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CDC, White House weigh in on President Obama's precision medicine initiative
President Obama will seek funding for a new "precision medicine" initiative to develop medical treatments tailored to genetic and other characteristics of individual patients. The President addressed the initiative during his State of the Union address Jan. 20 and is expected to release more details in the coming weeks. According to media reports, the money would support biomedical research at the National...READ MORE »
STTI announces Global Advisory Panel sponsors
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, announced the founding sponsors of the Global Advisory Panel on the Future of Nursing. GAPFON, a panel of international health and nurse leaders, was convened in March 2014 to establish a voice and vision for the future of nursing, with the overall goal of advancing global health. Key issues identified include the need for reform, advocacy and innovations...READ MORE »
Study: States with independent practicing APRNs have better healthcare
Quality of healthcare is improved in states where APRNs are allowed to practice independently, according to a recently published study by Missouri University Sinclair School of Nursing researchers. "APRNs have graduate-level educations; when you get APRNs into nursing homes, they help improve the overall quality of care because they have advanced knowledge of the best evidence-based practice," Marilyn Rantz, PhD,...READ MORE »
Coming to America
A decade ago, international nurses who qualified to work in the U.S. waited about one to two years to obtain a green card - a stark contrast to the stories of foreign-educated nurses arriving today. Now the majority of international RNs hired in the U.S. have been on a waiting list for five to eight years as a result of retrogression - a backlog of green card applications created because the federal government...READ MORE »
WOCN releases algorithm to guide selection of support surfaces for patients
A new evidence- and consensus-based algorithm designed by the Mt. Laurel, N.J.-based Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society provides guidance for clinicians to pick support surfaces to match individual patient needs, according to a news release. The new tool is published in the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing, and it has undergone content validation. "We are pleased to offer this new tool to the...READ MORE »
AACN releases updated pharmacology course
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and education partner Elsevier Clinical Solutions have launched "AACN: Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology," an online course providing case study-based education about safe medication administration for both acute care and critical care staff nurses, according to a news release. Developed in consultation with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, this...READ MORE »
Legally speaking: Educational records
As a student in an advanced educational program, such as a master's degree program or a doctor of nursing program, you possess specific rights in relation to the privacy of your educational records. One such protection is found in the state laws in which your program is located, including right-to-privacy statutes or articulated state constitutional protections. However, the overriding privacy protection for you as...READ MORE »
Tips for MSN education
As the nursing profession continues to grow, so too do the educational requirements for nurses. Today, nurses should consider a new academic starting point if they wish to advance their careers beyond the clinical unit, said Kathleen Hunter, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, director of the MSN program at Chamberlain College of Nursing, headquartered in Downers Grove, Ill. "If you want to be a manager, administrator, educator or a...READ MORE »
Master your education: A discussion with the director of an MSN program
In recent years, evidence has continued to mount of the benefits higher nursing education can bring to patients and health organizations alike. In response, nurses have sought to increase their own knowledge and skills, often at the urging of leaders in the nursing profession. The Institute of Medicine published a report recommending that 80% of nurses working in U.S. hospitals have at least a BSN by 2020. And many...READ MORE »
Advanced education on the rise
It has been shown that not only do nurses who have advanced degrees improve patient care and benefit employers, they also have doors to career opportunities open to them. Acquiring skills to meet patient needs is among the reasons Zoe Gutterman, RN, continues her education. Gutterman earned her BSN last year and is working on a master's degree as a public health nurse and a certificate in nurse-midwifery. "I entered...READ MORE »
Ethically speaking: You take the high road, and I'll take the low
Natalie is a nurse anesthetist working on her DNP. Eager to obtain this credential she dove headfirst into coursework and discovered she enjoyed her courses, especially the camaraderie that quickly developed with her classmates. Now they are all trying to decide on areas of study for their DNP translational research projects. Natalie's pet peeve has always been the way some surgeons and their teams treat obese...READ MORE »
Nursing credentials matter to patients, employers and nurses
While credentials may seem like an alphabet soup after one's name, the letters tell the world much about a nurse's qualifications, including licensure, certifications and fellowships. "Credentials are not only a source of pride for the nurse, but communicate to patients, colleagues and hospital leaders the nurse's commitment to standards of excellence," said Mary Frances Pate, PhD, RN, CNS, associate professor at...READ MORE »
VA nurse takes his shoes off for veteran
A nurse is being recognized in a Jan. 22 article on the Veterans Health Administration website for "going the extra mile" for an ED patient. Charles Maulden, RN, a nurse in the ED at Salisbury (N.C.) VA Medical Center, treated the veteran when he arrived in the ED in November with large blisters on his feet. "I took him back to be seen and his feet were in really bad shape," Maulden said in the article. "He had...READ MORE »
Sigma Theta Tau International publishing receives 8 AJN awards
The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International received eight honors for books in the American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year Awards. Six of the books were recognized with first place distinctions, which gave STTI more first-place awards than any other publisher honored, according to a news release. The STTI award recipients include: · "Re-Entry: A Guide for Nurses Dealing with Substance...READ MORE »
APIC prepares fact sheet after recent measles outbreak
In response to the recent measles outbreak, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology prepared a measles fact sheet to educate healthcare professionals and consumers. According to the APIC fact sheet, measles is a serious respiratory disease that spreads quickly through coughing and sneezing (infectious droplets) and can spread even if the person with measles is no longer in the room....READ MORE »