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Nurses offered incentive to get jobs as instructors

Iowa nurses are being offered a new incentive to return to school and become nursing instructors.

Iowa Student Loan, a private company that provides college loans, announced Tuesday that it would offer grants of $4,000 per year for nurses who pursue advanced degrees. To qualify, nurses must be teaching nursing courses or planning to do so.

Nursing leaders foresee a nurse shortage, and they say the biggest problem is a lack of college instructors. “If there are no teachers, there will be no students, which means less nurses to take care of all of us,” said Virginia Wangerin, president of the Iowa Nurses Association.

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Scholarships help Genesis build relationships with nurses

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Jan. 25, 2010—The Genesis Health Services Foundation is providing scholarships of $10,000 for students who have been accepted or are already enrolled in an undergraduate baccalaureate nursing program in an Iowa or Illinois college or university.

The scholarships are offered as loans that are forgivable if the recipient works within Genesis Health System for two years on a full-time basis upon completion of their degree. The scholarships are available to students in the 10-county region of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois served by Genesis Health System.

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Luther Professor Penny Leake awarded top Iowa nursing honor

Penny Leake, Luther associate professor of nursing, recently was awarded the Teresa E. Christy Award, one of the top awards given to Iowa nurses, at the 105th annual convention of the Iowa Nurses Association.

The Teresa E. Christy Award, named after the woman considered the foremost nursing historian in the United States, is presented to a registered nurse who has demonstrated professional commitment to the improvement of health care and the inter-relationship of nursing education, nursing practice and nursing research.

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Gundersen Lutheran Health System is Hiring: RNs

Gundersen Lutheran health system is

* A comprehensive healthcare network including one of the nation’s largest multi-specialty group medical practices, regional community clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, home care, behavioral health services, vision centers, pharmacies, and air and ground ambulances
* A physician-led, not-for profit healthcare system
* Located throughout western Wisconsin, northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota caring for patients in 19 counties
* Able to meet patients’ needs for primary and specialized care
* Comprised of more than 500 medical, dental and associate staff
* Supported by a staff of over 5,000
* A tertiary referral center
* A teaching hospital with 325 beds and a Level II Trauma and Emergency Center
* Named among the Top 100 in the nation 10 times in the last 10 years
* The designated Western Clinical Campus for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School and School of Nursing

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Hospital CEO says merger could help rural areas

FARGO, N.D.—A merger between North Dakota’s largest hospital and a South Dakota-based health system could create the largest rural health network in the country, the hospital’s chief executive said.

The merger of MeritCare of Fargo and Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D., is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The new health system would serve about 2 million people in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

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Iowa Health System among nation’s best, report says

A report from Thomson Reuters ranks Iowa Health System among the nation’s top health systems for quality and efficiency.

The Finley Hospital is an affiliate of Iowa Health System.

The 100 Top Hospitals: Health Systems Quality/Efficiency Study evaluated 252 health systems, with 1,720 hospitals.

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Trinity offers independent study Parish Nurse orientation course

Trinity"s Parish Nurse program is now offering a new orientation scheduling option for nurses interested in merging their health-care experience and their personal faith to better serve the community. Nurses may now begin the orientation at any time of the year by completing six independent study modules to better accommodate individual needs and church vacancies. Topics more appropriate for lecture and class discussion will continue to be offered through six weekly classes held in the fall.

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Clarke receives $54,484 for its nursing program

About $78,000 was awarded to two colleges, one of them a local college, for their nursing programs.

Clarke College was awarded $54,484 and Allen College in Waterloo was awarded $23,420.

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U.S. Sen. Harkin: $78,000 in funding for nursing programs in Dubuque, Waterloo

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that a total of $78,904 in grants has been awarded to Clarke College in Dubuque and Allen College in Waterloo for their nursing programs through the US Departments of Health and Humans Services’ (HHS) Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). The funding was secured through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the economic recovery package. Harkin chairs the Appropriations subcommittee that funds nursing initiatives.

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Community Health Centers - Iowa’s Best Kept Secret?

DES MOINES, Iowa - The second week in August is “National Health Center Week,” recognizing the contributions of community health centers. Iowa has 13 such centers, that provided affordable health care to more than 140,000 in the last year. Tori Squires, senior program director for the Iowa/Nebraska Primary Care Association, says many people may not know these facilities’ services are available, on a sliding fee basis, to the uninsured or underinsured.

“There is indeed affordable, quality health care out there for those who may not have the resources to pay for it, or may not have insurance, or don’t have adequate insurance for primary and preventive services.”

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