GAO: VA has trouble implementing nurse hiring plans | Ohio employers hunt for nurses, other skilled workers | Bachelor's degree grows in value for career advancement
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December 12, 2014
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GAO: VA has trouble implementing nurse hiring plans
A Government Accountability Office review of seven Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers found that all of them had trouble developing and implementing nurse staffing plans mandated by a 2010 directive. The VA has increased its nursing staff by 13% over five years, but turnover also has increased, and the agency says it needs to add 40,000 nurses through 2018 to meet expected demand for care. FedWeek (12/1)
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Ohio employers hunt for nurses, other skilled workers
Workers with health care or technical skills are in high demand in Ohio, and state universities and colleges are bolstering training programs and working with business partners to offer internships. Nursing is among the most popular majors at Ohio University-Chillicothe, and Adena Health System offers an 18-week internship for nurses with graduate degrees. Most nurses who complete the program are offered permanent jobs. Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio) (12/6)
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Bachelor's degree grows in value for career advancement
Better care and shorter hospital stays are among the benefits of a more highly educated nurse workforce, writes associate professor of nursing Judy Evans of Colorado Mountain College. Many hospitals prefer that new hires have bachelor's degrees or expect nurses to advance their education within a certain time frame. Post Independent (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) (12/7)
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Calif. community college, private college partner for nursing degree
In fall 2015, the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District in California will team up with Point Loma Nazarene University to allow nursing graduates to earn a bachelor's degree from Point Loma. The community college also is exploring four-year degree options for its environmental health and safety-management programs, thanks to a state bill. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/5)
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Labor nurse shares family's deep grief
"This holiday season, my one wish is that every nurse knows their worth and that every patient knows theirs," writes AWHONN member Shelly Lopez Gray in the Huffington Post. Read her poignant story about a nurse's role in celebrating new life and grieving the loss of a baby along with her patients. Full story.
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5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
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Nurses help patients manage COPD
Respiratory nurses play an important role in creating and managing pulmonary rehabilitation care programs for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nurses can offer patients guidance about issues such as medication adherence, diet and advance care planning. Nursing Times (U.K.) (free registration) (12/9)
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Time magazine honors those who put lives on hold, at risk to fight Ebola
First responders to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa met with complacent or hostile governments, inadequate medical infrastructures and funds, and denial and suspicion among local communities. They soldiered on, "fighting a forest fire with spray bottles," as one volunteer put it, even as dozens around them succumbed to the virus. The villagers, volunteers, troops, caregivers, doctors, nurses, scientists and directors who put their lives on hold and at risk are Time's Person of the Year. (12/10)
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Who's Hiring?
Position TitleCompany NameLocation
Director, Women's, Infants and Children's ServicesKootenai HealthCoeur d Alene, ID
Family Birthing Center ManagerColumbia Memorial HospitalAstoria, OR
Certified Nurse MidwifePhysicians and MidwivesAlexandria, VA
Lactation Counselor EducatorPrepared Childbirth Educators, Inc.
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