Demand growing for nurses with master's-, doctorate-level degrees | Measure would allow nurses in Mich. to prescribe drugs | Harrisburg, Pa., jobs picture shows need for nurses
March 20, 2015
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Demand growing for nurses with master's-, doctorate-level degrees
The Institute of Medicine has recommended a twofold increase in the number of nurses with doctorate-level degrees by 2020. The IOM says an aging population as well as the need to manage conditions such as diabetes are the primary factors driving the demand. A Rand Corp. report found that doctor of nursing practice degrees are being offered at more than 250 colleges. U.S. News & World Report (3/12)
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Measure would allow nurses in Mich. to prescribe drugs
Advanced practice registered nurses will be allowed to treat, diagnose and prescribe drugs independently under a Michigan Senate bill. State Sen. Mike Shirkey, a Republican who sponsored the bill, said the measure would help address shortages of primary care providers. (3/16)
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Harrisburg, Pa., jobs picture shows need for nurses
Harrisburg, Pa., has more job openings than applicants, and a list of the top 10 openings for the area includes registered nurses in second place. Shaun Donovan of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC says almost half of the overall job openings are in health care. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (3/13)
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Residency programs help nurses adjust to career life
More hospitals are offering nurse residency or expanded orientation programs to help new hires adjust and to increase retention rates. Akron Children's Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals in Ohio all have residency programs, Akron General Medical Center has orientation and mentorship programs, and the University of Iowa College of Nursing has an online certificate program that helps nurses prepare for jobs. Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (3/14), (3/10)
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Nursing programs' enrollment gains reflect job market
American Association of Colleges of Nursing data for fall 2014 showed enrollment growth in nursing education, including baccalaureate, RN-to-BSN, master's and doctoral programs, driven by patient care needs and employer demands. An AACN survey on new nurse graduates indicated that 79.6% of employers required or strongly preferred nurses who have bachelor's degrees. A strong pipeline of nurses entering research and practice programs is needed to meet demand for nurse scientists, faculty and leaders, says Susan Hassmiller of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (3/12), FierceHealthcare (3/9)
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Family-centered cesarean birth
Health care providers at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md., are making cesareans feel more like birth than surgery for women. Techniques include lowering drapes so mom can see her baby being born and initiating skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth. "Gentle cesareans" are relatively new, so there is a lack of research regarding potential issues such as infection control. National Public Radio (3/9)
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Hospice nurse says caring for patients is act of humanity
Hospice Diary blogger and nurse Amy Getter says caring for dying patients goes beyond research and treatment and is ultimately an act of humanity. Shortages and higher costs for atropine and Octreotide, commonly used in hospice, make caring for patients more difficult, she writes. GeriPal blog (3/17)
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AWHONN's director of women's health programs quoted in Parents Magazine
Catherine Ruhl, certified nurse-midwife and AWHONN's director of women's health programs, was recently quoted in a Parents Magazine article speaking on the importance of taking a hospital tour before delivery. The article also provided parents with helpful tips and information on how to prepare for their child's birth. Congratulations, Catherine! Read the article.
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National Health Services Corps Scholarship Program
The National Health Services Corps is accepting applications for the NHSC Scholarship Program. The program awards scholarships to health profession students who want to pursue a career as a primary care provider without having to worry about financial debt. Applications are due by May 7. For more information, please visit the NHSC website.
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