Many states have shortages of sexual assault nurse examiners, making it difficult for victims of sexual assault to receive care and testing. Funding can be an obstacle to providing SANE programs, but Illinois passed legislation requiring every rape victim be treated by a SANE by 2022, and in Maine hospitals created regional partnerships so SANEs at any of the facilities can respond when a rape victim comes to an emergency department.
Health care systems in the Dayton, Ohio, area report increases in nurse practitioners, often as part of overall growth of advanced practice registered nurses, including clinical nurse specialists, nurse anesthetists and nurse-midwives. Premier Health employs 283 APRNs, an increase from 101 five years ago, and nurse practitioner Melissa Holmes, a clinical instructor at Wright State University, said interest in all NP programs has increased, especially in the past several years.
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Kerri Ubaldi, vice president of operations at Merritt Healthcare, and says her leadership perspective is shaped by 22 years' experience as a registered nurse. Ubaldi bring a patient-centered perspective and advocates for patient safety as the top priority.
Registered nurse Spencer Miller writes about his first day on the job as an occupational health nurse at an auto plant, after working in ambulatory and emergency care. "Mitigating the dangers in the workplace requires data. What are the injuries? How are they happening?" Miller writes.
New bachelor of science in nursing degree programs that have launched over the past three years at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Seton Hill University and Saint Vincent College have met or exceeded enrollment projections. The goal is to increase the number of nurses regionally and nationally, and to prepare nurses to work in settings beyond the hospital and in specialized areas.
Southern Illinois Healthcare is recruiting nurses for jobs throughout its system and is offering incentives such as scholarships and a student loan forgiveness program. "We are very fortunate to live in an area surrounded by community colleges and universities that help us build that pipeline of new nurse graduates," said Kristin King, talent acquisition leader.
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