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Kansas Government Agency Increasing Pay for Nurses at Osawatomie State Hospital

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services recently announced that it will increase starting pay for nurses at Osawatomie State Hospital (OSH), located in Osawatomie, KS, from $25.05 an hour to $28.44 an hour. Interim agency director Tim Keck said in a press release that a recent study found that the starting salary for registered nurses at the hospital was 9% below comparable facilities. OSH provides services to adults diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, regardless of their ability to pay ...

Posted on: May 05, 2016
Alabama Parents Beg School Board for More School Nurses

At a school board meeting in Mobile, AL, recently, many people in the Mobile County Public School System spoke out about how the lack of school nurses in the system is putting their children's lives in danger. The system has only 90 nurses for almost 60,000 students. The Alabama Education Association (AEA) says there are around 55 schools without a full-time school nurse. As it is now, nurses travel from school to school each day. Nurses' salaries are paid with state funds. Parents and nurses packed ...

Posted on: May 04, 2016
Thomas M. Smith Wins American Sentinel's Outstanding Graduate Award

American Sentinel University recently announced that graduate Thomas M. Smith has been recognized by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) as a 2016 Outstanding Graduate.Smith, winner of the 2106 outstanding graduate award, earned his doctor of nursing practice, education leadership specialization degree in 2015 from American Sentinel. He received the dean's award for academic excellence at commencement, an honor presented to one graduate in each academic program. Smith is from ...

Posted on: May 03, 2016
Spike Lee to Give Keynote at Helene Fuld College of Nursing Commencement Ceremony

Oscar-award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, whose critically acclaimed body of work continues to challenge our national conscience, will be the keynote speaker at Helene Fuld College of Nursing's commencement ceremony on May 6-which, of course, is National Nurses Day. A writer, actor, producer, author, and tenured professor, Lee will address more than 100 graduating nurses from the college's licensed practical nurse to registered nurse associate degree; and upper division registered nurse to bachelor of ...

Posted on: May 02, 2016
Truven Analytics Names Its Top 15 Health Care Systems

Truven Health Analytics, an IBM company with major offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago and Denver, has used independent and objective research to rank hospitals and health systems since 1993. The 2016 Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems, which includes five large, five medium and five small systems, was derived from an analysis of 338 health systems and 2,912 hospitals across the U.S. This annual, quantitative study uses objective, independent research and public data sources. Health systems do not apply ...

Posted on: May 01, 2016
ANNA to hand out $93,000 in Grants and Scholarships

Each year, the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) offers scholarships that provide funding to support members in their pursuit of higher education, as well as grants for clinical practice or research projects. The recipients of these scholarships and grants are recognized each year at the ANNA National Symposium; this year, it will be held May 1-4 in Louisville, KY. It is impressive to witness the nurses who have taken the steps that merit these awards. The categories are research grants ...

Posted on: April 30, 2016
ANA Creates a New Umbrella Organization Called ANA Enterprise

The American Nurses Association (ANA) recently created a new umbrella organization to coordinate its work with its certification and philanthropic affiliates. ANA Enterprise, as it is called, will encapsulate the membership-based ANA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the philanthropic-focused American Nurses Foundation (ANF). "We've increasingly been working in a more coordinated, integrated and collaborative manner just recognizing that the world for nursing and healthcare is ...

Posted on: April 29, 2016
Fresno High School Encourages Males Who Wish to Become Nurses

Nursing, unfortunately, is still viewed as a predominately female profession. But educators at Erma Duncan Polytechnical High School (Duncan), part of the Fresno Unified School District in Fresno, CA, are working to change that perception-possibly due to an expected shortage of more than 100,000 nurses nationwide by 2020. "I'm trying at the high school level to let the boys know that it's ok to say 'I want to be a nurse,'" said Laurie Wehner, who is a registered nurse and an instructor at Duncan. ...

Posted on: April 28, 2016
Nebraska Agency Streamlines Licensing Process to Help Combat Nursing Shortage

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NE HHS), located in Lincoln, NE, is trying to do its part to help tackle a statewide nursing shortage by simplifying the licensing process, announced Governor Pete Ricketts. Courtney Phillips, director of NE HHS, told the Associated Press that the agency streamlined the application, improved instructions, added a "commonly asked questions" link to its web site, and is encouraging nursing students to apply for their licenses prior to ...

Posted on: April 27, 2016
University of Florida's 2015 Dorothy Smith Leadership Award Received by Ann-Lynn Denker

Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, the chief clinical officer at Plaza Health Network in Miami, FL, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Dorothy Smith Leadership Award from the University of Florida's College of Nursing. The award is presented to alumni who demonstrate excellence in leadership for the nursing community. Denker, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, was honored for more than 40 years of service and achievements as a nurse educator, researcher, nursing consultant and health policy ...

Posted on: April 26, 2016
Student Nurses in Flint Help Test Children's Blood for Lead

According to reports from the Associated Press, nursing students and faculty members from the University of Michigan's Flint campus (UM-Flint), who draw and test blood and provide educational materials to parents, have been a huge assist to the overworked Genesee County Health Department, which has tested tens of thousands of people for lead exposure since the scope of the problem became clear last year. Approximately 150 representatives from UM-Flint volunteered at clinics in February and March. ...

Posted on: April 25, 2016
Felician University Achieved 100% Pass Rate on NCLEX-RN

Nursing students at Felician University, which has campuses in both Lodi and Rutherford, NJ, recently announced it received official word from the New Jersey State Board of Nursing that its School of Nursing class of 2015 achieved a 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). "The success of our graduates demonstrates the high quality of our students, faculty and overall nursing program," said the dean of Felician University's School of Nursing, Dr. Muriel Shore. "I am ...

Posted on: April 24, 2016
Nursing Dean Discusses the Rewards of Being a Nurse Educator

The U.S. is currently experiencing a severe nursing educator shortage, and according to the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN), almost 80,000 qualified applicants are turned away from nursing schools each year due to a shortage of nurse educators needed to train future nursing professionals. This in-demand career offers a high-level of job security, opportunities to advance quickly, and great personal reward. "Most nurse educators are highly satisfied with their work and find the ...

Posted on: April 23, 2016
IAFN Urges Congress to Take Action on Issues

The International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) recently took to Capitol Hill to strongly urge Congress to take action on the Justice for All Act Reauthorization (S.2577/H.R.4602), Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act (S.2566), funding for programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act and legislation to address the college campus sexual assault epidemic. "Forensic nurses are on the frontlines of dealing with victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and elder abuse. We ask the Congress ...

Posted on: April 22, 2016
Nurses at UC Davis Shave Heads in Solidarity with Cancer Patients

Nurses at the University of California, Davis' (UC Davis') childhood cancer surgery center recently shaved their heads as a show of support and solidarity for their patients. As part of a fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation (motto: conquer childhood cancers), a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government, the UC Davis nurses and the patients' parents raised more than $23,000 for the cause. "Hair grows back. ...

Posted on: April 21, 2016
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