It In Nursing Homes Gets Overdue Look

UnitedHealthcare partners with UWM in family nursing

"The last national study of IT in nursing homes was completed nearly a decade ago, and since then, nursing home administrators have shifted the types of technologies being used," said Greg Alexander, associate professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing and lead researcher of the study, in a press statement. "This study will show which types of IT affect the quality of nursing homes the most." [See also: Long-term care providers use IT to help keep patients safe .] Since technology is used in nursing homes to admit and discharge residents, monitor patients' dietary and pharmacy needs, complete administrative activities and, more recently, enable communication between families and loved ones, a certain level of IT sophistication should be an important factor to consider when individuals choose nursing homes, says Alexander. "People may not consider IT implementation to be important when searching for a nursing home, but IT certainly impacts the communication between staff and the continuity of care for the patients," he said. In a previous study of IT in Missouri nursing homes, Alexander found that IT helped health professionals make clinical decisions, track patients' care and protect residents' privacy. He recently received a grant of nearly $1 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to further that preliminary research and expand his state study to a national level. "Our research team will study 10 percent of all U.S. nursing homes' IT use for the next three years," Alexander said. "We will track survey responses each year and analyze how trends in IT adoption levels correlate with nursing home quality measures, such as the number of residents with urinary tract infections, pressure ulcers and pain." [See also: Long-term care facilities face unique IT challenges .] Alexander hopes to use his findings to determine which IT capabilities lead to high-quality care in order to benchmark best practices of IT implementation in nursing homes throughout the country. Also, he hopes to understand how IT is being adopted in nursing homes. Source:

Family Nursing and Home Care benefit from donation

UWM was selected from numerous nursing schools nationwide who sought the partnership with Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealthcare, said UWM nursing school dean Sally Lundeen . The partnership between UWM and UnitedHealthcare will further expand the impact of the UWM nursing college across the country, Lundeen said. UnitedHealthcare has literally thousands of nurses working for them and the (companys) leadership is committed to significantly increase the number of their family nurse practitioners to prepare them to manage the health care of many of those they insure across the country, Lundeen said. UWMs bid for the partnership was helped by the fact that the nursing school created a post-graduate nurse practitioner program and has a longstanding online clinical education program, Lundeen said. The first group of nurses pursuing the family nurse practitioner certificate will begin online classes in January 2014. The first cohort consists of 13 graduate nursing students representing 11 different states. UWM anticipates up to 30 graduate nurses in the program per year. Rich Kirchen is The Business Journal's senior reporter. He covers health care, insurance, politics, media and marketing/advertising. Related links: Source:

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She had been shot with the gun found at the nursing home, a sheriff's statement said. It wasn't immediately clear if Anderson had a lawyer who could comment on the case. Calls to home and cellphone numbers listed in public records went unanswered. Anderson and his wife moved into their home about five or six months ago, neighbors said. Anderson "was introducing himself to anybody that was going into the driveway" of the townhome complex, Madrigal recalled. Anderson said the couple had come from Arizona because of his wife's health. While he often left in the mornings, she was more reclusive, exchanging a few words while smoking or drinking coffee on the couple's balcony, Madrigal said. "He treated her like she was a jewel ... because she was so fragile" and was sometimes seen on the balcony with her, caressing her hand, Madrigal said. Kristen and Lee Booker said Anderson offered them food and help moving furniture after fire damaged their home in September. Source:

Ellen Kuhnert Joins Fastaff And US Nursing As Vice President of Business Development To Promote Nurse Staffing Services

View gallery LeBron James of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at American Airlines Arena on December 14, 2013 in Miami, Florida (AFP Photo/Mike Ehrmann) Miami (AFP) - Miami superstar LeBron James is nursing a sore left ankle and could miss the NBA champion Heat's Wednesday showdown with current Eastern Conference leaders Indiana on Wednesday. James missed practice on Tuesday after he was hurt in Monday's 117-94 victory over the Utah Jazz. "It's a little sore," said James on Tuesday. "I'm getting around-the-clock treatment and we'll play it by ear." James twisted his left ankle in the third quarter, losing his balance while making a move against guard Brandon Rush. Despite the injury he continued to play and finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. "I've been here before," James said after the game. I'm day-to-day and we'll see what happens." Team-mate Chris Bosh didn't seem too worried. "He does this once a year, and this is his time, usually December," Bosh said. "Got that out of the way." Coach Erik Spoelstra said he'd assess James's fitness on Wednesday. "He's getting a lot of treatment today and a lot of rest," Spoelstra said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow." James is averaging 25.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists this season for the Heat, who are 18-6 and lead the Southeast Division. Source:

