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November 23rd, 2010
Students who are enrolled in La Crosse, Wisconsin-based Viterbo University’s (VU) nursing program may be able to gain experience that will be beneficial to their careers through the school's partnership with The Salvation Army, the LaCrosse Tribune reports.
This opportunity is the result of the CARING Inc. program, a partnership between VU, The Salvation Army and the La Crosse County Health Department.
Every one of the more than 600 VU students who has earned a bachelor of science in nursing degree in the last decade has participated in a type of health promotion, education or screening at The Salvation Army in their senior year.
Students from VU provide a variety of services at The Salvation Army two days a week, including talking about foot care, promoting smoking cessation, administering flu shots and checking cholesterol.
Following these health education sessions, it is not uncommon to see students conversing with people who are having lunch at The Salvation Army. To date, these representatives from VU have served more than 4,000 Salvation Army clients and made more than 1,000 referrals to other healthcare providers.
“We wanted our students to have the experience of working with the underserved, and really to challenge any preconceived stereotypes they might have,” says Judy Talbott, VU associate professor of nursing.
According to 2007/2008 service statistics on the organization’s website,The Salvation Army had assisted 29,104,361 people.
November 22nd, 2010
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22 percent rise in employment of registered nurses by 2018. This trend is reflected in Lompoc, California, where the number of professionals with advanced nursing degrees cannot meet the demand for patients in need, the Lompoc Record reports.
Many facilities have to discharge patients earlier in the day to free up bed space for incoming individuals.
Both the Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) and the Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) have turned to staffing agencies, to which they are paying a premium in an effort to meet the growing demand for nurses.
However, certain medical services require a level of expertise that lesser-trained health clerks may not have. Jayne Scalise, nursing administrator at LVMC, says that the shortage is in specialty areas such as obstetrics and critical care, of which many recent college graduates have no expertise.
In addition, many school nurses traditionally teach health classes. As a solution to the shortage, LUSD has been hiring travelling nurses, who are expensive. Bob Altavilla, director of LUSD Auxiliary Services explains that students require nursing professionals who are familiar with insulin injections, gastrostomy tube feedings and catheterization.
November 21st, 2010
Infertility can be a hard thing for couples to cope with, especially when they've tried a variety of methods to improve fertility and become pregnant. With one in eight American couples experiencing infertility, you're certainly not alone — even if it may feel like it. Many choose to struggle in silence, but others are willing to reach out, share their stories and offer support to others who are going through the same things. If you or someone you know is in need of fertility support, these blogs are an ideal place to find information, guidance, medical advice from doctors and nurses and much more.
News and Basic Information
These blogs share news and information about the latest fertility treatments, living with infertility and other topics that can help women and their partners learn more about fertility.
- Seedlings: Here you'll find a great collection of news items from an IVF clinic in Pittsburgh.
- Conceive: This online magazine and blog is an excellent resource for everything fertility related, from what to eat to breaking medical news.
- Fertility Blog: This blog from About.com will teach you some of the basics of infertility, offering insights into treatments, increasing your fertility naturally and much more.
- Natural Fertility Info: From coping with the pain of a miscarriage to finding ways to naturally boost your fertility, this blog is a great source of information and support.
- Fertility Authority: This site offers up several different blog feeds, including everything from tips from a fertility specialist to news on celebrity infertility struggles.
- Fertility Fan: This blog addresses everything couples who are trying to conceive could possibly want to know about.
- Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility: If you're looking for helpful posts, articles and information on fertility issues, this blog has plenty to offer both men and women.
These blogs are essential reads for couples looking for support during their infertility struggles.
- Stirrup Queens: On this popular and comprehensive blog, you'll get posts from Melissa, a mom who shares her struggles to conceive. Readers can find support in the online community there and off in her book on infertility and pregnancy loss.
- A Little Pregnant: On this site, you'll read about Julie, a mom who conceived her son after four rounds of IVF, an ectopic pregnancy and a miscarriage.
- Fertility Stories: Get answers to questions, read news and share your experiences with infertility on this blog.
