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VCU Medical Center wins national award for safety and quality
The American Hospital Association recognized the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond with its top honor for leadership and innovation in safety and quality improvement, according to a news release. The VCU Medical Center was selected as the 2014 recipient of the AHA--McKesson Quest for Quality Prize in part because of training that resulted in a 50% reduction in serious safety hospital...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 »
Johns Hopkins hires three nursing faculty members
The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore recently hired three new faculty members: Carmen Alvarez, PhD, RN, C-NP, CNM, Jill Hamilton, PhD, RN, and Nancy Sullivan, DNP, RN, according to a news release. Through her clinical experience, Alvarez was motivated to pursue her research interests in health promotion for underserved populations. For the past seven years, she has practiced in community...READ MORE »
New AACN leader discusses future of nursing
Strengthening the role of nurses to improve healthcare ranks as the top goal for Deborah E. Trautman, MSN, PhD, RN, who has been CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Washington, D.C., since June. The new CEO replaced Geraldine "Polly" Bednash, MSN, PhD, RN, FAAN, who retired after 28 years as head of the AACN. Trautman talked to Nurse.com about her goals as CEO, the issues facing nurses and the...READ MORE »
Johns Hopkins hosts ethics summit for nurses
A National Nursing Ethics Summit was convened by the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Berman Institute of Bioethics Aug. 13-15 in Baltimore. Approximately 50 nurse ethicists, professional nursing organization leaders and key stakeholders gathered to provide a blueprint for nursing ethics in the U.S. in the 21st century, according to a news release. "It is so clear that the time is now," Cynda H. Rushton, PhD,...READ MORE »
UMSON receives grant to fight disease among healthcare workers in Haiti
The University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, in collaboration with the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Maryland School of Medicine Institute of Human Virology, and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, has received a grant to research strategies for improving and supporting occupational health practices in Haiti to protect workers from blood-borne...READ MORE »
UMSON professor inducted in International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
Robin P. Newhouse, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chairwoman, department of organizational systems and adult health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, recently was inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame. Newhouse was one of 25 nurse researchers inducted at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing's 25th International Nursing Research Congress...READ MORE »
Medstar Washington named region's first certified comprehensive stroke center
MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the first hospital in the Washington, D.C., region to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, according to a news release. The hospital center joins an elite group of only 73 medical centers nationwide to receive this prestigious designation, which focuses on providing a high level of care for patients with the most severe and challenging types of...READ MORE »
Carroll Hospital Center RN receives July DAISY Award
Michele Storks, RN, was presented with the July DAISY Award at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster, Md. A nurse at the hospital for five years, Storks was honored for her excellent care of a patient in the hospital's critical care unit which left a lasting impression on the patient and his wife, according to a news release. "Michele consistently goes above and beyond for all of her patients," Stephanie Reid, RN,...READ MORE »
Project Hope initiative to give ESL nursing students a boost
As a student at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, Cecilia Kim sometimes finds the English language challenging. That's why Kim, who spoke English and Korean as a child, is excited by a new initiative to help students whose native language is not English increase their chances of passing the National Council Licensure Examination on their first try. "I think anything that will help push...READ MORE »
Family & Nursing Foundation provides support to local nonprofits
The Family & Nursing Care Foundation in Silver Spring, Md., a fund of the Community Foundation for Montgomery County, has awarded $30,000 in cash grants to two local nonprofit organizations that provide low-income aging adults with the dedicated home care support they need to remain in the safety and comfort of their own homes, according to a news release. The foundation awarded $20,000 to Home Care Partners, a...READ MORE »
UMSON Shady Grove professor receives program director award
Rebecca Wiseman, RN, PhD, assistant professor and assistant dean for the University of Maryland School of Nursing program at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md., has been awarded the USG Board of Advisors' Kendall Service Award for Program Director of the Year, according to a news release. Nominees for the award must have at least two years of service to USG; been instrumental in creating a unique...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 »
UM nursing professor selected to FAANP
Shannon Idzik, RN, CRNP, CCRN, DNP, MS, assistant professor and director of the doctor of nursing practice program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, has been selected to the 2014 Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners program, according to a news release. Fellows are expected to promote national and global health through engaging recognized nurse practitioner leaders...READ MORE »