Tentative local stories for Feb. 7, 2011 West Regional Coverage Special Section: Nursing Legislation


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Tentative local stories for Feb. 7, 2011 West Regional Coverage

Special Section: Nursing Legislation
This is a special two-page spread at the beginning of Local Beat. Nurses have told us they want more information on Legislation related to their practice, so we have broken out the latest news here!
OTE: Our sources are all well-reputed nurses from major associations in three states; special thanks to Judee for suggesting some of them!

1. Nurse’s Death Fuels Workplace Violence Legislation (Source: Bonnie Castillo, RN, California Nurses Association)
2. Law Expands Duties of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (Source: Ray Kronenbitter, RN, Arizona Nurses Association.
3. California Budget and How Gov’s Proposal Affects Nurses (Sources: RNs Pat McFarland of ACNL and Trish Hunter of ANA.
4. Nurses’ Attention on Tomorrow’s Workforce (Source: Linda Tieman, RN, of Washington Center for Nursing).

West Notable Nurses

Mary Rita Hurley, RN, MPA, has accepted the position of executive director of the Oregon Center for Nursing in Portland. Hurley began her position in January, after the departure of Kristine K. Campbell, RN, PhD.

David Vlahov, RN, PhD, has been appointed the dean of the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing and will begin his post April 1. He succeeds Kathleen Dracup, RN, FNP, DNSc, FAAN, who had led the nursing school since 2000.

Donna Berry, RN, PhD, AOCN(c), FAAN, affiliate professor of the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle, was selected to receive the 2011 Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Researcher Award.
Pam J. Dannenberg, RN, COHN-S, CAE, EK Health’s Occupational Health and Ergonomic Services consultant in San Jose, Calif., recently was presented The 2010 Moore Excellence Award. The California State Association of Occupational Health Nurses gave the award, which recognizes occupational health nurses for achievement, leadership qualities and contribution to the profession.
The Washington Center for Nursing welcomed three new members to its board of directors: Peggy Currie, RN, NEA-BC (CNO of Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane); Hilary Gillette-Walch, RN, MPH, (clinical services manager at Cowlitz County Health Department in Longview); and Kristi Morris, RN (staff nurse at St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla).
California State University, Los Angeles faculty members recently received the 2010 Judith V. Braun Clinical Research Award for Advancing the Practice of Gerontological Nursing. Gail Washington, associate professor of nursing, and Ming Wang-Letzkus, assistant professor of nursing, were presented the award at the National Gerontological Nursing Association’s 25th annual convention in Palm Springs, Calif., for their efforts to promote awareness, and evidently reduce risk, of type 2 diabetes among elders in the local Chinese community.

Nancy Church, RN, MT, CIC, an infection control expert at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Ore., has been recognized for her career commitment to immunizations.

The University of California San Francisco John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence announces the selection of Holly Kirkland-Walsh, RN, MSN, FNP-c, GNP as a Jonas/Hartford Scholar.

Additional Local Beat Articles
Fast, Easy Translating Ensures Better Nurse-Patient Outcomes

Southwest Washington Medical Center is discovering that delivering quality care to limited English proficiency patients is now much easier with InDemand Interpreting. The system allows instant access to interpreters with just one click of a mouse.

Note: Thanks to Clare for story tip!
DNP Program Offers Convenience for Working Nurses

Master’s-prepared RNs have another opportunity to advance their degrees through a new DNP program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, Calif.

CHOC Children’s RNs Awarded for Flow Teamwork

CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange, Calf., was honored by The California Team Excellence Awards with the 2010 Bronze Award for the exemplary outcomes of its Patient Flow Improvement Team. The CTEA was established to encourage the formation of work teams.

