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Keeping Our Country's Schools Healthy and Happy
Keeping Our Country's Schools Healthy and Happy

Did you know school nursing began in the early 1900s as an experiment in New York City? We recently spoke with Nina Fekaris, MS, BSN, RN, NCSN, president of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), to learn more about the role of the school nurse in modern society.

Keeping Our Country's Schools Healthy and Happy

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June 7, 2018

Our latest podcast episode features Suzanne Shugg, APN, DNP, CLS, FNLA, the CEO and co-founder of Teleplus Healthcare, director of the preventative cardiology clinic at New Jersey Cardiology Associates, and a professor of adult medicine at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. Suzanne discusses her desire to make positive changes in healthcare through optimized patient care, preventative medicine, provider resources, and more. 

Podcasts
May 23, 2018

In our latest podcast episode, we hear from Tricia Cady, RN, BSN, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurse and recent graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing RN to BSN program. While in nursing school, Tricia developed the Cady Hug, a womb-like vest that contains neonates’ hands to help reduce accidental extubations.

Podcasts
May 9, 2018

In our latest Nursing Notes Live episode, we talk to Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, and hear how she is championing comprehensive care for complex patients as the senior director of cross continuum care at the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. Listen to hear more about her innovative idea for the Complex Care Map, a tool that helps providers treat patients more comprehensively, and the importance of leading change that improves patient outcomes.

Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects an estimated 40,000 babies born every year, making it the most common birth defect found in infants. Though some forms of CHD do not result in health problems later in life, about 25 percent of infants with CCHD have a critical CHD, which can lead to negative outcomes if not diagnosed soon after birth. As a nurse working in pediatric cardiology, Elizabeth B. Mikula, MSN, RN, CPN, CPHQ, saw the potential to improve outcomes for these vulnerable patients through better screening processes.  

For years, the best practice for protecting a certain type of birth defect called an omphalocele before surgery was to dry it out, which shrinks the surface area of the exposed organs, but requires a lengthy hospital stay. Enter Roxana Reyna, MSN, RNC-NIC, WCC, CWOCN, FNP-C, a nurse with 20 years experience as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

While working for Mercy Health Saint Mary’s in Grand Rapids, Mich., Lauran Hardin, MSN, RN-BC, CNL, met one patient whose complex social issues and challenging life circumstances led to his frequent visits to the emergency room – not because he was injured or sick, but because he needed somewhere to go to feel safe. She realized that there is much more complexity to every patient than just their medical conditions, and healthcare providers can make a difference for these vulnerable people.

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