A nurse who is healing patients and himself

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.

That’s it.

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…]

Medical industry works to head off looming nurse shortage

(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…]

Increased nurse staff levels tied to lower odds of Medicare readmissions penalties, study says

(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…]

Nurse practitioners more satisfied with their job choice than docs

(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…]

Nurse has answers for personalized care

(LivingstonDaily.com) Keeping track of doctor’s appointments, prescription drugs, bills, insurance paperwork and other medical issues can overwhelm patients and their families.

Carolyn Bargero has the cure for those problems.

After working for 25 years as a registered nurse at a number of medical facilities, the Brighton Township woman recently launched Nurse Concierge LLC. [Read more…]

Pennsylvania nurses pushing for greater role in evolving world of health care

(NewsWorks) With the health system bracing for an influx of patients in the months ahead, area nurses hope to take a greater lead in handling those needs. They also hope to be visible resources in the health-care marketplaces, slated to open for enrollment in less than a month. [Read more…]

TV may reinforce stereotypes about men in nursing

(Reuters) Fictional male nurses on television are sidelined in supporting roles, portrayed as the butt of jokes and cast as commentary providers or minority representatives, all of which makes it harder in reality to recruit men to nursing and retain them, according to a new study. [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…]

Nurse Practitioners Try New Tack To Expand Foothold In Primary Care

(KHN) Nurse practitioners say efforts to expand primary care to millions of Americans under the health law are hampered by insurance industry practices that limit or exclude their participation. [Read more…]

98% Of Nurses in UK Admit To Lying To Dementia Sufferers: How Ethical Is A False Reality?

(Medical Daily) The slide into dementia is slow and painful, for those suffering directly and the loved ones on the periphery who must provide care while watching a trove of memories gradually erode. Patient care works inside this delicate balance, but going against the wishes of the Alzheimer’s Society, nearly all nurses in a recent survey reported telling the occasional white lie to avoid patient bereavement. [Read more…]

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