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UNM expands nurse practitioner programs
With the help of new state funding, the University of New Mexico College of Nursing is working to boost the ranks of primary care providers in New Mexico, according to an article on the university's website. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and the 2014 New Mexico legislature included a nearly $1.7 million recurring appropriation to grow the total number enrolling in UNM's pediatric nurse practitioner, family nurse...READ MORE »
WCN details accomplishments
For the past 10 years, Linda Tieman, MN, RN, FACHE, Washington Center for Nursing executive director, has led efforts to promote the nursing profession and advance the nursing workforce in Washington State to meet healthcare needs today and for the future, according to a news release. Here are some of the WCN highlights achieved under her tenure, according to the Washington Center for Nursing Board of Directors....READ MORE »
UCLA PhD candidate receives Future of Nursing Scholars program award
Nhu Tran, MSN, RN, CCRN, CCRP, is among the 16 nurses who are the first recipients of the Future of Nursing Scholars program awards. This new multi-funder scholarship program, spearheaded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is aimed at increasing the number of nurses holding PhDs, according to a news release. Tran's scholarship is funded by RWJF and was awarded by the University of California, Los Angeles. Tran...READ MORE »
Alaska Native Medical Center nurse earns professional excellence award
Sandra Haldane, MSN, RN, director of the maternal child health service line at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, was awarded the 2014 Theta Omicron/Tina DeLapp Professional Excellence Award at the annual Theta Omicron Induction Ceremony. Haldane is the 15th recipient of the award, which was established in 1995 to recognize professional excellence over the course of a nursing career, according to a news...READ MORE »
WCN executive director plans to step down in 2015
Washington Center for Nursing Executive Director Linda Tieman, MN, RN, FACHE, has chosen to step down effective March 31, 2015. She shared some insight about her role and the organization. Tieman: Being passionate about nursing, social justice and women's rights, [my role with WCN} has fit for me. I've worked with many equally committed individuals across Washington and the U.S., and learned from and with them. I'm...READ MORE »
Hands-on clinical experience at two Valley Health System hospitals
Students at the UNLV School of Nursing will have more opportunities for hands-on clinical experiences this fall when The Valley Health System expands the Dedicated Education Unit program to a second hospital. Students in the DEU program partner with dedicated staff nurses each semester and assist in caring for the nurses' assigned patients, according to a news release. Unlike other clinical programs that have...READ MORE »
Washington State University College of Nursing hires expert in environmentally sustainable healthcare
The Washington State University College of Nursing, Spokane, Wash., has hired Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN as Providence-WSU nurse scientist in a shared appointment with Providence Health & Services St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont. Schenk is a pioneer in environmentally sustainable healthcare, creating and leading novel approaches to meet the needs of healthcare in a changing climate, according to a news...READ MORE »
WSU assistant research professor provides insight into her new role
Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN, talks about her new role at WSU and provides insight into environmentally sustainable healthcare with Nurse.com. Schenk: Essentially, to me, it means behaving and acting in ways today that would allow future generations and other species to thrive with the same access to clean air and water as previous generations had. For instance, in acute care, the average pounds of waste per day per...READ MORE »
Passion for new babies and moms leads to recognition for Simi Valley Hospital nurse
When Rosemary Yocum - Simi Valley Hospital's employee of the month for August - witnessed the birth of her nephew 14 years ago, it not only marked a family milestone but ignited an interest that led to Yocum's career as a labor and delivery nurse. More than just a job, nursing is a passion for Yocum, RN, according to a news release. Colleagues and hospital leadership gathered in the labor and delivery area of the...READ MORE »
Phoenix nurse keeps son's memory alive through charitable work
After losing their third child, Bowen, to polycystic kidney disease, Heather Gillis, MSN, RN, CRNA, and her husband, Mac, decided to keep Bowen's memory alive by raising money to help other children facing the condition. The Gillis' son was just 13 days old when he died April 20, 2011, at Phoenix Children's Hospital, after his kidneys grew too large for dialysis. Six months later, Gillis and her husband began making...READ MORE »
Nursing professor leads study: tablet use to change health behaviors
New Mexico State University College of Health and Social Services faculty members, including Kristynia Robinson, PhD, FNP-BC, RN associate professor in NMSU'S School of Nursing. have partnered to study how mobile technology can improve health behaviors, according to an article on the school's website. "Our project was to develop and to evaluate an intervention that would help individuals manage their chronic...READ MORE »
UOPX College of Health Sciences and Nursing names new academic dean
Michael Graham, DNP, RN, PhD, PMHNP-BC, has been named academic dean for the College of Health Sciences and Nursing at the University of Phoenix. The College of Health Sciences and Nursing is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. Graham joins the associate dean for the division of nursing, Angie Strawn, MSN, RN, who has been with UOPX since 1994, in championing programs that develop the nurse leader of the future. "The...READ MORE »
NICHE honors Renown Medical Center for care of older adult patients
Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., is one of five hospitals in the nation honored recently for achieving exemplar status from Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders. Exemplar status is given to nurse-driven NICHE programs for greatly increasing the quality of care for older adult patients, according to a news release. The additions to the NICHE exemplar group bring the total to 35 high-achieving hospitals....READ MORE »
5 West region nurses join RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows program
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on July 30 announced the 20 nurses from across the U.S. who were selected as RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows for 2014, the program's last cohort. Five of those selected, from more than 100 applicants, were from Nurse.com's West region: · Aara Amidi-Nouri, PhD, RN, associate professor, chairwoman of the BSN program, and director of diversity, Samuel Merritt University School of...READ MORE »
UC Davis Nursing dean earns national gerontological research award
Heather M. Young, PhD, RN, FAAN, founding dean for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Sacramento, was named the 2014 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award by the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging - the Gerontological Society of America. The honor, presented by GSA'S Health Sciences Section, is bestowed upon a member of the...READ MORE »