Becky Provine, 64: Knew She Was Meant To Be A Nurse

Then again, not many people can say theyre like Becky Provine, who always knew she was destined to be a nurse. The determined 5-year-old did indeed grow up to have a successful career in the medical field. In 2007, she became the chief nursing officer at Emory University Hospital and added the title of vice president of patient care in 2011. In honor of her 42 years of nursing excellence, she was also named the 2013 Georgia Nursing Leader by the Georgia Organization of Nursing Executives. The award represents outstanding leadership for nurse leaders who have really made a difference, said Susan Grant, Provines longtime friend and the chief nursing executive of Emory Healthcare. She was a rock for a lot of people. Whenever you needed her, she was there. Those who knew Provine said titles, achievements and awards werent as important to her as the people she cared for. She was always putting the needs of others before her own, acting as a willing servant to her patients, said Marilyn Margolis, chief nurse vice president of operations at Emory Johns Creek Hospital. She was very focused and patient-centered, and she wasnt anything but humble and determined to do the right thing, Margolis said. Rebecca Becky Cole Provine of Conyers died Tuesday from complications related to breast cancer at Emory University Hospital. For the original article visit

Nurse practitioners seek state approval to treat patients without doctor's oversight

In 2011, supervisor Michael Ojo relentlessly kissed, hugged and groped head nurse Khadijatu Allie, who was married at the time, and even once told her, I love the way your buttocks fit in this skirt, she claims in a suit filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Ojo allegedly threatened to fire Allie if she complained and piled onto her responsibilities working in a 52-bed unit of violent patients alone as well as a night shift putting shirts on sleeping psych ward patients, the suit alleges. Harlem Hospital, the suit alleges, did not investigate after Allie filed a formal complaint in October 2011. Allie quit her job last March, prompting a barrage of Facebook messages from an apologetic Ojo, the suit says. My love no matter the outcome in HR please dont tell anyone about us. I will make will make up to you, no matter what, because I shouldnt have gone that far, Ojo wrote on Sept. 27, according to the suit. That same day, the suit says, he told Allie on Facebook your buttocks is shaped like a coke bottom. Ojo was suspended without pay four days later and transferred to Lincoln Hospital, according to the suit. Allie, who is also suing Harlem Hospital and the city Health and Hospitals Corporation, is seeking unspecified damages. A Harlem Hospital spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment. For the original article visit

Nurse receives official censure after Montvale teen's death

With Obamacare raising the pressure to control health costs, it's no surprise this is a hot healthcare career. These change agents use their clinical expertise and organizational influence to develop policies designed to improve patient outcomes and deliver health care more efficiently. How to get the job? The best specialists are a combination of nurse, leader, educator and researcher. A big part of the role involves teaching and motivating others to adopt new practices and innovations. Graduate-level training in a nursing specialty is a must. What's great? What's not? It can be extremely satisfying to mentor other staff members and have a real impact on patient care. But trying to persuade experienced staffers to embrace new procedures can be tough. For the original article visit

Nurse Practitioners help fill health provider shortage

Longtime family friends John and Leah Darby helped establish the foundation to fund the awards. Im still shocked and, of course, very honored that I received this award, Winfield said. I think Im the first operating room nurse to receive it. Winfield has been a nurse for almost 30 years and has been employed by Longview Regional Medical Center since 2008. When cancer patients come in for surgery, theyre usually filled with hope that we can help them and I like being part of that, Winfield said. Sharon Shaw, registered nurse and director of surgical services for the hospital, said shes not surprised Winfield received the award. Shes just a great all-around nurse, Shaw said. Shes got a very positive attitude and has a good rapport with the physicians and other staff members. Newton has been a nurse for 10 years. Shes spent her entire career at Good Shepherd Medical Center; nine of those years in the oncology department. My mom died of breast cancer in 2003, so I feel I can relate to people dealing with this disease, Newton said. For the original article visit

2. Clinical Nurse Specialist

They say the solution is simple: allow more nurse practitioners to treat patients without a physician's oversight. Physician groups, however, say that it poses a patient safety issue particularly when it comes to practitioners treating complex issues. Under current law, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists must submit a collaborative agreement with the state that includes the signature of two physicians. There's a proposal in the Pennsylvania Legislature that would allow the state's 8,400 nurse practitioners to work without the collaborative agreements. The bill was introduced by Sen. Pat Vance, a York County Republican and former nurse. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia allow nurse practitioners to treat patients without physician approval. Mary Verderame, president of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and a nurse practitioner in the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs system, says the bill would "simply remove a piece of paper." The Pennsylvania Medical Society opposes the measure and advocates for a physician-led team-based patient care model. Bruce A. MacLeod, president of the society and an emergency physician in Pittsburgh, says the "most experienced and best trained person should be running the teams." Andrea Petrokonis, program director of the nurse practitioner program at Lancaster General Health, agrees that collaborating with physicians is essential but says the paperwork complicates hiring. For the original article visit

Nurses honored for work

Nonetheless, the Board of Nursing found fault with the care provided by Powers. Hart weighed just 105 pounds and had no prior history of taking opioids, raising questions about whether she should have received an amount of Dilaudid that was twice the normal starting dose. In an exchange with Powers, nursing board members questioned why Powers did not challenge the doctors orders . The board found that Powers actions posed a danger to the health and welfare of patients or to the public. But rather than suspend or revoke her license, the panel recommended that she be reprimanded. Such a rebuke does not affect Powers ability to practice nursing, although it is a public record that could become relevant if she were to face additional disciplinary charges. Luteyn, the urgent care physician who prescribed the on-site Dilaudid and additional take-home doses, faces similar allegations lodged by the state Board of Medicine. A Dec. 4 hearing has been scheduled in that case. At her hearing last month, Powers said she was on paid administrative leave. For the original article visit

Nurse forced to work in psych ward after rejecting boss: suit

"We don't only focus on the medical model which obviously the physicians are doing." Said Andrea Curtis, NP at Hastings Family Practice."We also look at our background from nursing school where again, you kind of look at the whole person and not just treat the illness." Curtis was a nurse for 10 years before she became a licensed nurse practitioner. "They help to really fill a personnel need because it's hard to recruit the number of physicians that you need to cover all these functions." Said Dr. Michael Johnson at Hastings Family Practice. She says there's already a dire need for more healthcare providers in rural areas. In parts of Nebraska, Nurse Practitioners often provide the only healthcare for miles. "Nurse Practitioners can work in a rural clinic and work fairly independently but have a backup physician that they can talk to or refer patients to if they can't handle it locally." Said Dr. Johnson. But over the next 3 years we're going to see an even greater demand all over the country. Why? For the original article visit