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Helen Hayes Hospital appoints nurse to director of utilization management post
Mindy Tallis, BSN, RN, has been appointed director of utilization management at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, N.Y. Tallis will oversee the admission and case management/discharge departments at the specialty physical rehabilitation hospital, according to a news release. "[She] brings a wealth of expertise and experience to this position," Helen Hayes CEO Edmund J. Coletti said in the release. "She is...READ MORE »
Joint Commission names South Nassau Communities Hospital a top performer
For the second consecutive year, the Joint Commission has named South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, N.Y., a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for its use of evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. According to a news release, South Nassau was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical...READ MORE »
UPenn nursing professor receives Nightingale Award
Wendy Grube, PhD, RN, CRNP, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, received the Nursing Educator - Academia Award at the 25th annual meeting and awards banquet of the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania. The award is given annually to an individual who is an inspiration to students and cultivates a supportive learning environment, with an emphasis on scholarly research and...READ MORE »
Hopkins professor receives gerontology award
Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, was the 2014 recipient of the M. Powell Lawton Award by the Gerontological Society of America, the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging, according to a news release. Gitlin received the award at the GSA's annual scientific meeting in November in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes an...READ MORE »
Nurses once again voted most trusted professionals
Once again, nurses have topped the charts in ratings on honesty and ethical standards, according to a Gallup poll. The poll results are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 8-11, with a random sample of 805 adults, ages 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. In 2014, 80% of Americans polled said nurses have "very high" or "high" standards of honesty and ethics, compared with...READ MORE »
Columbia associate dean is first nurse to receive NYAM honor
For the first time, the New York Academy of Medicine has chosen a nurse to receive the John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Clinical Practice, according to a news release. Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research, Columbia University School of Nursing, New York City, was selected as the 2014 recipient. She is a pioneer in promoting hand hygiene for infection prevention and control....READ MORE »
How can a nurse who has been out of the workforce for six years get a job in ambulatory care?
Question: I have been out of work for six years raising my daughters. I'd like to go back to work but not in a hospital. I'm thinking about something in ambulatory care but need some suggestions on how to get started. Thinking About Ambulatory Care Dear Donna replies: Dear Thinking About Ambulatory Care, Ambulatory care is one of the hottest and fastest growing segments of the healthcare market right now so it's a...READ MORE »
Is it OK for a physician to dispense meds in a cup with no written instructions as to what it is or how to take it upon patient discharge?
Question: Dear Nancy, In dispensing meds upon discharge of a patient from a mental health unit where I work, the physician puts pills in a cup and tapes it to the discharge papers for the patient to take at home. It is up to the RNs to give the papers and meds in the cup to the patient when they are being discharged. There are no instructions as to when to take the med or name of med written anywhere. The doctor...READ MORE »
Physician who survived Ebola received experimental drug treatment
A Ugandan physician, who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, survived after being flown to Germany for aggressive treatment involving a new drug, FX06 - a fibrin-derived peptide under clinical development for vascular leakage, according to an article published Dec. 19 in The Lancet. The 38-year-old physician, who was in charge of an Ebola virus treatment unit in Lakka, Sierra Leone, tested positive for Ebola on Sept....READ MORE »
Einstein nurse receives award for fighting AIDS in Philadelphia
Bertha "Bert" Jackson, RN, CRNP, of Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, earned the 2014 Red Ribbon Award in the outstanding community leadership category from the University of Pennsylvania's Center for AIDS Research community advisory board, according to a news release. Jackson was selected for making significant contributions in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Philadelphia community. The award is the highest...READ MORE »
How can an RN explain a past termination due to suspicion of diverting narcotics during job interviews?
Question: Dear Donna, I am preparing my resume for a future job hunt. Several years ago, I was terminated on suspicion of diverting narcotics, although there was no drug test, which I would have passed. I was simply let go. Since this occurred, I have been successful in another job from which I am preparing to leave. I am nervous on how to explain that previous termination given how unpleasant the reasoning sounds....READ MORE »
UHF's Health Rankings report show increase in obesity, physical inactivity
United Health Foundation released its 25th annual report "America's Health Rankings: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities" in December. The report shows rising rates of obesity and physical inactivity, which "threaten Americans' quality of life," according to a news release. The report also shows Americans' progress in several key health metrics in 2014. According to the report, obesity and...READ MORE »
Certification through portfolio for advanced genetics nursing is now available
The American Nurses Credentialing Center and the International Society of Nurses in Genetics announced in December the launch of a new certification through portfolio for advanced genetics nursing. This new certification serves to validate advanced genetics nurses' unique knowledge, skills and contributions to patient care delivery, according to a news release. The ANCC certification through portfolio is an...READ MORE »
Face time helps Mount Sinai, VNSNY nurses improve patient care
Nurses working in a joint program designed to reduce sternal wound infections among cardiac patients credit face-to-face meetings for improved communication and patient care. Two meet-and-greet sessions held for the cardiothoracic post-op program, one of 15 joint clinical initiatives for Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital and VNSNY, improved patient care "due to an improved and cleared channel of communication between...READ MORE »
Carroll Hospital Center announces November DAISY Award winner
Barbara Whitcomb, RN, was presented with the November DAISY Award at Carroll Hospital Center, Westminster, Md. A nurse at the hospital for about 10 years, Whitcomb was nominated for her compassion and kindness toward a homeless patient in the hospital's emergency department, according to a news release. "Barb is an exceptional nurse whose compassionate care touches the lives of all of her patients," Stephanie Reid,...READ MORE »