(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...]
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...]
(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...]
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette) The Daughters of Charity at their provincial house in Emmitsburg, Md., could hear the cannons of Pickett’s Charge 10 miles off. They helped their chaplain pack a wagon with medical supplies and, when the cannons were silenced, a dozen sisters rode with him to tend to the wounded. [Read more...]
(NBC 10) A former nurse is headed to prison for taking patients’ pain medication, sometimes replacing it with a diluted dose.
Lisa Cowger, 44, was sentenced Wednesday in Lackawanna County Court to 11 to 23 months. The Times-Tribune reports she pleaded guilty in March to obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation and other counts. [Read more...]
(Pittsburgh Post Gazette) When the H1N1 virus broke out into an epidemic here in 2009, nurse Joe Donahue participated in an immunization effort in rural state health centers that provided shots to 26,000 people in southwestern Pennsylvania. Maggie Beall Orosz, a school nurse in Butler County, used the centers to immunize schoolchildren. Kathy Brodala, a nurse in Beaver County, has seen at least one tuberculosis patient every year receive daily treatment at one of these centers. [Read more...]