Archive for the ‘Nursing News’ Category

I had the fantastic opportunity to work as a school nurse for five years. I found the work to be very challenging but also very rewarding. It’s a great specialty for nurses who enjoy working with children and teens. Being a mother, the position worked out well for me because my hours as a school nurse were the same as my kids’ hours in school.

Every school district has certain requirements and positions, and most districts have a limited number of nursing positions. Where I worked, school nurses were required to be RNs but some school districts hire EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians, also known as Paramedics) and LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) depending on what their budgets allow. Read Full Story

WASHINGTON, DC – Speaking to the American Nurses Association House of Delegates, President Obama proclaimed “I love nurses! I love nurses!”

The president talked up investing in the primary-care workforce, so that nurses more quickly move from the classroom to the exam room. He talked up improvements under the new health care law, like $250 rebates for the elderly reaching a gap in Medicare drug benefits. And he urged states to start their own high-risk pools and begin enrolling participants. Read Full Story

LOS ANGELES, CA – On April 14, 2010, Adrienne Braxton 33, a nurse’s assistant, was the only person who ran to help a man who was left in the middle of Pico Boulevard and Western Avenue in Los Angeles early Monday morning.

Adrienne Braxton, a nurse's assistant, was carjacked while trying to save a man's life. CBS

Minutes after a fatal car accident, Adrienne Braxton, gets carjacked trying to save a man's life.

Braxton saw someone in pain, ran to help but ended up being carjacked as she tried to save the injured man’s life. But the local health care worker with a big heart wouldn’t give up without a fight. CBS 2/KCAL 9’s Melissa McCarty has the story of a terrifying carjacking… Read Full Story

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Some 1,500 nurses and technical staff walked off their jobs on Wednesday, April 1, furious that the hospital had cut a popular tuition assistance program and had failed to add nurses in what they described as understaffed units, among other grievances.

Hundreds of nurses and technical employees walked a picket line Thursday amid a standoff over management demands for benefit cuts and other union concessions.

“It’s a matter of respect,” said nurse Lisa Antenucci. “They broke the contract that we had, and we don’t feel they will keep the contract that we will get.”

The hospital, which brought in 850 replacement workers to staff the hospital during the strike, said that patient care had been unaffected and that the hospital was providing all of its normal services on Thursday. Read Full Story

Nursing resumes give potential employers a first impression of you as a person and as a nurse. In this highly competitive job market where nurses are returning to the work force in order to help family budgets meet in the middle and new nurses are graduating daily it might seem impossible to stand out.

But, you can make your resume stand out among the hundreds or thousands of resumes being submitted for the same limited number of nursing positions.

Here is what you need to do. Read Full Story

There has never been a better time in the history of man to get a nursing degree. Not only are there many career options for the nursing students of today but there are plenty of excellent career opportunities as well.

Students sitting on the fence and struggling to decide whether an investment in a nursing career is one that will pay off should consider these 10 wonderful reasons that nursing is a good bet in education today and tomorrow.

1) Job Security

Right now there is a global nursing shortage. With population booms around the world and baby boomers aging rapidly those shortages look to become more profound in the next five to ten years. Early predications are that the shortage will nearly double in the next five years and more than triple in the next ten. Read Full Story

BRYANTOWN, MD – A 47-year-old Bryantown, Maryland nurse has won a victory in her battle with the IRS by successfully defending herself against the agency and by getting a ruling that could help thousands of students deduct the cost of an M.B.A. degree on their taxes.

Lori Singleton-Clarke, at her Maryland home. Photo credit: Melissa Golden / The Wall Street Journal

Lori Singleton-Clarke her victory in the U.S. Tax Court last month winning her case on the grounds that she had properly deducted almost $15,000 in business school tuition. This court ruling should make it easier for many other professionals to deduct the expense of a Master in Business Administration degree.

Read the full story at the Wall Street Journal.

Lynn Callister

PROVO, UT – Lynn Callister is a professor of nursing at Brigham Young University (BYU). She has been honored by the first College of Nursing professorship due to a lifetime of of dedication. She has spent the past 23 years studying women’s health and sharing that knowledge with students around the globe. Callister said that she is honored by the professorship, which allows her $5,000 for research, travel and continued mentoring.

College of Nursing Dean Beth Cole pointed out that it was Callister’s dedication that made her a perfect candidate for the professorship. In an article at the Deseret News, Cole was quoted as saying, “The university benefits from her international vision for the profession.” Cole also went on to state, “Her close relationships with nurses across the world have been the stepping stones for international learning experiences for many students.”

Lynn Callister has spent a lifetime listening to others around the globe.

