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Diabetes Identified as a Risk Factor for Surgical Site Infections

Diabetic patients are at considerably increased risk for developing surgical site infections (SSIs) while undergoing most types of surgeries, compared to non-diabetic patients, according to a new study published online today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). "Diabetes has been recognized as a risk factor for infection following some surgeries, but has been a source of debate for other procedures," said Emily ...

Posted on: November 24, 2015
St. Mary's Receives Star Award from State Stroke Program

St. Mary's Health Care System in Athens, Ga. has received the Hospital Star Award from the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry (GCASR) for leadership in improving stroke care in St. Mary's service area and across the state. The Coverdell Star Awards recognize individuals and facilities "that have changed and continue to change stroke care in the state of Georgia," according to the GCASR. "The awards are in appreciation for the mentoring, support, and passion that our Coverdell hospitals and staff ...

Posted on: November 23, 2015
St. Mary Opens Geriatric-Friendly Nursing Unit

To meet the needs of an aging population, St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa. has completely redesigned its former inpatient rehabilitation unit MG3 to accommodate the unique needs of geriatric patients. While the new unit is open to all patients, the carefully constructed environment was specifically designed to help diminish the challenges of elderly patients which can include limited mobility and impaired vision and balance.  The spacious all-private-rooms unit aims for a more home-like ...

Posted on: November 22, 2015
Bayonne Celebrates Freestanding Emergency Department and Medical Office Building

 Barnabas Health, the City of Bayonne, N.J.and Rendina Healthcare Real Estate unveiled a design for a new 80,000 square foot freestanding emergency departmentOfficially named Barnabas Health at Bayonne, the new facility will revitalize the historic Broadway shopping district while bringing jobs and convenient healthcare services to the community.  The new medical office building will house a 24/7 emergency department, imaging center, retail pharmacy, pediatric center, physical therapy, women's ...

Posted on: November 21, 2015
Nearly Two-Thirds of Baby Boomer Nurses Now Considering Retirement

A surge in retirements among Baby Boomer nurses is about to hit the healthcare industry, with nearly two-thirds of registered nurses over age 54 now considering retirement, according to a survey by AMN Healthcare and its Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Professionals.The survey also found that of nurses over 54 who are considering retirement, 62% are planning to retire within the next three years.Older nurses comprise a critically important segment of the nursing workforce. More than half of RNs ...

Posted on: November 20, 2015
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses Launches ReSTART Recovery Online Resource

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) announced the launch of the brand-new ReSTART online recovery resource for rehabilitation. The ReSTART site provides key information for those starting the journey of rehabilitation, as well as their family members, loved ones, and caretakers.The recovery site was created by rehabilitation nurses who understand the special needs of people who experience a major injury, chronic illness, or disability. Using the ReSTART site, visitors can learn about what to ...

Posted on: November 19, 2015
Critical Care Nurses Can Champion Palliative Care

Palliative care, a specialized form of medical care providing relief from symptoms or stress of life-threatening illnesses, provides proven benefits to critically ill patients with life-threatening illnesses, yet barriers to palliative care consultations prevent many patients and their families from discussing it with their team of healthcare providers, according to an article in the Critical Care Nurse (CCN).The article, "Overcoming Barriers to Palliative Care Consultation," offers nursing-specific ...

Posted on: November 18, 2015
Nicklaus Children's Hospital Acquires Germ-Zapping Robot to Enhance Patient Safety

Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami has acquired a Xenex germ-zapping robot, the most advanced disinfection technology available, in its continued effort to further enhance the cleanliness of its operating rooms. The robot destroys contagious superbugs in the hospital's operating rooms in just minutes. It is the first children's hospital in South Florida to acquire this technologyThe Xenex germ-zapping robot uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is hundreds of times more intense than sunlight ...

Posted on: November 17, 2015
PCOM Launches New Master's Program in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the field of medical and health service administrators is expected to grow by 23 percent by 2022-much faster than the average for all occupations in the U.S. What's more, the BLS reports that there will likely be increased demand for nursing care facility administrators as Baby Boomers continue to age.To that end, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has launched a new master's degree program in Aging and Long-Term Care Administration ...

Posted on: November 16, 2015
Diabetes Education is Subject of Game Created at Bradley University

Just three years ago, the American Diabetes Association estimated  total cost of diagnosed Diabetes in the U.S. in 2012 was $245 billion.  That figure is 40% higher than it was in 2007.  Diabetes impacts millions of Americans and now there is another tool to help understand the disease.  Game Design students at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois recently designed and released a mobile game to show the effects of blood sugar imbalances in those with type 2 diabetes.The game, called ...

Posted on: November 15, 2015
HHC Honors Nurses

NYC Health and Hospitals honored six nurse professionals with "Nursing Excellence" awards for demonstrating dedication  and compassion for the field of nursing and their patients.2015 Nursing Excellence Award winners:Excellence in Clinical Nursing, Inpatient· Marie Alverio, RN, MSN, BC, WCC, Associate Director of Nursing, Wound Care, Coney Island Hospital (34 years of service) - Changed the way HHC handles wound care by creating a wound care team to provide a skin care assessment ...

Posted on: November 14, 2015
Nurses and Nurse Assistants Most Injury Prone in Healthcare

In a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that nurses and nursing assistants accounted for nearly 60% of all identified OSHA-recordable injuries from 2012 to 2014. Among the most costly injuries were musculoskeletal. In 2011, healthcare personnel experienced seven times the national rate of musculoskeletal disorders, compared with all other private sector workers, the CDC noted. It cited overweight/obese and acutely ill patients, high ...

Posted on: November 13, 2015
PER Becomes Approved Nurse Education Provider in California

Physicians' Education Resource®, LLC (PER®), is now an approved continuing education provider with the California Board of Registered Nursing. This accreditation allows PER to increase collaboration with nurses to provide education that addresses their specific clinical needs."PER is dedicated to advancing cancer care through professional education, and we are delighted to be able to offer continuing education contact hours for nurses who participate in our live and online activities," said PER ...

Posted on: November 12, 2015
First-of-its-Kind Program on Military Medicine and Veteran Health

The Veteran and Military Health Care (VMHC) program at the University of Colorado College of Nursing is offering online courses based on the unique needs of veterans and military service members. The program provides nurses and health care professionals the chance to get involved with emerging treatments at the Veterans Administration Medical Centers and Military Health System."Our veterans and service members have unique needs compared to the general population. The consequences of combat and ...

Posted on: November 11, 2015
LIU Post Announces Approval of Bachelor of Nursing Program

Long Island University Post is meeting the growing demand for nurses with a new degree program.Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will develop expert-level proficiency with state-of-the-art simulation labs, electronic medical record systems, and a crucial interdisciplinary approach, preparing them for leading roles in a fast-growing and fast-changing field.LIU Post's nursing program launches at a time of great opportunity for aspiring nurses. The demand for nurses is projected to grow ...

Posted on: November 10, 2015
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