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When 86-year-old Carol Wittwer took a taxi to the emergency room, she expected to be admitted to the hospital. She didn't anticipate being asked if she cooks for herself. If she has friends in her high-rise. Or if she could spell lunch backward.


The state’s effort to train more nurses has fallen short, leaving questions about whether Florida will be able to care for an increasing number of patients, according to a report from the Sun Sentinel.


Four Central Florida educational institutions received approval this week from the State Board of Education to offer Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing. 

There Is A New War On Sepsis

Jun 21, 2017
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dawn Nagel, a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., knew she was going to have a busy day, with more than a dozen patients showing signs of sepsis. They included a 61-year-old mechanic with diabetes. An elderly man recovering from pneumonia. A new mom whose white blood cell count had shot up after she gave birth.

Tallahassee Memorial To Hire 500 Nurses

May 19, 2017

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital is about to enlarge its campus and staff. The hospital hopes to add several hundred nurses.

Sometimes, even professionally compassionate people get tired.

Kristin Laurel, a flight nurse from Waconia, Minn., has worked in trauma units for over two decades. The daily exposure to distressing situations can sometimes result in compassion fatigue.

"Some calls get to you, no matter who you are," she says.

A Florida-based health care company is apologizing to the Haitian community after it posted what many are calling a discriminatory job ad in New York.

Interim Healthcare, which has its corporate office in Sunrise, offers health care services across the country through 300 different franchises. 

In an Oct. 15 ad looking for female nurses in Rockland County, N.Y., it explicitly states “no Haitians" should apply.

Daylina Miller / WUSF

Health care providers around Florida are continuing a push for laws that would expand the roles of nurse practitioners and physicians assistants.

Economy, ACA Boosts Travel Nurse Demand

May 28, 2015
Courtesy of Cherisse Dillard

With her children grown and husband nearing retirement, Amy Reynolds was ready to leave behind snowy Flagstaff, Ariz., to travel but she wasn’t ready to give up her nursing career.

She didn’t have to.

For the past three years, Reynolds, 55, has been a travel nurse — working for about three months at a time at hospitals in California, Washington, Texas and Idaho, among other states. Her husband accompanies her on the assignments. “It’s been wonderful,” she said in May after starting a stint in Sacramento. “It’s given us a chance to try out other parts of the country.”

Mary Shedden / Health News Florida

Members of a Tampa-based nurses’ union on Tuesday rallied against the physical and emotional abuse they say is an all-too-common occupational hazard.

The U.S. Department of Labor says that in 2010, more than 11,000 health care and social workers were the victims of workplace violence. Louise Eastty, an intensive care unit nurse for 15 years, said she’s seen co-workers attacked physically by patients, and has been verbally abused countless times.

  Lyn Payne has treated countless patients in her eight years at Mease Dunedin Hospital. She says some stand out, like one particularly grumpy and demanding patient.

"This one night, I was working on the floor and she was my patient. And I knew people would be rolling their eyes -- 'Oh no, it's so and so again’ -- calling. And I decided to just go in there and talk to her,” Payne said.

A nurses' union says some hospitals are charging exorbitant rates, in certain cases more than 10 times more than what they need to cover costs, according to its analysis of Medicare Cost Reports.

Florida Orange Park Medical Center tops the list for Florida, the Florida Times-Union reports.

New Nursing Programs Failing

Dec 9, 2013

Laws passed in recent years to boost the number of nurses in Florida have resulted in more nursing education programs on probation and more nursing graduates failing the national competency examination. 

Measures passed unanimously by the Florida Legislature in 2009 and 2010 allowed colleges and trade schools to open nursing programs without the scrutiny of the state’s 13-member Board of Nursing, which for years has assessed and approved proposed nurse education programs.

Registered nurses who can listen, answer questions and hold patients’ hands are improving cancer care, the Bradenton Herald reports.

Nurses complied with hand-washing rules much more often than doctors, according to a review by Lee Memorial Health System. Housekeeping outscored dietary.