She’s listened to women as they talk about childbirth from Guatemala, Finland, Russia and Jordan.

In Ecuador, women shared stories of giving birth in the slums, while women from Finland frequently chose an unmedicated route even though they have access to every modern convenience.

In the Deseret News article, Callister was quoted as saying, “All the rituals and behaviors that surround childbirth in different parts of the world are very interesting,” She goes on to state, “I think the commonality for me is that women are strong and amazing, and that they are able to accomplish more than they even thought possible.”

In 1952, BYU’s College of Nursing held its first classes and now has 30 graduate students and 337 undergraduate students, Callister said.

Thanks to money received through the Mary Ellen Edmunds’ Endowment for the Healer’s Art, which was established in 2004, Cole said that BYU was finally able to offer a professorship – which it wanted to for several years, now.

Callister has received honors in the past and has also authored and co-authored hundreds of articles on topics such as HIV in women and children, global birth rate trends, poverty and women’s health. She’s been honored as a Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing, and has also earned the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing.

But Callister says that she doesn’t do any of it for the accolades, rather she does it because she’s a nurse. She says that nursing means healing and caring for people and it also means listening to people.

She’s met hundreds of mothers who will never be honored for their selfless sacrifices and she also frequently reflects back on them, stating, “It’s those kind of women whose voices we don’t really hear,” she said. “In my research, that’s what I’ve wanted to do — give them voice.”

Four nurses who worked for the Lehigh Valley Health Network were arrested on the charge of stealing pain medication. Pennsylvania Attorney General, Tom Corbett, says the nurses have been charged with taking prescription pain medication from the hospitals where they worked

The accused are identified as Tracy Goetter, 48, of Coopersburg, Lehigh County, a nurse in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Muhlenberg campus; Lisa Citrola, 48, of Bethlehem, a nurse in the emergency room at Muhlenberg; Christopher Evans, 31, of Breinigsville, Lehigh County, a nurse at Lehigh Valley Hospital’s Cedar Crest campus; and Krista Lichtenberger, 25, of Bethlehem, an emergency room nurse at Muhlenberg.

Corbett said, in late spring 2009, Goetter started taking waste Fentanyl in her last two weeks of work in an effort to make her own Fentanyl patches for personal use.

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Corbett said that, in August 2007, Citrola began diverting significant amounts of the powerful prescription drug Dilaudid for her personal use. As Citrola’s addiction grew, Corbett said the waste was not enough to feed her addiction. She then allegedly began signing out the drug in patients’ names and using it for her personal use. According to the criminal complaint, in December 2008, Citrola started to inject herself in the bathroom at work.

Corbett said Evans began diverting Fentanyl and Midazolam once a week in May 2009, but increased to four or five times in June and then daily in July. According to the criminal complaint, other employees witnessed Evans dispose of the drug waste, but it was later determined that the waste was saline.

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Corbett said Lichtenberger accessed a Pyxis machine on her day off to obtain prescription medications for her personal use A Pyxis machine is a type of vending machine nurses use to obtain medications for patients.

“Our Bureau of Narcotics Investigation agents are very active in investigating medical professionals who are illegally using prescription pain medication,” Corbett said. “It is a potentially dangerous situation if the person you trust with your medical care is under the influence of drugs.”

Lehigh Valley Health Network released the following statement in response to the arrests:

“Discovering and reporting this type of activity requires having strong medication safety and security systems in place. Every day we assess how to achieve the appropriate balance of allowing enough access to medications to properly care for patients in a timely fashion, and ensuring proper medication security measures. That’s how we were able to identify and report each of these cases to the proper authorities and work closely with them to address these matters. Each of the individuals was terminated after we learned of and investigated each case. A review of each case indicates that patient care was not compromised.”

WFMZ.com contributed to this story.

A Brooklyn girl with epilepsy ended up in the hospital after school nurses mistakenly gave her and other students the swine flu vaccine without parental consent. Officials at Public School 335 in Crown Heights called an ambulance to take 6-year-old, Nikiyah Torres-Pierre to SUNY Downstate Medical Center when she fell ill following the flu shot.

 Murray/News Nikiyah Torres, with her mom Naomi Troy, who received a flu shot without parents permission was taken to a hospital.

Murray/News Nikiyah Torres, with her mom Naomi Troy, falls ill after a flu shot.

“I was outraged,” Naomi Troy, 26, told the Daily News after her daughter, had a possible allergic reaction to the shot.

“My stomach was hurting, and I was itching,” Nikiyah said after she was released from the hospital.

The snafu and a similar mixup at a Staten Island school came in the first days of the city’s in-school H1N1 vaccination program. Read full story.