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Nursing Consortium opens Fall Conference registration

The Nursing Consortium of South Florida will be observing its 20th anniversary and 2017 as the Year of the Healthy Nurse with an educational conference at the Signature Grand on November 10, 2017. Fostering a Community Culture; Leveraging Nursing’s Influence will explore exemplars for collaboration between nurses in acute and community settings, for the advancement of nurses as policy leaders and advocates, and for building a stronger nursing culture in the workplace. Submit a poster abstract to let us know how your organization is making a difference, and register now to attend at the best rate.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Advisor for Nursing, Susan Hassmiller, will keynote the conference with a presentation, The Role of Nurses in Building a Culture of Health. The last three Consortium conferences have sold out. Register now to secure your place at a nursing conference you won't want to miss!  For information on the limited number of sponsor and exhibitor opportunities, please click here.

HRSA recognizes Hendry Regional for organ donation efforts

Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston earned gold-level recognition from the Health Resources and Services Administration for its outstanding efforts promoting organ donation awareness and registering organ, eye, and tissue donors between October 2016 and April 2017. HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign participants enrolled 26,975 donors nationally in state registries over the seven-month period.  The partners worked closely with their organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and Donate Life America (DLA) state teams to educate and register new donors. HRSA recognized more than 1,000 hospitals and transplant centers, including 296 small and rural hospital participants nationwide.  For more on the campaign and to join for 2018, please click here.

Heroin use disorders triple over decade

About 1.6% of U.S. adults reported using heroin at some point in their life when surveyed in 2012-2013, with 0.7% meeting the criteria for a heroin use disorder, according to a studypublished online by JAMA Psychiatry. That’s up from 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, in 2001-2002, the study found. The authors used the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions to examine changes, patterns and demographics associated with heroin use. “Of note, increases have been greatest among men, white individuals, those with low income and educational levels, and, for heroin use disorder, younger individuals,” they said.

CDC updates Zika guidance for providers caring for pregnant women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday issued updated recommendations for health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure. In the updated guidance, CDC no longer recommends the routine testing of women with possible recent exposure to Zika virus but without ongoing possible exposure, citing the increased possibility of false positive results. "However, testing should be considered using a shared decision-making model, one in which patients and providers work together to make decisions about testing and care plans based on patient preferences and values, clinical judgment, a balanced assessment of risks and expected outcomes, and the jurisdiction's recommendations," the guidance states.

FAU Receives $1.4 Million Federal Grant for Nurse Practitioner Initiative

Florida Atlantic University’s “Recruitment, Education, and Employment of Primary Care Providers” (REEP) project received a HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program grant to support academic partnerships and traineeships to nurses who are pursuing advanced degrees as primary care NPs. “Together with our outstanding partners and my collaborators from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, we will co-create culturally and linguistically appropriate learning experiences for BSN to DNP students in primary care settings with patients from disadvantaged, underserved, racial and minority populations in Broward County,” said Susan Bulfin, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, program director, associate professor and DNP director in FAU’s College of Nursing.  FAU’s College of Nursing has established new academic and practice partnerships with Broward Health, Holy Cross Hospital, and Broward Community and Family Health Centers, Inc. to train and ultimately employ NPs who will care for patients in Broward County’s underserved populations.  For additional program details, please click here.

AHA report examines cost of community violence

Community violence cost U.S. hospitals and health systems an estimated $2.7 billion in 2016, according to a new report prepared for the American Hospital Association by Milliman. The authors found that hospitals and health systems spent $1.1 billion on security and training to prevent violence in hospitals; $852 million caring for victims of violence; $429 million on medical care, staffing, indemnity and other costs related to violence against hospital employees; and $280 million on preparedness and prevention of community violence.

AHA releases community conversations resource

The American Hospital Association has released a toolkit to help hospitals and health systems in vulnerable rural and urban communities engage their communities in discussions on how to ensure continued access to essential health care services. "These conversations will be critical as you work collaboratively to identify and address the needs most important in your own community," the resource notes. Building on the AHA task force's 2016 report on strategies to ensure access to essential health care services in vulnerable communities, the toolkit offers ways to broadly engage stakeholders through community conversation events and the community health needs assessment process; dialog with specific stakeholders such as patients and families, trustees and clinicians; and expand community conversations through social media.

AHA report highlights innovative telehealth programs

Hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to care, improve outcomes for patients, and reduce costs, according to a report by the |American Hospital Association released at the recent AHA Leadership Summit. The report shows how seven hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to opioid recovery programs, early intervention services for people with chronic conditions and specialty care for patients in underserved communities, among other benefits, often at lower cost. For example, the first 100 patients enrolled in a diabetes telehealth pilot at the University of Mississippi Medical Center saved Medicaid more than $300,000 during the first six months of the program. For more on the value of telehealth, please click here.

Congressional panel is seeking to reduce Medicare regulations, mandates

The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee seeks input through Aug. 25 on how Congress can reduce legislative and regulatory burdens on Medicare providers. The request is the first step in a committee initiative to work with health care providers and the administration to deliver regulatory relief. The panel also plans to host roundtables with stakeholders across the country. For more information and the feedback submission form, please click here.

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AARP, USDOL, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "Blowing Open the Bottleneck: Designing New Approaches to Increase Nurse Education Capacity May 2008"

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Florida Center for Nursing, "2007 Nursing Education Program Annual Report and Workforce Survey January 2008"

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Florida Center for Nursing, "The Economic Benefits of Resolving Florida's Nursing Shortage September 2008"

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