Hospitals begin to deal with onslaught of Sandy

( Hurricane Sandy, predicted to be one of the most powerful storms in memory, has forced hospitals up and down the East Coast to prepare for a looming natural disaster.

• Various hospitals and health systems announced the cancellation of elective surgeries and other non-emergency services, including most outpatient care, through Monday and in many cases Tuesday.

• New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday all public hospital EDs in the city would remain open throughout the storm. [Read more…]

UB on Course to Address the Nursing Shortage in WNY

Marsha Lewis, PhD, RN, dean and professor of the UB School of Nursing

(BUFFALO.EDU) The University at Buffalo School of Nursing was recently awarded a $695,000 U.S. Health Resources and Service (HRSA) Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant for the purpose of increasing the number of advanced education nurses trained to practice as primary care providers and/or as nursing faculty.

UB was among the universities that received the most AENT award money. [Read more…]

Help Wanted: smokers vs. nurses

(Newsday) DEAR CARRIE: I am a nurse, and I work in a nursing home. Can our employer legally make us accompany patients while they smoke outside? The task falls largely to the nurses’ aides, who are mostly nonsmokers. I am, too, and when the office is short of help I have to go outside with patients as well. To make matters worse, we sometimes have to light their cigarettes. The area where they smoke is a small patio, and it’s hard to escape the smoke. Do we have any legal recourse? — Smoky No’s?DEAR SMOKY: I’m with you on this one. Though I believe in respecting smokers’ rights, I want the right to avoid their secondhand smoke. But for a legal look at what is always an emotionally charged issue, I turned to an employment attorney, who points out some interesting exceptions for nursing homes. [Read more…]

Nurse a calming influence

(Trib Live) Not a day goes by without someone asking Cathy Stoddard what she thinks about the West Penn Allegheny Health System-Highmark debacle.

For the past three years, Stoddard has been president of the union that represents more than 2,000 registered nurses and service employees at Allegheny General, Allegheny Valley and Canonsburg hospitals. [Read more…]

New nurses receive a lot of attention

(Bismark Tribune) Although both Bismarck hospitals recruit experienced nurses, officials say there are benefits to new nurses as well.

Jan Kamphuis, chief nursing officer at Sanford, said new nurses “have learned the latest and greatest … when you pair them with experienced nurses you get such a phenomenol dynamic for the patient.” [Read more…]

Nurse Practitioner week recognizes nurses nationally

A student being examined at the GVSU Family Health Center.

(Lanthorn) More than 155,000 nurse practitioners (NP) practicing in the U.S today will be recognized during Nurse Practitioner week from Nov. 11-17, a national event that acknowledges their work and informs the public about the value of their job. Nurse practitioners provide access to affordable and high quality care, as well as services to alleviate the health care provider crisis.

The Grand Valley State University Family Health Center will have an open house Nov. 16 to celebrate nurse practitioners while also informing the community about the services they offer. The health center is staffed by registered nurses and nurse practitioners. [Read more…]

Nurses have a hand in designing new orthopedic and spine treatment unit

A 42-bed unit dedicated to orthopedic and spine treatment will open at Pinnacle Health Harrisburg Hospital on Sunday.

(Pennlive) Beginning Sunday, Pennsylvania’s leading orthopedic hospital will be offering patients more comfortable, quiet and efficient care as Pinnacle Health opens the doors to its 42-bed orthopedic and spine unit at Harrisburg Hospital.

“It’s going to be state of the art,” said Courtney Trulear, 27, of Harrisburg, a permanent charge nurse on the unit. [Read more…]

Safety Issues Worry Hospitals

(WEKU) The Centers for Disease Control has reported that nearly 1 million patient-safety incidents, including infections that patients acquired in hospitals, occurred among Medicare patients over the years 2006, 2007, 2008. In all, the incidents — which represented 2.3 percent of Medicare admissions — were associated with $8.9 billion in costs. One of every 10 patients involved died as a result, the “HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals” study reported. [Read more…]

Advanced Practice Nursing: The future is now

Advanced Practice Nursing: The future is now

(Clinical Advisor) As America moves forward since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA), communities and policy makers have questioned whether the primary care workforce can meet anticipated demand.

The federal health-care law will affect more than 32 million of the 50 million uninsured individuals in the United States. Many will be searching for health-care providers. Primary-care providers are currently in short supply throughout the nation as physicians continue choosing to practice in higher paying specialties. [Read more…]

Springfield’s AIC gets federal grant to help nursing students pay for their education

(Mass Live) At least 40 disadvantaged nursing students attending American International College will get up to $15,000 a year each to defray the cost of their education under a federal grant announced Wednesday.

American International College received $2.4 million over four years through the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program. The money should be available for next semester. [Read more…]