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American Nurses Association to Host Free Educational Webinars on Ebola

On the heels of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) release of more stringent guidelines regarding use of personal protective equipment in clinical settings, the American Nurses Association (ANA) will host a two-part Ebola virus disease education webinar series Oct. 28 and Oct. 30. The webinars are targeted to nurse leaders, clinical staff nurses and primary care nurses. Registration is complimentary."ANA  pushed CDC for revised guidelines, and we are pleased to see that they are ...

Posted on: October 25, 2014
Nurse Nina Pham Declared Free of Ebola, Discharged From NIH Clinical Center

Nina Pham, RN, CCRN, the first critical care nurse infected with Ebola while treating index patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died from the virus Oct. 8 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has been declared free of the virus Friday and scheduled to be released officials said Friday.Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told reporters that Pham "has no virus in her" and "she feels well."Pham reportedly attended the press conference flanked by her mother ...

Posted on: October 24, 2014
National Nurses United Heads to Congress as NYC Doc Tests Positive for Ebola

In the wake of news that a doctor in New York City recently returned from West Africa has now tested positive for Ebola, a leader of the nation's largest nurses organization, National Nurses United was to step up the call for much higher preparedness for the Ebola threat in testimony to Congress Friday morning.Craig Spencer, MD, a 33-year-old Doctors Without Borders volunteer, reportedly was taken to Bellevue Hospital in New York City in a protective suit with symptoms of the illness on Thursday. His ...

Posted on: October 24, 2014
Texas Nurse Reportedly Free of Ebola, but Majority Remain Fearful, Survey Shows

Amber Joy Vinson, RN, the second nurse who contracted Ebola after treating index patient Thomas Eric Duncan, is free of the Ebola virus and regaining strength, according to several published reports citing a statement released by her family Wednesday afternoon. Her mother, Debra Berry, reportedly spoke to Vinson in recent days and said Atlanta's Emory University Hospital physicians had determined "there are no detectable copies of the virus in Vinson's body," a family spokesman, Steven Jumper, wrote in ...

Posted on: October 23, 2014
AACN's Dracup One of Four New American Academy of Nursing 'Living Legends'

Kathleen A. Dracup, PhD, FNP, RN, FAAN, founding co-editor of the American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC), was among four stalwarts of the nursing profession named Living Legends by the American Academy of Nursing.Dracup is an educator and researcher with nearly 50 years of experience in cardiovascular nursing and research in the care of patients with heart disease. A member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) since 1974, she served as nurse co-editor of AACN's first scientific ...

Posted on: October 23, 2014
Chesterfield, Mo. - Candio Named St. Luke's CEO

The St. Luke's Hospital board of directors has appointed Christine M. Candio, MS, RN, as the hospital's new president and chief executive officer, effective in January 2015.$0$0For the past six years, Candio has served as CEO of Inova Alexandria Hospital, a 318-bed, nonprofit hospital in northern Virginia, and as senior vice president of Inova Health System. She also currently serves as the chair of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).$0$0She began her career as a nurse, progressed ...

Posted on: October 23, 2014
NIH Clinical Center Upgrades Health Status of Nurse Infected With Ebola

After receiving what was described as "countless inquiries and expressions of support" officials at the NIH Clinical Center said Tuesday that the status has been upgraded from "fair" to "good" for Nina Pham, RN, CCRN. Pham, 26, is one of two critical care nurses infected with Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the so-called index patient who was the first person diagnosed with the virus inside the U.S. and whom later died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.  Pham was admitted to the ...

Posted on: October 22, 2014
Durham, N.C. - Duke University SoN Announces New Women's Health NP Major

Beginning in January 2015, the Duke University School of Nursing will offer a new major for students interested in working in women's health as part of the school's Master of Science in Nursing Program.The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) major prepares advanced practice nurses with the skills and expertise necessary to provide primary and specialty medical care for women. Students will be ready for a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as correctional health, family planning, medical ...

Posted on: October 22, 2014
ANA Reacts to New CDC Guidance on Ebola Safety for Nurses, Others

In the wake of two registered nurses becoming infected with Ebola while caring for the patient who died in Dallas, the CDC previewed revised personal protective equipment recommendations during a teleconference Monday night.  According to the American Nurses Association, CDC officials indicated the full guidelines, to be posted soon CDC web site, would include: Prior to working with Ebola patients, healthcare professionals need to engage in repeated hands-on training and ...

Posted on: October 21, 2014
Fairfield Medical Center Introduces Newest Oncology Nurse Navigator

Lancaster, Ohio - Fairfield Medical Center is pleased to introduce Shelly Romine, BSN, RN, BC, CCRN, as its newest oncology nurse navigator. Romine will work alongside oncology nurse navigator Ivy O' Neal, BSN, RN, OCN, and will serve as an advocate for breast and colon cancer patients. "As an oncology nurse navigator, I have the honor of assisting cancer patients with their care during a very intimate and terrifying period in their lives," Romine said. "To me, that is a privilege." Oncology nurse ...

Posted on: October 21, 2014
HHS Accelerates Search for Vaccine as Obama Appoints Ebola Czar

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced Friday that it would provide financial support to accelerate the development of a vaccine to prevent Ebola. HHS made the announcement just ahead of President Obama informing the public that he would appoint a new Ebola czar to manage the reponse to any potential outbreak in the U.S.  Under a one-year contract with HHA, Profectus BioSciences Inc., headquartered in ...

Posted on: October 20, 2014
Springfield, Vt. - Springfield Receives Grant from National Breast Cancer Foundation

Springfield Hospital has received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). The grant was awarded to provide screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds for women who have no insurance or for whom cost prevents them from seeking needed services.The mission of the NBCF is to help women affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. This is the second grant of this type awarded to Springfield Hospital by NBCF. In 2013, ...

Posted on: October 20, 2014
Specialty Nursing Groups Show Solidarity in Joint Statement on Ebola

In response to two critical care nurses becoming infected with the Ebola virus in Dallas, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the Emergency Nurses Association and the American Organization of Nurse Executives issued a joint statement reinforcing an partnership between the three nursing and nursing leadership organization to marshal their resources as necessary to support to support their respective membership, staff nurses and the patients and communities they serve throughout the U.S. ...

Posted on: October 19, 2014
American Academy of Nursing Joins National 'Choosing Wisely' Campaign

The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) this week released a list of common healthcare practices that are not always necessary or in the best interests of patient health.The release of the list occurs in conjunction with the Academy's participation in the Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation intended to spur conversations between healthcare professionals and patients about what care is genuinely necessary.The Academy's recommendations are supported by extensive health evidence ...

Posted on: October 18, 2014
ANA Calls for Clear, Concrete Ebola Safety Guidelines for Patients, Nursing Staff

In a call with nurses nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced revised emergency preparedness and treatment guidelines to prevent transmissions of Ebola in the U.S. The changes come after two nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas became infected with Ebola while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with virus inside the U.S. Duncan had recently traveled to Dallas from Liberia and died from the disease on died ...

Posted on: October 17, 2014
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