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Cal State School of Nursing receives additional funding to expand community college partnerships
The California State University, Los Angeles, School of Nursing has received a $300,000, two-year grant to build on the success of its California Collaborative Model of Nursing Education, a partnership with community colleges to create a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. The Phase II grant of the Academic Progression in Nursing program was awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the...READ MORE »
Federal grant to WSU will help school recruit, support NP students from underrepresented groups
A two-year, $264,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration will enable Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane to recruit six students from underrepresented groups into its nurse practitioner degree program. Through the grant, the college will offer financial support to students who are U.S. military veterans, rural-dwelling Hispanics and/or Native Americans to help...READ MORE »
Concordia University Irvine launches MSN program
Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., is launching a new MSN program for nursing educators, with classes to begin Oct. 11. "With the national shortage of higher education for nurses, it was clear that Concordia University Irvine needed to establish a program that would foster and support the future generations of nurses," Mary Hobus, PhD, MS, RN, director of Concordia's Department of Nursing, said in a news release....READ MORE »
Bank of America Grant helps fund hospital's workforce program
White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles began its Workforce Development Program in 2008 with $1 million in anchor grant funding from the Bank of America which was used to invest in youth in the low-income community, foster job prospects and expose them to role models. About 650 students have completed the program. "As a company committed to the communities we serve, we look to support job‐creating...READ MORE »
AWHONN presents 2014 Award of Excellence in Research to UCSF prof
The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses presented the 2014 Award of Excellence in Research to Kathryn A. Lee, RN, PhD, FAAN, CBSM, for her excellence in nursing research and continued innovation in the delivery of care for women and their families on June 16 at the AWHONN national convention in Orlando. Lee is a professor and associate dean for research at the University of California at San...READ MORE »
AAN names Sacramento State nursing professor to 2014 Class of Fellows
Christine Vourakis, RN, PhD, MN, a Sacramento State University professor of nursing and a nationally recognized expert on mental health and addictions, has been named to the 2014 Class of Fellows by the American Academy of Nursing. She will be inducted during the organization's October conference in Washington, D.C., according to a news release. The academy's mission is to serve the public and the nursing profession...READ MORE »
Nurses help Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican's San Martín campus earn Baby-Friendly status
"Mom is the ruler of all things," is how Lisa Melvin, RN-C and certified lactation consultant, characterizes the decisions new mothers make regarding the care of their newborns. For that reason, Melvin, a nurse manager, and her colleagues in the maternal-child unit at the San Martín campus of Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican in Las Vegas celebrated when they achieved Baby-Friendly Hospital designation in...READ MORE »
Cal State LA names Outstanding DNP Student
Myriam Boutary, RN, MSN, FNP-C, was among the first graduates of the DNP degree program from California State University, Los Angeles and was named the Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice Student by the university's Southern California DNP Consortium. The CSU program was designed to educate nurses for advanced practice and to educate future nursing faculty members. Boutary has more than a decade of experience...READ MORE »
NAU offers American Indian reservation-based nursing program
One of the few nursing programs on an American Indian Nation, Phoenix-based Northern Arizona University's American Indian Program offers people of Native American heritage an opportunity to study on the 27,000-square-mile Navajo land and care for indigenous people served by the Indian Health Service. The program is located in St. Michael's, Ariz. "There has always been a critical shortage of nurses on the Navajo...READ MORE »
NAU student credits White Memorial Medical Center with interest in nursing
Sean Begay, who is half-Navajo, enrolled in Northern Arizona University's American Indian nursing program in August 2013 after he was inspired to become a nurse while volunteering at White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles. Begay volunteered as a transporter while he was in high school and in a work-development program after graduation from the University of California, San Diego, where he earned a bachelor's...READ MORE »
White Memorial Medical Center announces new simulation center
The White Memorial Medical Center Charitable Foundation in Los Angeles raised $1.4 million for a simulation center, a multidisciplinary training center designed to help staff improve patient safety and patient outcomes of care, according to a news release. The Lyman A. Brewer, III MD Simulation Center replicates a multidisciplinary hospital setting to give healthcare professionals and trainees a real-world...READ MORE »
Nursing professor, expert on mental health and addictions shares insights
The American Academy of Nursing has named Christine Vourakis, RN, PhD, MN, a Sacramento State University professor of nursing and a nationally recognized expert on mental health and addictions, to its 2014 Class of Fellows. We recently spoke with Vourakis about her advice for student nurses and how the field of addiction has changed during her more than 30 years in nursing: A: I've never worked with students who are...READ MORE »
Five 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: · Amidi-Nouri, RN, PhD, associate professor, chairwoman of the BSN program, and director of diversity, Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing,...READ MORE »
Nevada nurse tackles new challenges in the Middle East
Ranya Fakih, RN, BSN, MBA, plans to use the clinical and leadership skills honed as the former clinical supervisor at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, Las Vegas, to tackle new challenges at a new women's hospital in Qatar. "It's an amazing experience," said Fakih, clinical nurse manager of the Women's Care Unit at Sidra Medical and Research Center, expected to open in 2015 in Doha, that nation's capital. In her...READ MORE »
4 West region hospitals earn honor roll status in new Best Hospitals survey
Three facilities in California and one in Washington were among the 17 hospitals nationwide to earn honor roll status in the U.S. News & World Report's 2014-15 "Best Hospitals" survey. To be among the honor roll, hospitals have to have "very high scores in at least six specialties," according to the U.S. News & World Report survey. Nationally, UCLA Medical Center ranked fifth, UCSF Medical Center, San...READ MORE »