Newly licensed RNs report having fewer job opportunities

(Nurse.com) Compared with six years ago, newly licensed RNs have greater job commitment but are more likely to work part-time, and to report that they had fewer job opportunities, according to a study. [Read more...]

Moving Time for Nurses Who Don’t Need Doctors

(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...]

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 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Union’s top military nurses were nuns

(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...]

Former Nurse Gets Prison Time for Stealing Drugs

(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...]