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Groenwald inducted as fellow of NLN's Academy of Nursing Education
Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, president of Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, Ill., is to be inducted as a fellow of the National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education Sept. 19 at the annual NLN Education Summit in Phoenix. Groenwald is one of 20 distinguished nurse educators and two honorary fellows selected this year. The inductees join 165 current fellows who represent nursing schools and...READ MORE »
ANF launches e-tools, interactive website to aid nurses with PTSD care
The American Nurses Foundation, the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, announced the launch of an interactive, web-based post-traumatic stress disorder toolkit to help civilian registered nurses better assess and treat PTSD in the nation's veterans and military service members. The foundation's PTSD toolkit was highlighted in a White House fact sheet and issued as an innovative way...READ MORE »
CDC: Enterovirus D68 possible cause of severe respiratory illness in children
Following confirmed clusters of enterovirus D68 in Kansas City and Chicago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging healthcare providers to consider enterovirus D68 as a possible cause of acute, unexplained severe respiratory illness and to report suspected clusters or outbreaks to local or state health departments. The agency is currently investigating suspected outbreaks in several states. A...READ MORE »
Upcoming program: The economic case for tapping full potential of RNs
The Center to Champion Nursing in America/AARP Public Policy Institute invites all those interested to join executives from Target, CVS, Cigna and others in a discussion on how businesses and other payors can benefit from fully utilizing APRNs, including nurse practitioners, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. EDT, Sept. 17. Attendees can view the program online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SolutionsForumWebcast and tweet...READ MORE »
2014 Jobs Outlook
When Marcy Hohorst, RN, realized she wasn't likely to get a med-surg nursing job as a new graduate from an associate degree program, she felt relieved. "That would be my worst nightmare," said Hohorst, who started nursing school at age 50, after years of working as a personal trainer. Although she greatly respects med-surg nurses, she feared a job on a busy hospital floor would exhaust her, and she wouldn't have...READ MORE »
The Next Shift: A sense for the body and spirit
Technology has made the practice of nursing easier in some respects. Electronic charting, computerized order entry and automatic medicine dispensing machines were unheard of when I started my nursing career nearly 40 years ago. Today we have CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds that allow us to accurately examine the human body without invading it. Exploratory laparotomies are seldom needed today. Prior to all this...READ MORE »
HHS awards support minority enrollment in health insurance
The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Minority Health announced $3.2 million in grant awards to 13 organizations to help support health coverage enrollment of racial and ethnic minorities, according to a news release. The new Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities Initiative will help identify and enroll minority populations in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Information on financial...READ MORE »
Report: U.S. likely to see future shortage of healthcare workers
Labor shortages in several fields, including healthcare, may become a major problem over the next 15 years, according to a report released Sept. 2 by a nonprofit corporate research organization. In the report, The Conference Board analyzed the risk of future labor markets in 464 occupations in the U.S. The report, "From Not Enough Jobs to Not Enough Workers," introduces a Labor Shortage Index that uses existing...READ MORE »
Sparkling GEMs
Nurse.com is pleased to announce the six national winners of our 2014 Nursing Excellence GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) Awards. "These nurses are most worthy of the honor they have received in being named national winners of this year's GEM Awards," said Nurse.com Senior Vice President and CNE Eileen P. Williamson, MSN, RN. "Along with their education, experience and skills, each of them is a strong, committed and...READ MORE »
Emory receives third Ebola patient
A third patient with Ebola virus disease arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Sept. 9. The patient, who was transported by air ambulance from West Africa, will be treated in the same isolation unit in which American healthcare workers Kent Brantly, MD, and Nancy Writebol were treated this summer. "We are bound by patient confidentiality and have no information regarding the status of the incoming...READ MORE »
Nursing graduates' college debt, unemployment examined
An online article in Nursing Economic$ explores the financial challenges to new nurses entering the work force, including student loans and finding a job. In the article "Nursing Student Loan Debt: A Secondary Analysis of the National Student Nurses' Association Annual Survey of New Graduates," authors Veronica Feeg, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Diane Mancino, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, analyzed four years of data from the NSNA New...READ MORE »
Study aims to reduce exposure risk for oncology RNs
Increasing oncology nurses' use of protective equipment and decreasing exposure to hazardous drugs is the goal of a new nurse-led study. Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor have received a $2.3 million grant for the new study, called DEFENS: Drug Exposure Feedback and Education for Nurses' Safety. "There are significant acute and long-term side...READ MORE »
Survey: Almost 1 in 5 nurses leave first job within a year
A study in the current issue of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice estimates 17.5% of newly licensed RNs leave their first nursing job within the first year and 33.5% leave within two years, according to a news release. The researchers found that turnover for this group is lower at hospitals than at other healthcare settings. The study, which synthesized existing turnover data and reported turnover data from a...READ MORE »
PhD candidates to receive Future of Nursing scholarships
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced Sept. 8 the first 16 nurses who are receiving scholarships through its Future of Nursing Scholars program to pursue PhDs in nursing. The students were selected by schools of nursing that have received grants to provide those scholarships. Each Future of Nursing Scholar will receive financial support, mentoring and leadership development over the three years of the PhD...READ MORE »
FDA approves new melanoma drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new immunotherapy drug to treat advanced melanoma, signaling a paradigm shift in the way the deadly skin cancer is treated. The drug, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), was tested on more than 600 patients who had melanoma that had spread throughout their bodies, according to a news release. Because so many of the patients in the early testing showed significant...READ MORE »