it comes from, according to the federal agency.Using data from CDC's 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination ...

Posted on: September 14, 2014
NIAAA to Conduct Clinical Trial of New Medication for Alcohol Use Disorder

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) will conduct a clinical trial of gabapentin enacarbil as a potential treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD).NIAAA estimates that the six-month trial will begin in the first half of 2015 and will enroll approximately 350 participants. The study will assess the safety and efficacy of gabapentin enacarbil in people who have been diagnosed with AUD.  Part of the National Institutes of Health,  NIAAA is working in partnership with ...

Posted on: September 13, 2014
AWHONN Names Five Winners of Fetal Heart Monitoring Award for Nurses

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has awarded five recipients with the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award for the first quarter of 2014.Each year, the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program educates approximately 15,000 perinatal clinicians around the world. The focus of the program is to teach physicians and nurses on how to confidently and accurately measure and interpret fetal heart rate and uterine monitoring data. These practices will ...

Posted on: September 12, 2014
Passion for New Babies & Their Moms

Simi Valley, Calif. - When Rosemary Yocum witnessed the birth of her nephew 14 years ago, it not only marked a family milestone but ignited an interest that led to Yocum's career as a labor and delivery nurse. More than just a job, nursing is a passion for Yocum, who was recognized as Simi Valley Hospital's (SVH) employee of the month for August. Born in Salinas, Calif., but raised from age three in Southern California, Yocum began working at SVH in 2000 as a CNA in the Transitional Care Center. ...

Posted on: September 12, 2014
Nurses Increasingly Use Online References, Mobile Devices at Work, Survey Finds

Results of a new survey that looked at the mobile device, internet and social media usage habits finds nurses are increasingly relying on mobile devices, social media and the internet in general.  Of the nurses surveyed, 65% said they currently use a mobile device for professional purposes at work at least 30 minutes per day, while 20% use them for two hours or more.   The survey also found that 95% of healthcare organizations allow nurses to consult websites and other online resources for ...

Posted on: September 11, 2014
St. Louis, Mo.-Saint Francis, Mercy Children's Introduce Pediatric Telemedicine Partnership

$0$0Saint Francis Medical Center and Mercy Children's Hospital partnered to bring telemedicine options to improve diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cases in the Cape Girardeau area.$0$0When a specialist is needed for a neurology or gastroenterology consultation, children and their families can enjoy the convenience of staying at the medical center. Families and their Saint Francis physician can communicate directly with Mercy Children's Hospital specialists through telemedicine - Internet video ...

Posted on: September 11, 2014
AACN Opens Application Period for Critical Care Nursing Research Grants

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) invites clinicians and researchers to apply for its grants, with awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.This year, AACN makes available $160,000 in research funding, including threeImpact Research Grants of $50,000 each, to support inquiry that drives change in high acuity and critical care nursing practice.Priority projects address gaps in clinical research at the organization or system level and translation of these findings for ...

Posted on: September 10, 2014
Little Rock, Ark. - Arkansas Children's Receives National Excellence in Healthcare Awards

Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) received 13 National Excellence in Healthcare Awards from Professional Research Consultants (PRC) for achievement and quality of care.Several areas throughout the hospital received 2014 Patient Perception Awards for overall quality of care. Areas receiving 5-Star designation with patient satisfaction ratings in the top 10% (at or above the 90th percentile) include the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), Burn Center, Surgery ...

Posted on: September 10, 2014
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