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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 »
7 Seattle-area hospitals join AACN training
Seven Seattle-area hospitals have been selected to launch the Washington rollout of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' hospital-based leadership and innovation training program. Washington is the seventh region for the AACN Clinical Scene Investigator Academy, according to a news release. The academy is designed to empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders and change agents whose initiatives...READ MORE »
NMSU nursing professor receives grant to study diabetes and hypertension in Hispanic men
A research team led by New Mexico State University School of Nursing Assistant Professor John Scarbrough, PhD, RN, PT, CNE, has received a $74,000 grant to study diabetes and hypertension in Hispanic men, according to a news release. The Mountain West Clinical Translational Research Infrastructure Network project received the grant, funded by the National Institutes of Health through the Mountain West Research...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 »
Nurse turns two passions into Language Access Services department
In 2007, Tracy Young, BSN, MA, RN, CMI had an idea to combine her two passions - nursing and the Spanish language. A nurse at Barton Health in Lake Tahoe, Calif. and a Spanish instructor for a local community college at the time, Young developed a Language Access Services department at her facility, believing that nursing and patient communication go hand in hand. "I loved speaking Spanish to my patients and opening...READ MORE »
Cedars-Sinai celebrates Nurse.com national GEM Award winner
"When I had the privilege of calling Dr. Coleman to tell her she had been named the 2014 national GEM Award winner in the category of Advancing and Leading the Profession, she said she was speechless, adding 'and that's definitely not a word most people use to describe me. I am so honored and this recognition is more than amazing,'" Nurse.com Chief Nurse Executive Eileen Williamson, MSN, RN, told family members and...READ MORE »
UW Tacoma nursing faculty member earns RWJF scholars distinction
Katie Adamson, PhD, RN, University of Washington Tacoma, is one of 12 nursing faculty members from across the country who have been chosen to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program this year, according to a news release. Each scholar receives a three-year $350,000 award to pursue research, leadership training in all aspects of the faculty role and mentoring from senior...READ MORE »
UNLV names Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars
Maulah Adanri and Paul Smith, who are doctoral candidates in the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing, have been selected as Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholars, according to a news release. Each will receive $20,000 for their nursing studies during the next two years, making them part of a national effort to combat the nursing faculty shortage and prepare future nurses as America's healthcare system continues...READ MORE »
Cal State LA earns RWJF grant
California State University, Los Angeles, School of Nursing recently was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to further the success of its California Collaborative Model of Nursing Education, according to a news release. Awarded through the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care, funding also is directed toward advancing the agenda for academic progression in nursing as a...READ MORE »
New Mexico Department of Public Health celebrates Nursing Excellence Award nominees
Four nurses from the New Mexico Department of Health were among the nominees for the 2014 New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards held Oct. 11 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Albuquerque, according to a news release. The department's nominees were: · Elizabeth Kuchler, FNP, RN, APRN-BC, advanced practice category, Southwest Region. Kuchler provides hepatitis C treatment to patients with Project ECHO, primary care...READ MORE »
Dream Fund Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic welcomes new APRN
Catherine Flynn. MSN, APRN, RN, CPNP, CDE, joined the staff at the Dream Fund Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic in Henderson, Nev., according to a news release. The clinic is part of the Dignity Health Medical Group, which is affiliated with the Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospital system. "I am excited to be moving my practice to the St. Rose Dream Fund Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic," Flynn said in an interview...READ MORE »
Cal State L.A. summit addresses how nursing is advancing healthcare
More than 50 community and consumer partners gathered at the California Action Coalition Summit to discuss how nursing is advancing healthcare in California. Hosted by Cal State L.A. and the California Action Coalition, the event included national and statewide updates to the Institute of Medicine report, which focused on four recommendations in the report: advancing education and practice, shaping nursing leaders,...READ MORE »
Valley Homeless Healthcare Program RNs working with the homeless say no day is typical
When taking medicine to the streets, the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program staff hopes to treat infections and illnesses before homeless patients require emergency care. Nurses in the backpack medicine program have bags filled with medical supplies they use to administer flu shots, immunizations for tetanus and diphtheria and oral HIV tests, check blood pressure and blood sugar and treat infections. "There's no...READ MORE »
AAN names ASU healthcare pioneer a Living Legend
Barbara Durand, EdD, RN, FAAN, emeritus professor and former dean of the Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Health Innovation, was recognized as one of the American Academy of Nursing's 2014 Living Legends at the Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 16. "The nurse leaders I have held in the highest regard -- my idols, if you will -- are all named Living Legends. ......READ MORE »
AWHONN recognizes two West region fetal heart monitoring instructors
Two West region nurses were among five honored with Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Awards for the first quarter of 2014 by the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The honorees include Rebecca Chavez, BSN, RN, with Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., and Melissa Gabaldon, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, with Presbyterian Hospital Family Birthing Center in Albuquerque, according...READ MORE »