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FAU bestows honorary doctorate to partner of College of Nursing
Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton bestowed an honorary doctorate on Jim Henson, a former tribal chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, for his extensive work promoting the health and well-being of Native Americans and indigenous people worldwide Aug. 5 at the summer commencement ceremony. Most recently, Henson collaborated with a Native American professor, John Lowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, of FAU's...READ MORE »
NurseWise hires new directors
NurseWise, a national provider of multilingual nursing and health education service, announced its new director of clinical care center outreach operations and quality, Janis M. Dougherty, RN, MSN, and its new director of clinical care center operations, Susan Schon, RN. Schon will oversee medical triage and behavioral health operations for NurseWise, according to a news release. In July, Dougherty assumed...READ MORE »
FAU Community Health Center receives Quantum Foundation grant
The Quantum Foundation awarded a grant of $205,000 to the FAU Community Health Center of Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, West Palm Beach, Fla. "The grant will enable us to increase access to healthcare services offered in Westgate [a medically underserved community], and will also increase the number of College of Nursing students who can contribute to the Center and gain...READ MORE »
FIU nursing school earns Jonas Center grant
The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences at Florida International University in Miami has received a $40,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare. Dean Ora L. Strickland, RN, PhD, FAAN, announced the gift, which will be matched in full by the college and will fund the scholarships of five doctoral nursing students in 2014, according to a news release. "Working to...READ MORE »
Humana launches diabetes pilot program to help patients manage care
Reducing hospitalizations and helping patients to learn how to better manage their diabetes are principal reasons Humana Inc. chose to engage with 500 of its Humana Medicare Advantage members in Texas, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin in a six-month pilot project with Pharos Innovations' Tel-Assurance product. Humana Regional Manager Kate Marcus, RN, MS, ARNP, said the pilot program results look favorable. "What...READ MORE »
Tampa General Hospital garners AHA Most Wired Advanced award
Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital has been named a Most Wired Advanced award winner by Hospitals & Health Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association. According to a news release, TGH is the only hospital in Florida and one of 20 in the U.S. to earn the national recognition for its use of advanced technology. It marks the second consecutive year that TGH has received recognition as one of...READ MORE »
Gift from Helene Fuld Health Trust funds accelerated BSN scholarships
The Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health The gift will fund scholarshipSciences at Florida International University in Miami has received a $650,000 gift from the Helene Fuld Health Trust. The gift will fund scholarships to support students enrolled in accelerated BSN programs, according to a news release. The announcement was made by Dean Ora L. Strickland, RN, PhD, FAAN, and marks the first gift awarded...READ MORE »
New program helps develop specialty-trained nursing staff
Parallon Business Solutions, a provider of healthcare business process and operational services, began providing its specialty training apprenticeship for registered nurses in June with a class of 52 recent nursing school graduates. These StaRN apprentices will be placed at 10 hospitals in the West Florida Division of the Hospital Corporation of America, according to a news release. StaRN is an intensive, 13-week...READ MORE »
2 South region hospitals earn No. 1-in-state ranking
Houston Methodist Hospital was ranked as best in Texas, and Florida Hospital Orlando as No. 1 in Florida in the U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 Best Hospitals survey. Both hospitals had strong national performances in specialties. Houston Methodist was nationally ranked in 11 specialties, including top 20 rankings in gastroenterology and GI surgery (13th nationally), neurology and neurosurgery (14th),...READ MORE »
Memorial Hermann hires veterans
Memorial Hermann, which operates 12 hospitals along with other healthcare facilities, is among Houston-area businesses actively recruiting new employees from the thousands of veterans separating or retiring from active duty. More than 318,000 veterans live in the greater Houston metropolitan area -- the second largest concentration in the country, according to a news release. In the past year and a half, Memorial...READ MORE »
Baylor University's FastBacc students tackle 2-year curriculum in 1 year
Three semesters, 62 credit hours and one intense way to accelerate a nursing career: That's how Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Waco, Texas, sells its 12-month FastBacc BSN program. The course load and schedule for the several dozen FastBacc students are rigorous as the five-year-old program schedules all of the classroom and clinical work, save for one elective class, that Baylor's...READ MORE »
Trinity Mother Frances nurse earns top RNspire award
Thanks to a special initiative during Nurses Week, an essay by Marvin Delfin, RN, a staff nurse at the Trinity Mother Frances Emergency Care Center in Tyler, Texas, earned a $5,000 donation in his honor from the Cardinal Health Foundation to the Wounded Warrior Project. Healthcare services company Cardinal Health, Dublin, Ohio, was looking to go beyond the basics in recognizing and expressing appreciation for the...READ MORE »
UM nursing professor earns place as RWJF 2014 Executive Nurse Fellow
Rosina Cianelli, RN, PhD, MPH, FAAN, associate professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., was the only nurse from Florida to be selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow for 2014, the program's last cohort. On July 30, RWJF announced the 20 nurses from across the U.S. who were selected as RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows from a pool of more than...READ MORE »
Baylor U school of nursing appoints new undergraduate program director
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing appointed Nan (Batten) Ketcham, RN, MSN, CNE, as the undergraduate program director, according to a news release. Ketcham will work closely with the associate dean for academic affairs and the dean on undergraduate curriculum, clinical experiences and course faculty. In addition to ongoing program management, she will work on programmatic evaluation and...READ MORE »
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital nurses present quality initiatives
Nurses from Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital presented successful quality initiatives to nursing colleagues at regional and national conferences. Wendi Froedge, RN, MSN, CCRN, clinical educator in critical care, presented at the American Nurses Credentialing Center Pathway to Excellence Conference in San Antonio and at the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses conference in Baltimore. Froedge presented how...READ MORE »