Bill would increase public health nurses in Maine | Optima to hire nurses for care coordinator jobs | Student midwives at Yale keep journals
April 21, 2017
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Bill would increase public health nurses in Maine
Bipartisan legislation in Maine would require the state to employ at least 50 public health nurses, which would almost double the current number. The state has not been filling vacant public nurse positions, and Erin Guay of the nonprofit Healthy Androscoggin said that has left Maine unprepared to deal with future epidemics.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (4/13) 
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Optima to hire nurses for care coordinator jobs
Optima Health is hiring 350 people for positions throughout Virginia as part of a contract with the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Service to provide services for elderly Medicaid patients and those with disabilities. Optima says 100 hires will be for care coordinators.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (4/11) 
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Nursing Programs from Penn State—Online
Check out Penn State's nursing programs, offered online through Penn State World Campus and designed to meet the unique needs of busy registered nurses. No matter your background, level of experience, or previous education, we have a degree or certificate for you. Request a brochure today!
Education & Training
Student midwives at Yale keep journals
Students studying to be nurse-midwives at Yale University's nursing school are asked to keep a diary so later in their careers they can remember their experiences and patients. Students are encouraged to enter their journals for creative writing awards, and professor Linda Honan says this allows the public and patients to see the impact they have on nurses.
New Haven Register (Conn.) (4/17) 
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Ill. college finds partnerships address RN degree needs
Illinois state lawmakers are considering a bill to allow community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees to increase the number of registered nurses who have what has become the minimum standard for entry employment nationwide. However, Richland Community College does not see a need for adding a bachelor's degree program, citing its partnerships with area four-year schools that allow nursing graduates to attain the higher degree.
Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.) (4/16) 
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AWHONN Spotlight
A randomized controlled trial of glycerin suppositories during phototherapy in premature neonates
Neonatal jaundice or unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia is one of the most common clinical problems in the neonatal period. Authors in JOGNN used a prospective randomized controlled double-blinded trial to determine if glycerin suppositories were effective in reducing total duration of phototherapy in premature neonates. Read the abstract in JOGNN.
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Drexel nurses help develop new community wellness center
Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions partnered with two other groups to open the Community Wellness HUB at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships in West Philadelphia. Drexel's Loretta Sweet Jemmott helped spearhead the initiative, and her team identified key health concerns among area residents that the center will seek to address.
The Philadelphia Tribune (4/18) 
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NP works to build connections with patients at city clinic
A medical clinic for city employees in Springfield, Ill., staffed by a nurse practitioner, medical assistant and registrar, has seen more than 250 patients since opening in March. NP Deborah Horton says she likes the setting, which gives her more time with patients so she can build connections and talk with them about other health concerns.
The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Ill.) (4/20) 
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Congratulations to the 2017 Award of Excellence Recipients
The Board of Directors is proud to announce the 2017 Distinguished Professional Service and Award of Excellence Recipients! Join us in congratulating these exceptional nurses. Their accomplishments in the specialties of women's health, obstetric and neonatal nursing, as well as their contributions to AWHONN, are exemplary. See the award winners.
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AWHONN exhibits at the NICU Leadership Forum in Phoenix, April 25-29
AWHONN is once again proud to participate in the NICU Leadership Forum, April 25-29, in Phoenix, Ariz. Hosted by Synova Associates, this annual program for neonatal and NICU nursing leaders features cutting-edge information from nationally recognized speakers, panel discussions, leadership best practices and a host of networking opportunities. If you are attending, stop by the AWHONN booth and find out what's new. Learn more.
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