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Mercy Suburban Hospital receives safety excellence award
Mercy Suburban Hospital, Norristown, Pa., received a Safety Across the Board Excellence Award from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania for exceptional performance and participation as part of its Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network, according to a news release. HAP's PA-HEN created the award to recognize participating hospitals' achievement of exceptional performance and participation in...READ MORE »
ANIA president receives IT healthcare advocacy award
FierceHealthIT has named Patricia Sengstack, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS, president of the American Nursing Informatics Association in Sewell, N.J., as one of the 10 Influential Women in Health IT in 2014 for her outspoken advocacy on the use of health technology among nurses, according to a news release. A respected leader and widely known nursing informatics expert, Sengstack also is the chief nursing informatics officer...READ MORE »
Einstein Medical Center nurse receives diabetes advocacy award
Patricia C. Adams, RN, CDE, program director of the Gutman Diabetes Institute at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, received the American Association of Diabetes Educators' Advocacy Award. Adams was recognized for her contributions in gaining licensure of diabetes educators in Pennsylvania, her commitment to advocate on behalf of people with diabetes at the state and federal level and for her support of diabetes...READ MORE »
Four Ocean Medical Center nurses receive scholarships
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund committee has awarded nursing scholarships totaling $4,000 to four nurses of the Ocean Medical Center, N. J., staff, according to a news release. Tamara Brown, Evelyn Ferguson, Regina Foley and Rachel Hollywood were presented four individual $1,000 scholarships during an award ceremony Sept. 19 at the medical center's main campus in Brick. The 2014 ceremony marks the...READ MORE »
Virtual patient teaches nursing students lessons in real-life care
Meredith Shatoff, RN, CRRN, recalls feeling nervous coming face-to-face with Tina Jones, a 28-year-old computer-generated patient with symptoms of diabetes and asthma. Examining an avatar that behaves like a real patient was a new learning experience for Shatoff, a student in the RN-BSN online program at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions, Philadelphia. Any anxiety she had didn't last...READ MORE »
Five Beebe Healthcare nurses win Delaware nursing awards
Beebe Healthcare nurses received five of seven statewide awards presented during the 2014 Delaware Excellence in Nursing Practice ceremony Sept. 17 in Dover, Del., according to a news release. The ceremony recognized nurses for their dedication to their profession and to their patients. The Delaware Nurses Association and Delaware Organization of Nurse Leaders hold the annual awards celebration. Nurses from...READ MORE »
Three Mercy Health System hospitals ranked among top in region
Three Mercy Health System hospitals - Mercy Fitzgerald, Mercy Philadelphia and Nazareth Hospitals - have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as among the Best Hospitals in the Philadelphia metro area. U.S. News & World Report ranked the three hospitals among the top 23 out of 96 hospitals in the region, according to a news release. "It's rewarding for our hospitals to be recognized for consistently...READ MORE »
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 »