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Nurse Who Served In Iraq Says, 'take Care' Of Veterans

"As a nurse I've seen people die before, but not to the magnitude of over there." Family history Maloof is the youngest child of George and Bertha Maloof who moved to Foxboro from West Roxbury just before the birth of their only daughter. Maloof has five older brothers and is the only one of her parents' six children who joined the military; however, she is part of a family tree with many branches that reach back in history to the armed forces. Her father was a World War II veteran; she had two uncles on her mother's side in the military and grandparents on both sides of her family proudly wore the uniform to represent the red, white and blue. Even Maloof's mother, who still lives in town, played an important role on the home front during WWII. "My mother worked in the factories that were converted to manufacture parts for munitions and other war necessities. Specifically she talks about working on putting together the cones for missiles, other munitions and vehicles." She did not set out to join the military at first, but did follow in her mother's footsteps. "I always knew I wanted to be a nurse because my mother was a nurse," the younger Bertha Maloof, called Bea, said. "My mother studied and had early training, but never really had a job as a nurse because she got married and had a family." Maloof joined the army in February, 1983 at the rank of Private and began basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey. From New Jersey, she went on to Fort Sam Houston in Texas for more advanced medical training.
Source: http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles/2013/11/07/news/14224596.txt

Nurse staffing bill doomed in D.C.

7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The November 2013 supplement edition of PEDIATRICS contains an in-depth look at current research and innovations, as well as a process for moving these innovations to practice, for the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) the leading evidence-based home visiting program for young mothers. PEDIATRICS is the official peer-reviewed journal of The American Academy of Pediatrics. NFP has an unsurpassed body of evidence of its effectiveness, beginning with three randomized, controlled trials. Yet, "evidence-based interventions are rarely final products," as lead author of the article and Nurse-Family Partnership founder David Olds, PhD, said. "It is important that the new studies being conducted to improve the Nurse-Family Partnership program in community practice also retain the program's evidentiary foundations that were established over more than three decades of research." In the Nurse-Family Partnership program, registered nurses make home visits to low-income women who are having their first babies, from pregnancy until the child turns 2. The program's main goals are a healthy pregnancy and delivery, improved child health and development through improved parenting skills, and economic self-sufficiency for the families. The PEDIATRICS article, "Improving the Nurse-Family Partnership in Community Practice," outlines a number of research projects and program enhancements that build upon the strong foundation of the program, including methods for nurse home visitors to better classify the risks and strengths of a family entering the program, which are designed to improve the program's efficiency and effectiveness. Another community site-based trial delivered consistent, promising results in increasing retention rates and the number of home visits for family participants. Other program enhancements developed through rigorous new research include a new intervention for NFP nurses to use to address intimate partner violence, with a 15-site randomized, controlled trial underway with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; development of mental health tools consistent with the NFP program; and creation of a new tool to help NFP nurses better assess a parent's skill level in caring for their child. "The Nurse-Family Partnership program has been demonstrated to work effectively because it is both rigorously researched and flexible in its approach," said Thomas R. Jenkins Jr., NFP president and CEO.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/pediatrics-article-highlights-innovations-within-nurse-family-partnership-170600045.html

Misconduct caution for chief nurse

Two other children, Messiah White, 3, and McKenzie Florence, 2, also died. Allen said the two were sleeping over at the home. A fifth child, 11-year-old Nautica McCrary, escaped the burning home and was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. (David Tulis / AP) Dangerous Days Fire burns aboard two fuel barges along the Mobile River after explosions sent three workers to the hospital Wednesday April 24, 2013. Fire officials have pulled units back from fighting the fire due to the explosions and no immediate threat to lives. (John David Mercer / AP) Dangerous Days An injured woman gets treatment after an explosion in downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Monday, April 29, 2013. Police said a powerful explosion has damaged a building in the center of the Czech capital and they believe some people are buried in the rubble. (Petr David Josek / AP) Dangerous Days An alligator crosses the 14th fairway during the first round of the PGA Tour Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., on Thursday, April 25, 2013. (Gerald Herbert / AP) Dangerous Days People and rescuers gather after an eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/08/aimee-larkin-nurse-howard-kinney-patient-murder-suicide_n_4239496.html

