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…]

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…]

Nurse practitioners vs. doctors: A medical turf war?

(Daily Caller) Some characterize the latest showdown between nurse practitioners and physicians in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, and Texas as a turf war — a medical fight like the farmers versus ranchers. [Read more…]

Advanced Practices Take Nursing Career to Next Level

(OC Register) Nursing is among the occupations in the highest demand locally and nationally, and offers excellent opportunities for good pay and benefits, but requiring a high degree of skill. Some nurses, however, choose to raise their skill level even higher, pursuing careers as advanced-practice nurses. [Read more…]

Who Will Teach Nursing?

(Inside HigherEd) Don’t mention the “R” word to Kathryn Grams. The dean of the School of Nursing at the University of West Georgia is a baby boomer who became a nurse educator more than 20 years ago. Unfortunately, so did most of her colleagues. [Read more…]

Organization for men in nursing grows at Widener University

(Nurse.com) In August 2012, Widener University in Chester, Pa., established a chapter of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing for the Greater Philadelphia region. Led by Widener University nursing alumnus Frank Poliafico and a board of students, faculty and practicing nurses, the chapter aims to increase awareness of the need for men in the field and to reduce gender discrimination, according to a news release. And since the chapter’s inception, it has continued to grow. [Read more…]

Simulation center gives nurses an edge

(UM News) Bentson Center gives realistic, worry-free nursing practice.  In a quiet room, five nursing students examine a 60-year-old man in a hospital gown. After they have taken his history, one listens to his lungs and heart with a stethoscope. [Read more…]

Education of a cancer nurse

(Salon) Excerpted from “I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse

I walk a fine line, as a nurse, between saving lives and pissing people off. Jim’s face is brick red. His neck veins bulge as thick as rat tails when he coughs. I’m elbow deep in frothy mucus, suctioning his tracheal stoma, the permanent breathing hole in his neck. The suction tube slurps the remaining juice with a satisfying sloosh. His coughing slows and he blinks tears from his eyes. If his voice box hadn’t been surgically removed, yesterday, a slew of profanities would escape him. Instead, he looks at me with eyes that teeter between “I hate you” and “Thank you.” [Read more…]

Patients Warm To Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants

(Forbes) U.S. consumers still like to see a doctor, but if they have to wait, they are happy to see a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant.

Two studies out this week indicate both patients and doctors are “open to a greater role” to primary care professionals who are not medical doctors at a time when physicians are in short supply and doctors will become even more scarce when the Affordable Care Act broadens health care benefits in less than seven months. The law will bring additional coverage for millions of Americans along with an influx of business to doctors that they may not be able to handle. [Read more…]