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Vassar Brothers Medical Center expands ED
Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., showed off a $2 million expansion of its ED to the community Sept. 17. The 7,000-square-foot addition to the Charles E. and Mabel E. Conklin Center for Emergency Care is the beginning of a complete renovation of the ED, as well as the 127-year-old medical center's first-floor corridors and lobby, according to a news release. "This addition will enhance what is...READ MORE »
Kean University receives HRSA funding for faculty loan program
The Kean University School of Nursing, Union, N.J., has been awarded more than $300,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to administer a Nurse Faculty Loan Program. The $309,183 for July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, will be administered by Virginia Fitzsimmons, the program's director. Up to 25 students in Kean's PhD in nursing...READ MORE »
Queensborough Community College earns $10 million grant from N.Y. governor
Queens-based Queensborough Community College, part of the CUNY system, has been awarded a $10 million grant from New York State to establish a healthcare clinic and training center in northern Queens, according to a news release. Under the grant, announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the NY CUNY 2020 awards program, Queensborough's Center for Allied Healthcare Education and Workforce Development will work in...READ MORE »
Long Island University celebrates arrival of new nursing dean
Long Island University, Brooklyn, named Judith Erickson, PhD, MA, BSN, as dean of the Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing on Sept. 17. Erickson formerly worked as dean of the Jacksonville (Fla.) University School of Nursing and was instrumental in creating the university's new College of Health Sciences, according to a news release. "I am very excited to join the LIU community and work with the talented...READ MORE »
Elizabeth Seton recognizes winner of newly established nursing award
Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, Manhattan, recently honored Maria Teresa Sangcap, RN, during National Nurses Week as the first recipient of the facility's newly established Sr. Miriam Kevin Phillips Mission Award for Nursing Excellence. The award will be given annually to an RN or LPN who embodies the pediatric center's mission. "Ms. Sangcap is a passionate advocate for high-quality care for her residents and...READ MORE »
Mount Sinai receives grant to study kidney, heart disease in 9/11 WTC responders
Researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Manhattan, have received a $1.1 million grant from the World Trade Center Health Program to study the risks of kidney and heart disease among Ground Zero first-responders and volunteers exposed to the toxic dust-cloud created by the disaster 13 years ago. "Our research will determine the frequency and degree of kidney dysfunction in these patients, and...READ MORE »
Wagner College DNP program turns focus on disaster prep
Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, a Haitian earthquake, terrorist attacks and Ebola outbreaks. Disasters and emerging diseases continue to challenge healthcare clinicians. Wagner College on Staten Island, N.Y., aims to prepare the next generation of experts through its new DNP program, which has a unique focus on disaster preparation. It is the college's first doctoral level program. "We thought it would make a great...READ MORE »
Passion for palliative care drives NYC nurse
Marlene McHugh's interest in palliative care started early in her 29-year nursing career. She carried out orders but saw patients' physical and psychological suffering, especially in the ICU, that wasn't addressed. "Most nurses struggle with patients who are suffering," said McHugh, DNP, FNP-BC, RN, ACHPN, FPCN, assistant professor of clinical nursing at Columbia University, Manhattan, and associate director,...READ MORE »
Hunterdon nurse receives Inspire Award for helping patients
Madeline Denlinger, BSN, MPA, RN, a nurse at Hunterdon Healthcare's Center for Advanced Weight Loss, Clinton Township, N.J., has received the Inspire Award by OPTIFAST. The award is presented to healthcare practitioners who show passion and are dedicated to their patients who are losing weight and maintaining healthy lifestyles, according to a news release. Patients and colleagues nominated Denlinger, who was one of...READ MORE »
Local healthcare facilities celebrate nurses
During National Nurse Week in May, Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NYU Langone/Hospital for Joint Diseases and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York honored nurses with special programs and awards ceremonies. On May 9, nurses at Montefiore's Moses, Einstein and Wakefield campuses were treated to a choral performance by nursing, social work and medical staff from all three campuses. Elodia Mercier, RN,...READ MORE »
Queens Hospital Center nurses promote breast-feeding 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 »
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 »
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 »
Speed-dating process helps RWJ Somerset find nurse extern matches
When Kerry Norell, MSN, EdD, RN, CEN, nurse manager of the neuroscience pavilion at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (N.J.) met nursing student Elizabeth Dransfield, RN, she had quite a positive reaction. "She's the one!" Norell said. The January 2013 meeting with Dransfield provided Norell with a perfect match, one of many that have come from RWJ Somerset's nurse extern meet and greet events for...READ MORE »
Nurses take the wheel, drive retention efforts
As hospitals realize the high costs - financially and in outcomes - associated with nurse turnover, organizations are focusing on retention efforts and allowing nurses to drive the change. "We have a robust retention program," said Joan Gabriele, MA, RN, deputy executive director for patient care services/CNO at Queens Hospital Center, part of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. That program includes a...READ MORE »