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Announcement: 2015 Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing – Research Scholars Program

Announcement: 2015 Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing – Research Scholars Program

Are you a researcher in academia, at a public health organization or health care institution?

Join the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing for a week-long, intensive summer seminar. Gain invaluable mentoring experience with nationally recognized chronic disease management, healthy aging, and gerontologic nursing researchers.

July 27 – July 31, 2015 NYU College of Nursing New York, NY

If interested in applying more information can be found here.

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Meet the Nurse Navigator on June 4, 2015

Meet the Nurse Navigator on June 4, 2015

If you are a Registered Nurse or you want to be a nurse, come hear what the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition is about!

Information Session for SNAC
When:
June 4, 2015
Time: 5-6 p.m.
Where: Bernice & Gerald Hamme Conference Center located inside the Sarasota County Community Foundation Admin Building, 2635 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237. Get Directions »

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2015 Sapphire Awards 10th Anniversary

2015 Sapphire Honorees with Florida Blue leaders (left to right): Pat Geraghty, Miranda Hawker, Jason Altmire, Margarita Romo, Ray Casas, Virginia Jacko, Isidoro Quezada, Moody Chisholm, Charlie Joseph and Susan Towler.

2015 Sapphire Honorees with Florida Blue leaders (left to right): Pat Geraghty, Miranda Hawker, Jason Altmire, Margarita Romo, Ray Casas, Virginia Jacko, Isidoro Quezada, Moody Chisholm, Charlie Joseph and Susan Towler.

Professional Development, Networking, Entertainment, Food and Fun!

The 2015 Sapphire Awards and Symposium, held on April 22-23 at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Weston, Florida, was a great success and we thank all of you who attended this year. We had more than 350 participants in attendance, and based on the post-survey responses, they felt very satisfied with the professional development sessions, speakers, plenaries and the entire experience as we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Sapphire Awards.

The winners of the 2015 Sapphire Awards were announced at the awards ceremony on April 23. The five winning individuals, programs and organizations, selected from more than 164 nominees from across the state, were recognized and awarded for excellence, leadership and innovation in nonprofit community health. The honorees have made a significant, positive impact on health-related outcomes for Florida’s at-risk people and communities.

Since 2005, Florida Blue Foundation has presented 60 Sapphire Awards, totaling more than $3.4 million, to nine individuals and 51 programs and organizations from across Florida.

By the end of June, we will have vIdeos and profiles of the five honorees and presentations from the speakers posted to the Foundation’s website. We will notify you when they are posted and include links that will take you directly to the presentation of your choice.

To learn more about the 2015 Sapphire Awards Honorees visit the Florida Blue Foundation website at: http://www3.bcbsfl.com/wps/portal/bcbsfl/w/bluefoundation/SA_Our_Focus_Areas/SA_SapphireAward/

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Deadline Extended for the NLN Foundation Faculty Scholarship

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2015 Faculty Scholarship Awards – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Apply by Wednesday, May 20, 2015
no later than 4:00 pm ET

The NLN Foundation (National League for Nursing) will award scholarships of up to $8,000 to assist in the completion of graduate education in support of the goal of attracting more seasoned and ethnically diverse nurses to become nurse educators. Funds may be used for tuition, support for a dissertation or thesis, or travel for attendance at an onsite internship or classes.

Eligibility

You must be:

  • A nurse pursuing an advanced degree in preparation for a career as a full-time nurse educator
  • An NLN member, either through individual dues or through employment at an educational institution member.
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Announcement: 2015 APNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

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The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) is currently accepting applications for the 2015 APNA Board of Directors Student Scholarship. This scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students looking to network and learn more about psychiatric-mental health nursing…

View the full announcement on the Florida Nurse Practitioner Network Website

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Nebraska Joins 19 States and D.C. in Modernizing Nurse Practitioner Law

Nebraska Joins 19 States and D.C. in Modernizing Nurse Practitioner Law

The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action applauds Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and the state legislature for approving legislation that will allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training and education. It’s a change that will mean more access to health care for the Cornhusker State.

“With a shortage of primary care providers, tens of thousands of newly insured people seeking health care and an aging population, more states ought to follow Nebraska’s lead in allowing advanced practice nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training,” said Winifred Quinn, director of advocacy and consumer affairs for the Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP. “It’s vital for the health of our communities and nation.”

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Champion of Nursing: UnitedHealth Group

As one of the nation’s largest health insurers, UnitedHealth Group (UHG) is always looking to provide accessible, high-quality, patient-centered programs at lower cost. It found a winner in HouseCalls, a nurse-led care management program that’s been a staple since 2012 of its Medicare Advantage plans, including AARP Medicare Complete.

Last year, the innovative model saw nurse practitioners make nearly 753,000 visits to UnitedHealthcare members’ homes to give patients physical exams, take medical and social histories, complete medication reviews, provide counseling and education, and coordinate with members’ primary care providers. These nurse practitioners help connect patients with other services—such as behavioral health, nutritional or social programs—to keep members healthy and independent.

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Montana’s Quest to Boost Native Americans in Nursing

Montana’s Quest to Boost Native Americans in Nursing

Montana has a serious shortage of Native American nurses.

The Campaign for Action’s state Action Coalition in Montana is taking steps to address the obstacles many Native Americans face to becoming nurses. Those barriers include family obligations, discriminatory treatment in nursing schools, and a lack of tradition of pursuing higher education, according to Casey Blumenthal, RN, Montana Action Coalition co-lead and vice president of MHA – An Association of Montana Health Care Providers.

While the Native American population in Montana is 6.5 percent, Native Americans make up only about 2.3 percent of the nurses in the state.

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