- Infertility-Fertility Over 40: Check out this blog if you're over forty and trying to conceive. You'll get the latest news and personal stories from blogger Sandy.
- This Cross I Embrace: If you're a religious person, you'll appreciate this faith-filled take on many of the issues surrounding infertility.
- Parenthood for Me: If you're a couple trying to get through infertility, you'll find an excellent resource in this organization that offers grants and support for families trying to have a child.
- Pregosaur: Find support from other women on this blog, as they share stories of trying to conceive, handling miscarriage and making it through pregnancy and childbirth.
- Path to Fertility: Blogger Lisa Rosenthal offers women support in their journey towards fertility through this blog, with posts on fertility specialists, ways women can feel empowered , and other infertility-related topics.
- In Due Time: This young woman has been sharing her infertility, family and personal stories on this blog since 2004.
Many of these bloggers have struggled with infertility for years and are now proud parents. Check out their sites for inspiration in your own journey and a reminder to hang in there when things get rough.
- Fertility Now!: This blogger and now mom lost five pregnancies before finally conceiving her son through IVF. Read about her struggles on this blog.
- Rantings and Ravings of an Infertile Turtle: Through this blog, you can share in the struggles on one woman to become a mother.
- Baby, Interrupted: This mom went through a lot to get pregnant, including years of infertility and multiple IVF treatments, but finally gave birth just this year.
- So Close: South African blogger Tertia Loebenberg shares her story of trying and being close to conceiving for so long, and finally having the child she very much desired on this blog.
- Stress Free Infertility: This mom advocates lowering your stress when you're facing infertility, something she went through herself in her journey to have her three children.
- No Swimmers in the Tubes, No Bun in the Oven: This blog chronicles a long journey through infertility, including miscarriage, IVF and finally giving birth in 2009.
Dealing With Loss
For many couples out there, miscarriage is a sad and all-too-common phenomenon. You can get help with healing and coming to terms with your loss on these blogs.
- Naptime Confessional: If you've had a miscarriage, you'll be able to relate to this mom's pain after losing her daughter at 36 weeks.
- Accepting the Unexpected: Through this blog, you'll be able to share in the pain and uncertainty that infertility and miscarriage bring into your life, with this blogger sharing her experiences.
- Semi-Fertile: Watching other mothers with children or who are pregnant can be extremely painful when you've lost your own, something this woman and blogger shares openly.
- One to Keep: On this blog, you'll get support for the depression and pain that can follow miscarriage.
- My Life After Loss: This mom may have finally given birth to two healthy babies, but that doesn't numb the pain of losing three others and having additional miscarriages.
- Waiting for Baby: Here, you'll find a log of one woman's journey through pregnancy, loss and infertility.
- My Words Fly Up: Sometimes, even when you think you're over the pain of a lost child, it will sneak up on you. Share in this blogger's pain and drive to become a mother in this blog.
These bloggers take a humorous approach to their fertility problems, making them a great read if you need a laugh.
- 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility: Take a humorous look at the sometimes painful realities that many couples struggling with infertility face.
- La Belette Rouge: This blogger is full of humor when sharing her stories about trying to have children, hating where she lives and working as a therapist.
- Womb for Improvement: You'll find plenty of heartbreak on this blog from a woman who's been trying to conceive for four years, but plenty to laugh at as well.
- Maybe If You Just Relax: Take your fertility with a dose of sarcasm with posts on this blog.
Here you'll find medical advice from doctors, clinics and fertility experts.
- Infertility Blog: Here, Dr. Licciardi, a New York based fertility doctor, shares news about the latest developments in fertility treatments, offers advice to patients and explains many aspects of fertility.
- Attain Fertility: This blog is an excellent place to find answers to your fertility questions from the doctors and experts most well-versed in it.
- Fertility File: A reproductive endocrinologist shares insights into his life and work on this blog– offering great information and hope for couples.
- Women's Health and Fertility: Dr. Edward Ramirez posts to this blog about some of the latest advances in women's infertility treatments.
Check out these blogs to read about bloggers who've gone through IVF, sometimes more than once, one of the most common and often most successful fertility treatments.
