A West Virginia law allowing advanced practice registered nurses to sign Physicians Orders for Scope of Treatment documents went into effect in June, and in the following three months, APRNs submitted 14% of the forms sent to the state's e-Directive Registry. The registry contains more than 10,000 POST forms, and the number increases by 250 to 300 per month.
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A proposal to allow Illinois community colleges to award bachelor's degrees in nursing could be considered by state legislators next year. The state's universities have pushed for collaboration rather than the establishment of four-year degree programs at community colleges.
It is estimated that up to 80% of women experience symptoms related to declining estrogen levels that occur with menopause. In a Nursing for Women's Health article, author Heidi Collins Fantasia, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, provides an overview of the use of paroxetine to treat moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms of menopause, including potential adverse reactions, special considerations for use, and implications for nursing practice. Read the article in Nursing for Women's Health.
A Press Ganey report found hospitals with higher perceived nursing workplace safety had lower rates of registered nurse-related perceived missed care and higher CMS Overall Hospital Quality star rankings, compared with those that had lower rates of perceived safety. The report said hospitals with higher perceived nursing surveillance capacity had fewer hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, higher CMS quality rankings and a lower rate of perceived missed care than those with lower perceived nursing surveillance capacity.
Palliative care's goal of comforting patients is not a new concept, but creating inpatient and outpatient interdisciplinary teams to provide palliative services is a more recent health care emphasis, advanced practice registered nurse Judy Gustafson writes. Palliative medicine promotes goal setting, advance care planning and naming surrogates who can act when patients are not able to make their own decisions, Gustafson says.
The AWHONN Board of Directors is accepting nominations for the AWHONN Awards of Excellence to recognize members who have made a significant or outstanding contribution to the specialties of women's health, obstetric or neonatal nursing at the local, state, national or international level. The Board of Directors has revised the awards to be presented in each of the following three areas: Practice (2 awards: one for bedside nurses and one for Advanced Practice Nurses), Leadership and Education (2 awards: one for academic or scholarly education and one for clinical education). If you are interested in nominating a candidate, complete the online application package. Self-nominations will not be accepted or allowed. The deadline for submitting a completed application package is midnight (EST), Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Learn More.
Nurses provide touches of love to the babies they care for, and also through their essential role in facilitating strong relationships between newborns and their parents. For this reason and so many more, Pampers Swaddlers and AWHONN are recognizing nurses through the annual Thank You Nurses Awards program. Say "thank you" to a special nurse who has touched you and your baby's life by nominating them for the Pampers Swaddlers Thank You Nurses Awards program. Learn more.