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Simi Valley Hospital ICU nurse earns employee-of-month honor
Will Robbins, RN, who works in the ICU, was named employee of the month for February at Simi Valley (Calif.) Hospital. He was honored Feb. 13 in a ceremony in the unit. Patients and co-workers in the ICU described him as calm, quiet, gentle and kind, according to a news release. Away from his duties, Robbins has piloted 1,000-person dinner cruise boats on the San Francisco Bay and oil supply boats off Point...READ MORE »
NACNS honors outstanding nurses
Stephen Patten, MSN, RN, CNS, CNOR, director of nursing operative care for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portland, Ore., and Terri Ares, PhD, RNC-NIC, CNS-BC, lecturer and CNS program adviser at California State University, Dominguez Hills, were among the honorees March 5 in San Diego at the 20th anniversary annual meeting of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists. Patten was given...READ MORE »
5 Providence medical centers receive clinical excellence award
Five Providence Southern California medical centers received Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, it was announced in January. For the second straight year, Providence is the only healthcare system in California to have all its eligible hospitals receive this national recognition, according to a news release. Healthgrades, a top consumer ratings company, awarded this distinction to...READ MORE »
UNLV nursing professor helping improve treament of older adult patients
Seniors often face multiple chronic ailments, clusters of conditions that demand a collaborative approach to treatment. But today, few, if any, training opportunities are aimed at preparing the next generation of practitioners and specialists for the challenges of providing the collaborative, interprofessional elder care needed, according to a story on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, website. UNLV Assistant...READ MORE »
Concordia University Irvine nursing programs earn CCNE accreditation
The accelerated BSN and the ADN-to-BSN programs at Concordia University Irvine (Calif.) have earned 10-year accreditation from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, according to a Feb. 10 news release. CCNE is an autonomous agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for the accreditation of baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs. A voluntary and comprehensive process, the CCNE...READ MORE »
Drop in occupational injuries seen after nurse-to-patient ratios mandated
A 2004 California law mandating specific nurse-to-patient staffing standards in acute care hospitals significantly lowered job-related injuries and illnesses for both RNs and LPNs, according to UC Davis research published online in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. The study, whose authors include Carrie Markis, MSN, RN, is believed to be the first to evaluate the effect of the law...READ MORE »
Always Best Care names nurse as new vice president of home health
Always Best Care Senior Services, a senior care franchise system in Roseville, Calif., announced Dana Rambow, RN, of Tucson, Ariz., has been selected as the company's new vice president, home health. "Ms. Rambow is a rare find in that she has a unique combination of personal care agency experience, private pay home healthcare agency experience and Medicare certified home healthcare experience," Always Best Care...READ MORE »
NMSU professor develops community Lamaze class
When Martha Morales, PhD, MSN, RN, LCCE, FACCE was pregnant with her first child in the 1970s, few options were available to expectant mothers who wanted to practice Lamaze. Then a NICU nurse in El Paso, Texas, Morales became certified in Lamaze and worked with colleagues to start the first class in the area. More than 40 years later, she had another opportunity to introduce the prepared childbirth course to...READ MORE »
CHLA one of 3 programs to receive new practice transition accreditation
The Versant RN Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, was one of three nursing practice transition programs to achieve accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Practice Transition Accreditation Program, according to a Feb. 4 news release. The Versant RN residency in pediatrics at CHLA provides one-to-one training and expert clinical guidance to nurse residents. This...READ MORE »
Oregon Center for Nursing board names new executive director
The Oregon Center for Nursing board of directors has named long-time staff member Jana Bitton as the next executive director. Bitton's work in nursing began in 2009 when she joined OCN as a program manager leading the Nurturing Cultural Competence in Nursing program. She most recently served as interim executive director, beginning in June 2014, according to a news release. "As the interim executive director, Jana...READ MORE »
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican names new CNE
Cathleen Hamel, MS, RN, NEA-BC, has been selected as Dignity Health -- St. Rose Dominican's chief nursing executive, providing oversight of the nursing staff functions at three southern Nevada hospitals, according to a news release. Hamel was a nurse executive for the past 14 years in Arkansas and upstate New York. She also has more than 20 years of experience in operating room and surgical services. In addition to...READ MORE »
UCLA Medical Center researches how to improve outcomes for older trauma patients
Elderly patients who are admitted to the hospital for monitoring and surgical treatment of traumatic injuries could have better geriatric care if medical teams took one extra step by offering geriatric consultation, according to new research findings from surgical and geriatric medicine teams at the Ronald Reagan University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center. Carol Roth, MPH, RN, a project associate at RAND...READ MORE »
More than 160 people exposed to 'superbug' at UCLA medical center
A "superbug" resistant to antibiotics has infected seven patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and may have contributed to the deaths of two of these patients, according to media reports. More than 160 others were exposed to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae through contaminated medical scopes used during endoscopic procedures that took place at the medical center between October and January. The...READ MORE »
UCLA nursing student uses Schweitzer fellowship to help diabetics begin statin therapy
Knowing that heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death and disability among people with type 2 diabetes, Julia Routman, RN, is devoting her year as a Schweitzer Fellow to improving health outcomes in older diabetic adults. "New national guidelines in November 2013 by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology state that starting at age 40, all adults with type 2 diabetes...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 »