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Nj School Nurse Shortage

Nurse Home Visits Lead to Dramatic Drop in Emergency Care

nurse home visit Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013 10:18 AM EDT2013-10-31 14:18:58 GMT Yesterday was the first day that Governor Chris Christie rolled out his campaign bus to hit the streets and meet with voters before the upcoming election on November 5th.The bus tour started in Christies hometown of Livingston, New Jersey where he stopped at a local diner that he used to frequent as a child. Yesterday was the first day that Governor Chris Christie rolled out his campaign bus to hit the streets and meet with voters before the upcoming election on November 5th.The bus tour started in Christies hometown of Livingston, New Jersey where he stopped at a local diner that he used to frequent as a child. Updated: Thursday, October 31 2013 10:09 AM EDT2013-10-31 14:09:28 GMT Friends and family gathered at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey to honor and celebrate the life of Mary Greff. Greff was adopted as a pre-teen and grew up as an only child. She was a former contestant in the Miss New Jersey Teen USA pageant whose life was taken from her way too soon. Friends and family gathered at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey to honor and celebrate the life of Mary Greff. Greff was adopted as a pre-teen and grew up as an only child. She was a former contestant in the Miss New Jersey Teen USA pageant whose life was taken from her way too soon. Updated: Wednesday, October 30 2013 1:36 PM EDT2013-10-30 17:36:25 GMT About a month ago, 20 year-old David Conner Castellani endured a severe beating at the hands of Atlantic City police. During the confrontation David received 200 stitches, permanent nerve damage to his face and was attacked by a police dog. About a month ago, 20 year-old David Conner Castellani endured a severe beating at the hands of Atlantic City police.
Source: http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/23851085/nj-school-nurse-shortage

EXCHANGE: Nurse navigators help expectant couples

Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013, 2:01 AM Linda Bingaman Napieralski, 59, of Voorhees, a nursing instructor at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden since 2005, died Wednesday, Oct. 30, of pancreatic cancer at Samaritan Inpatient Hospice Center in Mount Holly. Born in Reading, she graduated from Muhlenberg High School in Laureldale, Berks County, and earned her registered nurse's diploma at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 1975. While working as a nurse at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, she earned her master's degree in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, a daughter, Jennifer, said. Through most of her career, her daughter said, Mrs. Napieralski "worked as a nurse full time and taught part time." After working as a nurse at Jefferson, Hahnemann, and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she began a 20-year nursing career at what is now Virtua Voorhees medical center in 1985, working in the intensive-care and cardiac units. She taught nursing at Burlington County College, Gloucester County College, and Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, her daughter said. In 2009, she earned a post-master's certificate in nursing at Villanova University. Besides her daughter, she is survived by her mother, Dorothy; another daughter, Lisa Corritore; a grandson; and her former husband, Thomas.
Source: http://www.philly.com/philly/obituaries/20131101_Linda_Bingaman_Napieralski__nurse.html

Daughters of Missing School Nurse 'Will Do Anything to Bring Her Home'

Hudson-Jinks has been serving in the Boston hospitals top nursing post on an interim basis for the past six months. She replaces Nancy Shendell-Falik, who was named chief operating officer and senior vice president/chief nursing officer at Baystate Medical Center. Chief nursing officers are growing in significance as key players in improving health care quality and safety. Tufts Medical said in a statement that Hudson-Jinks is known for her ability to bring the voices and ideas of nurses and other caregivers to the forefront. Hudson-Jinks has been at the hospital for 28 years, moving up through the ranks from staff nurse, to nurse manager, to director of patient care services, before reaching the top nurse executive job. Terry has a great passion for working with patient care leaders and staff to propel Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children forward, Dr. Michael Wagner, interim CEO at Tufts Medical Center, said in a statement. She is deeply respected by our staff and physicians for her insight, creativity and deep understanding of this institution, its nurses and other caregivers. Throughout her career, Terry has discovered and implemented new ways to make patient care better, and I could not be more pleased that she has accepted this role. Hudson-Jinks holds a bachelors of science in nursing and biology from Simmons College and a master of science in nursing from Salem State College. She also attended the College of Management Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/health-care/2013/11/tufts-medical-appoints-loingtime-nurse.html

