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Concerned about a 3.2 per 1,000 patient days fall rate, Broward Health Imperial Point nurses recognized an opportunity to improve care, made fall prevention a top priority and reduced the fall rate by 40% to 1.97 per 1,000 in one year, according to a presentation at the 2015 Annual Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders Conference in Orlando, Fla. "It was huge and amazing, and it's the staff nurses who were... Read more »
Pediatric nurse earns MD Anderson top oncology nursing honor
Shelby Robin, RN, pediatric nurse and former sarcoma patient at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, was presented with the 2015 Brown Foundation Award for Excellence in Oncology Nursing in a June 11 ceremony. Robin, who works in pediatric intensive care services at MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, heard the news May 28 when the selection committee, co-workers and friends surprised her... Read more »
School of nursing selects PhD nurses to receive RWJF grant
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing has selected Whitney Thurman, MSN, RN, and Pamela Recto, MSN, RN, to receive $150,000 grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assist them in completing their doctoral programs. Read more »
Winter Haven Hospital honors Nurse of the Year award recipients
Winter Haven (Fla.) Hospital Nurses Beth Burgess, RN; Judith Hain, RN; Mayra Keaton, BSN, RN, CEN, and Jennifer Parkes, RN, were named 2015 Nurse of the Year award recipients at the facility. Read more »
NICHE completes expanded 2015 conference
Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders wrapped up its annual conference April 17 at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., after four days of presentations. Read more »
JU announces new name for College of Healthcare Sciences
Jacksonville (Fla.) University announced the College of Health Sciences has been named the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences in honor of the largest single gift in their history. Read more »
RN serves as president of Methodist Health System facility
Meet Fran Laukaitis,RN, who is the first nurse to be appointed as president of Methodist Charlton Medical Center in Dallas. Laukaitis, served as interim president and CNO at Methodist Charlton, previous to this appointment. Read more »
Texas hospital finds critical care patients not up for Wii
Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health found elderly critical care patients were not up for playing Wii games with trained volunteers from its Hospital Elder Life Program . Read more »
Parkland names new executive vice president and CNO
Meet Karen S. Watts, RN, who was named executive vice president and CNO for Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas. Read more »
UCF College of Nursing awards the most scholarships in its history
The University of Central Florida College of Nursing in Orlando recently awarded more than $247,000 in scholarship aid to 95 undergraduate and graduate nursing students for the 2014-2015 academic year, according to a news release. It was both the largest amount of funding and the most individual scholarships awarded in the college's history. The College of Nursing now ranks among the top three colleges at UCF for... Read more »
UF nurse researcher earns PCORI award
Meet Jennifer Elder, RN, a professor at the University of Florida's College of Nursing, who earned a PCORI award and read about her research. Read more »

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