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Lansdale Hospital receives Healthgrades award for patient service
Lansdale Hospital, Pa., has achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, according to a news release. Lansdale Hospital was identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. To determine eligibility for the award,...READ MORE »
Widener SON receives grants from Independence Blue Cross Foundation
The School of Nursing at Widener University in Chester, Pa., was awarded two grants from Independence Blue Cross Foundation through its Nurses for Tomorrow initiative for both graduate and undergraduate students the 2014-15 academic year, according to a news release. "Students of the school of nursing will greatly benefit from this generous gift from Independence Blue Cross Foundation," Laura Dzurec, PhD, RN,...READ MORE »
Cedar Crest at Reading graduates nine MSN students in inaugural cohort
The Cedar Crest College MSN program at Reading Hospital and Medical Center in West Reading, Pa., graduated nine students in its inaugural cohort. Members of the inaugural cohort were Elizabeth Adams, Jessica Florkowski, Sharon Gambler, Cynthia Kaszmetskie, Lori Kunkle, Jennifer Larkin, Diane Luchetta, Michelle Trupp and Ronda Wounderly, according to a news release. All students in this cohort were in the nurse...READ MORE »
Delaware, Maryland health systems form partnership
Two leading healthcare systems in Delaware and Maryland have joined to form an interstate partnership to improve the healthcare experience for residents, according to a news release. Bayhealth of Dover, Del., with hospitals in Dover and Milford, and Peninsula Regional Health System of Salisbury, Md., which operates Peninsula Regional Medical Center, have formed HealthPartners Delmarva. The collaboration allows each...READ MORE »
Low lead levels associated with childhood behavior problems, study finds
New research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia indicates low lead levels, even at concentrations lower than previously defined by the Centers for Disease Control as level of concern, are associated with increased child emotional and behavior problems, according to a UPenn news release. Previous studies have found frequent lead exposure can lower children's IQ and cause increased...READ MORE »
Beebe faculty member promoted to program administrator
Karen L. Pickard, MSN, RN, CNE, has been promoted to program administrator of the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing in Lewes, Del., Beebe Healthcare announced in a news release. Pickard takes over from Connie Bushey, MSN, MEd, RN, who retired in January after serving as school director for nearly 25 years. Pickard has been a full-time nursing faculty member since 2004. She has served as the course coordinator...READ MORE »
Cedar Crest College names endowed nursing chair
Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., has named Wendy J. Robb, PhD, RN. CNE, to its newly funded $1.25 million Hazel and Walter May Endowed Chair for Excellence in Nursing. Robb is chairwoman of Cedar Crest's department of nursing and, until recently, was director of the college's graduate nursing program. "We are grateful to Hazel and Walter May and we are thrilled to offer a leading nurse educator the opportunity...READ MORE »
Nurses create one of largest online oncology libraries
Nurses Leslie Kronberger, Sharon Dowman, Judy King and Katie Hudson worked with oncology patients before joining Philadelphia-based health information technology company eviti, Inc., where they and other nurses are helping create one of the most comprehensive online evidence-based medical oncology libraries. Eviti's evidence-based medical library contains information on more than than 2,000 cancer treatment regimens...READ MORE »
Lourdes facilities earn NICHE designation
Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Wilingboro, N.J., and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, N.J., each have earned Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders designations. The designation recognizes Lourdes' commitment to excellence in providing patient-centered care for older adult patients, according to a news release. "Through our participation in the NICHE program, we offer...READ MORE »
CHOP to develop nonprofit human milk bank
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently announced it will develop a nonprofit milk bank to provide donor human milk for hospitalized infants at the hospital's main campus, with the goal of opening in late summer of 2015, according to a news release. CHOP will develop the bank in cooperation with the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, a professional organization that sets the standards and...READ MORE »
Trinity Health honors two Pennsylvania nurses as diversity champions
Trinity Health named two nurses from the Mercy Health System in Conshohocken, Pa., as 2014 diversity champions for their commitment to inclusion in their communities. Theresa Conejo, RN, a pool nurse at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, received the Sister Catherine Horan Community Partner and Volunteer of the Year Award for her work as a health advocate. As a volunteer, Conejo coordinates health-related activities...READ MORE »
Rutgers-Camden receives accreditation for wound ostomy continence program
The Rutgers School of Nursing--Camden (N.J.) will receive accreditation for its wound ostomy continence nursing education program, one of three graduate level specialty nursing certificates in the country, according to a news release. The Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society board of directors recently approved its accreditation committee's recommendation to grant a seven-year accreditation to the Rutgers--Camden...READ MORE »
Bryn Mawr Hospital nurse receives DAISY Award
Debbie Fioravanti, RN, telemetry nurse at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pa., has received the hospital's quarterly DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, according to a news release. The award is presented to a nurse who provides outstanding care to patients every day, and nominations are accepted by patients, their families or colleagues. Fioravanti's nomination from a patient's wife noted: "You were with my...READ MORE »
Nurses association tours state to discuss medical marijuana
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, representing more than 215,000 registered nurses, will host a continuing education series titled "Medical Marijuana: Myths & Medicine." This half-day event will be offered at four Pennsylvania locations - DeSales University, Center Valley; Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre; Millersville University in Millersville; and a Pittsburgh location to be determined - between...READ MORE »
Holy Redeemer names nurse its employee of the year
Holy Redeemer Health System, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., recently named Laurie Cicero, RN, as its employee of the year for going above the call of duty as the supervisor of the teaching homemakers program, according to a news release. Based in the HomeCare-North office in Elizabeth, N.J,, Cicero manages seven certified home health aides who provide services to families in Union County. Under Cicero's leadership, the...READ MORE »