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Meet the 2015 Mountain West Regional GEM Awards finalists
This year's Mountain West region GEM Award finalists are among the best of the best in the profession. Read about the finalists in each of six categories below, from the words of their nominators. Ellen Anthony, MSN, RN Director of women and infant services, Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, Ariz. With 24-hour responsibility for the women and infant services unit, Anthony is dedicated to making changes in...READ MORE »
Meet the 2015 California Regional GEM Awards finalists
This year's California GEM Award finalists are among the best of the best in the profession. Read about the finalists in each of the categories below, from the words of their nominators. Lisa DeLong, BSN, RNC Advanced clinical labor and delivery Sharp Grossmont, Santee, Calif. Excellent computer skills resulted in DeLong acting as a resource and superuser in documentation processes of the EMR Cerner system and then...READ MORE »
St. John Medical Center nurses test smartphone app
How useful is a smartphone for nurses in a preop unit? RNs at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash., discovered that two smartphones became favored tools during a recent research trial. Between October 2103 and April 2014, ten RNs evaluated a smartphone app in collaboration with Phillip Olla, PhD, iSTOC vice president, Mobile Health. It uses the phone's camera to scan and decode results from the...READ MORE »
Nurse reviews career journey
Although she graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic School in 1995, Rita DiCarlo, RN, said her lifelong dream always was to be a nurse and to help others. "In my high school graduating class, I was voted most likely to become a nurse," DiCarlo said. "In retrospect, I wish I had became a nurse right from the start and could now say I've been a nurse for 30 years." DiCarlo worked as a chiropractor for five years and in...READ MORE »
Washington Center for Nursing develops nursing video targeted to young teens
The Washington Center for Nursing believes many students between the ages of 10 and 14 are already sifting through possibilities and making choices about courses that will determine their post-high school studies. That's why WCN's newest video, "Exploring Your Future in Nursing," is aimed at this age group. "Part of our mission and vision is to promote nursing as an attractive career to populations in the K-12 area...READ MORE »
CSUDH professor receives NACNS top nurse educator award
Terri Ares, PhD, RN, lecturer and clinical nurse specialist program adviser at California State University, Dominguez Hills, has been honored with the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists' 2015 Clinical Nurse Specialist Educator of the Year Award. Ares, who earned her BSN and MSN in nursing at CSUDH, was presented the award March 6 during the NACNS' 2015 Annual Conference in San Diego, according to a...READ MORE »
Former Kaiser Permanente CNO takes same position with Texas Health
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford has named Debra K. Grant, BSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, as its CNO effective March 30. A dedicated healthcare executive with 24 years of acute care experience. Grant served as CNO for Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in California since 2009, according to a news release. Her previous position was as the associate director of nursing at Stanford...READ MORE »
Signature Home Health Medford branch earns hospice service accreditation
The Medford, Ore., branch of Signature Hospice, Home Health, Home Care earned full certification from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care to provide hospice services to Rogue Valley residents. "Signature's quality improvement, patient satisfaction and reputation have earned us continued growth," Bob Thomas, president of Signature Hospice, Home Health, Home Care, said in a news release. "By achieving hospice...READ MORE »
Mary's Place Day Center offers respite
"Success is measured in small steps." That's how Marcia Gordon, RN, characterizes her work as the staff nurse at Mary's Place Day Center in Seattle, a drop-in center for homeless women and children. From evaluating foot care needs and tending to cold symptoms, to sitting for an hour listening patiently to a guest's fears and concerns, Gordon uses a diverse range of skills and ample compassion. "My primary role is to...READ MORE »
UA professor leads Florida Nurse Practitioner Network
Janet C. DuBois, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, has been elected president of the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network. She will serve a two-year term representing 800 members and 3,000 followers. DuBois, a nurse practitioner for 20 years, served as legislative committee member and vice president of education for the network. She is clinical assistant professor and FNP specialty coordinator at the University of Arizona...READ MORE »
Washington Center for Nursing names new executive director
Sofia Aragon, BSN, JD, RN, joins the Washington Center for Nursing, the statewide nonprofit nursing workforce center, as its new executive director effective April 1. "The WCN Board of Directors is excited and pleased to bring Sofia on board as our new executive director," Victoria Fletcher, MSN, ARNP, FACNM, WCN board president, said in a news release. "Sofia's background and experience will be a great asset in...READ MORE »
White Memorial earns national recognition for community service
White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles was named a finalist for the 2014 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, because of its broad base of community-oriented programs such as TELACU, which supports Hispanic nursing students. The prize is sponsored by the Baxter International Foundation, the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust. As a finalist, White...READ MORE »
AACN honors 25 Circle of Excellence awardees
Three nurses from California, one from Washington and one from Nevada are among the 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 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...READ MORE »
NAU School of Nursing professor earns editor's award
M. Elizabeth Greenberg, PhD, RN-BC, C-TNP, and Carol Rutenberg, MNSc, RN-BC, C-TNP, received the Linda Strangio Editor's Award from the Journal of Radiology Nursing on March 3 at the annual business meeting of the Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing in Atlanta. Greenberg, associate clinical professor at Northern Arizona University School of Nursing in Tucson, and Rutenberg, of Telephone Triage Consulting...READ MORE »
UCLA joins with three other universities to create National Clinician Scholars Program
UCLA has joined with Yale University, New Haven, Conn; the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) to launch the new National Clinician Scholars Program. The program will educate nurses and physicians to serve as leaders, researchers and change agents in healthcare, community health and public policy, according to a news release. The innovative program fills the gap left...READ MORE »