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Program provides Delaware school nurses with access to student electronic health records
In Delaware, every public school nurse can access childrens' electronic health records, with parental consent, to better coordinate student care through a unique partnership involving Nemours Children's Health System. Nemours, the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware School Nurse Association created the School Health Collaboration, which provides nurses in schools across Delaware with read-only access...READ MORE »
Penn Nursing, Penn Presbyterian start new nursing research scholarship program
In an initiative to build collaborative partnerships that enhance evidence-based practice, Penn Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research has joined the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia in establishing a new nursing research scholarship program, according to a news release. "CHOPR has a long history of working collaboratively with hospitals in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital...READ MORE »
Home health nurse attains certification in ostomy care
Chris Menet, BSN, RN, from Affilia Home Health's Reading (Pa.) office, recently obtained certification from the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board. Menet is one of three nurses at Affilia Home Health to achieve WOCNCB certification and the only one from Reading, according to a news release. Affilia nurses Janice Quint-Turzi, RN, and Christine Clauser, RN, also have met the stringent qualifications...READ MORE »
Nursing professor appointed Penn Fellow
Lisa Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, has been appointed a Penn Fellow by Provost Vincent Price and Vice Provost Anita Allen, according to a news release. The Penn Fellow program provides a select group of campus leaders with an opportunity to build university-wide networks, think strategically about higher education and learn...READ MORE »
New state law requires Pennsylvania nurses to complete training in child abuse reporting
Individuals applying for nursing licenses or seeking license renewals in Pennsylvania now are required to take mandatory training in child abuse recognition and reporting under new state laws. As of Jan. 1, individuals applying for an initial RN license must complete at least three hours of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting as a condition...READ MORE »
Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania accepting scholarships on behalf of VFW
The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania, a supporting organization of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, is accepting applications for the 2015 Jack E. Barger Sr. Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund, according to a news release. The scholarship fund, administered on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was established by the Department of Pennsylvania VFW in memory of the late department commander Jack E....READ MORE »
Inspira Health Network, Thomas Jefferson University and Health System announce affiliation agreement
Inspira Health Network in Woodbury, N.J., recently announced an affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia that will provide a new level of specialty healthcare services to residents in South Jersey, according to a news release. The affiliation will expand several of Inspira's key clinical programs by linking community physicians with Jefferson sub-specialists involved...READ MORE »
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 »