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AORN Announces Legislative Priorities for 2011

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, (AORN), with a membership base of 40,000 RNs and representing the interests of 140,000 perioperative Registered Nurses in the U.S., has announced it will target seven states in 2011 to enact RN as Circulator. The perioperative RN, through professional and patient-centered expertise, is the primary patient advocate in the operating room and is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the patient’s condition. The presence of the RN in the circulating role throughout each surgical procedure is essential for timely delivery of quality surgical care and optimal patient outcomes.
The seven targeted states, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia, were identified following an interview-based survey of hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers by the AORN Advocacy leaders. Many of these states indicated a strong desire to assure patient safety through the use of an RN circulator for each patient during each surgery. 

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Virginia Hospital Center

Top Notch Care and Ongoing Professional Development

At Virginia Hospital Center (VHC), employees are the force behind the hospital’s prominent status in the healthcare industry. The hospital offers a broad array of positions and career opportunities.

“At Virginia Hospital Center, we have both dedicated surgeons and the technology to complement their expertise,” said VHC Public Relations Director Kristen Dugan.

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Opening Doors to Undergraduate Nursing Research

At the University of Virginia, two summer programs exposed both undergraduate nursing students and recent graduates to important research programs. 

Nursing students receive some exposure to research in a required third-year course, but the Nursing Undergraduate Research Initiative and the Rural Health Care Research Summer Internship Program allow them to participate in research that seeks to prevent illness, improve clinical practice and influence health policy.

The initiative, funded through a grant from the U.Va. Alumni Association’s Jefferson Trust, is supporting four summer research students in 2010. The program is designed to create a four-year experience that progressively exposes students to nursing research, sparks their spirit of inquiry and encourages pursuit of evidence-based practice.

In addition, Elizabeth Merwin – associate dean for research, director of the Rural Health Care Research Center and Madge M. Jones Professor of Nursing – obtained funding from National Institutes of Health for the Rural Health Care Research Summer Internship Program. This year, 15 students and approximately 15 faculty members participated in the program with a broad variety of research studies.

Two recent nursing graduates used the opportunity to complete their distinguished major projects and move toward publishing their findings.

The Nursing Undergraduate Research Initiative: Inspiring Student Scholars

Theresa Carroll, assistant dean for undergraduate admissions and student services, and associate professors Emily Drake and Sarah Farrell designed the research initiative, which includes mentoring, roundtables and financial support for summer research. Second-year student Samantha Hudgins heard of the initiative through a class announcement. Keen to do research, she was able to participate because it was a paid internship.

She worked with Drake and doctor of nursing practice student Sharon Corriveau on a prenatal education study aimed at increasing the rates of breastfeeding among low-income women. The two-year project involved researchers from U.Va. and Virginia Commonwealth University in a randomized clinical trial testing a prenatal video education tool.

“It’s great to be doing research as an undergraduate,” said Hudgins, whose growing interest in maternal and child health extends to a global context. “This is so important to the Third World.”

Likewise, third-year student Kimberly Prosser was thrilled to participate, since she sees nursing as underrepresented in research.

“The public doesn’t see that side of nursing – the scientific knowledge,” Prosser said. “The ability to synthesize information is an important skill for clinicians as well as researchers.”

Working with graduate student Jamela Martin and associate professor Kathryn Laughon, Prosser helped conduct focus groups of battered women with the goal of developing a brochure aimed at reducing both the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and intimate partner violence among women identified as being at risk.

A rising second-year student, Eliza Peak returned from a public health course in Guatemala just in time to plunge into her summer research with Farrell and nursing instructor Elke Zschaebitz. The study focused on using telemedicine technology to address cervical and breast cancer issues among rural Southwest Virginia women.

The Rural Health Care Research Summer Internship Program: Involving a Diversity of Students and Projects

The Rural Health Care Research Summer Internship Program offers research partnerships between seasoned researchers and a broad mixture of students from the School of Nursing, other U.Va. schools and outside universities.

Nursing students Di Umoh and Chantal Nizam worked with faculty teams on interrelated diabetes studies that looked at cultural issues interwoven with data studies.

Umoh worked with investigators to test a new approach to diabetes self-management among African-Americans in rural areas. She updated background literature and transcribed audiotapes from weekly group sessions held in rural Louisa County.

“The students bring unique and interesting questions and help us to see our project in new ways,” said associate professor Sharon Utz, one of Umoh’s mentors. “Their backgrounds and experiences add to the richness of the team and our understanding of the clinical problems we study.”

Umoh saw the experience as an important one for students. “As nursing students, we often fail to acknowledge just how crucial research is to our practice,” she said.

Nizam, a rising third-year nursing student, participated in a study in the Grand Bahamas under the guidance of assistant professors Ishan Williams and Kathryn Reid. The project focused on enhancing collaboration in rural international research, while addressing the global need for diabetes self-management training.