- Lifeslurper: If you can't become pregnant even with repeated IVF treatments, read this blog by an Australian woman doing everything she can to have a baby.
- Wishing 4 One: This couple went through multiple IVF treatments, tubal pregnancies and fertility issues before finally having success in October of this year.
- Fertility Challenged In Florida: This couple spent years trying all kinds of treatments until four years later, after IVF, they finally have a son to call their own.
- Life and Love in the Petri Dish: Follow along as this couple tries to conceive, battling through miscarriage and multiple IVF treatments.
- Reproductive Jeans: On this blog, you'll find posts dealing with male infertility, IVF, and finally giving birth after years of trying.
- Single Infertile Female: This woman is definitely a 21st century lady, skipping past finding a man and going through the babymaking process on her own– and having a little difficulty due to infertility.
Living With Infertility
On these blogs, you'll find couples who've come to terms with their infertility and have chosen to either not have children or adopt.
- Hannah Wept, Sarah Laughed: This blogger deals with many of the issues infertile women take on, like faith and womanhood, while herself choosing to pursue adoption in the face of infertility.
- A Fresh Start: Check out Pamela Jeanne's blog. It's full of great information on living with infertility and so is her book Silent Sorority.
- A Greater Yes: Blogger Jess shares her story of infertility from IUI to failed adoptions to finally having a child through embryo adoption on this blog.
- Upon Awakening: Infertility can take a hefty toll on a person and a marriage. Learn more about both in this blog.
- Apron Strings for Emily: For some women, infertility will end up in child-free living. If you think that's the road you might want to take, check out this blog for some support and guidance.
- Tales From The Stirrups: This blogger dealt with infertility through adoption, sharing her passion and pain on this blog– a great resource for couples looking for alternative options.
- Just Being: When you're facing infertility, you might wonder, "why me." This blogger deals with those concerns and long-term struggles with trying to conceive.
November 19th, 2010
Due to an increase in enrollment over the past few years, Lakeview College of Nursing (LCN) plans an estimated $1.6 million, 4,900-square foot expansion project.
The institution, which offers a bachelor of science in nursing degree, pursued and received the Independent Colleges Capital Improvement grant from the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
To date, LCN has received about $250,000 of the expected $1 million from the state, which has been used to hire an architect to draft a plan for the expansion. Any Additional funding that will be needed for this project will come directly from the institution itself.
According to Sheila Mingee, LCN’s associate CEO, the construction will be completed in two phases. The building project will first focus on updated classrooms, a student study area, a main office and ancillary space.
The second Phase of the project will include the addition of a nursing skills lab, which will house the school’s human patient simulator, as well as a conference/reference library area and faculty space.
“We are excited about how this will enhance the learning experience of our students as well as give us the potential to provide the community with more nurses,” says Mingee.
LCN’s expansion project will begin on November 22.
November 19th, 2010
According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, an aging baby boomer population will increase the need for healthcare workers across the country. This trend will also require nursing program graduates to have the knowledge and experience necessary to treat this demographic.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that regional nursing schools are placing more focus on geriatric care as the number of people 65 and older in the state will increase by 40 percent in the next 10 years. The baby boomer population is expected to strain healthcare resources for the next two decades.
To combat this approaching problem, 10 nursing schools in west central Minnesota are increasing curriculum focus on geriatric care.
“Every nurse has to be competent caring for older adults because that’s who they’re going to be caring for given the demographics,” says Christine Mueller, chair of the University of Minnesota adult and gerontological health cooperative.
Mueller adds that the need for healthcare professionals that are competent at caring for older adults is at a “crisis point.”
Experts say that attracting nursing degree seekers who have experience with geriatric care is not the only key to heading off this potential crisis. According to Jennifer Jacobson, a nursing instructor at Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Morehead, more instructors will also be needed.
November 19th, 2010
In response to the projected healthcare personnel shortage, Wingate University (WU) plans to reinstate its bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree program by 2012, The Charlotte Observer reports.
WU’s previous BSN, which catered to individuals who had previously obtained a two-year associate degree, was discontinued in the mid-1990s due to a lack of demand.
