Nurses need tools to succeed, advance and grow, nursing dean says | Ariz. school district searches for more nurses | Nursing school sees Ebola as a teaching moment
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October 24, 2014
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Nurses need tools to succeed, advance and grow, nursing dean says
Stories about nursing shortages and burnout show the importance of having mentors who help new colleagues navigate the profession, writes Janie Heath, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She said survey data show keeping nurses engaged means giving them a stronger voice, tools that help them advance professionally, and the ability to practice at the full scope of their education and license. The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (tiered subscription model) (10/16)
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Ariz. school district searches for more nurses
The Tucson Unified School District is recruiting school nurses, even posting signs at a local medical center. Health Director Donna Johnson says some nurses are responsible for multiple schools, and she is concerned that a lack of coverage raises risks in life-threatening events such as an asthma attack or a food allergy reaction. KGUN-TV (Tucson, Ariz.) (10/19)
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Nursing school sees Ebola as a teaching moment
Nursing faculty at the University of Texas-Arlington are using Ebola concerns as a teaching opportunity, employing different strategies to instruct nursing students on caring for Ebola patients, says Anne Bavier, the nursing school dean. She said the College of Nursing has on staff an expert on infectious diseases who is adding content to classes and presenting updated CDC information. The Shorthorn (University of Texas at Arlington) (10/20)
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CDC issues new Ebola guidelines for health care workers
The CDC has released new guidelines for health care workers treating patients with Ebola. The new guidelines stress the use of protective garments, requiring workers to be "repeatedly trained" when it comes to putting on and taking off their personal protective equipment, leaving no skin exposed while caring for infected patients. All workers will be supervised by a trained observer or site manager to ensure protective protocols are followed while removing and putting on protective gear. NBC News (10/20), ABC News/The Associated Press (10/20), National Public Radio/The Two-Way blog (10/20)
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AWHONN Spotlight
Good nurse-doctor communication can save lives
Electronic health records do not trump good nurse-doctor communication, as shown by a recent Ebola patient's outcome. An Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality four-year study will survey hospital staff use of EHRs, computers and other devices, the influence of technology on workflow, and how much doctors and nurses interact face-to-face. The importance of good nurse-doctor communication was also demonstrated in a study earlier this year. Better interdisciplinary understanding between obstetric nurses and obstetricians at Yale-New Haven Hospital improved patient outcomes and reduced the number of obstetric liability claims. Read more.
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Leadership
Ebola highlights importance of nurses' voices
Nurses are fully participating in the conversation about how to respond to the Ebola virus, which has highlighted the critical role they play in health care, Theresa Brown writes. "It's unfortunate it took a health care crisis to showcase that nursing is central to successful health care, but in the end, health care in the United States will be better off because of it," Brown writes. CNN (10/23)
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Nursing groups launch hospice, palliative care campaign
Three hospice and palliative nursing groups have begun a $5 million Advancing Expert Care Campaign to train nurses and other clinicians in hospice and palliative care. The campaign will focus on education, best-practices research, nurse leadership programs and certification. FierceHealthcare (10/20)
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New online course: Perinatal Loss
As part of the AWHONN Perinatal Advanced Continuing Education Library, the Perinatal Loss online education course is now available. Learners will be able to define the types and frequency of losses, analyze emotional responses and stages of grieving for families experiencing loss, explore the impact of various cultural and religious beliefs and examine several other factors in this highly innovative and advanced activity. 1.7 contact hours available. Learn more.
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New! NCC code designations now matched with POEP and NOEP
Whether you have already purchased the popular Perinatal Orientation and Education Program and the Neonatal Orientation and Education Program or are considering acquiring either education package for your facility, now you can review how each module of both programs applies to the respective NCC code designations. Review NCC codes for POEP and NOEP.
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