Archive for August 2011

APRNs a “Big Part of the Solution” to the Primary Care Provider Shortage

August 31, 2011

Advanced practice registered nurses are filling unmet needs for primary care, especially in rural and underserved areas. A large body of research shows they are as adept as physicians at providing primary care. Once a month, Andrea Brassard puts on her white lab coat and heads to a health care office … More

Outpatient nursing jobs, and involuntary exposure to chemotherapy

August 30, 2011

About 17% of nurses at outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers are prone to toxic drugs they deliver: study reports. This recent study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that toxic drugs had adverse effect on eyes and skin of the nurses that work daily with it.The study was led … More

Legislation paves way for accountable care centers in N.J.

August 25, 2011

Health care providers in Camden, Trenton and Newark are expected to launch Medicaid accountable care organizations, or ACOs, early in 2012, following the adoption of legislation that paves the way for these urban health care pilot programs to share in the Medicaid cost savings expected to result from innovative health … More

Two Union County Nurses Complete Scholarship Program

August 25, 2011

UNION COUNTY – New Jersey, like the rest of the country, is facing potentially crippling nurse and nurse faculty shortages. Without enough prospective nursing students to fill the gap or sufficient nurse faculty to teach them, the Garden State’s health would suffer. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Jersey Nursing … More

Nine student nurses complete externship program at Somerset Medical Center

August 19, 2011

SOMERSET — Nine nurse externs from the surrounding area recently graduated from Somerset Medical Center’s eight-week externship program, where they gained extensive clinical patient care experiences. During their time at the medical center, each nurse extern was paired with one or two registered nurse preceptors that served as mentors. The nurse … More

Travel nursing, a way of life for some, is necessity for shore hospitals

August 17, 2011

Christine Yacono takes her chair and umbrella to the beach on her days off from nursing, finds a relatively quiet spot in the sand and cracks open a book.But her summertime reading is deeper than drugstore novels. “Instead of reading that light, fluffy, summer stuff, I’m reading about wound care,” said … More

What health care reform is (and isn’t) doing now

August 2, 2011

It’s been more than a year since President Obama signed health care reform into law. The act’s biggest provisions, which will make it easier for the uninsured to buy coverage, don’t take effect until 2014. But Congress, eager to sell the plan to a skeptical public, wrote in a few … More

Shortage of physicians, APNs and PAs could double by 2025

August 2, 2011

The nation’s supply of physicians, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants can’t keep pace with growing demand as the country expands insurance coverage under the health system reform law, says a study in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Significant work force shortages would persist even with aggressive training … More