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American Academy of Nursing to honor Loyola professor
The American Academy of Nursing will induct Barbara Velsor-Friedrich, RN, PhD, as a fellow at the academy's 2014 Transforming Health, Driving Policy conference Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C., according to a news release. Velsor-Friedrich serves as a professor and director of the doctoral program at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Maywood, Ill. The academy is honoring Velsor-Friedrich for...READ MORE »
39-year nursing veteran earns Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council honor
Nurse leaders from Long Island's hospitals and nursing education programs gathered May 21 at the Woodbury Country Club, Hauppauge, N.Y., to recognize nurse peers at the annual Nurse of Excellence Award Ceremony, hosted by the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council. One nurse from each of the council's member hospitals was nominated for the award, which recognizes outstanding leadership and clinical practice. Deans of local...READ MORE »
Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women's among U.S. News Best Hospitals
The city of Boston boasted two of the top nine facilities in the recently released U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals list. The magazine released an honor roll of the nation's top 17 hospitals based on rankings in 16 specialties. Massachusetts General Hospital was honored as the No. 2 hospital on the honor roll, while Brigham and Women's Hospital was No. 9. MGH ranked in the top seven nationally in 15...READ MORE »
Nazareth Hospital RN reappointed to AHA/ASA affiliate board
Nazareth (Pa.) Hospital pool nurse Theresa "Terry" Conejo, RN, recently was appointed to a second term on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Great Rivers Affiliate board of directors for 2014-2015, according to a news release. The affiliate includes Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Conejo has been an association advocate in eastern Pennsylvania for more than six...READ MORE »
Children's National medical unit receives Beacon Award from AACN
The 7 East Medical Care Unit at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., received the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for promoting exceptional patient care, coordination, efficiency and a healthy work environment, according to a news release. This was the first year in which acute care units were cited for their achievements by the AACN. 7 East, a...READ MORE »
Do I have recourse against a supervisor who used my weight as an example of why I should be more empathetic about coworker disabilities?
Question: Dear Nancy, My nurse manager called me into the office to discuss another employee who had accused me of not being supportive and questioning his clinical abilities. My manager said I should be more empathetic about this employee's hearing loss. I stated I thought it was unsafe that he refused to wear his hearing aids despite his hearing loss. My boss proceeded to use me as an example of how this employee...READ MORE »
Lenox Hill luncheon focuses on self-care for nurses
MANHATTAN - Rosanne Raso, RN, MS, NEA-BC, Lenox Hill Hospital CNO and associate executive director for patient care services, and Donna Tanzi, RN, MPS, NE-BC, director of nursing education and professional development, welcomed Lenox Hill nurse managers to a leadership luncheon at the hospital as part of National Nurses Week festivities. "The American Nurses Association theme, 'Nurses Leading the Way,' is...READ MORE »
AACN releases online learning modules for faculty
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recently announced the launch of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses learning module series, a free faculty development resource for nurse educators teaching in master's and doctoral programs. "Preparing faculty to teach quality and safety content is essential to ensuring that future generations of nurses are able to thrive in practice environments that promote...READ MORE »
Khan Academy, AACN, Jonas Center launch online learning materials
The Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, Khan Academy and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing announced that 55 new healthcare lessons in nine topic areas now are available online to supplement the education of healthcare students, practitioners and patients worldwide, according to a recent news release from the AACN. The partnering organizations launched an international competition in fall...READ MORE »
U.S. News & World Report ranks best online graduate nursing programs
For the 2014 edition of the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs rankings, U.S. News & World Report incorporated program ratings by peer institutions. Each is weighted in the rankings through student engagement (30%); faculty credentials and training (25%); student services and technology (20%); peer reputation (15%); and admissions selectivity (10%). Creating the 2014 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs...READ MORE »
What is the next step for an RN who believes a former manager wrote something in her file that may prevent her from finding a new job?
Question: Dear Nancy, I was fired from a hospital RN job without cause. I disagreed with the unit manager and was seeking employment in another area of the hospital. My manager terminated me. Then, after working several years in another job that has subsequently been eliminated, I am having difficulty getting hired. I believe my old manager wrote something on my file. The hospital had a closed file policy, and I was...READ MORE »
How does an RN whose license was revoked for 4 years find a job as a nurse?
Question: Dear Donna, My license was revoked by default because I failed to update my address with the board of nursing. A foolish mistake at best. The complaint, while valid, did not result in anyone's physical harm. Had I answered, the revocations would have never happened. I am looking for a job and having a difficult time getting past the revocation and four-year hiatus I suffered. I have already asked Nancy on...READ MORE »
Preventive visits to Walgreens retail clinics increase
More people are visiting retail clinics at Walgreens stores for preventive and chronic care-management services, and those who get healthcare services at the clinics are returning, according to a study presented by the company in July at the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium in Keystone, Colo. The Walgreens study found the percentage of patient visits to its Healthcare Clinic locations for preventive services,...READ MORE »
Kentucky NPs now prescribe without physician oversight
Nurse practitioners in Kentucky are now able to prescribe some medications without having a collaborative agreement with a physician, making it easier for them to open their own practices, advanced practice nurse leaders said. The new state law, which took effect July 15, states after four years of prescribing under a collaborative agreement with a physician, NPs no longer need the agreement to prescribe routine...READ MORE »
Emerson Hospital's president, CEO earns policy board post
Christine Schuster, RN, MBA, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass., has been named to the regional policy board for the New England region by the American Hospital Association, in partnership with the Massachusetts Hospital Association. Schuster was appointed at MHA's annual meeting in June, where she received the AHA Political Action Committee Most Valuable PAC Player Award for her leadership in...READ MORE »