The new program will be geared toward high school graduates who have an interest in pursuing a four-year nursing degree. The school's initial goal is to enroll 20 students per class at WU’s Union County campus.
Before it can be reinstated, WU’s BSN program must first be approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the North Carolina Board of Nursing. The institution is currently searching for a director of nursing to establish a curriculum and pursue accreditation.
According to The North Carolina Center for Nursing, the state’s shortage is expected to reach nearly 20,000 by 2015.
A number of factors are affecting the nationwide nursing shortage, including an aging baby boomer population, an increased need for healthcare and schools' inability to expand enrollment levels, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
November 18th, 2010
During your time in nursing school, you're bound to hear the names of countless famous and influential nurses thrown around. But if you're looking for inspiration in your own career or just want to further your education, there are some amazing women and men in the profession you should study. Here are twenty nurses who worked hard, often against the grain of the larger medical community, to change the face of health care in the United States and around the world.
- Florence Nightingale: Even if you weren't in nursing school, you more than likely would have heard of this woman, perhaps the most famous nurse in history. Believing that God has called her to be a nurse, Nightingale went against expectations for aristocratic women at the time, pursuing a career rather than marrying and settling down. She is best known in stories for her nursing in the Crimean War, but should also be credited with laying the foundation for modern nursing with the establishment of the St. Thomas Hospital in London, the first secular school of its kind to train and educate nursing students.
- Dorthea Dix: Born in 1802, Dix was one of the loudest voices in America when it came to lobbying Congress to improve the treatment and care for the mentally ill in the United States. Inspired by reforms she saw going on in England, Dix moved to establish new facilities and legislation that helped improve the social welfare of the insane both here and abroad. When the Civil War broke out, Dix was appointed Superintendent of Union Army Nurses, providing care to the wounded on both sides of the conflict.
- Helen Fairchild: If you want to learn more about the realities of combat nursing during World War I, read through Helen Fairchild's collection of wartime letters to her family. You'll get vivid stories about the horrors and challenges that nurses faced when trying to care for patients who were the victims of sometimes horrific war injuries. After surviving heavy shelling and mustard gas on the battlefield in France, Fairchild would die from complications during an ulcer surgery after only five years as a nurse.
- Mary Seacole: Mary Seacole's education as a nurse began when she was very young, learning herbal remedies and folk medicine from her Jamaican mother. Feeling that her knowledge of these treatments and abilities as a nurse could be useful, she traveled to London to assist with caring for the wounded during the Crimean War. Initially rejected due to her gender and most likely her mixed racial heritage, Seacole would go on to show much bravery, compassion and ability as a nurse, treating whoever needed help regardless of what side they were on.
- Margaret Sanger: Sanger is today best remembered as the founder of what would become Planned Parenthood, working hard throughout her life to provide women of all ages with adequate birth control. Sanger believed that women should be able to control when and how they became pregnant and could see the financial and social hardships unexpected pregnancies placed on women. While Sanger's personal politics, outspoken racism and belief in eugenics make her a highly controversial historical figure, her work to promote access to birth control and health facilities for women have made a lasting impact on health care today.
- Edith Cavell: Edith Cavell is a nurse who went above and beyond the call of duty. Trained as a nurse at the London Hospital, Cavell went to Belgium to work in a nursing clinic and school. When World War I broke out, Cavell not only helped treat the wounded but began working as a spy, helping to funnel British soldiers out of German-occupied Belgium into Holland, saving over 200 lives. Unfortunately, she was found out and was executed for treason, an action many felt was unfair as she had saved many German lives as well as British.
- Mary Breckinridge: Founder of the Frontier Nursing Service, Breckinridge is best known for the work she did in founding family care centers in the Appalachian Mountains. After the traumatic loss of two children and a painful, embarrassing divorce, Breckinridge traveled to Europe to help families in the aftermath of WWI. While there, she became interested in becoming a midwife, was trained in England and returned to the United States to found her own midwifery clinic and school. Her facilities helped many women and families in rural areas get the medical care they needed.
