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Consulting firm started by UPenn nursing faculty seeks to reduce hospital readmissions
Preventing hospital readmissions has become a vexing problem, with 2,600 hospitals receiving penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this year. Two University of Pennsylvania nursing faculty members, Mary Naylor and Kathleen McCauley, have set up TransCare Partners, a consulting and educational firm, to bring the Transitional Care Model, an evidenced-based solution, to healthcare facilities...READ MORE »
Rutgers-Camden nursing scholars appointed UN delegates by international Catholic organization
Marian Nowak and Patricia Sayers, both assistant professors at the Rutgers School of Nursing--Camden (N.J.), have been appointed as United Nations delegates by the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants, according to a news release. As U.N. delegates, Nowak and Sayers will participate in numerous conferences and workshops centered on global healthcare, and will serve as advisers in...READ MORE »
RN appointed as chief operating officer of Beebe Healthcare
Beebe Healthcare of Lewes, Del., recently announced that Rick Schaffner, RN, has returned to the organization as executive vice president/chief operating officer. Schaffner is responsible for all clinical and other operational departments throughout the hospital, as well as all operations at outpatient facilities throughout the medical organization's service area, according to a news release. Schaffner is a member...READ MORE »
Study shows family plays central role in care of adolescent brain tumor survivors
In the largest study of its kind, researchers led by Janet A. Deatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Shearer Endowed Term Chair in Healthy Community Practices and Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, have learned that both family functioning and the health of survivors are key indicators of how caregivers judge their competence in caring for adolescent family members with...READ MORE »
NJ action coalition seeks nurses' input for online survey
When the Institute of Medicine speaks, people in high places listen. The institute's report "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health" has been called transformational for the profession. But just how much do front-line nurses know about it and the work of the New Jersey Action Coalition to implement the report's recommendations? New Jersey is about to find out, thanks to an online survey of nurses...READ MORE »
Rutgers-Camden nursing professor publishes new research on wound, ostomy and continence care
Janice Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APN, C, MAPWCA, a professor at the Rutgers School of Nursing--Camden (N.J.) who specializes in acute and chronic wound, ostomy and continence care, recently published a research study on prioritizing management approaches for ostomy complications, according to a news release. An estimated 500,000 to 800,000 Americans are living with an ostomy, and Beitz said given the...READ MORE »
4 Pennsylvania hospitals named Ebola treatment centers
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, Pa., have been designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC as official Ebola treatment centers in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Michael Wolf announced Jan. 6. The hospitals join the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania...READ MORE »
Penn Nursing research fellow named Jonas Policy Scholar
Sunny G. Hallowell, PhD, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC, a research fellow in Penn Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, has been named by the American Academy of Nursing as one of six Jonas Policy Scholars. Hallowell was selected from a competitive round of applications for the inaugural class of this program, according to a news release. She will serve for two years on the expert panel on breast-feeding....READ MORE »
AACN academy helps nurses at Philadelphia-area hospitals improve patient care, reduce costs
Nursing leaders say a program that fosters innovation among critical care nurses so they can improve patient care and reduce costs has been a success at seven Philadelphia area hospitals. "We reduced total hospital length of stay for patients who were being readmitted back to the SICU by 1.3 days," said James Ballinghoff, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CNO and associate executive director at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center...READ MORE »
UPenn nursing professor receives Nightingale Award
Wendy Grube, PhD, RN, CRNP, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, received the Nursing Educator - Academia Award at the 25th annual meeting and awards banquet of the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania. The award is given annually to an individual who is an inspiration to students and cultivates a supportive learning environment, with an emphasis on scholarly research and...READ MORE »
Einstein nurse receives award for fighting AIDS in Philadelphia
Bertha "Bert" Jackson, RN, CRNP, of Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, earned the 2014 Red Ribbon Award in the outstanding community leadership category from the University of Pennsylvania's Center for AIDS Research community advisory board, according to a news release. Jackson was selected for making significant contributions in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Philadelphia community. The award is the highest...READ MORE »
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children receives Leapfrog award
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia announced The Leapfrog Group has named the hospital to its annual list of Top Hospitals. It is the only hospital in Pennsylvania and one of only 94 nationally to receive the coveted award, according to a news release. "At St. Christopher's, we know that all parents want their children to be cared for in an environment that provides the safest, highest quality...READ MORE »
UPenn nursing professor investigates transitional care model for treating seriously mentally ill patients
People with multiple and persistent mental and physical health problems have high rates of hospital transition failures. New research led by a University of Pennsylvania nursing professor points to needed modifications in the transitional care model that could effectively accommodate the intense psychosocial needs of those with serious mental illness. "Coordination of care during transition from hospital to home for...READ MORE »
Chester County Hospital earns Magnet status
Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa., achieved Magnet recognition Nov. 20 based on its nursing professionalism, teamwork and patient care, according to a news release. Part of Penn Medicine, CCH joins a select group of 404 healthcare organizations worldwide to achieve this designation. Of U.S. hospitals, 7% are Magnet recognized, according to the release. "One of my goals when I first started here eight years...READ MORE »
Einstein nurse receives inspiration award
Christine Ehnow, BSN, RN, PCCN, clinical nurse on the telemetry unit in cardiology at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, was honored with the 2014 Vanessa Hawkins-Sellers Inspiration Award. Ehnow was nominated by her colleagues for her leadership, teaching and mentoring abilities and for promoting professional nursing, according to a news release. The award is named for Vanessa Hawkins-Sellers, who was a nurse...READ MORE »