NICU study shows subjective workload affects quality of care | Ga. finds creative ways to address shortage of nurses | Vt. colleges, hospitals address nurse pipeline issues
November 16, 2018
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NICU study shows subjective workload affects quality of care
Researchers reported in JAMA Pediatrics that a NICU nurse's subjective workload affects the ability to provide the best patient care. The study said broader workload strategies are needed to reduce stress among nurses and improve the quality of care.
HealthLeaders Media (11/12) 
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Ga. finds creative ways to address shortage of nurses
Colleges and hospitals in Georgia have designed programs to reduce the state's shortage of nurses. Mercer University has a 12-month program for students who already have a non-nursing bachelor's degree but want to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Navicent Health created Flex Health to expand its nursing staff, and Coliseum Health Systems provides support to nurses, especially those new to the profession.
The Macon Telegraph (Ga.) (11/12) 
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Vt. colleges, hospitals address nurse pipeline issues
Vermont hospitals and colleges work together to address nurse pipeline issues in the state by having student nurses spend one or two semesters at a hospital as part of their education. Brattleboro Memorial Hospital also provides professional development support for nurses who want to change their jobs within the organization, even if it means creating a temporary shortage in a department.
Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.) (11/9) 
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Penn State U. campus adding new health sciences building
A building that will house programs for nursing, physical therapist assistants and occupational therapy assistants will be built on the Pennsylvania State University Mont Alto campus. The $13 million building is expected to be completed by July 2021.
The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Md.) (11/14) 
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RN outlines 6 focus areas for nurse leaders
There are six areas nurse leaders should focus on as they grow in their position, said registered nurse Patricia Hickey, a vice president and associate chief nursing officer at Boston Children's Hospital. The areas are employee well-being, work environment, acuity measurement, specialty certification, empathetic and empowered teams, and nurse leadership.
HealthLeaders Media (11/8) 
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NICU nurses begin pay-it-forward chain with breast milk donations
Two NICU nurses at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis started a pay-it-forward chain by donating their breast milk to help infants whose mothers cannot breastfeed. The chain started when NICU nurse Abby Black, who had recently given birth, offered to donate extra milk to colleague Katie Hanover, who couldn't breastfeed her premature daughter at first, and they both, along with others, are now donating extra milk to a mother with breast cancer who cannot breastfeed her daughter.
ABC News/Good Morning America (11/13) 
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