- Clara Barton: Another of the most famous nurses in medical history, this enterprising woman began her nursing career at an early age, helping nurse her brother back to health when she was only a child. Inspired by this experience, Barton went on to tend to the wounded on some of the bloodiest battlefields of the Civil War. Of course, what Barton is best known for is her founding of the American Red Cross, which went on to become an international organization, helping people in conflicts and disasters around the world.
- Mary Eliza Mahoney: Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American nurse to work professionally in the field, graduating from the New England Hospital for Women and Children in 1879. Mahoney would go on to have a diverse career, working as everything from the director of an asylum for black children to a private care nurse. One of the few non-white members of the American Nurses Association, Mahoney would go on to found the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses in 1908. Mahoney's pioneering didn't end there, however, and she was one of the first women to register to vote in 1920.
- Virginia Henderson: After graduating from the Army School of Nursing and with and MA in nursing from Columbia University, Henderson went on to develop some of the most foundational theories in nursing– theories which are still very much in practice today. Henderson believed that nurses should work to help all individuals find better health, whether they were sick or well, emphasizing the power nurses have to make a difference in peoples' lives. Today she is called the "first lady of nursing" and has won numerous awards and honors for her work.
- Christiane Reimann: This Danish nurse is highly regarded for her contributions to nursing around the world. In 1925, she became the Executive Secretary of the International Council of Nurses, and after her death in 1979, the council named an award after her. The award is now regarded as the most prestigious nursing award in the world, recognizing other nurses like Reimann who've made an impact on the nursing profession.
- Jeanne Prentice: If you're looking to learn more about a nurse who's still working in the field, you'll be well-served by learning about this sterling example. Working as a nurse midwife, Prentice labors to bring information about natural and home births to women who might not otherwise consider these as options. She's an active voice not only for the nursing community, but also for groups who want to give women more power and choices over their bodies and their births.
- John Devereaux Thompson: It's only fair to include a male on this list of iconic nurses, as many men work hard and put in long hours to improve the field of nursing and health care, even if the career is traditionally a female one. Thompson has been honored by many nursing organizations, including the ANA for his work in improving patient care and safety. Thompson established his own design studio to implement his ideas for better hospital architecture, pushing them to better represent the needs of patients and health care professionals.
- Hildegard Peplau: Peplau is known as the "mother of psychiatric nursing" and has been regarded by many as one of the most important nurses of this century. She worked as a psychiatric nurse during WWII in England, where she met many leading figures in psychiatry with whom she worked to change the mental health system and pass new policies. She is currently the only nurse to have been both the Executive Director and President of the ANA. Additionally, she has been honored with the Christiane Reimann award, numerous honorary doctoral degrees, Sigma Theta Tau, and was named as one of the "50 Great Americans" by Marquis.
- Major General Patricia Horoho: Horoho is currently the U.S. Army Deputy Surgeon General and 23rd Chief of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She has been recognized as a "nurse hero" by the Red Cross for her work after the September 11th attacks. She was won numerous awards for her work as a military nurse and has helped develop procedures used in setting up training field hospitals.
- Florence Guinness Blake: This great nurse helped change the face of pediatric nurse forever. Encouraged early on for her passion in nursing, Blake went on to earn her BA from Columbia University, allowing her to teach pediatric nursing to nursing students around the world. After getting her MA, Blake established the graduate program in pediatric nursing at the University of Chicago and literally wrote the book on the subject — one that is still used in the field today. She has received numerous awards for her work and dedication to the field, and is an inspirational figure for anyone hoping to go into teaching, research or nursing in pediatrics.
- Sophie Mannerheim: A Baroness, one wouldn't think this aristocratic Finn would feel compelled to take on a career in nursing, yet that's just what she did. Following her divorce in 1902, she decided to attend the Nightingale School at St. Thomas' Hospital in London. It was there that she found her calling, and was eventually appointed President of the Finnish Nurses' Association and subsequently the ICN. She is known for her work in helping to improve the health and welfare of children in her native Finland.
