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Future FAU Nurse Practitioners to Head to Guatemala to Care for Indigenous Maya

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FAU advanced nursing students and professors will set up clinics and will team up with local health care workers and interpreters in Guatemala. By the time they arrive there, they expect to have in excess of 400 patients lined up each day eagerly waiting to see the “Americans.”

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‘Housing Policy Debate’ Publishes Penn Nursing & Cornell Study on Affordable Housing

The team researched a quasi-random assignment of 84 ACHIEVEability participants to their housing units. Investigators evaluated whether micro-neighborhood environments – the group of city blocks immediately surrounding housing units – affected participants’ progress in achieving college credits.

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APHON Announces 40 Years of Advancement

Join APHON in officially marking 40 years of advancement and leadership in pediatric hematology/oncology nursing and patient care. The association has planned celebratory events throughout the year, some of which will take place at the 2016 APHON Annual Conference and Exhibit, September 29-October 1, in Indianapolis, IN.

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Premier Conference for Critical Care Nurses Opens Registration

Registration is now open for the 2016 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in New Orleans, May 16-19. NTI, the world’s largest conference for nurses who care for high acuity and critically ill patients, includes the Critical Care Exposition, with more than 400 exhibits spread over 300,000 square feet.

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New Nutrition Science Major at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

University of Pennsylvania undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Nursing or the School of Arts and Sciences can now add a second major in Nutrition Sciences to their first major.

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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Recognizes 130 Hospital Units Nationwide with Beacon Award for Excellence

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes 130 units from 105 hospitals nationwide that earned the Beacon Award for Excellence between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015.

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Ben Taub Hospital Surgical Unit Garners National Award for Patient Care

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The surgical intermediate care unit at Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital now has the distinction of being one of two intermediate units in Houston, and one of three in Texas, to receive the Beacon Award (Silver Level) for Excellence in patient care by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The Beacon award is a three-year recognition for the hospital. Of approximately 30,000 patient-care units in 5,700 hospitals in the United States, only 329 units are currently recognized and only 45 intermediate care units are designated nationwide.

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Whooping Cough Booster Vouchers Don’t Boost Immunization Rates of Caregivers

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A team of researchers lead evaluated the feasibility and impact of different interventions aimed at increasing the number of Tdap vaccinated caregivers.

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Nurse Anesthetist Recalls Operation to Save Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., After Near-Fatal Stabbing in 1958

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Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Goldie Brangman recalls the operation that saved Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life after a mentally unstable woman stabbed him with a letter opener as he autographed copies of his first book in September 1958.

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Evidence-Based Health Care: The Care You Want, but Might Not Be Getting

As hospital leaders continue to feel pressure to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs, a new study reveals one reason why many organizations fall short.

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When Loved Ones Battle Cancer, Families Head to Web for Information More Than Support

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Loved ones of cancer patients are likely to search for further information about the disease online but less inclined to seek emotional support from social media forums, according to a University of Georgia study published recently in the journal Computers, Informatics, Nursing.

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Alcohol Withdrawal Adds Challenges to Caring for Critically Ill Patients

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Alcohol withdrawal adds challenges to caring for critically ill patients, and nurses must be diligent at each stage of care to minimize complications, according to an article in the clinical practice journal, Critical Care Nurse. The article provides much-needed guidance to critical care nurses and other clinicians whose patients may have alcohol use disorder, including abuse and dependency conditions of varying severity.

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Palliative Approach to Care Especially Fitting for Rural Hospitals

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Nurses at critical access hospitals are well positioned to provide high-quality palliative care close to home for millions of Americans in rural communities, according to an article in the February 2016 issue of Critical Care Nurse (CCN).

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Groundbreaking Collaborative Breast Cancer Study Aims to Unlock the Doors of Individualized Patient Care with Big Data

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Thirty-two researchers from 14 institutions joined forces to identify personalized treatment options for a patient with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Penn Nursing Professor

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Cynthia A. Connolly, PhD, RN, PNP, FAAN, Associate Professor of Nursing in the Department of Family & Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), has been awarded a fellowship from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

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UTHealth Celebrates First Class of Students in New Veterans Nursing Program

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Nearly 100 members of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) community and visitors celebrated the opening of the UTHealth Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program on Friday, Jan. 22. They welcomed the first three VBSN students, who were admitted to the new program this semester.

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Leadership: Key to Quality Care and Retention Among Nurses

Nurses faced with abusive managers are more likely to quit. But a recent study by McGill University and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières researchers finds that the opposite is also true – transformational leadership - a style of management in which employees are encouraged to work towards a collective goal within a supportive milieu, is linked to nurses’ well-being, and has positive impacts upon job retention.

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Billing Code Invalid Measure to Identify Nurse Anesthetist Stand-Alone Practice

Nurse anesthetists often receive guidance from physician anesthesiologists, yet bill their time as if they are making decisions alone, according to a recent study of more than 9,000 cases published online in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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Patients Remain Daily Priority for CRNAs

January 24-30,2016 is National CRNA Week.

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Novel Study Shows Lower Surgical Mortality in Hospitals with Best Nursing Care

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Patients are often unaware that choosing the right hospital is very important to having a good outcome. A novel study published today in the prominent surgery journal JAMA Surgery showed that patients undergoing surgery at Magnet hospitals recognized for nursing excellence, and good nurse staffing, have better outcomes at the same or lower costs as other hospitals.