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News for the nursing profession | February 23, 2012

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ANA SmartBrief special report:
Professional development,
education and careers in nursing
A good education and a commitment to professional development form the foundation for a great career in nursing. Whether you're a student or a nurse, this ANA SmartBrief special report highlights news that can help you on your way.
  Nursing Education 
  • Guide offers travel tips for nursing educators and students
    The National League for Nursing has released a toolkit to help improve the experiences of nurse educators and students traveling abroad. Preparation for a successful trip can include learning about scope of practice and diseases relevant to your destination, said Adey Nyamathi, an associate dean at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing. At least 200 U.S. nursing schools do some sort of formal work in other countries, including through student travel and faculty consultation and research. (2/9)
  • Explore the ANA Online Nursing Degree Center: The American Nurses Association has partnered with several universities and programs that are exclusively offering ANA members discounts on online nursing degree programs for enrollment. More universities and colleges will continue to be added over time, and ANA welcomes all feedback for the types of courses you need to enhance your career. Learn more.
  • End-of-life researcher remembered for impact on education
    Nurse researcher and educator Jeanne Quint Benoliel died last month and is being remembered for her contributions to the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she established a Ph.D. program and a graduate program focused on training nurse leaders for community-based care for patients with advanced cancer. Nursing educator Barbara McGrath, a former student of Benoliel's, said her death and dying class was "infamous." "The first day she announced that we cannot help others deal with their impending deaths until we have examined our own feelings," McGrath said. (2/14)
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  Professional Development 
  • Re-entry can be a chance to add skills, grow professionally
    Taking a break from the profession and coming back can be scary but rewarding, says registered nurse Nan Whalen, who stopped nursing for five years but made sure she maintained her license and fulfilled the continuing education requirements of her state. Nursing educator Janalee Isaacson manages a refresher program for returning nurses and says it can be a chance to develop and grow. The Kansas City Nursing News (2/15)
  • Continuing professional development: ANA is committed to providing you with the resources you need to make the most of your career. From webinars to conferences, continuing education to certification, ANA has hundreds of programs to help you grow. Learn more.
  • Patient engagement eases transition for charge nurse
    Registered nurse Kendra Vogel describes her transition from graduation in 2009 to taking on the role of charge nurse in a pulmonary immediate care unit. She says it's important to engage with patients' family members when sharing bad news, and she found there's a learning curve when it comes to responding to codes. The Kansas City Nursing News (2/15)
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  Careers in Nursing 
  • Consultants: Surgery centers need to groom nurse leaders
    Surgery centers should identify and develop "heirs apparent" to prepare for the departure of senior nursing leaders, say consultants and registered nurses Debra Stinchcomb and Regina Boore. They also recommend implementing a staff education program if one is not available already. (2/15)
  • Primary care shortage creates opportunity for NPs
    The removal of scope of practice barriers and an increased reliance on nurse practitioners are among the solutions being discussed as the nation faces a growing shortage of primary care providers, Sarah Kliff writes. The Affordable Care Act has the potential to help create a bigger pool of providers, but the medical workforce may need to be more diverse as well, Kliff argues. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (2/15)
  • A move to informatics takes OR nurse far
    After 20 years as an operating room nurse, Annette Hadley moved into informatics and IT when she applied for a position leading her department's change in computer systems. Now, she is preparing to spend a year consulting at a hospital in Qatar. Clinical experience such as Hadley's can bring credibility to an IT company or project, her colleagues say, and Hadley's leap of faith into her new role has opened doors around the world for her. A recruiter's inquiry led to the opportunity in Qatar after Hadley lived for a while in London working on a Cerner Corp. project. The Kansas City Nursing News (2/15)
  • ANA Nurse's Career Center connects nurses and employers: The Nurse's Career Center is an online resource where qualified nursing professionals can post resumes and search for jobs and health care employers can find the industry's best talent. Learn more.
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