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Joined Oct 10, '00 - from 'RN Spirit from Philly Burb'. NRSKarenRN is a PI Compliance Specialist, prior Central Intake Mgr Home Care Agency. She has '35+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Home Care, VentsTelemetry, Home infusion'. Posts: 27,383 (22% Liked) Likes: 13,514

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    Found at ABC News:
    By Dake Kang, Associated Press
    CLEVELAND — May 28, 2017, 1:06 PM E

    Friends recall only nurse killed by hostile fire in Vietnam


    Minutes before 6 a.m., Army nurse Martha Green woke with a jolt to a thunderous explosion half a mile away. It was the steamy morning of June 8, 1969, and she was in her bed at Chu Lai base at the height of the Vietnam War
    Green's husband returned with tragic news: A Soviet-built rocket had struck the hospital, and Sharon Lane, 25, a fellow nurse from Ohio, had been killed instantly.
    "The news struck me like lightning," said Green, who'd chat with Lane while stationed on the same shift. "She was a very sweet, quiet young woman. The sadness was really palpable."
    Today, Lane is immortalized in books and statues, and she even helped inspire characters in a television show. Among the roughly 11,000 American women stationed in Vietnam, Lane was the only one killed by hostile fire during the decadeslong war. Seven other women died in accidents and illnesses.
    Her biographer, Philip Bigler, calls her "a symbol" of nurses at war. Lynda Van Devanter, the nurse whose memoir inspired "China Beach," a late 1980s drama about women in Vietnam, recalled the searing shock of Lane's death the very day she arrived in Vietnam.
    "I suddenly became very aware that women could in fact be in danger, and that this was no game anymore," Van Devanter said in a documentary interview. ...

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    There is a wide world of nursing beyond 4 hospital walls. Get involved in patient advocacy /government relations is starting point.

    International level:
    International Council of Nurses
    World Health Organization: WHO

    Policy & Advocacy - American Nurses Association

    ANA has many resources to develop political leadership skills including American Nurses Advocacy Institute annual program designed to help nurses gain political competence.

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    BlueDawnRN and spotangel like this.

    Thank you for you advocating for this patient. I would have done the same since time was of the essence to provide spiritual support to dying patient and his family. Having worked hospice, I made it a point to identify spiritual contact on first visit--- but when your first visit finds client actively dying and wanting prayer, you think outside the box to get spiritual need fulfilled when requested by pt/family.

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    poppycat, nursel56, Here.I.Stand, and 4 others like this.

    See research posted in this classic allnurses thread: The fingernail police!

    CDC: Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings view "show me the science section"

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    CA stopped the option of LPN to RN licensure based on experience only several years ago. Sorry that you are in the position of not having your nursing program recognized in california. Any consideration to complete BSN program approved by CA BON...that may be way of getting RN license as having a higher degree,

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    Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N
    received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She was a nurse officer in the Army and also served as a research nurse at the University of Maryland. She joined the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service in 1992 and served as the deputy associate administrator for the HIV/AIDS bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration before joining the surgeon general’s office.

    Hope she can have some influence in eliminating cuts to Ryan White HIV AIDS funding proposed in President trumps budget since she helped administrate program. Karen

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    AJJKRN likes this.

    Found at Philadelphia Inquirer
    April 21, 2017
    Christine Vestal, STATELINE

    Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction


    ,,,Tens of thousands more nurse practitioners and physician assistants could be helping, too, by applying for a federal license to prescribe the potentially life-saving medicine. But laws in more than half the states are likely to prevent nurses from using their licenses in rural areas that need it most. Twenty-eight states prohibit nurse practitioners from prescribing buprenorphine unless they are working in collaboration with a doctor who also has a federal license to prescribe it. The problem is, half of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single physician with a license to precribe buprenorphisne.

    In addition, laws in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wyoming explicitly prohibit nurse practitioners from prescribing buprenorphine — one of three anti-addiction medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — with or without a doctor’s supervision. And a law in Kentucky prohibits physician assistants from prescribing the safe and effective drug....

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    poppycat and amoLucia like this.

    Request Home Health Visiting Nurse prior to discharge for physical assessment of incision, caregiver instruction, medication mgmt + link to community resources to keep loved one at home.

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    This program is CPM friendly Philadelphia University | Midwifery Program with distance learning for non-clinical classes.

    MEAC-educated certified professional midwives may qualify for advanced placement in this program.

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    AN Admin Team, DROCK22, AJJKRN, and 4 others like this.

    Future looks BRIGHT according to US Gov. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015

    Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners

    Job Outlook

    Employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 31 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur primarily because of the effects of healthcare legislation, an increased emphasis on preventive care, and demand for healthcare services from the large, aging baby-boom population as they live longer and more active lives than previous generations.
    CRNA # employed 2014: 38,200
    CRNA # projected 2024: 45,600
    Average age of CRNA = 48.5% 1/2 to retire in next 10-15 years.

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    Farawyn and herring_RN like this.

    Day before event on May 4th is Patient Safety Conference: Nurses Resuscitating Healthcare in Alexandria VA.

    Full info: NursesTakeDC (NTDC

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    NutmeggeRN likes this.

    This kindergardener will forever remain tucked in a corner of your heart to be remembered throughout the years.

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    audreysmagic, traumaRUs, Emergent, and 1 other like this.

    Kudos to Nurse Patti!

    I was just going to post this story....posted in Nursing News for greater visibility info about contest + nominees: Vote for America’s Greatest School Nurse

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    poppycat and Emergent like this.

    America’s Greatest School Nurse Contest

    Each state had elementary school principals nominate an school nurse for outstanding care the nurse provides in their school. Winner receives a summer vacation get away.
    Contest is sponsored by National Association of Elementary School principals and Pfizer.

    The voting is open to the public and it ends on April 16 link America's Greatest School Nurse | Sick Just Got Real

    I read read several nominees entry. Caring + expertise exemplified in these nurses stories. Many RN's making home visits to assess needs especially in areas with immigrant populations to help families navigate health system. These stood out in my mind. Karen

    Alaska: Nurse Angela student said her home hadn't had heat for a while, siblings were all sick, including six month old brother. Nurse Angela did a home visit, brainstormed ways that the school could help the family, contacted potential donors resulting in heater being fixed.

    New York: Lenore P. helped get prosthesis for a student

    New Jersey: Patti B spotted leukemia symptoms in kindergartner, encouraged parent to take child to doctor, child now in remission

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    Pennsylvania Nursing forum has many JEFF Fact 2 discussions


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