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Waking up after a mastectomy is a little less traumatic for patients at Florida Hospital Flagler since PACU nurse Vicki O'Hanlon, RN, started sewing drain pouches for her patients. "When I started working with mastectomy patients, I felt very strong empathy for them. There's a very raw emotion that patients can have when they wake up," O'Hanlon recalled. Since creating her first one in January 2014, she has handed... Read more »
FAU clinical nurse scholar discusses pediatric nursing rewards, challenges
Read a Q&A with Marion Godin, RN, clinical nurse scholar at Florida Atlantic University's Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development and adjunct faculty at the university's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. Read more »
2 Texas RNs earn AACN Circle of Excellence Award
Find out which two nurses from Texas are among 25 nationwide who have been selected to receive the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Read more »
UTHSC at San Antonio earns funding to expand community program
Find out how the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio earned funding from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Hillman Innovations in Care Program last year and about the fast-approaching deadline for the program's 2015 grant applications. Read more »
International nursing informatics leader joins UF College of Nursing
Gail Keenan, PhD, RN, an international leader in nursing informatics, joined the University of Florida College of Nursing as the Annabel Davis Jenks endowed professor for teaching and research in clinical nursing excellence, according to a news release. Keenan comes to UF from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as director of the nursing informatics initiative and the nursing administration... Read more »
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital first in area to use wide-bore MRI
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has opened a new wide-bore magnetic resonance imaging suite, making it the first hospital in Houston to offer the enhanced patient self-selection experience. Read more »
Oak Hill Hospital appoints nurse director of women's services
Cindy Poirier, BSN, MBA, RN, was named by Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill, Fla. as the first director of women's services. Read more »
NurseWise earns HIP 2 certification
NurseWise, a national multilingual nurse triage and health education provider, was awarded the Health Information Product 2 certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Read more »
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton names new CNO
Meet Melissa Winans, MBA-HCM, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton's new CNO. Read more »
UT Austin professor receives RWJF nurse faculty scholar award
Karen E. Johnson, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the University of Texas in Austin, is one of 12 nursing faculty members from across the country who were chosen in 2014 to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Nurse Faculty Scholars program. Read more »
Florida RNs must take Laws and Rules course to renew license
All 269,760 currently licensed RNs in Florida must take a Laws and Rules course before renewing their license this year or beyond, and an electronic tracking system lets the Board of Nursing know whether the nurse has completed the coursework or not. "The course is designed to ensure that all nurses are aware of their specific scope of practice, requirements for continued competencies to maintain nursing licensure,... Read more »

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