Expansion of the West Virginia University Medicine system, which serves parts of southern Pennsylvania, has spurred competition with Pennsylvania hospitals for patients, nurses and other clinicians. Uniontown Hospital has strengthened its ties with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Uniontown CEO Steven Handy said the biggest effect of the West Virginia expansion has been in recruitment of nurses to fill vacant positions.
ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Ohio has designed a construction project to improve nursing care by reducing the time and distance needed to walk during shifts. Designers followed nurses in intensive care and medical-surgical units and worked to reduce the presence of long corridors and to make supplies available in multiple locations.
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Bipartisan legislation in the US House would reauthorize funds for nursing workforce and education programs. The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act would train nurses who will practice in rural and underserved communities.
Nurse practitioner Jo-Ann Eastwood of the UCLA School of Nursing created the Staying Connected program, which includes mobile technology and patient education, to help women make lifestyle changes that improved their cardiovascular measures. Eastwood, president-elect of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association and an American Heart Association Clinical Research award recipient, said it is important to teach people self-management skills that incorporate individual needs.
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The achievement of maternal vitamin D sufficiency during pregnancy and lactation has the potential to improve the health of women and infants simultaneously. In an article in JOGNN, authors identify the combined effect of prenatal and postnatal vitamin D3 supplementation on the vitamin D status of pregnant and lactating women and their exclusively breastfed infants. Read the abstract in JOGNN.
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Great leaders have integrity, a strong sense of purpose and a defined mission, and are sought out for advice because colleagues value what they say, registered nurse Eileen Williamson writes. There is great opportunity for nurses to take leadership roles, Williamson says, and the journey begins with nurses evaluating their career, goals, family life and willingness to pursue additional education.
Carle Hospital NICU nurse Norah Hopkins, who spends her after-work hours knitting hats to help keep infants in the unit warm, says nurses develop a special bond with patients and families. Hopkins says working in the NICU is her calling, even after the death of her own twins in a NICU 13 years ago.
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most common cause of lower respiratory tract illness in infants, resulting in up to 75% of all infant bronchiolitis diagnoses. National organizations differ in their recommendations for RSV immunoprophylaxis in preterm infants, despite the fact that RSV immunoprophylaxis in infants born at less than 35 weeks gestation has been shown to decrease RSV hospitalizations. A recent observational study of infants 29 to 32 weeks gestation who did not receive RSV prophylaxis and were less than 3 months of age when diagnosed with RSV revealed that 68% required ICU admission and 44% required mechanical ventilatory support. Read more in the American Journal of Perinatology.
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