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    • Nurse Delivers Baby On Plane
      Posted by erica@diversitynursing.com (Erica Bettencourt) on December 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      There was a big tiny surprise on a flight leaving Philadelphia. A woman's water broke and luckily a Nurse of 40 years, jumped into action. You might be wondering how the pregnant woman got clearance to fly. Turns out she was only 26 weeks pregnant. The baby, ironically named Jet, was a miracle delivery and is still in the Intensive Care Unit. […]

    • Macro Trends in Nursing 2016 [Infographic]
      Posted by Pat Magrath on December 6, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      If you’ve been thinking about continuing your education, you’ll find many of your colleagues are too. This article talks about the importance and trend to keep learning in the Nursing field.&nbs […]

    • Over The Last 10 Years Violence Against Nurses Has Increased
      Posted by Pat Magrath on December 5, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Do you feel safe at work? I hope you do 100% of the time. If you don’t, this article focuses on violence happening against healthcare staff from their patients. Nationwide safety standards are being considered. Some states and healthcare systems have adopted their own policies and safety training.&nbs […]

    • Why Helping Someone While Off-Duty Can Get Complicated
      Posted by Pat Magrath on December 2, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      I think most Nurses would agree with the statement, " I don’t think I could not help someone."  In your private life, I’m sure you’ve been in more than one situation where you jumped in to help someone in need without even thinking of a potential negative impact on you. You’re trained to help people. […]

    • The Impact of Racism on Public Health
      Posted by Nursing@USC Staff on December 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Though discrimination exists in many forms, racial discrimination brings a unique set of implications that threaten the mental and physical health of patients and acts as a barrier to seeking care from medical professionals. Eliminating racism, therefore, is not just a concern for civil rights activists, but also for medical professionals. […]

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    The first PhD student in healthcare quality and patient safety graduated this fall with others in the pipeline.

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    To build a national healthcare safety army, Northwestern has provided a template from its master’s level healthcare quality and patient safety program – also the first in the country — to other medical schools to launch their own master’s programs. These include George Washington University, Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health, University of Illinois and Cornell University.

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