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How Hands-On Nursing Education Went Online During Pandemic

Jul 31, 2020
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Valorie MacKenna

As a nursing PhD student and teaching assistant at the University of Central Florida, Valorie MacKenna solved an important problem when the pandemic hit: how to move hands-on simulation classes online.

WMFE spoke with MacKenna about what that virtual education looked like and whether it’s the future of health care instruction.

Expanded Role For Nurses Gets House Support

Dec 12, 2019
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A House panel on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a priority bill of House Speaker Jose Oliva that would allow advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants to practice independently from physicians. 

For nurses Kristin Sollars and Marci Ebberts, work is more than just a job.

"Don't you feel like you're a nurse everywhere you go?" Sollars, 41, asked Ebberts, 46, on a visit to StoryCorps in May.

"I mean, let's be honest, every time we get on a plane you're like, E6 didn't look good to me. Keep an eye out there."

Sollars and Ebberts have grown so close while working together that they've come to call themselves "work wives." They first met in 2007, working side by side in the intensive care unit at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., impacting an estimated 5.8 million Americans who currently live with the disease. Many of them are 65 and older and live in places with limited access to health care and education, which heightens the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. 

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Barbara Lumpkin, who spent more than four decades advocating for nurses in Tallahassee and had her name affixed to a 2016 law, died Thursday, according to a statement issued by the Florida Hospital Association. She was 81.

The Ohio native received a nursing degree in 1958 and spent 16 years as a clinical nurse before moving to Florida in 1974 to work for the Florida Nurses Association.

She joined Baptist Health South Florida in 2007.

Lumpkin “built the foundation for a strong presence for nurses in the health policy arena in our state as well as nationally,”

It may seem counterintuitive – but a military medic or corpsman, trained to save lives in combat and provide health care at home, does not qualify for most civilian medical jobs.

What’s worse – many veterans are at a competitive disadvantage when seeking admittance into nursing colleges.

As Dean Cole's dementia worsened, he began wandering at night. He'd even forgotten how to drink water. His wife, Virginia, could no longer manage him at home. So after much agonizing, his family checked him into a Minnesota nursing home.

South Florida College Challenges State Over Nursing Program

Oct 2, 2015
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A Miami Gardens-based college is challenging a decision by the Florida Board of Nursing that could shut down the school's nursing-education program. Azure College filed a legal challenge that was sent this week to the state Division of Administrative Hearings.

Thirty five thousand nurses are injured every year lifting patients, and a Democratic lawmaker wants to do something about it.

Women Dominate Nursing, But Men Earn More

Mar 25, 2015
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Women outnumber men in the nursing profession by more than 10 to 1. But men still earn more, a new study finds.

The report in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association found that even after controlling for age, race, marital status and children in the home, males in nursing out-earned females by nearly $7,700 per year in outpatient settings and nearly $3,900 in hospitals.

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Monday is the deadline for companies to appeal decisions on who can build Florida's first new nursing homes in 14 years.

When Florida approved the building of 2,600 new nursing home beds last month, it denied one application for each it approved.

Today is the final day to appeal those decisions before a judge.

Florida approved 900 nursing homes beds less than what the state needed. That difference could be the basis for legal challenges doling out which companies are allowed to build Florida’s first new nursing home beds since 2001.

College Challenges Nursing Program Denial

Feb 3, 2015
Florida Board of Nursing

A Miami-based medical college has filed a legal challenge after the Florida Board of Nursing refused to approve registered-nurse degree programs in three areas of the state.

Dade Medical College filed the challenge against the board last week in the state Division of Administrative Hearings. The medical college sought approval for registered-nurse programs in Jacksonville, West Palm Beach and Homestead that would offer baccalaureate degrees, according to the filing.

To the Editor:

Re: Nurse Bill Goes Too Far, Critics Say

This morning, I read “Nurse Bill Goes Too Far, Critics Say.” It is a very interesting piece. I must admit that you attempted to address both sides of the issue.