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FAU college of nursing recruits Treasure Coast nurses for upcoming nursing programs
Florida Atlantic University's Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is recruiting Treasure Coast nurses for its RN-to-BSN, MSN and master's level FNP programs at its Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, Fla. Deadlines for the programs are fast approaching, according to a news release. "We are thrilled to offer these programs to the Treasure Coast, providing needed access for nurses to advance their...READ MORE »
Texas and Florida online MSN programs earn spots among top 30 in survey
MSN programs at four Texas universities were ranked in the top 30 for 2015 best online programs by U.S. News & World Report. The University of Texas at Tyler ranked ninth of the 133 schools with online programs surveyed for the annual Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston came at No. 15, and Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi and Texas Tech University...READ MORE »
Florida Board of Nursing announces new leadership
Ann-Lynn Denker, PhD, ARNP, was elected as chairwoman and Linda Horton, PhD, EdD, MSN, RN, JD, was re-elected in November as vice-chairwoman of the Florida Board of Nursing, according to a news release. Denker has more than 40 years of professional experience as an RN in Florida. She was employed with Jackson Health System in Miami from 1974-2012 in various roles, according to the release. Most recently, Denker was...READ MORE »
AAN recognizes UT Austin school of nursing faculty member
Angela P. Clark, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, FAHA, a UT Austin school of nursing associate professor emerita, was honored at the American Academy of Nursing national conference in Washington, D.C., last October as one of 50 Edge Runners from 2006 to the present, according to a news release. She was recognized for her pioneer work on family presence during resuscitation and invasive procedures, which continues to...READ MORE »
UCF Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation helps team earn patent
Gregory Welch, PhD, a computer scientist and engineer in the University of Central Florida Collete of Nursing in Orlando, is part of a team of inventors recently awarded a U.S. patent for a new method in deep-brain stimulation. Welch, who last year was appointed the Florida Hospital Endowed Chair in Healthcare Simulation at the UCF College of Nursing, is a co-inventor on the patent along with Orlando neurosurgeon...READ MORE »
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital expands
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has expanded services in northwest Houston with the opening of a new 36-bed patient care unit in the hospital's North Pavilion. The unit features an innovative architectural design that allows flexibility in how patient beds are designated, whether there is a need for medical/surgical services or even critical care services in the future, according to a press release. The...READ MORE »
Medical Center Health System RN earns Breakthrough Leaders award
Diana Ruiz, DNP, RN, director of population and community health at Medical Center Health System in Odessa, Texas, is one of 10 nurses who will be recognized as recipients of the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award created by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The award was created to recognize nurses who have made extraordinary...READ MORE »
AAN names UTHealth School of Nursing professor as fellow
Joan C. Engebretson, DrPH, RN, Judy Fred professorship in nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C. A 2014 class of 168 new inductees join about 2,200 fellows recognized by the AAN as nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research, according to a news release....READ MORE »
Pouches hold, hide JP drains so patients are more comfortable
Waking up after a mastectomy is a little less traumatic for patients at Florida Hospital Flagler since PACU nurse Vicki O'Hanlon, RN, started sewing drain pouches for her patients. "When I started working with mastectomy patients, I felt very strong empathy for them. There's a very raw emotion that patients can have when they wake up," O'Hanlon recalled. Since creating her first one in January 2014, she has handed...READ MORE »
Nurse earns Ireland Research Travel Award
Texas resident Ann H. Johnson, MSN, RN, CPNP, a PhD candidate in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, has received a $1,000 Ireland Research Travel Award for her dissertation, "The Effects of Perceived Stress, Sleep, and Cortisol on Fatigue in 8 to 12 Year-Old Childhood Central Nervous System Cancer Survivors," according to a news release. Johnson is measuring the perceived stress level of...READ MORE »
Nursing instructor turns passion into training students in eldercare
Nursing students at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, no longer have to guess what it's like to live with dementia. For the past four years, students have been experiencing how dementia distorts, isolates and traumatizes a person. Their personal understanding of this condition and how to care for patients with dementia is the result of nursing instructor Donna Huddleston's passion. "I started teaching 1.5...READ MORE »
Theater fundraiser to benefit FAU college of nursing Jan. 18
A fundraiser to benefit the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla., is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Arts Garage, Del Ray Beach, Fla., according to a news release. The theater is hosting a special benefit performance of "I & You," a play by Laura Gunderson about a chronically ill high school student and levelheaded basketball star who collaborate on a...READ MORE »
FAU College of Nursing students participate in NAMI walk
About 30 college of nursing students from Florida Atlantic University participated in a fundraising walk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness Nov. 15 at John Prince Park in Lake Worth, Fla., according to Carly Mulroy, an accelerated track BSN student at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Boca Raton campus. NAMI is dedicated to providing education, support and advocacy to empower individuals living with...READ MORE »
Parkland experts offer tips to help keep New Year's resolutions
The New Year is the perfect time to start working on the new you and resolutions to lose weight or quit smoking, but success eludes most people. A survey by the University of Scranton (Pa.) last year found that only 8% of people who made resolutions stuck to them, according to a news release. However, health experts at Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, say there are ways to turn your resolutions into...READ MORE »
Nurses help North Texas Poison Center celebrate 30 years of service
Countless individuals have been able to breathe a sigh of relief over the past three decades thanks to the assistance they received from specialists, including nine RNs, at the North Texas Poison Center housed at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, according to a news release. An anniversary party was held in the center in November to celebrate its 30 years of service to the region. The nurses who work at the...READ MORE »