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UNLV School of Nursing earns spot among top 10 U.S. online graduate nursing programs
The UNLV School of Nursing earned a spot among the country's top 10 online graduate nursing programs in U.S. News & World Report magazine's 2015 best-of survey. The school's MSN program tied for sixth out of 133 surveyed programs that offer full online curricula, according to a news release. Medical University of South Carolina ranked No. 1 in the annual best online graduate nursing programs survey, which...READ MORE »
HealthEd, Inc., acquires NCP College of Nursing
HealthEd, Inc., the parent company of Unitek College, acquired NCP College of Nursing in a transaction that closed Dec. 26. NCP, which offers LVN programs, has campuses in South San Francisco and Hayward, Calif., according to a news release. Unitek has a variety of programs, including an LVN-to-RN bridge and an RN-to-BSN program recently accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Its main campus...READ MORE »
Medical Center Health System RN earns Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing 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 »
WSU nursing professor earns grant, develops materials
Washington State University nursing Professor Denise Smart, BSN, DrPH, RN, has developed materials to save time and money for employees, employers and the state's Department of Labor and Industries. Getting individuals who have a job-related injury or illness back to work as soon as possible was the goal of the state Safety & Health Investment Projects grant awarded to Smart at the College of Nursing in Spokane,...READ MORE »
The Valley Health System begins construction on health village
Union Village, LLC and The Valley Health System held a ceremonial groundbreaking Oct. 8 in Henderson, Nev. to kick off construction of one of the world's first integrated health villages, which will include a hospital complex and health center, residential, entertainment and specialty retail space, a senior retirement community and a civic and cultural arts center. The $1.2 billion project will include a new acute...READ MORE »
Experienced hospice nurse pens end-of-life care book
Death may be a part of life, but nurses in many settings may not feel comfortable caring for terminal patients and their families. An experienced hospice nurse provides some guidance in the new book, "To Comfort Always: A Nurse's Guide to End-of-Life Care, 2nd Ed," which was published this year. The first edition was published in 2008. "There's good material, textbooks, but nothing that was a basic primer, and...READ MORE »
OHSU nursing school lecture-theater production stresses communication
Award-winning journalist, author and patient safety advocate Suzanne Gordon was the featured speaker at Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing's annual Puhaty Lecture, Nov. 12 in Portland, Ore. Approximately 175 individuals attended the performance and others accessed it online, according to an OHSU spokesperson. Gordon introduced and directed a readers' theater production of "Bedside Manners," a...READ MORE »
Experienced hospice nurse pens end-of-life care book
Death may be a part of life, but nurses in many settings may not feel comfortable caring for terminal patients and their families. An experienced hospice nurse provides some guidance in the new book, "To Comfort Always: A Nurse's Guide to End-of-Life Care, 2nd Ed," which was published this year. The first edition was published in 2008. "There's good material, textbooks, but nothing that was a basic primer, and...READ MORE »
UNMH senior director of nurse residency earns nursing excellence honor
Mary Blessing, MSN, RN, director of nurse residency, education and research at the University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, received the New Mexico Distinguished Nurse of the Year award at the 2014 New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards Oct. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya on the Santa Ana Pueblo, near Bernalillo, N.M. A total of 20 nurses, three retired nurses, a nursing student and one individual were honored...READ MORE »
CHOC Children's Hospital names new CNO
Melanie Patterson, DNP, MHA, RN, has been named CHOC Children's vice president of patient care services and CNO of the health system's Orange, Calif., campus, according to a news release. Patterson began her 21-year CHOC tenure in its new graduate program and has served as bedside nurse, charge nurse, clinical coordinator, nurse manager and executive director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute. "I look forward to new...READ MORE »
New Breakthrough Leaders award recognizes Oregon nurse
Jake Creviston, MN, RN, PMHNP, DNP student at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, is one of 10 nurses who will be recognized as recipients of the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing award. The award, created by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action: A joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recognizes nurses who have made extraordinary efforts to improve the health and...READ MORE »
PeaceHealth sends newborns home in holiday stockings
Every baby who goes home from PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Oregon, throughout December is sent off in a special holiday stocking. For the second year in a row, PeaceHealth volunteers have been busy sewing to reach their goal of 200 stockings by December, according to a news release. The volunteers, known as the "Heart Warmers," have made a variety of festive stockings -- ranging from...READ MORE »
SJSU holds first white coat ceremony
San Jose (Calif.) State University held its first white coat ceremony for 60 first-semester BSN nursing students at Uchida Hall on the school's campus Dec. 5. As part of the ceremony, each student recited an oath, donned a white coat and was pinned, according to a news release. "The significance of the white coat ceremony for the nursing students completing their first semester of the nursing program is their...READ MORE »
Scottsdale Healthcare nurses publish piece on obstetric emergencies
Maternal mortality, at birth, or soon after birth, has been on the rise in the U.S. since the 1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data suggest that more than 50% of these deaths are preventable (Berg et al., 2005; California Department of Public Health, 2011; Clark et al., 2008; Della Torre, et al., 2011; Geller et al., 2004), according to a Association of Women's Health, Obstetric...READ MORE »
Sacramento RN earns Foundation for Life Care Planning award
Karen Preston, MSN, RN, PHN. CRRN, FIALCP, assistant professor at Samuel Merritt College in Oakland and Sacramento, Calif., earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Foundation for Life Care Planning Research at the 20th anniversary of the International Symposium on Life Care Planning, according to a news release. The award singles out an individual who has contributed significantly to the body of literature in...READ MORE »