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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 »
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital first in area to use wide-bore MRI
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has opened a new wide-bore magnetic resonance imaging suite, making it the first hospital in Houston to offer the enhanced patient self-selection experience that is unlike traditional full body MRI scanners, according to a news release. The Siemens Open Bore MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T MRI scanner enables patients to select themes such as aquarium or jungle. The choice initiates a...READ MORE »
Oak Hill Hospital appoints nurse director of women's services
Cindy Poirier, BSN, MBA, RN, was named by Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill, Fla. as the first director of women's services. Her role focuses on overseeing operations of the hospital's new $13.7 million obstetrics unit. according to a news release. Construction of the unit is scheduled to begin in April and completion and opening are scheduled for spring 2016. Poirier comes to Oak Hill Hospital from Oklahoma University...READ MORE »
NurseWise earns HIP 2 certification
NurseWise, a national multilingual nurse triage and health education provider, was awarded the Health Information Product 2 certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, according to a news release. NurseWise has locations in Tempe, Ariz.; El Paso and Tyler, Texas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Atlanta; and St. Louis. NCQA's HIP 2 certification is based on evaluations conducted by a team of healthcare...READ MORE »
Nurse's homemade pouches soften mastectomies' shock
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 »
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton names new CNO
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, Texas, named Melissa Winans, MBA-HCM, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, as its CNO. Winans has served as the interim leader since June, according to a news release. "Melissa is an excellent addition to the leadership team at Texas Health Denton," Stan Morton, FACHE, president of the hospital, said in the release. "She brings a wealth of experience in patient care, and her dedication to...READ MORE »
UT Austin professor receives RWJF nurse faculty scholar award
Karen E. Johnson, PhD, RN, an assistant professor at the University of Texas in Austin, is one of 12 nursing faculty members from across the country who were chosen in 2014 to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Nurse Faculty Scholars program. The RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars program is working to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by developing the next...READ MORE »
Florida RNs must take Laws and Rules course to renew license
All 269,760 currently licensed RNs in Florida must take a Laws and Rules course before renewing their license this year or beyond, and an electronic tracking system lets the Board of Nursing know whether the nurse has completed the coursework or not. "The course is designed to ensure that all nurses are aware of their specific scope of practice, requirements for continued competencies to maintain nursing licensure,...READ MORE »
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 »