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Pediatric nurse earns MD Anderson top oncology nursing honor
Shelby Robin, RN, pediatric nurse and former sarcoma patient at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, was presented with the 2015 Brown Foundation Award for Excellence in Oncology Nursing in a June 11 ceremony. Robin, who works in pediatric intensive care services at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, heard the news May 28 when the selection committee, co-workers and friends surprised her...READ MORE »
School of nursing selects PhD nurses to receive RWJF grant
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has selected Whitney Thurman, MSN, RN, and Pamela Recto, MSN, RN, to receive $150,000 grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assist them in completing their doctoral programs. They will begin the Future of Nursing Scholars program and their doctoral studies this summer, according to a news release. Funded by the New Jersey-based Robert Wood Johnson...READ MORE »
Winter Haven Hospital honors Nurse of the Year award recipients
Winter Haven (Fla.) Hospital Nurses Beth Burgess, RN; Judith Hain, RN; Mayra Keaton, BSN, RN, CEN, and Jennifer Parkes, RN, were named 2015 Nurse of the Year award recipients at an annual nursing recognition ceremony in May. The four where chosen from the 24 nurses nominated for the awards, according to a news release. "The Nurse of the Year awards are peer-nominated submissions based on the BayCare values of trust,...READ MORE »
UT Austin School of Nursing prof helps create healthy eating resource
Gayle Timmerman, PhD, APRN, and associate dean for academic affairs at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, has collaborated on the development of an online healthy eating resource for healthcare providers and restaurant diners with input from a health and wellness expert at Darden, a full-service restaurant company with headquarters in Orlando. "'Eating Well While Eating Out' is designed to provide...READ MORE »
NICHE completes expanded 2015 conference
Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders wrapped up its annual conference April 17 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., after four days that included three keynotes, more than 55 podium presentations, 27 round-table presentations and more than 100 poster presentations. The conference attracted 830 nurses and other healthcare professionals, from 320 NICHE member and nonmember hospitals, whose...READ MORE »
JU announces new name for College of Healthcare Sciences
Jacksonville (Fla.) University announced the College of Health Sciences has been named the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences in honor of the largest single gift in their history and in gratitude for Brooks Rehabilitation's ongoing support, totaling more than $4 million. A lead portion of the University's ongoing $120 million ASPIRE 2020 campaign, the investment by Brooks Rehabilitation strengthens...READ MORE »
Nurses at NICHE conference stress fall prevention
Concerned about a 3.2 per 1,000 patient days fall rate, Broward Health Imperial Point nurses recognized an opportunity to improve care, made fall prevention a top priority and reduced the fall rate by 40% to 1.97 per 1,000 in one year, according to a presentation at the 2015 Annual Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders Conference in Orlando, Fla. "It was huge and amazing, and it's the staff nurses who were...READ MORE »
RN serves as president of Methodist Health System facility
Fran Laukaitis, BSN, MHA, RN, FACHE, has become the first nurse to be appointed as president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. Laukaitis, who served as interim president and CNO at Methodist Charlton, assumed her new role March 9, and became the first RN president of a Methodist Health System facility. "It is a unique privilege to serve in the community in which you live," Laukaitis said in a news...READ MORE »
Texas hospital finds critical care patients not up for Wii
The Hospital Elder Life Program contributed to less delirium but patients often did not want to play Wii games during a research project at the Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health, according to a presentation at the 2015 Annual Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders conference in Orlando, Fla. Megan Wheeler, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, an adult clinical nurse specialist with Baylor Scott & White Health,...READ MORE »
Parkland names new executive vice president and CNO
Karen S. Watts, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been named executive vice president and CNO for Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas. She joined Parkland May 11. Watts comes to Parkland from Northeast Georgia Health System in Gainesville, Ga., where since 2013 she served as system vice president of patient care services and CNO, according to a news release. NGHS is a nonprofit health system comprised of a 557-bed...READ MORE »
UCF College of Nursing awards the most scholarships in its history
The University of Central Florida College of Nursing in Orlando recently awarded more than $247,000 in scholarship aid to 95 undergraduate and graduate nursing students for the 2014-2015 academic year, according to a news release. It was both the largest amount of funding and the most individual scholarships awarded in the college's history. The College of Nursing now ranks among the top three colleges at UCF for...READ MORE »
UF nurse researcher earns PCORI award
Nurse researcher Jennifer Elder, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the University of Florida's College of Nursing, will use seed money provided in April by a Tier I Pipeline to Proposal award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to help patients with autism. PCORI funded 47 Tier I awards, which provide up to $15,000 per project to help recipients build their community partnerships and begin developing...READ MORE »
Surgical trauma ICU nurse earns employee of year honor
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, Fla., announced Bonnie Rigsby, RN, surgical trauma ICU, has received this year's eighth annual Employee of the Year award. She was chosen from among nine employees of the month, according to a news release. The annual winner best exemplifies employee excellence and is recommended by the employee advisory group, according to the release. Rigsby is a long-time employee...READ MORE »
Island University receives final approval for DNP degree
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi received final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board April 23 to offer a new DNP program for registered nurses who have earned graduate degrees and are interested in expanding their skills as family nurse practitioners or nurse leaders. The new online degree offered through the university's College of Nursing and Health Sciences is the first of its kind...READ MORE »
Nursing consortium helps create new nursing course at Broward College
The continuing education and workforce development program at Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is offering a new advanced heart failure course as part of the effort to respond to changing community needs through the Broward Specialty Nursing Consortium. The consortium is a partnership between the college and medical professionals in the North Broward and South Broward hospital districts, in conjunction with...READ MORE »