(Texas Tribune) As an advanced practice nurse specializing in family medicine, Holly Jeffreys operates the only medical clinics in two rural Texas Panhandle counties. The state requires that she have a contract with a physician to supervise both clinics, but she operates the facilities almost independently. [Read more...]
(Miami Herald) Laws passed in recent years to boost the number of nurses in Florida have resulted in more nursing education programs on probation and more nursing graduates failing the national competency examination.
Measures passed unanimously by the Florida Legislature in 2009 and 2010 allowed colleges and trade schools to open nursing programs without the scrutiny of the state’s 13-member Board of Nursing, which for years has assessed and approved proposed nurse education programs. [Read more...]
New Report: Nurses Practicing Independently in Retail Clinics Deliver Significant Cost Savings for Many Common Conditions
(Market Watch) A new study co-led(1) by UnitedHealth Group’sUNH -0.05% Center for Nursing Advancement shows that nurse practitioners (NPs) practicing in retail clinics have the potential to deliver significant cost savings when treating a range of common conditions, with the greatest savings occurring in states that allow NPs to practice independently. [Read more...]
(TribReview) When Terra Welsh learned that many diabetic children could not go to a summer camp because of their condition, she helped start a summer camp for them.
“She would take two weeks of her own vacation time to be with the kids, and she did that for several years,” said her sister, Paula Fleming of Cranberry. “She always thought of other people before herself.”
Terra M. Welsh of McCandless, a teacher turned nurse, died of cancer on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Forbes Hospice in Bloomfield. She was 54. [Read more...]
(American Nurse) Whether it is a brand new nurse taking on the challenges of full patient-loads or an experienced clinician moving into a managerial or academic role, having a mentor can make an RN’s professional life exponentially better than having to go it alone.
Nurses who are involved in mentoring say that every nurse deserves a trusted mentor. But historically, that’s not been the case, especially given the military and monastic roots of nursing. [Read more...]
He was riding in his aunt’s sedan, a kid in elementary school, watching senior citizens walk in and out of the Lynwood retirement home where his mother worked. Then she emerged in scrubs.
David Fuentes holds on tightly to that simple memory: his mother at work. It’s easier than recalling many other parts of his childhood — “a blur,” as he calls it.
Like the time when he was little and his father, drunk, socked his mother. She remembers the blood gushing from her face and her child standing in the bathroom saying, “Mom, Mom.” [Read more...]
(The Gazette) Mary Ann Osborn believes a perfect storm is brewing on the state’s health care horizon.
Iowa’s aging population, combined with the thousands of residents who now have access to health care because of the Affordable Care Act, could bring about a nursing shortage.
“For all of us, the next work force is critical,” said Osborn, vice president and chief clinical officer at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. “It’s not something one organization will solve.”
Iowa is not alone, either. According to the U.S. Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortage Forecast, a shortage of registered nurses is projected to spread across the country between 2009 and 2030. [Read more...]
(ModernHealthCare.com) Nursing unions wanting higher staffing ratios have more ammunition thanks to a new study concluding that increasing nurse staffing levels could help hospitals avoid Medicare penalties for avoidable readmissions.
The study covered readmissions of Medicare patients who suffered heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia. It appears in the October issue of Health Affairs. [Read more...]
(FierceHealthcare) Nurse practitioners are extremely satisfied with their career choice and remain optimistic about the future of their profession, according to a new Staff Care survey.
Ninety-six percent of the 222 nurse practitioners surveyed during the American Association of Nurse Practitioners annual meeting in Las Vegas said they would choose to become a nurse practitioner again if they had a chance to do their careers over. And 97 percent would recommend becoming a nurse practitioner to their children or young people. [Read more...]