Nurse education expansion creates failing programs

(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...]

A day in the life of … a student nurse

Alex Collyer

(The Guardian)No two days are the same for student nurse Alex Collyer who used to work for the ambulance service.

Life as a student nurse means that no two days are the same, whether it’s clinical placements, lectures, presentations or simulated practice. It’s varied and challenging but that’s why I enjoy it. [Read more...]

LCCC names Health Sciences Center for nurse

(Times Leader) Luzerne County Community College dedicated the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center on Saturday.

Francis Carrozza, of Pittston, recently donated a naming gift for his wife Mary, who died in February. In addition, the school’s nursing and health sciences programs were named for her. [Read more...]

Nursing becomes more specialized to meet market demand

(Sun Herald) KC Arnold always knew she wanted to become a nurse like her mother. After more than 12 years providing care as a nurse at Keesler AFB, Arnold found herself suddenly out of a job and needing care and reassurance herself to find a new path. [Read more...]

Program gets nurses in school and back to work

(Philly.com) Nothing like a recession and its lingering aftermath to deflate a dream.

Cutting back on hours as a medical secretary to juggle work, raise a family, and pursue her associate degree in nursing seemed like a good idea to Marianne Pecora in 2006, when her husband, a construction worker, was getting plenty of work. [Read more...]

Veteran nurse pays it forward

(Record Bee) When Kristy Hosford began the Mendocino College Nursing Program, she had no idea how the program and the people she would meet would change not only her life, but those of everyone involved in the nursing program. [Read more...]

Nurse graduate inspired by memory of daughter

(Valley Morning Star) Madison Randolph was a ball of energy with an adventurous spirit.

On Friday, her mother Gina delivered the salutatorian address at the inaugural pinning ceremony for the Registered Nursing Program at Texas State Technical College. And much of the strength Gina needed to get through her speech she drew from her late daughter. [Read more...]

School nurses from across state visit North Whitehall Township school

(Lehigh Valley Live) More than 165 school nurses from 62 school districts across the state are visiting the Lehigh Valley this week.

The Lehigh Career and Technical Institute is hosting a two-day conference today and tomorrow for nurses from elementary to high school levels. [Read more...]

‘Polishing their skills’: Simulation adds reality to nurse conference

(The Town Talk) Senior nursing students at Louisiana College did some teaching of their own on Thursday, leading a simulation for a group of occupational nurses. [Read more...]

Celebrating 60 years: Villanova School of Nursing was first to open doors to women in an all-male school

(MainLine) “One of the things that makes our education at Villanova in the College of Nursing special and distinctive is the fact that we acknowledge that nursing, while a profession, is also a ministry.” [Read more...]