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Spike in Imported Measles Cases Reported as Vaccine Marks 50th Year
Fifty years after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine against measles, one of the world's most contagious diseases, the virus still poses a threat to domestic and global health security.On an average day, 430 children - 18 every hour - die of measles worldwide. In 2011, there were an estimated 158,000 measles deaths.In an article published on Dec. 5 in JAMA Pediatrics, CDC's Mark J. Papania, MD, MPH, and colleagues report that U.S. measles elimination, announced in 2000, has been sustained ...
Posted on: December 09, 2013
Families Want More Sleep Apnea Education from Providers, Survey Shows
A new survey released by the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) puts family physicians front and center in awareness and education around sleep apnea. Completed in early October, the survey shows that the majority of American consumers feel that speaking with their family physician would be their first step if they suspected that they might have sleep apnea.Survey highlights include:When asked where they would go to learn more about sleep apnea, the majority of respondents (67%) said they would ...
Posted on: December 08, 2013
Nurse-Led AACN Initiative Shown to Improve Patient Outcomes & Reduce Costs
Nurse-led initiatives in Indiana measurably improved patient outcomes while demonstrating anticipated financial savings of more than $5.2 million to their organizations, according to initial results from a hospital-based nurse leadership and innovation training program launched last year by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).AACN developed this team-oriented and hands-on educational experience, AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, to empower bedside nurses as clinician ...
Posted on: December 07, 2013
Associate Degree Nursing Organization Joins ANA as Affiliate
The American Nurses Association (ANA) announced that the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (N-OADN) has become an organizational affiliate."Excellence in nursing education is crucial to the future of the nursing profession, so we are thrilled to partner with an organization that represents the voice of associate degree nursing, where a large number of nurses receive their initial preparation to practice," says ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN. "This affiliation ...
Posted on: December 06, 2013
New Catheter Placement Guidelines for Nurses Aimed at Reducing CLABSI
Nurses are well positioned to stop dangerous and costly bloodstream infections caused by the improper placement of catheters in large veins in the neck, chest or groin, according to guidelines released by the Joint Commission.Central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSI, needlessly afflict thousands of patients each year, lengthening hospital stays, boosting hospital readmission rates, and driving up the cost of care."These devastating bloodstream infections don't need to happen," ...
Posted on: December 05, 2013
NICHE Grants Hospitals Exemplar Status for Improving Geriatric Nursing
NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) recently released its 2013 list of hospitals that have achieved Exemplar status for the progress of their nurse-driven NICHE programs in raising the level of quality in care of older adult patients.Exemplar is the highest of four levels. Progressing through Early Implementation, Progressive, and Senior Friendly levels to achieve the Exemplar designation indicates a hospital has demonstrated ongoing, high-level dedication ...
Posted on: December 04, 2013
Chamberlain College of Nursing, ENA Announce Education Collaboration
Chamberlain College of Nursing and the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) announced a new education collaboration that empowers ENA members to continue their education through Chamberlain's post licensure degree programs. Through this collaboration, ENA members who meet Chamberlain's admission requirements can receive a special tuition rate for Chamberlain's RN to BSN online degree completion option, RN-BSN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online option; MSN degree program including the Family Nurse ...
Posted on: December 04, 2013
Free E-book Aims to Help Nurses Minimize Hospital-Acquired Infections
Infection control is one of the biggest challenges in healthcare and nurses are on the frontline of prevention.American Sentinel University's new e-book, 'Are You Prepared to Identify and Prevent the Three Infections That Make Up Two-Thirds of All Health Care Associated Infections?' aims to help nurses build the clinical skills to minimize the occurrence of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). The e-book profiles risk factors and prevention techniques for the three most common infection threats in ...
Posted on: December 03, 2013
BSN-Prepared Nursing Grads Find Jobs Plentiful, Survey Shows
New data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) show that graduates of entry-level baccalaureate (BSN) and master's nursing programs are much more likely to have job offers at the time of graduation or soon after than are graduates from other fields. A national survey of deans and directors from U.S. nursing schools found 59% of new BSN graduates had job offers at the time of graduation, which is substantially higher than the national average across all professions (29.3%). At four to ...
Posted on: December 02, 2013
New Formula Better at Calculating Bad Cholesterol in Individual Patients
Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a more accurate way to calculate low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the so-called "bad" form of blood fat that can lead to hardening of the arteries and increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. If confirmed and adopted by medical laboratories that routinely calculate blood cholesterol for patients, the researchers say their formula would give patients and their doctors a much more accurate assessment of LDL cholesterol."The standard formula that has ...
Posted on: December 01, 2013
CDC Notes Continued Increases in ADHD Diagnoses & Treatment
Two million more children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and one million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD over an eight-year period (2003-2004 to 2011-2012), according to a new study [1.81 MB] led by CDC. According to CDC scientists, children are commonly being diagnosed at a young age. Half of children diagnosed with ADHD are diagnosed by 6 years of age. Children with more severe ADHD tend to be diagnosed ...
Posted on: November 30, 2013
Psychiatric Nurses Association Unveils Smoking Cessation Academy
To help mobilize grassroots smoking cessation initiatives, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association is pleased to announce the new Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation. Psychiatric-mental health nurses who are APNA members are invited to apply for the academy, made possible through a partnership with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. Up to 15 psych nurses with promising strategies will receive an honorarium of $1,000; complimentary registration to ...
Posted on: November 29, 2013
Researchers Digitize Weekly Disease Data for Past 125 Years
In an unprecedented windfall for public access to health data, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers have collected and digitized all weekly surveillance reports for reportable diseases in the U.S. going back more than 125 years.The easily searchable database, described in the Nov. 28 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, is free and publicly available. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National ...
Posted on: November 28, 2013
Nurse Killed in Brutal Stabbing Attack at Texas Hospital
A nurse was killed and four others were wounded Tuesday morning in a knife attack at Good Shepherd Medical Center, a 425-bed acute care hospital in Longview, Texas, about 120 miles southeast of Dallas.The slain nurse was identified as Gail Sandidge at an afternoon news conference by hospital CEO Steve Altmiller. "She was protecting her patients in an act of courage today, and in so doing, she lost her life," he told reporters.According to a report from KLTV, a family at the hospital waiting for their ...
Posted on: November 27, 2013
Penn Nursing Earns American Association of Colleges of Nursing Award
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has awarded its Exemplary Academic-Practice Partnership Award to the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and PENN Medicine. The annual award recognizes AACN member schools and their practice partners who are involved in highly productive and model collaborations. The academic-practice partnership must demonstrate an innovative and sustained relationship that extends beyond clinical placements, be committed to the ...
Posted on: November 27, 2013