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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 »
3 New Jersey ACOs make national top 100 list
Three accountable care organizations from New Jersey have been named to the 2014 list of 100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know by Becker's Hospital Review, a healthcare industry publication. This is the third year Becker's has published its list. This year, ACOs were selected based on the number of physicians involved, the lifespan of the ACO, whether it has contracts with multiple payers and whether it...READ MORE »
Notable nurses: Home health nurse honored as best in New Jersey
VNA of Somerset Hills nurse Gail Bechtold, RN, has been selected as the 2014 Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year from New Jersey. The annual recognition program, presented by National Association for Home Care & Hospice and Home Healthcare Nurses Association, spotlights the nation's top 50 home care and hospice nurses. Honorees were selected from thousands of nominees received from agencies nationwide,...READ MORE »
New program director joins Clara Maass nursing team
Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville, N.J., a Barnabas Health facility, has hired Randi Hershkowitz, BSN, RN-BC, of West Orange, as program director of behavioral health services. An RN certified in psychiatric and mental health, Hershkowitz will be an integral part of the hospital's multidisciplinary treatment teams and help develop strategies, interventions and support systems to best meet the unique needs of...READ MORE »
Nursing team helps New York City's HHC realize supply chain savings
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation is overhauling the way it purchases services and supplies, and the effort is projected to save $50 million in its first year, according to HHC. Now, instead of each of the 11 hospitals, five long-term care facilities and dozens of community health centers purchasing supplies independently, teams of nurses, physicians and other healthcare providers are pooling their...READ MORE »
Adelphi chooses new director of its Center for Health Innovation
Elizabeth Gross Cohn, RN, PhD, has been appointed as the director of the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation, Garden City, N.Y., according to a news release from the school. She is returning to Adelphi after spending the past five years at Columbia University. "We are thrilled to welcome [Cohn] back to Adelphi as director of the CHI," Gayle Insler, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs,...READ MORE »
Molloy College breaks ground on Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing
Molloy College broke ground June 17 on its newest academic building, the Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing, at the Campus Green adjacent to the Public Square building on the Rockville Centre, N.Y., campus. The sustainably designed building will provide consolidated space for the nursing division, along with additional classroom and meeting areas. The new structure will include specially designed nursing...READ MORE »
Hunter College hosts, films workforce diversity panel discussion
Faculty at City University of New York Hunter College and members of the New York State Action Coalition came together June 30 to host a healthcare workforce diversity panel that was filmed on location at the college. The panel, consisting of representation from academia, patient advocacy, hospital, professional organizations and community health, discussed challenges minorities face in the healthcare workforce and...READ MORE »
EHMC nurses provide health information during World Breastfeeding Week
Nurses and healthcare professionals at Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center celebrated World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 1-7 with an event called, "Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life!" EHMC's lactation consultants - including RNs Teresa Mancuso and Betty Dicker - provided information and advice on breastfeeding and offered soon-to-be parents the chance to enter a raffle to win an electronic breast pump. "We...READ MORE »
VNSNY facility damaged by Superstorm Sandy emerges bigger and better
QUEENS - Administrators from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York were on hand June 20 to join staff and parents in opening the agency's newly relocated VNSNY Early Steps Family Center in Far Rockaway, Queens. The center, originally located on Rockaway Beach Blvd., experienced severe damage during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, prompting the agency to move the facility. Vivian Torres-Suarez, RN, MBA, vice...READ MORE »
North Shore-LIJ announces regional cardiac care alliance with Cleveland Clinic
The Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute has selected the North Shore-LIJ Health System, New Hyde Park, N.Y., to serve as its exclusive alliance member in the New York metro area. The alliance, announced Aug. 19, is aimed at providing cardiac patients in the New York metropolitan area with new and enhanced treatment options, and greater access to clinical trials and technologies in cardiology and cardiac...READ MORE »
Phillips Beth Israel achieves NLN Center of Excellence designation
Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, Manhattan, has earned the National League for Nursing's four-year designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education in the category of student learning and professional development. Phillips Beth Israel is one of six centers of nursing education that have been designated a COE in 2014, according to a news release. There are now 35 schools across the U.S. that have...READ MORE »
NYC's Jewish Home Lifecare launches nursing home-based geriatric substance abuse program
Jewish Home Lifecare, Manhattan, has launched a nursing home-based recovery program for older adults dealing with alcohol and/or prescription drug addiction, according to a news release. The Jewish Home Lifecare Geriatric Substance Abuse Recovery Program, which will be located on Jewish Home's Bronx campus, will start with a pilot expected to serve 720 patients over two years, the news release said. At the end of...READ MORE »