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Loyola achieves Magnet redesignation
Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., has received Magnet redesignation for its hospital and outpatient clinics. Loyola is among 5% of healthcare organizations with the elite redesignation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, an affiliate of the American Nurses Association, according to a news release. Magnet recognition is awarded to healthcare organizations that meet ANCC standards for...READ MORE »
Loyola nursing students inducted into academic honor society
Twenty-nine students from the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Health Systems Management in Maywood, Ill., were inducted into the undergraduate chapter of Upsilon Phi Delta Sept. 21, according to a news release. Upsilon Phi Delta is a national academic honor society for students in healthcare management and policy. The organization's mission is to recognize, reward and encourage academic...READ MORE »
UIC College of Nursing hosts first-ever white coat ceremony
The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing hosted its first white coat ceremony Sept. 27 to cloak and pin 207 of its newest nursing students. The college was selected as part of a national pilot program to symbolize the students' life transition into nursing education and affirms their commitment to becoming professional nurses who provide compassionate and high-quality care, according to a news...READ MORE »
New simulation center at Elmhurst Hospital adds realism for Elmhurst College nursing students
Nursing students with access to a simulation center gain a sense of how real-life healthcare situations and emergencies look and feel. Students enrolled in the Elmhurst (Ill.) College Deicke Center for Nursing have the added advantage that their new simulation center equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and manikins is in a hospital. The 4,600-square-foot simulation center on the lower level of nearby Elmhurst...READ MORE »
Nurses create new protocol to prevent hypothermia in burn patients
Raising the temperature in the operating room to prevent hypothermia in burn patients has been a common practice for many years at Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. But Sharon Valtman, BSN, RN, CNOR, a team leader in the operating room for 21 years, wondered if more could be done. So last year she suggested to Richard Gamelli, MD, FACS, medical director of the hospital's burn unit, that burn patients...READ MORE »
Lindenhurst nurse receives DAISY Award from CTCA
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion has honored Jessica Partyka, RN, ICU, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in recognition for her commitment and patient-centered approach to care, according to a news release. Partyka of Lindenhurst was honored Sept. 15 in front of patients, peers and leadership. As an ICU nurse, Partyka dedicates herself to her patients,...READ MORE »
Advocate Lutheran General achieves top NICHE designation
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., has achieved Exemplar status for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program. NICHE is the premier designation indicating a hospital's commitment to excellence in the care of patients 65 years and older, according to a news release. The Exemplar status recognizes the hospital's ongoing, high-level dedication to geriatric care and preeminence in...READ MORE »
Loyola nurse cares for veterans on Honor Flight
Daria Ruffolo, DNP, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC, a nurse with Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill., recently traveled to Washington, D.C., on the Honor Flight with 92 U.S. veterans, according to a news release. The Honor Flight pays tribute to Chicago-area World War II veterans by flying them on an all-expense-paid trip to Washington for a day of recognition, remembrance and celebration. A former patient...READ MORE »
Edward Hospital notable nurses
Nurses from Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill., were recognized for the following achievements: · Terri McGuire, RN, received the Good Catch Award for August. · Joan Callaghan, RN, volunteered as a race guard for the Chicago Half Marathon on Sept. 7. · Connie Huberty, MS, RN, APN-BC, CHFN, Christine Janke MSN, RN, APN-BC, CHFN, Deb Brandt MS, RN, HAS, CHFN, and Teresa McDaniel, MS, RN,...READ MORE »
DePaul University offers online RN-to-MSN program
Registered nurses with an associate's degree in nursing will have the opportunity to advance their careers by enrolling in a unique online degree program through DePaul University in Chicago. The RN-to-MS in Nursing program offers a way for nurses to earn BSN and MSN degrees from the School of Nursing in DePaul's College of Science and Health, as well as a graduate certificate in health administration or health...READ MORE »
Long-time Chicago area nurse continues her drive for blood donations
As a nurse, Pauline Kuebler believes there are few things more important people can do for others than donating blood. "There is just no substitute for it," said Kuebler, BSN, RN, "If people don't donate, it's just not going to be there when they need it. And some time, you or someone you care about could need it." That conviction has spurred Kuebler, 59, of Arlington Heights, Ill., who has donated blood for more...READ MORE »
Edward Hines VA nurse researcher receives pulmonary scholar award
Eileen Collins, PhD, RN, FAACVPR, FAAN, a research career scientist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Ill., and professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, received the Thomas L. Petty Distinguished Pulmonary Scholar Award on Sept. 5 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, according to a news release. The award is...READ MORE »
Loyola appoints new chief nurse executive
Karen Anderson, MSN, MBA, RN, has been named chief nurse executive for Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. Anderson will be responsible for implementing initiatives to maintain high-quality, patient-centered care across Loyola's inpatient and outpatient facilities, according to a news release. Anderson previously served as vice president of perioperative and procedural services and as interim CNE at...READ MORE »
UIC hosts first white coat ceremony for nurses
On Sept. 27, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing will host its first white coat ceremony to cloak and pin 207 new nursing students. The college was selected as part of a national pilot program designed to symbolize the student's life transition into nursing education and affirming student commitment to becoming a professional nurse who provides compassionate and high-quality care, according to a...READ MORE »
Cubs pitcher visits Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, nurses
Chicago Cubs pitcher Neil Ramirez visited cancer patients and survivors at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill., on Sept. 17. He signed autographs and posed for photographs with patients, physicians, nurses and hospital associates, according to a news release. Good Samaritan Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, the official healthcare sponsor of the Chicago Cubs, according to the release.