R.I. hospital holds weekly walk-in job interviews for nurses | Ill. bills target improving maternal health | Nurse practitioners have 2 choices for gerontology certification
 
March 15, 2019
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R.I. hospital holds weekly walk-in job interviews for nurses
Kent Hospital in Warwick, R.I., will hold walk-in job interviews every Tuesday as it tries to recruit from 45 to 50 new nurses. Many of the hospital's nurses are nearing retirement age, and nurses are needed in specialty areas.
Warwick Beacon (R.I.) (3/7) 
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Ill. bills target improving maternal health
Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill to provide Medicaid coverage for new mothers for 12 months after birth, and to create a pilot program for low-income women in their first pregnancy that would offer in-home visits by nurses. A second bill would mandate teaching nurses and physicians about implicit bias in continuing education programs.
Rockford Register Star (Ill.)/Capitol News Illinois (3/13) 
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Education & Training
Nurse practitioners have 2 choices for gerontology certification
The certification choices for nurses who care for adults in gerontology include Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certified in Adult-Gerontology. "Advanced practice licensure allows greater autonomy, authority, and generally higher salaries." said NP Robin Dennison, director of Nursing Programs at the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences.
Daily Nurse (3/11) 
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Nursing school puts focus on professional development
Villanova University's nursing school helps students prepare for their careers by learning the best ways to network. College career centers are working with students early, connecting them with alumni and creating relationships with employers that may result in jobs and internships.
The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News (tiered subscription model) (3/8) 
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Leadership
Nurse aims to increase colon cancer awareness
Pennsylvania nurse Lauren Riccotone thought she had hemorrhoids when she noticed rectal bleeding but was diagnosed with colon cancer just weeks after giving birth to her daughter. Riccotone, who was just 34 when she was diagnosed, says she hopes to inform younger people about colon cancer symptoms.
Yahoo (3/13) 
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Study analyzes readmissions with home vs. SNF discharge
Hospital discharge to home was associated with a lower readmission rate than discharge to a skilled nursing facility until proximity to a home health agency was factored in, resulting in a lower readmission rate for SNFs, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine found. Discharges to home or an SNF did not lead to significant differences in improvement in functional status or 30-day mortality.
MedPage Today (free registration) (3/11),  HealthLeaders Media (3/11) 
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