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The New ABCs of Medical School: Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Cooking

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High-Value Care Increasingly Becoming Core Part of Med School Curriculum

High-value care has been added to curricula for many aspiring physicians

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Nurses have a hand in designing new orthopedic and spine treatment unit

Beginning Sunday, Pennsylvania’s leading orthopedic hospital will be offering patients more comfortable, quiet and efficient care as PinnacleHealth opens the doors to its 42-bed orthopedic and spine unit at Harrisburg Hospital.

“It’s going to be state of the art,” said Courtney Trulear, 27, of Harrisburg, a permanent charge nurse on the unit.

Trulear was part of a five-person team of nurses that met every two weeks for six months, sitting at a table with the construction crew poring over blueprints for the new unit.

“We talked about everything from where we wanted stuff located to the equipment we’d need,” Trulear said. She said the nurses told the construction crew what they wanted, and if they couldn’t do it, they’d explain why, “but for the most part, they just did it,” she said.

“We’re the ones who have to function on the floor, and we know what’s needed for best care of the patients,” Trulear said.

24harhospital.jpg A 42-bed unit dedicated to orthopedic and spine treatment will open at PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Hospital on Sunday. The Patriot-News, file

The team included nurses with more than 25 years experience, and two who had also been patients during knee replacements.

The result is a nursing suite that emphasizes patient comfort and nursing efficiency, Trulear said.

All the rooms are hotel-style private suites with natural lighting, spacious bathrooms, flat-screen cable TVs, customized furniture for joint-replacement and spine patients, and a pullout sofa bed for family and visitors.

“There’s a lot of anxiety going into a surgery,” Trulear said. “If the family can spend the night with you and be comfortable, that helps everybody, really.”

She said the family knows the patient best and can help nurses care for them better.

In addition to added comfort, the new design makes it easier for nurses to do their jobs, she said.

The normal controlled chaos and equipment clutter of a nursing suite is reduced by having storage for wheelchairs and walkers in every room.

The new rooms also have built-in bedside vital signs monitors, which reduces nurses hauling carts around.

In fact, Trulear said, “They are eliminating everything on wheels,” which cuts down on noise in the unit as well as physical wear on the nurses

“It’s going to be a time saver for the staff, and that gives more time for patient care,” she said.

Waiting rooms are tailored specifically to families of unit patients. Flat screens will offer regular updates on each patient’s progress through surgery and recovery, and there will be a separate room where families can talk with the doctor after surgery through a computer video connection.

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UW Ties Atop Annual List of Best Graduate Nursing Schools

The University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania and tied atop U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 ranking of 467 graduate nursing programs. The University of California-San Francisco and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill tied for fourth. A four-way tie for seventh included Duke University, Oregon Health and Science University, the University of Pittsburgh and Yale University.

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Nightingale nursing scholarships available

Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania (NAP), a nonprofit foundation created to recognize and retain nurses in Pennsylvania, announces the availability of scholarships for individuals pursuing an education in nursing. The scholarships will be awarded in spring 2011 and can be used for tuition, books, and/or educational fees for that same term.

To qualify, an applicant must be a resident of Pennsylvania; admitted to a Pennsylvania nursing school that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses, registered nurses or working toward advanced degrees in nursing to practice in a new, advanced role in nursing; have a current minimum grade point average of B according to the school’s standards; have completed or be currently enrolled in at least one course designated as nursing; and have not previously received a Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania Scholarship.

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Chesco nursing program receives $750,000 grant

Chester County Intermediate Unit’s Practical Nursing Program will receive a portion of a $750,000 student preparation and assistance grant secured by the Pennsylvania Center for Health Careers.

Licensed Practical Nursing Student Assistance and Student Prep initiatives were created by state Department of Labor and Industry in cooperation with the PA Center for Health Careers and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation to increase enrollment in practical nursing programs throughout the state.

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Susquehanna Health is Hiring RNs

Susquehanna Health is a three-hospital health system including Divine Providence Hospital, Muncy Valley Hospital and The Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center located in north central Pennsylvania. Serving patients from an 11-county region, Susquehanna Health is considered a healthcare leader and offers a broad array of services that include major centers for heart and vascular, neurosciences, cancer treatment, rehabilitation, minimally invasive surgery and orthopedics.

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PinnacleHealth System is Hiring RNs

PinnacleHealth System is a charitable organization dedicated to maintaining and improving the health and quality of life for all the people of central Pennsylvania.

