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Why Higher Education Matters and How to Help Nurses with Academic Progression

October 2013

Is it really important for nurses to continue advancing their education throughout their careers? The latest issue of Charting Nursing’s Future – a series of policy briefs produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – says absolutely. This recent issue illustrates precisely why academic progression in nursing is important by laying out specific benefits to nurses, patients and employers across the country.

In addition to highlighting the various reasons why continued education is important, the September 2013 issue lays out various strategies aimed at overcoming existing barriers to academic progression. It examines the impact of the government at the local, state and federal levels, and how nursing schools and employers can incentivize nurses and nursing students to pursue higher education.

To read the September 2013 issue of Charting Nursing’s Future, visit

Nurses Recognized for Excellence in Fetal Heart Monitoring

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has awarded four nurses with the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award for the first quarter of 2013.

Each year, the AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring Program educates approximately 13,000 perinatal clinicians around the world and helps nurses accurately measure critical data to ensure children are as healthy as possible upon birth.

Based on their skills, experience and enthusiasm for the Fetal Heart Monitoring Program, AWHONN has selected the following four instructor candidates for this award in the first quarter:

  • Hope K. Helferich, BSN, RNC–OB, C–EFM, Wichita, Kan.
  • Patti Jacobs, BSN, RN, C-EFM, Johnson City, Tenn.
  • Sharon Orozco, BSN, MS, RNC-OB, RN, Dayton, Ohio
  • Jeanette Zocco, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Hartford, Conn.

For more information about the recipients of the Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor Recognition Award, visit

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