Daughters of Missing School Nurse Plead for Help

October 30, 2013 | Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. A California nurse has claimed in court that after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and required time off and chemotherapy treatment, her employer, Kaiser Hospital, demoted her, forced her to work through lunch hours to make up for time spent at chemo sessions and assigned her to work in the flu division despite doctors warning her that exposure to flu infection could kill her, Courthouse News reported . Petra Albert from Los Angeles, CA, has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and affiliates for the merciless abuse and mistreatment she suffered at the hands of her employer whilst working as a nurse. The claim states: "Before her return, Ms. Albert's doctors warned her that chemotherapy could seriously weaken her immune system and exposure to infections such as the flu could be disastrous or even fatal. Kaiser, however, did not attempt to accommodate Ms. Albert but rather put her in charge of the flu program, putting her health at serious risk. Albert, who has 25 years experience working in the nursing field was hired by Kaiser in 2009 as a nurse educator, was promoted within a year for successful performance. However, she was soon diagnosed with breast cancer and required a double mastectomy in 2010. Albert alleges that after she returned to work following her reconstructive surgery she received no accommodation, but instead was met with insults, hostility and callous comments about her cancer and forced to return to working 60 hours a week within the same month as surgery. Moreover, she claims that her supervisor threatened her that if she didnt quit her job and continued to work for Kaiser, Ms. Albert would hate her life. In October 2011 after her white blood cells dropped considerably, the nurse took another leave of absence involving more chemotherapy. This time when she returned to work, she was called to a meeting where she was ridiculed before being forcibly banished to another hospital location. Kaiser subsequently refused any further requests for time-off for chemotherapy and fired her.
Source: http://www.alternet.org/investigations/nurse-diagnosed-breast-cancer-was-harassed-refused-treatment-and-finally-fired-her

Tufts Medical promotes longtime nurse to chief nursing officer

By contrast, Durham Connects costs less because it is relatively brief and makes extensive use of referrals. The program was developed by Duke University in partnership with the Durham County Health Department and the Center for Child and Family Health. A nurse visits new parents soon after their newborn comes home from the hospital, checks the mother's and baby's health, and offers the parents tips on topics such as breastfeeding and child care. Nurses also screen for potential problems such as maternal depression. But the nurses are not primarily caseworkers. Instead, they serve to link families who need help with appropriate community services over a series of one to three home visits. To gauge the program's effects, the Duke research team designed a study that divided into two groups all of the 4,777 babies born in Durham County between July 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2010. Those born on even dates were offered the program, while those born on odd dates were not. The authors then analyzed medical records for a random subsample of those families. In addition to an overall reduction in emergency care episodes, the authors found that all the subgroups studied saw a decrease in use of emergency care. While some groups benefited more than others, the pattern held true for both single- and two-parent families, for families receiving Medicaid and for privately insured families. "High-risk families were not the only ones who benefited," Goodman said.
Source: http://today.duke.edu/2013/11/nursehome

See More Family and friends of missing Florida woman are making a public plea for -- safe return home. Kimberly Lindsay failed to show up on Monday morning for her job as a school nurse in West Palm Beach her last communication was Sunday night when she sent her daughter attacks. Think she'd arrived home safely after a weekend away. Lindsey Stanley fear she may be the victim of foul play. She is the most amazing woman I know. And not just because she's -- all but because -- that's how she is. So please. Please -- it. -- For her.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/daughters-missing-school-nurse-plead-20752011

It's a better experience for the nurses and patients both." The free program is open to any expectant mother. To register or get more information, go to www.osfstjoseph.org/birth or at 309-665-4704. Women don't have to have their child at St. Joseph, but most do. "The goal is for them to deliver here for continuity of care," Bivens said. "The biggest benefit is to patients who have complications or are ill at ease," Bivens said. The goal is for the first meeting with the nurse navigator to happen about 20 weeks into the pregnancy. Among discussion topics are pregnancy discomforts and how to address them, prenatal tests, fetal growth and development and breastfeeding. Nurse navigators discuss why there's a local initiative for women to wait to deliver their child until 39 weeks of pregnancy unless it's medically necessary; help women register for birth preparation classes; and discuss the importance of selecting a pediatrician if they haven't already done so. Educational materials are provided. The second meeting, at about 28 weeks of pregnancy, generally is over the phone but can be face to face.
Source: http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/31/4588258/exchange-nurse-navigators-help.html

Nurse Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Was Harassed, Refused Treatment and Finally Fired -- by her Hospital

Enough is enough School officials reported her missing on Monday and deputies conducted a welfare check at her Palm Beach Gardens home. They found her vehicle, and personal items in the home. Lindsey's three daughters Sarah, 20, Sophia, 18, and Savannah 16 -- are holding out hope that she will be found alive. "It's heartbreaking to be away from her. It's harder than anything that we've ever been through and it's really scary not knowing what's happening and we will do anything to bring her home," Sarah Lindsey told ABC News. At the press conference Thursday, Lindsey's voice cracked as she described her mother as a "self-made, independent woman," who was a "nurturing" and a "loving" mother. "Memorize her face. Keep her in your head. Look for her. Do anything you can you never where she might be," she said.
Source: http://abcnews.go.com/US/daughters-missing-school-nurse-bring-home/story?id=20749828

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