Nizam helped gather data and organize materials to help meet the grant’s short timeline. She said she valued the introduction to research methodology and seeing its potential impact on clinical practice.

For Williams and Reid, Nizam’s assistance was critical. They see the program as useful for grooming new scholars. “This program clearly puts undergraduates into research,” Williams said, “which is a great path for encouraging new graduate students, especially in nursing.”

For May nursing graduates Michelle Dorsey and Katy Bagley, the summer program offered a chance to take their distinguished major projects to fruition and professional publication.

Dorsey, the school’s first winner of a University-wide Harrison Undergraduate Research Award, worked with Merwin and assistant professor Mary Gibson to complete her own research on the strengths and weaknesses of rural prenatal health care, a step toward her intended career of combining clinical practice and research.

Bagley’s rural research is more personal. With family in southwest Virginia and eastern Tennessee, her distinguished major project was inspired by a culture and health care class taught by assistant professor Audrey Snyder and by her experience at the annual Remote Area Medical Clinic in Wise.

Bagley studied patient satisfaction with the RAM Clinic, the factors that determined whether or not a patient would return the following year, and the patients’ ongoing use of community health resources.

With one manuscript ready to submit to journals, Bagley expects this summer’s follow-up study to result in a second paper. It will also provide insights to improve patient experiences and access to RAM and to assist local community health providers.

“The Rural Health Care Research Summer Internship Program has been a tremendous success for the school,” Merwin said, “and I sincerely hope we can find a way to sustain it.

“Through these experiences, students learn that they don’t have to make a choice between clinical practice and research. They can combine both. The research can become a foundation for their entire career. It will likely influence some to pursue graduate school and doctoral education.”Read Full Article

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UVA Health System is Hiring RNs

A Magnet-designated academic medical center in one of the most livable US cities, Charlottesville, VA

There are many reasons you already know UVA Health System. We’re a Magnet-designated academic medical center. Our people utilize emerging technology and lead experimental treatment protocols. In fact, our healthcare makes headlines routinely.

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Prince William Hospital is Hiring RNs

Prince William Hospital was built in 1964 to serve the Manassas, Virginia area. Today, the region is rapidly growing and changing at an unprecedented rate. To meet the demands of the diverse people we serve, we’re actively expanding services to keep pace with advances in technology as well as recruiting highly qualified physicians to join our medical staff. Located in the heart of Manassas, Virginia, our 170-bed, not-for-profit hospital is here for you and your family. In keeping with our mission to provide exceptional, quality healthcare for those we serve, we strive not only to provide a full range of services, but also to be a resource to help you become healthier. Prince William Health System provides a healthy environment for its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians by prohibiting tobacco use on its campuses.

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UVA Health System is Hiring RNs

A Magnet-designated academic medical center in one of the most livable US cities, Charlottesville, VA

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Generation Solutions’ nurse training program expands

A home health care service is expanding its nurse assistant training program and becoming a Lynchburg retailer, too.

Generation Solutions has opened a new office on Langhorne Road that will begin retailing medical supplies next month. In June, the company will consolidate its Certified Nursing Assistant classes from several locations into one location at The Plaza.

Tulane Patterson, founder, said the business is growing because it provides services the way people want them. “We’ve been receptive to … what the market needs, versus telling the market, ‘this is what you need,’” Patterson said.

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Prince William Hospital is Hiring RNs

Prince William Hospital was built in 1964 to serve the Manassas, Virginia area. Today, the region is rapidly growing and changing at an unprecedented rate. To meet the demands of the diverse people we serve, we’re actively expanding services to keep pace with advances in technology as well as recruiting highly qualified physicians to join our medical staff. Located in the heart of Manassas, Virginia, our 170-bed, not-for-profit hospital is here for you and your family. In keeping with our mission to provide exceptional, quality healthcare for those we serve, we strive not only to provide a full range of services, but also to be a resource to help you become healthier. Prince William Health System provides a healthy environment for its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians by prohibiting tobacco use on its campuses.

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Prince William Hospital is Hiring RNs

Prince William Hospital was built in 1964 to serve the Manassas, Virginia area. Today, the region is rapidly growing and changing at an unprecedented rate. To meet the demands of the diverse people we serve, we’re actively expanding services to keep pace with advances in technology as well as recruiting highly qualified physicians to join our medical staff. Located in the heart of Manassas, Virginia, our 170-bed, not-for-profit hospital is here for you and your family. In keeping with our mission to provide exceptional, quality healthcare for those we serve, we strive not only to provide a full range of services, but also to be a resource to help you become healthier. Prince William Health System provides a healthy environment for its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians by prohibiting tobacco use on its campuses.

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UVA Health System is Hiring RNs

What is the formula for fulfillment?

A Magnet-designated academic medical center in one of the most livable US cities, Charlottesville, VA

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