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This year, Nurse.com continues its tradition of recognizing and celebrating the achievements of these dedicated nurses throughout the United States, which results in naming six special nurses as 2013 Nursing Excellence GEM awardees. Read more »
Study to assess effectiveness of simulation in undergraduate nursing education
The National Simulation Study explores the effectiveness of simulation and is expected to help determine to what degree simulation can effectively substitute for traditional clinical experience. This study's breadth sets it apart from previous research in which simulation was used in only a few courses or a single course. Read more »
ACOs focus on teamwork, quality care
Incentives for quality care and a team approach to treatment are two components of a healthcare reform provision that could have a significant impact on the nursing profession. Many Michigan RNs already are seeing elements of that provision, Accountable Care Organizations, at work at their facilities. Required by the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, ACOs essentially are networks of physicians, nurses and... Read more »
ANCC presents first Magnet Nurse of Year Awards
The American Nurses Credentialing Center presented its first Magnet Nurse of the Year Awards to recognize the outstanding contributions of patient care clinicians working in Magnet hospitals. Five awards were given, one in each of the Magnet Model component areas. They represent significant contributions in clinical practice, education, research or service. Nominees are judged by a panel of nurse experts for... Read more »
Campaign for Action names 21 additional state coalitions
Twenty-one state-based collaborations have been added as Action Coalitions by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, bringing the national number to 36. The groups are coordinated through the AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to ensure that all Americans have access to high-quality healthcare, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. Action Coalitions work with the... Read more »
Cleveland State University designs program to ease national shortage of nurse educators
In an effort to help ease the national shortage of nurses and nurse educators, Cleveland State University has announced a new Nursing Education Specialization track within its Urban Education PhD program. Beginning this fall, the track aims to help alleviate the strain within America's nursing education infrastructure by preparing nurses for research-oriented faculty positions. CSU's doctoral program will teach... Read more »
Nurse turns key to success with degree
Some say the road to higher education can be difficult and costly, but for Marjorie Fournier, RN, CNOR, it has been wonderfully challenging and worth every penny. Just a couple months shy of graduating from American Sentinel University's online RN-to-BSN program, Fournier already had secured an interview for a management position. "I sent my cover letter and application in and they called me within two days and... Read more »
Public health RN receives award for vaccination work
When the Ohio Department of Health has a surplus of adult hepatitis vaccines soon to expire at immunization sites around the state, the agency channels some supply to Columbus Public Health, where Denice Abbot, RN, makes sure the vaccines are used to protect vulnerable individuals. For Abbot, that may mean working long weekends and collaborating with social services agencies to administer hundreds of vaccinations... Read more »
St. Anthony's event reminds community to 'Go Pink and Red for Women'
St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis recognized National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting a free special event for women Oct. 22. The "Go Pink and Red for Women" event at the Holiday Inn South County Center celebrated women's breast and heart health. Activities included interactive health information booths, nutrition and fitness tips, and discussions about breast and heart health, including the... Read more »
St. Luke's Hospital achieves primary stroke center certification
St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo., earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for certification as a primary stroke center. The honor recognizes centers that make exceptional efforts to improve results for patients with stroke. "Providing quality healthcare is at the heart of St. Luke's mission to improve the quality of life for patients and the community, and we are honored to be nationally... Read more »
St. Anthony's employees 'nurse' each other through breast cancer
For nurses, providing the very best care to every patient every day is their mission in life. But sometimes, the tables are turned and caregivers find themselves in need of the compassionate, premier care they are used to providing. For three St. Anthony's Medical Center nurses in St. Louis, breast cancer statistics became highly personal last year. They were among the 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer at... Read more »

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