Report: AHCA could lead to 725,000 fewer health care jobs | Cleveland Clinic to offer individual health plans in 5 Ohio counties | N.H. lawmakers pass nurse licensure bills
June 23, 2017
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Report: AHCA could lead to 725,000 fewer health care jobs
The American Health Care Act passed in the US House may lead to the loss of 725,000 health care jobs over 10 years, according to a report from George Washington University and The Commonwealth Fund. The report found there could be an immediate loss of health care jobs in 17 states, with New York, Pennsylvania and Florida most affected.
NBC News (6/14),  Healthcare Dive (6/15) 
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Cleveland Clinic to offer individual health plans in 5 Ohio counties
Cleveland Clinic is working with insurer Oscar Health to sell Affordable Care Act-compliant individual health policies in five Ohio counties. The plan will cover only hospitals and other providers that are part of the Cleveland Clinic's network.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/15) 
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Education & Training
N.H. lawmakers pass nurse licensure bills
The New Hampshire Legislature passed two bills aimed at reducing licensing hurdles for new nurses and those from other states. One of the bills would allow the state's Board of Nursing to use the process of endorsement to accept nurse licenses from Vermont, Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut.
The Keene Sentinel (N.H.) (6/13) 
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Science, math and nursing building dedicated at Bowie State U.
Bowie State University officials anticipate that the new 149,000-square-foot Center for Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Nursing will help the university reach its goal of increasing minority representation in science, technology, education and math. The $102 million building, dedicated this month at the university's Prince George's County site, includes labs, classrooms, nursing simulation areas and a greenhouse.
BisNow (6/9),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/8) 
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AWHONN Spotlight
Debriefing interventions for the prevention of psychological trauma in women after childbirth
Posttraumatic stress disorder can affect women whose childbirth experience is traumatic; these women may experience nightmares or flashbacks, among other symptoms, and experience long-term effects that diminish their well-being. In Nursing for Women's Health, author Daniel Guadalupe Choperena Aguilar, RN, BSN, BSO, provides commentary on a Cochrane Review of debriefing interventions for the prevention of psychological trauma in women after childbirth. Read the abstract in Nursing for Women's Health.
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RN turns passion for patient advocacy into a business
Registered nurse Teri Dreher's passion for patient advocacy led her to launch NShore Patient Advocates in Chicago in 2011. Dreher said when patients and families need help navigating the health care system, NShore's staff of nurses provides guidance and advocates on their behalf.
WTTW-TV (Chicago, Ill.) (6/20) 
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Other News
See a Demo of Porter's Nitronox at AWHONN Conference
Porter's Nitronox, the most popular nitrous oxide and oxygen pain management system in the US, is used in over 350 facilities for L&D. It is patient self-administered intermittently, as needed. See it demonstrated at the AWHONN Convention, Porter booth #710, to find out if it's right for your facility. View videos and articles here.
Trusted Leaders for Women's and Newborn Health
We've partnered with ITN Productions to create "Trusted Leaders for Women's and Newborn Health," a news and current-affairs program that explores the exceptional work of AWHONN nurses and industry members that are promoting infant and maternal health. The program will be premiered at the 2017 AWHONN Convention. Learn more.
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CDC provides resources to support Maternal Mortality Review Committees
The CDC recently released Review to Action, a website to promote the state-based maternal mortality review process as the best way to measure and reduce pregnancy-related deaths. The site promotes the translation of findings into action and also serves as a resource for best practices in maternal mortality review. A key element of this work is the Maternal Mortality Review Information Application (MMRIA), a free, new data system for committee review information that, when used, provides stronger, more standardized and detailed data. A preliminary review of data shared by states proposes where we could go as a nation as more states are able to collaborate around a shared data framework and a shared understanding of how the data can inform prevention activities. Maternal Mortality Review Committees need nurses like you! Learn more.
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