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New Parkland design includes family-friendly features
When planning began in 2009, a key element in the design of the new Parkland hospital, Dallas, was to create a family-friendly environment with amenities that were not only aesthetically pleasing, but comforting as well. To that end, Parkland Health & Hospital System officials recruited former patients and family members to serve as an ad hoc advisory group to gather their input on everything from shelving...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 »
UT Austin School of Nursing receives approval to launch DNP program
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has received approval from the University of Texas System Board of Regents to launch a DNP degree program designed to prepare graduates for today's increasingly complex healthcare practice and clinical leadership roles. The DNP curriculum will emphasize clinical and leadership skills, according to a news release. Graduates will be prepared to translate nursing...READ MORE »
ACE unit at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa leads to better outcomes for senior patients
When elderly patients are admitted to CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, they often notice their surroundings look different than a traditional hospital unit. Outfitted with special floors, lighting, furniture, and a nursing staff specially trained in the needs of the geriatric patient population, the Acute Care for the Elderly unit is a 10-bed area where patients over 65 receive specialized care. In early...READ MORE »
20 RNs earn outstanding nurse designation from association
Twenty outstanding nurses, nominated by their peers and co-workers as exemplary registered nurses in the Houston area, were honored Nov. 13 at the Texas Nurses Association District 9 Foundation award ceremony. The honorees are as follows: · E. Tina Cuellar, PhD, P/MHCNS-BC, RN, Elsevier · Ifeoma Ezeobele, PhD, MSN, MSHEd., BSN, P/MH CNS-BC, UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center · Sheila Fata,...READ MORE »
Florida poison information center nurses provide advice to callers
A toddler gulps down a detergent pod. An older adult takes her antihypertensive twice. A rattlesnake bites a construction worker. No matter the poison, Florida Poison Information Center nurses quickly advise worried parents and consumers and healthcare first responders and providers unsure how to proceed with treatment. "Poison control centers have been called one of the most successful public health programs in the...READ MORE »
Miami Children's Hospital nurses shed light on developing Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program
Jackie L. Gonzalez, DNP, MBA, ARNP,senior vice president and CNO, and Deborah Hill-Rodriguez, MSN, RN, ARNP, PCNS-BC, nurse manager at Miami Children's Hospital, answer questions about the impetus for the Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program. Gonzalez: The program was originally started in 2005 at MCH to ensure patient safety and quality outcomes by identifying pediatric patients at risk for falling while in the...READ MORE »
Miami Children's Hospital earns ANNC's annual Magnet Honors Award
Miami Children's Hospital earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center annual Magnet Honors Award for its Humpty Dumpty Falls Prevention Program. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of care and reduce the risk of injuries in pediatric patients across the globe, according to a news release. The program was developed by MCH clinicians to identify patients at risk and prevent falls in the care...READ MORE »
UTHealth School of Nursing Dean receives President's Award
Patricia L. Starck, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and John P. McGovern Distinguished Professor, the University of Texas Health School of Nursing in Houston, received the President's Award from the Texas Nurses Association District 9 Foundation Nov. 13 at the 24th annual Nursing Celebration at the Hilton Houston Westchase, according to a news release. The annual award honors a leading advocate for nurses and the nursing...READ MORE »
UCF offers online option for nurses seeking PhD
The University of Central Florida's College of Nursing will offer the state's first online PhD program specifically designed to educate nurse scientists. The 60-credit-hour program combines the strengths of the nation's second-largest university with the convenience and flexibility of an online format, according to a news release. Students will have to travel to Orlando only twice per academic year. Applications are...READ MORE »
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's online graduate nursing program earns 10th best in nation rank
The MSN program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been ranked as the 10th best online graduate nursing program by U.S. News & World Report in the 2015 Best Colleges Rankings, according to a news release. The publication is the 30th edition of the annual rankings. "We're excited to be among the top programs in the country for our online graduate nursing program," Flavius Killebrew, PhD, Texas...READ MORE »
Oak Hill Hospital names RN to director position
Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville, Fla., appointed Kimberly Loucks, BSN, RN, CEN, PALS, ENPC, TNCC, NRP, ACLS, as director of the third floor medical/pediatrics/oncology unit. Loucks has been a member of the Oak Hill Hospital team since 2001, working in its Emergency Care Center as a charge nurse, according to a news release. She previously worked in parent company Hospital Corporation of America's corporate office in...READ MORE »
Brandon Regional Hospital earns top patient safety score
Brandon (Fla.) Regional Hospital was recognized with an "A" safety score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent non-profit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The score was awarded in the latest update to the group's safety scores, with A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections, according to a news release....READ MORE »
Florida nursing history comes to light on website
More than 61 babies out of 1,000 died, while maternal deaths averaged 10.2 per 1,000 births in Florida in the early 1900s. Granny midwives attended most births. How did this appalling situation change? The trend began to reverse when Joyce Ely became the state's first nurse-midwife and pioneered midwifery seminars statewide Ely's groundbreaking efforts make engrossing reading on the Florida Nursing History Project...READ MORE »
UTMB Nursing Interprofessional Simulation Center kindles teamwork
Whether they realize it or not, nurses have assumptions about their roles, and the roles of other healthcare members. Correcting some of those assumptions is one aim of interprofessional simulations, such as those at the Nursing Interprofessional Simulation Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The center's director, Valerie C. Andrews, MSN, RN, CNE, CHSE, observes how nursing students and...READ MORE »