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Queens Hospital Center nurses promote breastfeeding benefits
Staff members at Queens Hospital Center in New York worked for seven years to help the facility earn Baby-Friendly designation in June from the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund. Now that QHC is one of only three hospitals in New York City to have earned the designation, and the first in Queens, according to the hospital, staff members are promoting the benefits of breastfeeding with...READ MORE »
What can a nurse with an ADN degree, who is having a difficult time finding a job, do?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a nurse who graduated four years ago with ADN degree. I had a hard time passing the NCLEX and changed careers. In the midst of all this change my parents got very ill, and I had to be the sole caretaker and fell in love with nursing all over again. I tried again and passed the NCLEX, but now I am having a hard time finding a job. Every hospital that is hiring requires a BSN. I am looking...READ MORE »
College of Southern Maryland inducts 10 into nursing honor society
The College of Southern Maryland inducted 10 fourth-semester nursing students into the Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Society during a ceremony at the La Plata campus on Aug. 27, according to a news release. Inductees were Tara Arnold, Christine Beatty, Kaitlin Rottman, Alexandra Knott, Crystal McReynolds, Laura North, Jocelyn Peissner, Natasha Terry, Lindsay Truong and Jessica Weaver. The path to...READ MORE »
Johns Hopkins nursing faculty to serve in patient safety academy
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing faculty members Ellen Ray, DNP, MS, RN, CNM, Cynthia Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, and Brigit Van Graafeiland, DNP, RN, CRNP, have been chosen to serve in the third cohort of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Patient Safety and Quality Leadership Academy, according to a news release. Launched to connect health systems and transform the clinical healthcare setting, the academy...READ MORE »
Should I be worried that my patient, who was confused and at high-risk for falls, fell out of a chair during my shift?
Question: Dear Nancy, My patient fell when she got out of a chair. She was confused. She broke her hip. She was a high-risk for falls. Should I be worried? I have some assets. Should I move my assets over to my husband's and children's names? Should I get liability insurance or is it too late? Is liability insurance good for past issues? Melva Nancy Brent replies: Dear Melva, When a patient is injured under your...READ MORE »
Jacksonville University BSN student wins scholarship
Jacksonville University BSN student Jennifer Rivera has received a $2,425 UPS Scholarship through the Florida Independent College Fund. A Middleburg, Fla., resident, Rivera is on active duty as a Petty Officer 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy and expects to complete her degree in 2016, according to a news release. She has aspirations of obtaining her MSN, then becoming an ARNP and going on to earn a DNP degree. She is one...READ MORE »
SUNY Downstate College of Nursing selects new associate dean
The College of Nursing of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, has appointed Shirley Girouard, PhD, RN, FAAN, as professor and associate dean for research and innovations. She will facilitate the college's contributions to nursing education and practice, as well as to health and healthcare through faculty, student and staff scholarship and research, according to a news release. "Dr. Girouard will serve as a...READ MORE »
Is it true that once I graduate, I need 2 years of experience in med/surg?
Question: Dear Donna, I am a student nurse in her third year of a BSN program, and I don't like med-surg nursing. Everyone is telling me I will have to work in med-surg for two years before going elsewhere. Is that really true? If it is true, I don't think I will make it. Should I just throw in the towel now and not waste any more time or try to tough it out? Doesn't Like Med-surg Dear Donna replies: Dear Doesn't...READ MORE »
Should an RN with a BSN, who has not worked as an RN in several years, take a refresher course to get a clinical position?
Question: Dear Donna, I am an RN with a BSN, who has been looking for a nursing position for over a year now. I have six years of postpartum/nursery experience and five years of experience completing medical review audits for a Medicare contractor. My last nursing job was in 2007 with the Medicare contractor. I have worked temporarily for flu shot/wellness clinics for private companies. I also started a small...READ MORE »
Nurse scientist shares passion for research in underserved populations
We spoke with Nilda (Nena) P. Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor and dean of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, about her research and advice she has for nursing students. ANSWER: As a nurse, I've always worked with vulnerable populations. I saw the disparities and wanted to correct them. So it was a natural direction for me to take. I'm interested in ways to improve the...READ MORE »
Large study identifies long-term risk factors of general anesthesia
Patients report accidental awareness during general anesthesia about 1 in every 19,000 cases, according to a report published in Anaesthesia. This incidence of patient reports of awareness is much lower than previous estimates of awareness, which were as high as 1 in 600, according to a news release. The findings come from the 5th National Audit Project, or NAP5, which was conducted over the last three years by the...READ MORE »
First board certification for faith community nursing announced
The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Health Ministries Association announced the launch of a new certification through portfolio for faith community nursing Sept. 16. The certification serves to validate faith community nurses' knowledge, skills and contributions to patient care, according to a news release. "We are honored to collaborate with ANCC in providing the portfolio credentialing option for...READ MORE »
Drug-poisoning deaths on the rise
Poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the U.S., and drugs - both illicit and pharmaceutical - accounted for 90% of poisoning deaths in 2011, according to a National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief. Misuse or abuse of prescription drugs, including opioid-analgesic pain relievers, is responsible for much of the recent increase in drug-poisoning deaths, according to the report, "Drug-poisoning...READ MORE »
N.J. governor chooses Saint Peter's nurse for state board
Yolanda Delgado, MSN, RNC, a nurse manager of the Saint Peter's University Hospital adult medicine-renal unit, New Brunswick, N.J., has been appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to the New Jersey State Board of Nursing. The board's mission, according to a news release, is to protect the health and safety of the public through effective public policy, competent and ethical nursing practice and exceptional customer...READ MORE »
Does an RN need to carry liability coverage for occasional volunteer activities or responding to inquiries for healthcare advice?
Question: Dear Nancy, In one of your previous responses, you answered an excellent question about nurses carrying liability coverage after retirement. I have an additional question on that note. Do I need to consider carrying liability coverage for occasional volunteer activities, such as working at blood drives where I observe donors and take blood pressures and the recurrent activity of responding to inquiries for...READ MORE »