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Personal Information Management for Nurses Returning to School

Personal Information Management for Nurses Returning to School

By: Katherine Bowman, PhD, RN

The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing

Posted December 10, 2015

Registered nurses with a diploma or an associate’s degree are encouraged to return to school to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Until they return to school, many RNs have little need to regularly write, store, and retrieve work-related papers, but they are expected to complete the majority of assignments using a computer when in the student role. Personal information management (PIM) is a system of organizing and managing electronic information that will reduce computer clutter, while enhancing time use, task management, and productivity… Read Full Healio Article >

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The Most Crucial Half-Hour at a Hospital: The Shift Change

The Most Crucial Half-Hour at a Hospital: The Shift Change

Nurses conferring in hospital rooms makes patients and families feel comforted and safe

Hospitals are transforming the traditional way nurses change shifts to reduce the chance of errors and oversights in the transfer of information. A critical side effect: patients feel safe, included and satisfied.

Studies show that so-called bedside shift reports, with both nurses meeting in the presence of the patient during the handover, help nurses communicate better, not only with each other but with patients and their families. Read Full Wall Street Journal Article >

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Job-Seeking Nurses Face Higher Hurdle as Hospitals Require More-Advanced Degrees

Job-Seeking Nurses Face Higher Hurdle as Hospitals Require More-Advanced Degrees

Growing demand for bachelor’s degrees comes partly in response to increasingly complex health-care system

By Anna Louie Sussman
Megan Goodman was a dean’s list student at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences who served on two student nursing boards before she earned her associate degree in nursing in May.

Since then, the 30-year-old Downingtown, Pa., resident still is seeking work after applying for more than three dozen hospital jobs. “Truthfully, an associate’s program is not really going to get you anywhere anymore,” she said.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans flocked to nursing schools over the past decade, drawn by the prospect of a well-paying job with a degree that takes as little as two years. But many have graduated only to find the goal posts have shifted, as hospitals seek nurses with more-advanced degrees, partly in response to an increasingly complex health-care system. Read Full Wall Street Journal Article »

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Collaborative success means viewing things through a new lens

Collaborative success means viewing things through a new lens
Collaborating isn’t just a good idea. It’s necessary because even relatively simple ecosystems cannot be understood from a singular perspective, and although collaboratives are often necessary for breakthrough solutions, the work can be challenging to navigate.For the past year and a half the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) took the bold step to collaborate and create new solutions to our emerging healthcare needs. SNAC is part of a national campaign with 51 action coalitions. In our region, SNAC’s membership is composed of 20 community members, educators, and health care employers interested in designing pathways for nursing to contribute to the compelling need for change.

The Why and the How: For SNAC, collaboration was seen as essential from the outset because meaningful solutions require combining diverse talents, resources, and knowledge to optimize their capacity for breakthroughs. They had a common why: to lead change in nursing and health care delivery by facilitating the expanding role of nursing in a transforming health care system. However, once assembled, the big question was: how? How would this diverse group work together to create solutions.

Stages: Coalition development has been described as having seven stages: mobilization, establishing structure, building capacity for action, planning for action, implementation, refinement, and institutionalization. Although these stages appear to be sequential, in practice, movement is often circular and iterative through the stages. For example, SNAC developed a structure when it formed, but a year later as it matured its leaders are refining its structure to address its current needs.

Chapters: In addition to understanding a collaborative’s process as a series of stages, I have learned that fresh insights come from viewing a coalition’s evolution through an additional lens. I see it like the chapters … Continue Reading  http://impact.blog.thepattersonfoundation.org/collaborative-success-means-viewing-things-new-lens/

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American Nurse Practitioner Foundation Scholarships and Grant Announcement

American Nurse Practitioner Foundation Scholarships and Grant Announcement

ANPF is proud to announce our 2015 funding cycle is now open. We are offering 12 scholarships at $2,500 each for a total of $30,000. Our education funding opportunities are available to all nurse practitioners in the US. All DNP and NP students who have completed one semester of their program are encouraged to apply.

The scholarships are funded (in part) through a donation to American Nurse Practitioner Foundation by Take Care Health Systems, LLC, which is a subsidiary of Walgreen Co. and the management company for Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens.

The Following Scholarship Awards Are Available:

  • 12 scholarships @ $2,500 each.

Scholarship Applicant Requirements:

All requests are due by 5:00pm CST Friday, October 9th, 2015.
All applicants must complete at least one semester of course work.
You will need the following information to apply:

  • CV.
  • Letter of Recommendation.
  • Official University transcript.
  • One page summary: Tell us a little about yourself and your goals upon graduation. Please include information about how funding will be used.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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‘People Power’ drives Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition

‘People Power’ drives Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition

Originally posted by on The Patterson Foundation Initiative News Blog

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) is a group of people working together for a common goal. SNAC is focused on creating something new through the strength of collective people power; people who are developing “connective tissue” to create new realities. It has grown from the passion of a few to a coalition with 20 members and a variety of teams, workgroups and task forces working together to achieve a mission.

Here is how they are doing it:

Its Inception – SNAC began in 2013. Jan Mauck, Chief Nursing Officer at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, was inspired to bring the work of the Florida Action Coalition and national Campaign for Action to our region. She was inspired to support the vision that nursing can contribute to an improved health care system. Jan reached out to Charles Baumann, a community member and partner at Kerkering Barberio, who became passionate about the improvement of patient care outcomes.

Triad Model – Jan and Charles began connecting and engaging leaders from academic institutions, health-care employers and the community members to join SNAC work. Representatives from the three sectors became the core construct of SNAC because the voice, participation, and engagement of individuals from all three sectors are essential for lasting change.

Initiative Consultant – Debra Jacobs and Michael Corley of The Patterson Foundation learned of SNAC’s vision and saw the opportunity to support this body of work with an initiative consultant to provide strategic and directional support. The consultant’s role is to be a “guide on the side” as an objective third party, maintain focus, and amplify … Continue Reading  http://impact.blog.thepattersonfoundation.org/people-power-drives-suncoast-nursing-action-coalition/

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