New York Nurse Named National Nurse Of The Year

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It takes a lot to be a nurse, especially the nurse of the year. In this edition of Healthy Living, YNN's Katie Gibas introduces us to Dea Kuiper. Dea Kuiper has been a home care nurse, specializing in children, for nearly ten years. "I love home care because I can personalize the care of the patient at their homes, work with the parents, but most of all, work with the doctors and deliver holistic care," she said. Kate Rolf, the VNA Homecare President and CEO, said, "She's wonderful. Her smile, her love. She just embraces every single patient wholeheartedly and not just in a non-judgmental way. She just goes in and says there's nothing that we can't achieve together to keep you at home." In June, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice named her New York State's Nurse of the Year. She competed against people from every other state. Source:

After 20 years as a combat medic, vet sets out to become a registered nurse

Additionally, Jasper was routinely called into work while off duty because she was one of the few nurses qualified to work the unit's dialysis machines, according to the suit. "It needs to change. These nurses cannot be treated this way," Jim Jasper told CNN affiliate WCPO , referring to the conditions he says led to his wife's death. "They can't continue to work these nurses and expect them to pick up the slack cna because they don't want to staff the hospitals." Staff shortages and overextended shifts for nurses are a nationwide issue, according to National Nurses United, the nation's largest union representing registered nurses, with nearly 185,000 members throughout the country. But wrongful death litigation stemming from staffing issues is unusual. "Chronic understaffing is rampant throughout hospitals around the country," said Bonnie Castillo, the union's government relations director. "It is probably the single biggest issue facing nurses nowadays, and it's not only affecting nurses, but patient health as well." Jim Jasper's attorney, Eric Deters, said Beth Jasper may have fallen asleep before her car veered off the road, jumped an embankment and struck a tree. During her final shift, according to the lawsuit, Beth Jasper told other nurses she was "really stressed" and "hadn't eaten." The lawsuit alleges that fatigue from being overworked contributed to the death of the 38-year-old mother of two. "This is just a tragic situation," Deters said Tuesday. "The hospital clearly did not take care of its own people, and it did so deliberately." Jasper's lawsuit claims that hospital staffers, including his wife's supervisor, were aware of the staffing problems and alerted the hospital's parent company, Mercy Health Group. Her supervisor expressed concern to superiors that Beth Jasper was being "worked to death," yet the hospital did nothing to deal with the staffing issue, the suit said. Source:

Lawsuit: Ohio nurse was 'worked to death'

"Even after all these years of nursing, there are still new things to learn and introduce to the staff." Median pay: $86,500 10-year job growth: 26% Total jobs*: 3,449,300 What they do all day? 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. Source:

Mass. General staff donate 7,000 hours of sick and vacation time to nurse hurt in marathon bombing

(AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Charles Trainor Jr.) FIU is veteran-friendly, with probably 2,000 veterans on campus, a majority of them studying with funding from the G.I. Bill. Typically, Pischner says, they are older than the average student, will have joined the military out of high school and might be arriving at a chaotic campus for the first time. That's where Pischner's program, staffed by a dozen veterans and set up in the old air-traffic control tower on the Maidique Campus, fits in. It gives the students a place to go, to collaborate with other veterans not exactly to recreate life in the military where "life is very structured," said Pischner, but to network with kindred spirits. It is the first of its kind at FIU, but with more and more troops separating from service Pischner sees it as a model that could someday be applied to giving credit to Military Police at FIU's Criminal Justice Program. "They're extremely reliable," he said. "That's one of the key things you're going to get with a combat veteran." About Arvizu Arvizu says the FIU program, particularly the Vets Center, allows the veterans to retain a certain sense of discipline in their studies but also a sense of camaraderie that he fears he will miss. That's because, after 20 years in the Army, the last five as a Florida Guard medic attached to the Fort Pierce-based MP unit, Arvizu is retiring. At the same time, he says, once retired and done with school, he might seek a stint in the Reserves, as an Army officer. Source:

Becky Provine, 64: Knew she was meant to be a nurse

General staff donate 7,000 hours of sick and vacation time to nurse hurt in marathon bombing Buy reprints The Boston Globe Medford, MA., 10/11/13, Jessica Kensky, cq, and her husband, Patrick Downes, both cq, each lost a leg at the Boston Marathon bombing. Her new service dog is named Rescue. This is for a story about a Central Mass. nonprofit called NEADS: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans that trains these dogs and has promised to provide one free of charge to any of the bombing victims. Jessica is the first bombing victim to receive one. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff Massachusetts General Hospital is one of the few companies that allow employees to donate their vacation and sick days to colleagues who need help. And nurse Jessica Kensky, who was seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, was clearly in need. Kensky, an oncology nurse on Lunder 10, lost a leg in the attack, as did her new husband, Patrick Downes. Because she had worked at Mass. General only about 18 months, she had not accrued much time off. Within days of the bombing, hospital employeesnurses, cafeteria workers, and maintenance staffbegan to step forward with donations of vacation, holiday and sick time from their time banks. Mass. Source:

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. She was 64. Her funeral was held Thursday at Yellow River Baptist Church in Lilburn. Following the service, her body was transported to her hometown of Oklahoma City, Okla., and buried at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Scot Ward Funeral Services, Conyers was in charge of arrangements. Source: