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Simi Valley Hospital ICU nurse earns employee-of-month honor
Will Robbins, RN, who works in the ICU, was named employee of the month for February at Simi Valley (Calif.) Hospital. He was honored Feb. 13 in a ceremony in the unit. Patients and co-workers in the ICU described him as calm, quiet, gentle and kind, according to a news release. Away from his duties, Robbins has piloted 1,000-person dinner cruise boats on the San Francisco Bay and oil supply boats off Point...READ MORE »
Pennsylvania nurse practitioners seek to achieve practice autonomy
Pennsylvania nurse practitioners are pushing statewide legislation during the spring session that would give them the ability to practice independently of physicians. "The stars have aligned regarding the issue," said Susan Schrand, MSN, RN, NP, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. Approximately 8,700 certified nurse practitioners practice in Pennsylvania, more than any other...READ MORE »
Can a physician legally refuse to sign off on his verbal orders to an RN?
Question: Dear Nancy, Can a physician legally refuse to sign off on his verbal orders to an RN? Faye Nancy Brent replies: Dear Faye, You provided no details concerning how or why a physician would refuse to sign off on a verbal order to an RN, so some general comments will be made. Your facility should have a policy and a procedure for verbal orders to be taken by an RN such as, under what circumstances a verbal...READ MORE »
Winthrop Harbor nurse receives DAISY Award from CTCA
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill., has honored Patrice Dillow, MSN, RN, APRN, WOCN with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in recognition for her commitment and patient-centered approach to care, according to a news release. Dillow was honored Feb. 16 in front of patients, peers and leadership. As a CTCA nurse, she supports patients living with wound,...READ MORE »
What type of certification is the best for an RN who is a case manager?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a RN case manager. I am ready for certification, but I am confused as there are many different certifications available. I am most interested in CCM certification versus board certified. It appears some people have both and others have one or the other. What should I do? Confused About Case Management Certification Dear Donna replies: Dear Confused About Case Management Certification, I...READ MORE »
Oncology nurses play Cupid, arrange date nights for Stony Brook patients
A new program at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University Hospital has brought not only patients closer to their significant others but nurses closer to each other. As part of the date night program, a long-term patient chooses a meal served on fancy dinnerware to enjoy interruption-free with a spouse, family member or friend. The idea came to Maggie Knight, RN, when she was caring for a patient on the hospital's 16-bed bone...READ MORE »
George Washington University names new dean of nursing
The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., recently named Pamela R. Jeffries as its next dean of the school of nursing. Jeffries, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, who in 2013 was named the Johns Hopkins University inaugural vice provost of digital initiatives, has been a Johns Hopkins professor of nursing since 2009, according to a news release. "Dr. Jeffries is a nationally recognized innovator with a strong...READ MORE »
Winthrop Harbor nurse receives DAISY Award from CTCA
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Ill., has honored Patrice Dillow, MSN, RN, APRN, WOCN with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in recognition for her commitment and patient-centered approach to care, according to a news release. Dillow was honored Feb. 16 in front of patients, peers and leadership. As a CTCA nurse, she supports patients living with wound,...READ MORE »
Marilyn Tavenner, RN, talks about life during and after the CMS
In mid-January, the nursing community learned one of its champions in the federal government, Marilyn Tavenner, MHA, RN, was leaving her position as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Before being confirmed as head of CMS in 2013, Tavenner had served as the agency's acting administrator since 2011, and before that as principal deputy administrator. She oversaw the rollout of the...READ MORE »
Do you have an up-to-date list of nursing refresher courses or can you recommend a refresher course?
Question: Dear Donna, I would like to take an RN refresher course in New York or Texas. Do you have an up-to-date list or can you recommend one? If I take a refresher course in New York, is it recognized in other states? Likewise, if I take a refresher course in Texas is it recognized in New York/other states? Wants To Take A Refresher Course Dear Donna replies: Dear Wants To Take A Refresher Course, If you're...READ MORE »
Montefiore Mount Vernon recognizes national Certified Nurses Day
In recognition of national Certified Nurses Day on March 19, Montefiore Mount Vernon (N.Y.) Hospital leadership recognized all of its board-certified RNs with a special breakfast. Nurses were presented with a "Certified Nurse" ribbon to display on their ID badges, according to a news release. Led by Susan Kurian, RN, director of nursing, the event honored nurses who have passed comprehensive exams to earn...READ MORE »
What can an RN do when charged of taking a patient's property by the BON because of a false accusation about wasting a patient's medication?
Question: Dear Nancy, I am being investigated because a nurse I work with said she saw me waste a narcotic, but later reported she didn't see me waste it The board of nursing is now charging me with diversion and taking a patient's property. I have no chemical issue nor have I ever had a urine screen positive. What do I do? I submitted a five-page explanation to my employer. Joe Nancy Brent replies: Dear Joe, In...READ MORE »
CentraState Medical Center achieves national Magnet recognition
CentraState Medical Center, Freehold, N.J., has achieved Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for the third time. The honor, according to a March 16 news release, serves as a reflection of nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Magnet recognition ensures rigorous standards for nursing excellence are met. CentraState is among 7% of U.S. hospitals that are Magnet...READ MORE »
Would an RN working in an office setting be crazy to start looking for something else because she doesn't feel challenged?
Question: Dear Donna, I am working in an office setting and have been in this position for seven years. I like the work and the people, but feel I am not being challenged. My friends are telling me I should be happy just to have a job especially one that is relatively easy. Would I be crazy to start looking for something else? Doesn't Feel Challenged Dear Donna replies: Dear Doesn't Feel Challenged, The fact that...READ MORE »
My adventures teaching fifth grade Family Life class
I stand in front of the room, looking at the eager, nervous faces of my fifth graders. I have already broken up the class into what I call our Family Life groups, two small groups of girls and two small groups of boys. I start class with a game. "Please compile a list of 10 body parts that contain only three letters." The inevitable questions follow: "Can we use zit?" "How about butt?" Finally, one group hits upon...READ MORE »