PEDIATRICS Article Highlights Innovations within Nurse-Family Partnership

Janice Harry failed to make sure there was adequate nursing cover on A&E and two other wards between 1998 and 2006. Mrs Harry was found guilty of misconduct but allegations that she bullied colleagues were not proved. A Nursing and Midwifery Council panel found she was still fit to practice but gave her a five-year caution order. The panel heard that during some night shifts, a single nurse was looking after 17 patients on a ward. It said Mrs Harry should have been focused on staffing levels but she was distracted by "training, targets and other matters". 'Risk of harm' In making its decision the panel told her: "You had effectively closed your mind to your direct operational responsibilities and had limited yourself to the strategic role. "You had the professional responsibility for every nurse in the Trust....you had in the past placed patients at risk of harm." The panel also reprimanded Mrs Harry for using inappropriate language towards a colleague, after she told her she was a "waste of space". She was cleared of charges relating to cleanliness and hygiene, inappropriate handling of incident forms, telling staff off, reducing a colleague to tears and disregarding staff concerns. Mrs Harry was employed by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor, Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust, from 1998 to 2006. She worked as the director of nursing and quality assurance at Stafford Hospital from 1998.
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-24858475

Aimee Larkin, Nurse, Allegedly Killed Howard Kinney, Patient, In Murder-Suicide

The Patient Protection Act is doomed, despite the nurses strong showing out of the gate in February, when they convinced a nine-member majority to introduce the proposal imposing strict nurse-to-patient ratios on District hospitals and penalties for noncompliance. First of all, Health Committee Chair Yvette Alexander, D-Ward 7, has near absolute control over the bills fate. Even though she was among the co-introducers, shes been dragged kicking and screaming this far. Numerous council colleagues (and the hospital industry) are counting on her to stuff the bill in her pocket and forget about it; appetites are thin for another big labor-backed bill this close to an election year after Mayor Vincent Gray 's veto of the Large Retailer Accountability Act and subsequent council affirmation . Alexander has said more than once it may not ever proceed beyond Fridays hearing. She cites concerns raised by hospital administrators since she co-introduced the bill, implying that even conducting the hearing at all should be seen as a concession. You can look at it at another way. I didnt have to have a hearing at all, she told me. But for the sake of argument, lets say Alexander does eventually move it. The only committee member I'm able to identify as leaning the nurses' way is Councilwoman Anita Bonds, D-At large. And she, like most, won't commit either way.
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/blog/2013/11/nurse-staffing-bill-doomed-in-dc.html

Ex-Stafford Hospital chief nurse cautioned for 'putting patients at risk'

Janice Harry was cautioned after being found guilty of misconduct but is still allowed to work as a nurse, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) ruled. Earlier this week, the panel found that by not ensuring there were adequate nursing staff on a number of wards, Mrs Harry put patients at risk. Between 1998 and 2006, Mrs Harry failed to ensure there were adequate numbers of nurses working in the accident and emergency department, the emergency admission unit (EAU) and another ward, the panel said. Mrs Harry was criticised for not ensuring that her colleagues provided patient dignity and privacy in the EAU between 2004 and 2006. The nurse also failed to ensure there was appropriate food and drink in the unit, the panel concluded. Mrs Harry was employed by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessor Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust from 1998 to 2006. From 1998, she was director of nursing and quality assurance at Stafford Hospital and in 2002 was appointed director of clinical standards and chief nurse as well as director of infection prevention and control. Stafford Hospital was at the centre of a major public inquiry after it was found that poor care could have led to the deaths of hundreds of patients as a result of maltreatment and neglect. The inquiry highlighted the "appalling and unnecessary suffering of hundreds of people" at the trust and investigations into the scandal revealed that many patients were left lying in their own urine and excrement for days, forced to drink water from vases or given the wrong medication.
Source: http://home.bt.com/news/uknews/misconduct-caution-for-chief-nurse-11363847981787

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