Nursing’s Dirty Little Secret

Sheila Wilson, a 73-year-old great-grandmother who also happens to be an RN, wants to put an end to what she believes is “the dirty little secret of nursing,” The Boston Globe reports. That secret happens to be the uptick of violence inflicted upon health care workers, which we explored in the June issue of H&HN. To help end that problem, Wilson founded Stop Healthcare Violence, an organization that is pushing state officials to put stricter penalties in place for those who harm providers. For too long, the field has allowed such behavior with the mindset that the patient is always right, and nurse advocates believe that this attitude must end to make a dent in this problem. “This is not part of the job,” David Schildmeier, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, told the newspaper.

Grants Help SUNY at Buffalo to Address Shortage

Nurse training programs at the State University of New York at Buffalo and additional community health services in New York state will benefit from three federal grants, according to the Niagara Gazette. The grants, totaling more than $2.42 million, are designed to help expand nurse training programs. They’ll enhance behavioral health services in the clinics, augment expenses for students participating in clinical training and support partnerships between health and training centers, among other benefits.

Nursing School in Georgia Expands Training Locations

Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing is ramping up efforts to replace demand for physician care with that of nurse practitioners. The Statesboro, Ga.-based school received a $1.3 million grant for a federal Advanced Nursing Education Workforce project to help create academic-practice partnerships with five Federally Qualified Health Centers, according to the school. The partnerships will prepare nurse practitioners for service in rural and underserved communities in Southeast Georgia and increase the number of training locations in the region. “There is a dire shortage of primary care physicians in Georgia, particularly for people living in rural and impoverished communities,” said Ursula Pritham, an associate professor and graduate program director in the nursing school. Nurse practitioners “can help fill the gap,” Pritham said.

Navigators Help Stroke Victims Traverse Care Path

Stroke victims often have a tough road ahead as they try to navigate treatment, rehab and home care, but two registered nurses at Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital are stepping up to help. Registered nurses Kaile Neuschatz and Kelsey Halbert are both stroke nurse navigators at the hospital and work closely with neurologists and emergency department nurses to coordinate care and educate stroke victims, according to a report in the New Haven Register. “Although we’re not active members of the treatment team … our relationship with those patients begins when they roll through the door,”  Halbert told the Register. With more than 130,000 deaths per year due to stroke in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, having a dedicated care team in place from the moment stroke victims enter the hospital could save lives.