Mass. increases number of nurses with bachelor's degrees | Mayo Clinic answers shortage by hiring associate-degree nurses | NP says study supports an end to practice restrictions
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October 17, 2014
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Mass. increases number of nurses with bachelor's degrees
Massachusetts' efforts to boost the number of nurses with bachelor's degrees have led to a 34% increase over three years. Among working nurses, there was an 81% increase in bachelor's degrees. The state's goal is to increase the percentage of nurses with bachelor's degrees to 66% by 2020. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (10/13)
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Mayo Clinic answers shortage by hiring associate-degree nurses
Retirements and changing roles in nursing are creating a shortage of nurses at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the hospital is accepting applications from nurses who have associate's degrees instead of bachelor's degrees. The nurses will be hired under the expectation that they attain a bachelor's degree within five years. The Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (10/11)
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NP says study supports an end to practice restrictions
States with full-practice nurse practitioners achieved better patient outcomes than states that did not have full practice, according to a study in the journal Nursing Outlook. Nurse practitioner Tom Bartol, in analyzing and commenting on the study, writes that his skills and competency did not change because he moved from a state that did not allow full practice to one that did, and he cites a Federal Trade Commission report that said removing barriers to full practice could improve access and quality of care. Medscape (free registration) (10/8)
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Education & Training
VA secretary tours colleges to recruit new nurses and doctors
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is urging nursing- and medical-school students to consider a career at the VA. During a speech at the University of Vermont this week, McDonald touted a new program that forgives up to $120,000 in student debt for graduates hired by the VA. Stars and Stripes/The Associated Press (10/13)
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Failing to finish college can derail careers
Having some college credits but not a degree can stall careers and keep people with student loan debt in lower-paying positions. Lauren Bizzaro, who went to school to study nursing, works as a unit coordinator in a rehabilitation facility and has been told she cannot advance without additional credentials. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/13)
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U.S. must rethink Ebola prevention and detection, CDC director says
U.S. hospitals and health experts need to reconsider the best methods for diagnosing and preventing Ebola infections, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said Monday. "We have to rethink the way we address Ebola infection control. Even a single infection is unacceptable," Frieden said. Reuters (10/13), Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/13), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/13)
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Leadership
Nurses urge hospitals to increase infection control training
Nurses groups are calling on hospitals to take steps to increase training and safety for health care workers who may have to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus. The Georgia Nurses Association said nurses are asking for assurance from the CDC and hospitals that infection safety protocols are being reviewed and enforced. WGCL-TV (Atlanta) (10/16)
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Study: Post-discharge program doesn't reduce readmissions
In-hospital self-management education provided by nurses and post-discharge telephone follow-up from nurse practitioners did not improve readmission rates when compared with usual care for older patients who spoke English, Spanish or Chinese, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. BeckersHospitalReview.com (10/7)
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