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Baptist Health South Florida receives new ANCC accreditation
Versant RN Residency at Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, was one of three nursing practice transition programs to achieve accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Practice Transition Accreditation Program, according to a Feb. 4 news release. The residency at Baptist Health runs twice annually for a yearlong program, according to the release. This program offers nurse residents training,...READ MORE »
Texas Health Fort Worth earns Lung Cancer Screening Center designation
A new screening program at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth aims to catch more deadly lung cancers earlier, when lifesaving treatments have the greatest chance for success. The hospital is the only designated Lung Cancer Screening Center in Fort Worth recognized by the American College of Radiology for commitment to practicing safe, effective diagnostic care for those at high-risk for lung cancer,...READ MORE »
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital earns Target Stroke Award
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines -- Stroke Gold Plus-Target: Stroke Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award at the association's International Stroke Conference 2015 in February in Nashville, Tenn. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate...READ MORE »
Chamberlain CON names new Jacksonville campus president
Chamberlain College of Nursing appointed Beverly Bonaparte, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN, as president of its Jacksonville, Fla., campus. Bonaparte, who started her new position upon the Feb. 12 announcement, will oversee curriculum implementation; delivery of student services; growth and development of regional clinical partnerships; and management of day-to-day campus operations, according to a news release. "I look forward...READ MORE »
Nurse serves as role model at children's burn camp
Burned as an infant, Anna Staff, BSN, RN, wore long-sleeved shirts to hide the scars from other children degrading and belittling her, but at Parkland Health and Hospital System's Meridian, Texas-based Camp I-Thonka-Chi, she felt safe, laughed, played and set out on outdoor adventures with fellow burn survivors. Camp gave her courage to be herself, and now she volunteers at the camp to give children a similar...READ MORE »
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital New Braunfels toasts International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Day
The healthy benefits of breast-feeding were highlighted March 4 at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital New Braunfels, Texas, as nurses, doctors and midwives celebrated International Board Certified Lactation Consultants Day, according to a news release. "Breast-feeding prevents obesity in infancy, childhood and adulthood," Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA, who is trained as a certified lactation consultant at...READ MORE »
FAU clinical nurse scholar discusses pediatric nursing rewards, challenges
Marion Godin, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, clinical nurse scholar at Florida Atlantic University's Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development and adjunct faculty at the university's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, shares her insights as a pediatric nurse and educator with Nurse.com. Godin: I wanted to help people and do something that allowed me to work with and connect with people and children. I...READ MORE »
Oak Hill Hospital director of women's services shares vision for new unit
Cindy Poirier, BSN, MBA, RN, the first director of women's services at Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill, Fla., shares her vision and more for the new unit. Poirier: When I think about what we're getting ready to embark on, it's actually a two-fold vision. The unit needs to be high quality but it needs to have that human factor where the staff is passionate about what they do. Poirier: I'll be making sure that we have...READ MORE »
FAU's College of Nursing receives monetary donation
Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca Raton, Fla., recently received two gifts totaling $300,000 from local philanthropist, business owner and nurse, Christine E. Lynn, RN. A $100,000 gift will support an endowed scholarship fund for students who intend to work at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, according to a news release. The $200,000 gift will support the college's faculty talent...READ MORE »
Texas Nurses Foundation recognizes outstanding nurses
Patricia L. Starck, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean, UTHealth School of Nursing, received the Texas Nurses Foundation District 9 President's Award at its annual celebration recently at the Hilton Houston Westchase. The foundation recognized also 20 outstanding nurses nominated by their peers and co-workers as exemplary RNs in the Houston area, according to a news release. Starck has published 47 articles, seven textbook...READ MORE »
Von Willebrand diagnosis brought him to nursing
If empathy is gained by experiencing what others endure, then Ben Zuniga, FNP-C, RN, has a healthy quota of empathy for patients. As a family nurse practitioner at the Comprehensive Medical Clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas, Zuniga encounters numerous adult patients with chronic illnesses - something he understands well. Since age 16, Zuniga has been living with Corpus Christi a clotting disorder which has resulted in...READ MORE »
FAU clinical nurse scholar discusses pediatric nursing rewards, challenges
Marion Godin, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, clinical nurse scholar at Florida Atlantic University's Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development and adjunct faculty at the university's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, shares her insights as a pediatric nurse and educator with Nurse.com. Godin: I wanted to help people and do something that allowed me to work with and connect with people and children. I...READ MORE »
2 Texas RNs earn AACN Circle of Excellence Award
Two nurses from Texas are among 25 nationwide who have been selected to receive the 2015 Circle of Excellence Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The awards will be given at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, May 18-21 in San Diego. Award winners are selected for achieving excellent outcomes in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families,...READ MORE »
UTHSC at San Antonio earns funding to expand community program
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio was one of two recipients of funding from the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation Hillman Innovations in Care Program in November. The grant was awarded to Julie C. Novak, DNSc, RN, CPNP, FAANP, FAAN, vice dean for practice and engagement, and director of the UT Nursing Clinical Enterprise, the faculty practice of the School of Nursing. UTHSCSA and the...READ MORE »
International nursing informatics leader joins UF College of Nursing
Gail Keenan, PhD, RN, an international leader in nursing informatics, joined the University of Florida College of Nursing as the Annabel Davis Jenks endowed professor for teaching and research in clinical nursing excellence, according to a news release. Keenan comes to UF from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as director of the nursing informatics initiative and the nursing administration...READ MORE »