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Chicago - Centegra's Inpatient Expansion Approved

Earlier this week, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (IHFSRB) approved Centegra Health System's plan to enhance its inpatient behavioral health services by relocating the unit from the 100-year-old Centegra Specialty Hospital-Woodstock to Centegra Hospital-Woodstock on Doty Road. The board also approved Centegra's plan to centralize obstetrics services to a newly remodeled childbirth center at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. All seven board members who attended voted in favor of both ...

Posted on: April 24, 2014
Stolen Laptops Lead to Important HIPAA Enforcement & Settlements

Stolen Laptops Lead to Important HIPAA Enforcement & Settlements, HHS SaysTwo entities have paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $1,975,220 collectively to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules.  These major enforcement actions underscore the significant risk to the security of patient information posed by unencrypted laptop computers and other mobile ...

Posted on: April 23, 2014
Palm Coast, Fla. - Florida Hospital Flagler Nurse Sews for Breast Cancer Patients

As a registered nurse in Florida Hospital Flagler's Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Vicki O'Hanlon is one of the first healthcare providers to tend to women with breast cancer immediately after their mastectomy.Here, she, along with a team of critical care nurses, closely monitor patients and assist them in their initial moments after surgery, when they are "waking up" from anesthesia. It is in the PACU, where patients begin their recovery back to health.As part of the mastectomy procedure, patients have a ...

Posted on: April 23, 2014
American Sentinel University's Online DNP Program Now ACEN Accredited

American Sentinel University announced that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly NLNAC) has granted accreditation to the university's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) online degree program with specialty tracks in executive leadership and educational leadership, following a site review completed in November 2013."As the role of the nurse continues to become more complex, the healthcare industry calls for nurses to advance their education," says Judy Burckhardt, PhD, MAEd, ...

Posted on: April 22, 2014
ONENJ Receives 2014 Chapter Achievement Award

Princeton, N.J. - The Organization of Nurse Executives New Jersey (ONENJ) is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Chapter Achievement Award. ONENJ was chosen among chapters across the nation because of its implementation of a successful statewide mentorship program for its members.ONENJ's mentorship program began in 2010 as the organization realized the critical need to promote the personal and professional growth of current and future nursing leaders. The ...

Posted on: April 22, 2014
Outpatient Diagnostic Errors Affect 1 in 20 U.S. Adults, AHRQ Study Finds

Missed opportunities to make a timely or correct diagnosis based on available evidence - occur in about 5% of adults in the U.S., according to a new study published in the April 21 issue of BMJ Quality & Safety. The study, partially funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), estimates that approximately 12 million adults in the U.S. could experience an outpatient diagnostic error each year."The frequency of diagnostic errors in outpatient care: ...

Posted on: April 21, 2014
Paramus, N.J. - The Valley Hospital Adds Radiation Oncology System

The Valley Hospital's Daniel & Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center continues to offer patients with cancer the latest advancements in radiation oncology, as evidenced by its new radiotherapy system. It enables radiation oncologists to use high doses of radiation to treat many types of tumors with pinpoint accuracy, thus avoiding harm to surrounding healthy tissue. The Blumenthal Cancer Center currently has one linear accelerator for delivering radiation therapy, with a second one under installation.The ...

Posted on: April 21, 2014
NDNQI Data Connects Nurse Staffing, Patient Outcomes in All Clinical Areas

The nation's largest database assessing nursing care quality has expanded its measures of nurse staffing to the entire clinical practice area of hospitals by adding several new patient care unit types.By measuring staffing in emergency departments, perioperative services and perinatal services as part of NDNQI®, a quality improvement solution of the American Nurses Association (ANA), hospital quality improvement teams now can generate data to correlate nurse staffing levels with patient outcomes ...

Posted on: April 20, 2014
Tim Porter-O'Grady to Deliver Opening Keynote at WOCN Society Conference

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) announced Tim Porter-O'Grady, DM, EdD, ScD(h), APRN, FAAN, FACCWS, will challenge attendees to think differently about nursing practice in a value-driven health system, while educating nurses on embracing and engaging new insights and processes that will transform the future of the WOC nursing practice in his June 22 opening keynote presentation, "When the Music Changes, So Does the Dance: Health Transformation and the Role of the WOC Nurse," at the ...

Posted on: April 19, 2014
AORN Statement Recommends One RN Circulator for Every Surgical Patient

Evolving models of healthcare delivery are affecting perioperative nursing practice across diverse settings, prompting the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to study perioperative nurse staffing issues and to revise an official position statement, "One Perioperative Registered Nurse Circulator Dedicated to Every Patient Undergoing an Operative or Other Invasive Procedure" and an official position statement on "Perioperative Safe Staffing and On-Call Practices." The two AORN statements ...

Posted on: April 18, 2014
Austin, Texas - Community College Gifted $1 Million for Nursing Scholarships

Kinnser Software, a leading home health software company, is presenting the Austin Community College Foundation a total of $1 million to provide scholarships for hundreds of nursing students.The scholarship presentation was part of a summit and information session to raise awareness of the critical need for more nurses in Texas and across the countryChris Hester, president and founder of Austin-based Kinnser Software, created the Kinnser Scholars Program at Austin Community College with a $225,000 gift in ...

Posted on: April 18, 2014
California Children's Hospitals Receive $100 Million Gift

San Francisco UC San Francisco (UCSF) announced a second gift of $100 million from Lynne and Marc Benioff to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and also its affiliate, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland (Children's Hospital Oakland).The gift will be used to strengthen the existing talent and programs in basic and clinical research and patient care at the two premier institutions, as well as attract new expertise, in order to accelerate the development of innovative solutions for ...

Posted on: April 18, 2014
Nursing Graduates Eyeing Non-Clinical Career Opportunities, Survey Shows

Nurses looked beyond traditional clinical settings when contemplating career opportunities in the "Then, Now and Next" national graduate survey commissioned by Kaplan University's School of Nursing. Nursing education and nursing informatics were the leading opportunities among current and prospective nursing students, and together they garnered 42% of the responses. Positions in geriatrics, family health, and population health rounded out the top five specialties for career potential.The "Then, ...

Posted on: April 17, 2014
Maywood, Ill.- Loyola Nurses Study Yoga's Effect on Incontinence

Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON) researchers are recruiting women for a study to determine if practicing yoga will help reduce symptoms of urinary incontinence. This trial also will evaluate associations among stress, inflammation and incontinence. Inflammation has been linked to urge urinary incontinence. Yoga has reduced inflammation associated with other health conditions, but it has yet to be tested in women with urge urinary incontinence."This study will help us ...

Posted on: April 17, 2014
American Nurses Association Names Award Recipients, Hall of Fame Inductees

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has announced the recipients of its 2014 National Awards, including five registered nurses who will be inducted into ANA's Hall of Fame and five registered nurses who will receive Honorary Awards.  A National Awards ceremony and reception will be held on Thursday, June 12, to honor the recipients at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C., prior to the 2014 ANA Membership Assembly.ANA Hall of Fame AwardANA established the nursing Hall of Fame in 1976, ...

Posted on: April 16, 2014
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