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FDA Warns Consumers Against Fraudulent Products to Prevent or Treat Ebola

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to be aware of products sold online claiming to prevent or treat the Ebola virus. Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the FDA has seen and received consumer complaints about a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection.There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola. Although there are experimental Ebola vaccines and treatments under development, these ...

Posted on: August 22, 2014
UC Davis Medical Center Earns Magnet

Sacramento UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento was granted Magnet status early this year. "UC Davis has a long history of demonstrated nursing excellence and the Magnet Recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our nurses and their care team colleagues," Carol Robins, chief patient care services office and director of nursing said in the most recent issue of ANA\C The Nursing Voice.

Posted on: August 22, 2014
Madison, Wis.- University of Wisconsin Opens New School of Nursing

University of Wisconsin-Madison's new School of Nursing will open for fall semester.The 166,348-square-foot building, located at 701 Highland Ave., opens to students this fall with a dedication Aug. 23. Tours will be available from 9 to 10:45 a.m. with the official dedication at 11 a.m.The $52.8 million, five-story building is located just south of the School of Pharmacy. General Fund Supported Borrowing accounted for nearly $35 million of the cost, with $18 million in private funding.The space includes ...

Posted on: August 21, 2014
Study: Futile Treatment in the ICU Hampers Critical Care for Other Patients

Providing futile treatment in the intensive care unit sets off a chain reaction that causes other ill patients needing medical attention to wait for critical care beds, according to a study by researchers from UCLA and RAND Health.The study is the first to show that when unbeneficial medical care is provided, others who might be able to benefit from treatment are harmed, says study lead author Thanh Huynh, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at ...

Posted on: August 21, 2014
Nurses Driven by Desire to Help Others More Likely to Burn Out, Study Shows

Nurses motivated primarily by their desire to help others rather than by enjoyment of the work itself or the lifestyle it makes possible are more likely to burn out on the job, University of Akron researchers say.Nursing is still a female-dominated occupation, and being female is associated with being caring, nurturing, and altruistic. Therefore, the desire to help others is often assumed to be the "right" motivation for entering the field, the researchers say.However, they found nurses who pursue their ...

Posted on: August 20, 2014
Texas is One of Nine States Selected for New Grant

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced that Texas has been chosen to receive a $300,000, two-year grant in Phase II of its Academic Progression in Nursing program (APIN). APIN is advancing state and regional strategies aimed at creating a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. It is run by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) on behalf of the Tri-Council for Nursing, consisting of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National League for ...

Posted on: August 20, 2014
Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disability Rates Highest Recorded, Analysis Shows

The percentage of children with disabilities due to neurodevelopmental or mental health conditions continues to rise, particularly among children in more socially advantaged households, according to a Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC analysis that appears in the September issue of Pediatrics.Results of the study, led by Amy Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, chief, Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children's Hospital, found that while there has been a decline in ...

Posted on: August 19, 2014
Nancy Pokorny Appointed Director of Nursing Excellence for Einstein Healthcare Network

Philadelphia Nancy Pokorny, RN, MSN, MHA, has been appointed director of nursing excellence for Einstein Healthcare Network.In her new role, Pokorny will provide direction and leadership in all areas that support professional nursing practice. She will work to implement programs and practices that promote nursing excellence, best practices and improved patient outcomes. In addition, she will implement strategies necessary to meet Institute of Medicine recommendations as published in the Future ...

Posted on: August 19, 2014
Complexity of Heart Rhythm Devices Puts Some Patients at Risk, Nursing Study Finds

Patients who rely on pacemakers and defibrillators to maintain a normal heart rhythm run the risk of serious health complications if they don't fully understand how the devices work and what to do when they experience an irregular heartbeat. But a study from Columbia University School of Nursing published this month in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing found 40% of patients with these devices had little to no ability to understand information about their cardiac health."As a nurse ...

Posted on: August 18, 2014
New York, N.Y. - VNSNY Nurse Named 2014 Home Care & Hospice "Nurse of the Year" Finalist

Vickie Oliver-Rivera, MHA, BSN, RN, of Visiting Nurse Service of New York's Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program has been chosen by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliate, Home Healthcare Nurses Association (HHNA), as one of 10 finalists in the 2014 Home Care & Hospice "Nurse of the Year" recognition competition. In addition, Oliver-Rivera was selected as the New York State representative among 50 nurses from across the nation being honored by NAHC and HHNA for ...

Posted on: August 18, 2014
ECRI Panel to Reveal Best Clinical Alarm Policies for Preventing Patient Harm

Inappropriate configurations of clinical alarm settings are more than just a nuisance for frontline staff, according to ECRI Institute's accident investigators. Improper changes to preconfigured alarm settings have resulted in serious patient harm or death when caregivers weren't alerted to significant changes in patient conditions. This doesn't need to persist.Findings from these investigations have raised concerns that many healthcare organizations do not have effective policies on configuring ...

Posted on: August 17, 2014
AACN CSI Academy Teams at Eight Texas Hospitals Share Project Successes

AACN CSI Academy Teams at Eight Central Texas Hospitals Show Results The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is sharing the results from the fourth cohort to complete its AACN Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy innovation training and nurse leadership program.The association's high-level, strategic response to the Institute of Medicine's landmark report, "The Future of Nursing," continues to demonstrate ongoing impact during its initial implementation in six regional markets. AACN CSI ...

Posted on: August 16, 2014
Alameda Health System Names New CNE

Oakland, Calif. Alameda Health System (AHS) announced that Kinzi Richholt, MSN, RN, has been named chief nurse executive. A veteran of Bay Area healthcare with more than 25 years ofexperience, Richholt joined AHS in February 2014 as the interim CNE and will continue overseeing nursing services and operations throughout the network in this permanent appointment."Kinzi's skill set combines a passion for nursing with a keen strategic vision, both of which are vital at a healthcare system committed to ...

Posted on: August 15, 2014
Preparation Reduces Childhood Vaccination Trauma, Nursing Instructor Says

Shots hurt. But there's a lot parents can do to ease kids' pain and anxiety about vaccinationns. From early childhood through adolescence, the most important thing is to explain to kids an age-appropriate way that the shots can keep them healthy, says Rita John, DNP, EdD, CPNP-PC, DCC, director of the pediatric primary care nurse practitioner program at Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City.Other steps John recommends to minimize pain and anxiety for children at vaccination time ...

Posted on: August 15, 2014
Gout & Uric Acid Education Society Introduces Spanish-Language Resources

As the most common form of inflammatory arthritis today, gout is growing in epidemic proportions in the U.S. With prevalence of comorbid health issues - including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity - also on the rise, Hispanic Americans face even greater risks for developing gout.To help raise gout awareness and encourage proper diagnosis and management among at-risk Hispanic populations, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society (GUAES) is expanding the availability of its Spanish-language ...

Posted on: August 14, 2014
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