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FIU Nursing kick-starts APRN-uniformity-in-state-laws Twitter campaign
Florida International University's Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences launched Nursing Academia ACTIVATE, a social media effort to raise awareness and champion the APRN Campaign for Consensus initiated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The effort aims to directly engage nursing deans, directors and faculty to weigh in on the APRN Campaign for Consensus -- an NCSBN initiative...READ MORE »
Parkland Health creates video for initial screening of Ebola patients
Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, is making a video available to hospitals, health systems and cities across the country on the proper methods to don and doff personal protective equipment when screening for Ebola patients. As of Oct. 16, the educational video had been viewed 26,000 times. After receiving numerous requests from all over the country for permission to use the video, Parkland distributed a...READ MORE »
THCDS earns Pathway to Excellence designation
The Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery, Plano, Texas, achieved Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, according to a news release. The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of work environments where nurses can flourish. "We are excited to have achieved the Pathway to Excellence designation. Our nurses and the entire staff have worked very...READ MORE »
JU dedicates new College of Health Sciences building
Jacksonville (Fla.) University's new College of Health Sciences building, which houses the School of Nursing among other schools, officially opened with a Sept. 4 dedication. At the dedication of the new 30,000-square-foot facility, JU leaders and local health partners emphasized the university's three-decade history in health sciences, as well as its future ambitions focused on innovation, scholarship and...READ MORE »
Tampa General Hospital receives 3rd Magnet certification
The American Nurses Credentialing Center has for the third time presented Tampa General Hospital with Magnet certification for excellence in nursing. ANCC notified Tampa General in September it had approved the hospital's redesignation as a Magnet hospital. The designation recognizes hospitals that demonstrate excellence in nursing philosophy and practices; adherence to national standards for improving patient care;...READ MORE »
Nurse discusses her role in getting new Parkland campus up and running
We spoke with Kathy Harper, BSN, MBA, RN, EDAC, about her role as vice president for clinical coordination of the new Parkland campus, Dallas. She has overseen design and planning and now is helping to ensure the facility is ready to treat patients when doors open next year. Harper: I've been doing hospital design and construction for 20 years. I was recruited to Parkland five years ago for the purpose of this...READ MORE »
New Parkland Hospital creates safer patient environment
Preventing infections from spreading among patients, visitors and staff is a challenge in any healthcare setting, and it's been a major focus in the design and construction of the new 862-bed Parkland hospital, Dallas, scheduled to open in 2015, according to a news release. One of the key safety features of the new hospital is private patient rooms. Not only does this afford greater dignity and privacy to patients...READ MORE »
FIU college of nursing receives grant to support MSN students
Florida International University Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences in Miami has received $25,000 in grants from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation for the 2014-2015 academic year. Five nursing students enrolled in the MSN program will each receive a $5,000, one-year scholarship to help with the cost of their nursing education through the foundation's Nursing Scholarship Fund, according to a...READ MORE »
Nurse researcher provides study details
University of Central Florida College of Nursing Interim Dean and Orlando Health Distinguished Professor Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, FCCM, discusses her NIH-funded research to determine if regular removal of fluids that accumulate in the mouth and the back of the throat can help prevent aspiration. Sole: The protocol is testing a deep oropharyngeal suctioning intervention every four hours. The current...READ MORE »
UCF interim dean's ventilator-use study earns NIH grant
University of Central Florida College of Nursing Interim Dean and Orlando Health Distinguished Professor Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, FAAN, FCCM, has received a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. According to an article on the UCFToday website, she hopes to change the odds for patients by improving the way nurses manage their patients' care when they need a ventilator. Sole has spent more...READ MORE »
Nurses play key role in breast center's accreditation
From early detection through the treatment, nurses at Kupferle Comprehensive Breast Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth ensure patients receive the comprehensive and individual care they need when diagnosed with a breast disease. Their efforts helped the center earn national accreditation from the American College of Surgeons for its demonstrated commitment to meeting the highest quality...READ MORE »
South Miami Hospital RN wins nursing school memory competition
Leanne Felix Jewell, RN-BC, IBCLC, a nurse in the mother-baby unit at South Miami Hospital, has won Cardinal Health's RNspire Nursing School Memory Competition, according to a news release. Jewell won a $5,000 scholarship to be donated in her honor to the accredited, nonprofit nursing school of her choice. She selected Miami Dade College Benjamin Leon School of Nursing. Jewell said she knew she wanted to be a nurse...READ MORE »
Jacksonville University BSN student wins scholarship
Jacksonville University BSN student Jennifer Rivera has received a $2,425 UPS Scholarship through the Florida Independent College Fund. A Middleburg, Fla., resident, Rivera is on active duty as a Petty Officer 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy and expects to complete her degree in 2016, according to a news release. She has aspirations of obtaining her MSN, then becoming an ARNP and going on to earn a DNP degree. She is one...READ MORE »
Nurse scientist shares passion for research in underserved populations
We spoke with Nilda (Nena) P. Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor and dean of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, about her research and advice she has for nursing students. ANSWER: As a nurse, I've always worked with vulnerable populations. I saw the disparities and wanted to correct them. So it was a natural direction for me to take. I'm interested in ways to improve the...READ MORE »
UM School of Nursing and Health Studies professor and dean joins Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
Nilda (Nena) Peragallo Montano, DrPH, RN, FAAN, professor and dean of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, was inducted into the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame in July at the 24th STTI Nursing Research Congress in Hong Kong, according to an article on the school website. Montano was honored for her lifetime achievements as a nurse...READ MORE »