- Hazel W. Johnson-Brown: Hazel W. Johnson-Brown has the distinction of being the first African-American women to become a general. Of course, she's more than just a general. Johnson-Brown spent years working as an Army nurse, working her way up to the Chief of Army Nurse Corps and the dean of Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing. Johnson-Brown had to overcome a number of obstacles to get where she is today, most notably being rejected from nursing school because of her race, making her a inspiring example for nurses today.
- Martha Ballard: The great-aunt of famous nurse Clara Barton, this amazing woman shows that bravery, compassion and drive may very well be in the genes. Ballard is known for traveling around her native Maine in canoe or by horse, helping women as a midwife and greatly improving the medical care they and their newborn children received.
- Elizabeth Grace Neill: This Scottish nurse helped lobby for laws that changed the face of health care in New Zealand. These new laws forced first nurses and then midwives to get specialized training and registration, making them better qualified to attend to the women who received their care. Of course, this was only the first of many reforms she would work to enforce during her career as a nurse, making changes in her home country as well as around the world.
November 18th, 2010
The Albany Herald reports that due to the projected shortage of healthcare workers, a citizen group is pushing to establish a four-year nursing program at Georgia’s Darton College.
In a presentation to the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, the Citizens for Economic Development said that there will be a “critical” shortage of nurses and nurse practitioners in the near future. To stem this shortage, the organization suggested that Darton expand its current two-year program.
However, opponents of this proposal have expressed concerns that the expansion of Darton’s offerings could harm existing nursing programs at Albany State University (ASU).
Glenn Tennyson, vice chair of the Darton Foundation, doesn’t believe that the expansion would harm ASU, and thinks Albany should become an “educational Mecca.”
Steve Allen, a local businessman who viewed the presentation, believes that expansion of the school’s nursing program could be a “win-win” for both institutions. Allen feels that ASU’s established master’s option might attract graduates who have earned a four-year nursing degree from Darton.
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing cites a number of reasons for the impending nursing shortage on their website. Among them are an aging baby boomer population, a lack of trained educators, and the impending retirement of many registered nurses.
November 18th, 2010
Everest College (EC) in Henderson, Nevada has unveiled its new nursing program and training facility, which are the result of a $1.2 million expansion project, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
The new, 14,900-square-foot building is outfitted with a training room that holds six hospital beds, auxiliary classrooms and computer labs with SmartBoard technology.
Students who are pursuing nursing degrees will gain experience completing a number of medical procedures as they train with mannequins. These artificial patients can enable degree seekers to simulate a variety of scenarios, including childbirth and breast examinations, and teach them how to treat wound trauma and administer an IV.
According to David Fritz, president of EC, students will gain first-hand experience throughout their education, rather than taking an extended internship. He added that there seemed to be room in the current market for a new nursing program.
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics matches Fritz’s claim, as the organization predicts that 581,500 new jobs in the nursing profession will become available over the next eight years.
A part of the Corinthian Colleges’ network of schools, Everest’s Henderson campus has increased its enrollment from 450 to almost 1,200 students over the past year as it continues to expand. The school’s programs are designed to be accessible for working students and offer daily classes from 6 am to midnight.
November 18th, 2010
Tech-savvy students who are pursuing a nursing degree have a new study tool for their iPhone and iPod touch.
The Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) QuizME application series was developed by Elsevier – a publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services – to benefit nursing students.
The customizable app series provides users with clinically based scenarios, health problems and case information that students learn about in nursing programs. Four key areas of practice are addressed – maternity, medical-surgical, pediatrics and psychiatric.
The series’ design is intended to promote focused review and skill building. The app features a multiple choice question library, quiz performance measurements, an optional timer to establish pace and bookmarking features for further review.
Elsevier recognizes the potential that new technologies have to help nursing students finish school and enter the healthcare industry quickly.
“Every time a user engages with the HESI QuizMe series, for a five minute session or for an hour, it’s an opportunity to get better acquainted with the core nursing concepts that will carry these students through their careers,” says Ainslie Nibert, vice-president of HESI Review and Testing.
It is available for $4.99 through the Apple App Store.