PinnacleHealth is the leading hospital and healthcare system in Central Pennsylvania, offering services from prenatal to geriatrics. As a non-profit organization, we are dedicated to the health and wellness of the people we serve, and we have a long tradition of caring, dating back more than 130 years.

PinnacleHealth Heart & Vascular Institute has pioneered cardiac care in Central Pennsylvania since 1956 when our surgeons performed the area’s first heart bypass surgery. Today, we perform more than 650 heart bypass surgeries, 4,900 catheterization procedures and 4,500 angioplasty procedures each year.

We’re proud to say that we deliver more babies than any other hospital in the region, welcoming more than 4,000 babies into the world every year. We have expert high-risk prenatal care services as well as high-risk neonatal care with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) onsite.

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Geisinger Health System is Hiring RNs

Founded in 1915, Geisinger Health System provides more than two million people in 38 counties in Pennsylvania a complete continuum of quality health care. The Geisinger Health System enjoys national recognition as a model for quality health service delivery and has been listed in Best Hospitals in America, and our physicians have been listed in The Best Doctors in America.

Geisinger is a physician-led health care system, dedicated to health care, education, research and service. Now, as we enter a millennium, we’re newly energized to heal. teach. discover. and serve.

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The Highmark Foundation Provides Resources To Address Nursing Shortage In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania health care providers will experience a 41 percent vacancy rate in nursing positions by the year 2020, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration. This situation will require the training and retention of more than 54,000 nurses in order to provide adequate patient care in health care delivery systems. 

“The nursing shortage in Pennsylvania is not a problem that will be solved overnight,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. “Through grant support and partnerships with local nursing programs, our long-term goal is to increase the number of graduates from nursing programs who successfully obtain licensure, upgrade their skills and practice nursing in Pennsylvania.”

Since 2003, the Highmark Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants to five Pennsylvania colleges and universities, impacting the training and development of approximately 5,000 nursing students, nurses, medical students, first responders and nursing faculty.

The following programs have benefited from Highmark Foundation funding:

* Duquesne University School of Nursing received $125,000 to support the Second Degree Accelerated Nursing Program and purchase a simulation mannequin to be used as a teaching and learning tool. Since the grant was awarded in 2003, 81 percent of the students enrolled in the Second Degree program have graduated, and more than 300 students have been trained annually using the simulation technology.

* Edinboro University of Pennsylvania received $55,000 to support the Innovative Nursing Scholarship Award, Recruitment Program and Technology Initiative to assist with increasing the diversity of nursing students. Since the grant was awarded in 2003, 58 percent of the program’s graduates are licensed in Pennsylvania and the graduation rate of students in the program (83 percent) is higher than the graduation rate of traditional nursing students (79.86 percent).

* Pennsylvania State University – The Behrend College received $200,000 in 2007 to support the Nursing Technology Laboratory and Simulation Center, which was established to train nursing students through innovative technology in combination with a traditional nursing curriculum. It is projected that approximately 100 associate degree students and 75 registered nursing (RN) to bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) students use the lab and simulation center annually. About 600 nurses from Hamot and Saint Vincent hospitals and 320 first responders also use the center annually.

* Pennsylvania Higher Education Foundation received $150,000 to support the Pennsylvania Nursing Assistance Fund, which was created to provide scholarships to undergraduate nursing students at Bloomsburg, Chatham, Clarion, Millersville universities and Mount Aloysius College. Since the grant was awarded in 2006, 130 scholarships have been awarded and approximately 45 students have graduated. Of those who have graduated, 95 percent indicated that they would like to remain in Pennsylvania.

* Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing received $500,000 to support the Simulation, Teaching and Academic Research Center (STAR) at West Penn Allegheny School of Nursing to improve medical and nursing education and patient safety. Since the grant was awarded in 2007, approximately 4,500 nurses, medical students, nursing students, allied health professionals and ancillary personnel have been trained using simulation education.

The Highmark Foundation recently published a report that details the progress and outcomes of these nursing programs as a result of funds received from the foundation. To view the complete report, visit the “Highmark Foundation” section of http://www.highmark.com.

About the Highmark Foundation

The Highmark Foundation, created in 2000 as an affiliate of Highmark Inc., is a charitable organization and a private foundation that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The foundation’s mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in the Pennsylvania communities served by Highmark Inc. The foundation awards two types of grants: Highmark Healthy High 5, which includes a focus on the health and well-being of children in the areas of physical activity, nutrition, self-esteem, bullying and grieving; and its traditional four areas of general health focus, which include chronic disease, communicable disease, family health and service delivery systems. Where possible, the foundation looks to support evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information about the Highmark Foundation, visit http://www.highmark.com.

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