Cheryl Missildine, RN, MSN, NEA-BC (Chair), executive director of family services and patient throughput

Jill Fargo, RN, MSN, FNP,, NEA-BC, director med/surg, surgical short stay, and float pool

Ruth Slater, RN, ADN, director of patient care services informatics

Susan Feidner, RN, BSN, quality manager adviser

Karen Pugh, RNC, MSN,, case management

Sheila Paris, RN, ADN, nursing supervisor

Norah Takaoka, RN, BS, CPN, nursing supervisor

BJ Thompson, RN, ADN, manager, patient placement center & nurse advice

Julie Vaupel-Phillips, RN, MHA, CCRN, director of PICU and emergency transport services

Mike Vicioso, RN, MSN, CCRN, CPEN, manager of pediatric ED

Real-Life Training in Sim Lab Includes DNR Scenario

From a lifelike newborn baby mannequin to an adult patient mannequin that can cry, talk, sweat, cough and breathe, a new simulation lab at the University of Phoenix’s Salida Learning Center is giving vital hands-on experience to aspiring nurses.
Grant to Grow Arizona’s Geriatric Care Work Force

Geriatric education and training programs in Arizona will be able to expand with help from a five year, $2 million grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration. The grant, awarded to the Arizona Geriatric Education Center at University of Arizona, was given to help train Arizona health professionals in team care of older adults.

Betty Irene Moore Applications Open for Fall 2011 Semester

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis in Sacramento, Calif., is accepting applications for fall 2011 graduate classes. The school is offering financial support to each student admitted to the program.

Cal State Plans Nursing Addition

By spring, students at Cal State Long Beach’s School of Nursing will be enjoying the amenities of a $4.3 million building addition.

CSU Dominguez Hills Students Gain Critical Skills in New Lab

A new clinical skills lab at California State University, Dominguez Hills School of Nursing is expected to arm students with the critical hands-on experience they’ll need at the bedside.

Half of Oregon Nursing School Applicants See Acceptance

More aspiring nurses are being accepted to Oregon nursing programs, according to recent data from the Oregon Center for Nursing. Research for a grant from the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development shows about 50% of qualified applicants are getting into nursing schools.

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Expands Pediatric Services

Parents in the Northeast Phoenix and greater Scottsdale areas now have more options when it comes to seeking emergency care for their little ones. A new pediatric ER and pediatric unit, dubbed the Gaylord Family Pediatric ICU, debuted in the fall at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center in Scottsdale.

Mall Emergency Prompts RNs to Volunteer Free CPR Session

Pediatric nurses from Diamond Children’s at University Medical Center volunteered recently to teach CPR to employees of a Tucson Mall store. The training session, held at University Medical Center offices in Tucson, Ariz., followed an incident where employees were shaken after witnessing a shopper’s newborn accidentally fall to the pavement outside their store. UMC pediatric nurse and certified CPR trainer Gabrielle Jurecky, RN, who was shopping nearby and observed their distress, offered to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the staff.

Alaska Native Med Center RN Named Ambulatory Nurse of Year

Meldyne Hersman, RN, BSN, OCN, of Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage was among the March of Dimes 2010 Nurses of the Year Award recipients.

UNLV Video Educates About HIPAA Violations, Pitfalls

A new a film by and for nurses, produced by the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas, was created to highlight the pitfalls that healthcare professionals can encounter when violating HIPAA laws.

Note: Includes screen shot of video and link to video on YouTube.
AACCN Announces 2010 Fall Beacon Awards

The following regional units have demonstrated that they provide the very best in nursing care: John C Lincoln Hospital, Phoenix (CVICU); Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital, Portland, Ore. (Kern critical care); Los Robles Regional Med Center, ­Thousand Oaks, Calif. (CCU); Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, N.M. (cardiac CCU); Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles (6ICU — neuro/trauma ICU); Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, Calif. (surgical ICU); Stanford University Hospital & Clinics, Stanford, Calif. (E-2 ICU, North ICU and D1 CCU); Tacoma General Hospital, Tacoma, Wash. (coronary care unit); VA Puget Sound Healthcare System, Seattle (surgical ICU); Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle (critical care).

Note: Refers to national list of winners online.
MinuteClinic, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Collaborate in Nevada

The St. Rose Dominican Hospitals of the Catholic Healthcare West system and CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic have joined forces to improve affordable healthcare services to communities throughout the Las Vegas metropolitan area.

Orthopaedic Healing Center Tops 1,000 Joint Replacements

The Providence St. Peter Hospital Orthopaedic Healing Center recently celebrated its 1,000th elective joint replacement procedure. According to the Olympia, Wash., facility, this achievement makes it the only program in southwest Washington to achieve this high volume in 2010.


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