Her expertise also includes serving as Chief Nursing Officer and Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for Tenet Healthcare, where she was responsible for overall labor productivity and staffing. Prior to Tenet, she was Director of Pediatric/Neonatal and Burn Services at Western Medical Center, Santa Ana, where she led the units through successful certification. She holds an MBA degree from the University of Phoenix and a BS degree in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary's College. About Fastaff Travel Nursing As the premier Rapid Response(SM) travel nurse staffing provider in the country, Fastaff, LLC, connects hospitals to the right nurse, right now. Fastaff has served more than 700 health care facilities in the last 25 years and provides staffing from a database of more than 70,000 specialty nurses . Visit for more information and connect with Fastaff on Facebook , Twitter , YouTube and LinkedIn . About US Nursing Since 1989, U.S. Nursing has been working with health care facilities and nursing professionals to provide staffing solutions during labor disputes. U.S. Nursing has staffed or helped avert more than 95 percent of all health care labor disputes nationwide and is the only resource for comprehensive services throughout strike preparation and implementation. Source:

Correction: Nursing Home Shooting Story

(EMAILWIRE.COM, December 17, 2013 ) Toledo, Ohio Richard Medical Academy (RMA) ( ) announces that it is supporting nursing students that will be admitted to their License Professional Nursing (LPN/LVN) program with housing, jobs, financial aid, and childcare for students with children. Classes begin in January 2014. RMA is now accepting applications: . With over 10 years of experience in training medical professionals, RMA is dedicated to the welfare of its students. Hence, the administration has a program in place to help new students find affordable housings or apartments that are located on bus routes and close to classes. Nearby housings allow students to reach school in no time, thereby giving them time to study or work. RMA provides job assistant program to prospective students who want to work while they attend classes. Such help is not only limited to enrolled students. RMA has a job referral program for students who have graduated from their LPN/LVN program. To those graduates, RMA helps in paying for the fee required for National Council Licensure Examination (NCCLEX). For students who are intending to enroll for January 2014 classes, but they may not have complete fees to pay for the 12 months training program, the school administration considers financial plans where students pay fees in installments. Source:

Nursing School in Toledo, Ohio Supports Students with Housing, Jobs and Financial Aid in their LPN/LVN Program

Nate Solder, who starts for New England at left tackle, is nursing a head injury that he suffered in the team's loss against the Miami Dolphins . Whenever one of Tom Brady 's protectors is injured, there's plenty of reason for concern. Bill Belichick seemed unsure of Solder's status, although it could just be Bill being a little secretive. Solder was limited last week by a concussion , so another head trauma in such a short time needs to be handled very carefully. Right now, New England's primary concern should be getting healthy. If this means resting Solder for a little while, so be it. They can't afford any more long term losses to their top players, particularly when one of them is the guy responsible for protecting Tom Brady. The Patriots might have to get a little creative on the offensive line while they figure out what exactly is going on with Solder. It looks like the bad injury news just keeps piling up for the Patriots, and it could end up costing them dearly in their chase for a Super Bowl ring. Source:

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The donations were raised through a Breakfast Briefing event held by Moore Stephens and Close Finance in November which saw 86 guests attend from a variety of industries including the recruitment, finance and hospitality sectors. Family Nursing and Home Care provides an island-wide range of high quality community nursing and home care services that are accessible and appropriate to the needs of the community from birth to end of life. The service has formed a partnership with the Health and Social Services and Education Departments to establish a Childrens Centre in the Samares area of the island. The Centre will provide services to help to reduce inequalities faced by families living in areas of need. Ivo Le Maistre Smith, fundraising manager at Family Nursing and Home Care said: Thanks to donors like Moore Stephens and Close Finance, the Child and Family Centre in Samares will help local children to reach their full potential and the support we will provide from the Centre will improve outcomes for local children and their families, by reducing inequalities in child development and school readiness, parenting aspirations and skills, and family health and life chances. We are immensely grateful to both Moore Stephens and Close Finance for their generosity and fundraising efforts. Jo Gavey, associate at Moore Stephens, said: It was important for us to take the time to visit and meet the Family Nursing and Home Care team. It was interesting to hear about their ambitions and discuss with them their future plans as we feel that they have an invaluable offering to local families. We are proud to have been able to contribute to their fantastic work. Philip Legrand, business development manager at Close Finance, said: The Breakfast Briefing event was a great opportunity to get business professionals together who wouldnt usually have the opportunity to meet but it also was a fantastic opportunity to raise funds and awareness for a very worthy cause. Source: