Archive for February 2012

NJ Hopes to Pilot ‘Multi-Payer’ Coordinated Care Initiative

February 29, 2012

New Jersey could be among a handful of states chosen in March to participate in an innovative pilot that will partner Medicare and private insurers in a coordinated model for healthcare. The Medicare initiative will increase the payments made to primary care practices so they can set up "medical homes" … More

UMDNJ community health center helps keep poor out of ER

February 28, 2012

When University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Nursing assistant professor Cindy Sickora began taking the blood pressures of residents at three public housing developments in Newark five years ago, she couldn’t believe how depressed the communities were, and she was impatient for change. "These residents have value … More

Nursing Information Officers: Newest Health IT Leaders

February 24, 2012

Does your organization have a chief nursing informatics officer (CNIO)? If not, chances are you’ll need one. The prevalence and role of CNIOs have been on an uptick, especially as hospitals, healthcare systems, and other providers are rolling out health technology for participation in Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical … More

Health insurance exchange in works

February 24, 2012

New Jersey will receive a $7.7 million federal grant to help plan a state health insurance exchange, as mandated by federal health care reform, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday. The exchanges, which should be ready to operate by Jan. 1, 2014, are expected to enable people who … More

Hospice nurse helps patients celebrate life

February 21, 2012

Cindy Lemezis wasn’t sure what she was going to do after she graduated from J.P. Stevens High School in Edison. By happenstance, the first place that she found a job was at JFK Medical Center in Edison, where she worked as a clerk. She enjoyed working at the hospital and became … More

New Jersey/Hudson Valley Notable Nurses

February 21, 2012

Vanessa Mendolia, RN, CPN, staff nurse on the med/surg/pediatric/seizure unit at White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital Center, earned certification in pediatrics. Suellyn Ellerbe, RN, MN, NEA-BC, executive vice president, COO and CNO at Saint Clare’s Health System in New Jersey, received the Nurse Executive of the Year Award from the Organization of … More

Nurse Navigators Providing Patient Satisfaction At Medical Center

February 16, 2012

PERTH AMBOY– Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC), with locations in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, has joined select hospitals around the nation that are employing nurse navigators to assist patients and coordinating their care. As suggested in their title, nurse navigators guide patients and their families through their healthcare experience at … More

80 by ’20

February 15, 2012

The goal is not to make the BSN the requirement for entry-level nurses. More Americans with chronic illness! More elderly using healthcare services! Acutely ill people, from an array of cultures, admitted to hospitals! Expanding waistlines translating into more diabetes, heart disease and joint problems in adults and children! Healthcare in this … More

Lourdes names new chief nursing officer

February 14, 2012

CAMDEN — Audrey R. Jadczak has been named chief nursing officer and vice president of education and research for Lourdes Health System. In this role, she will be responsible for overseeing all nursing operations and education at the health system’s two hospitals: Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and Lourdes Medical … More

Richard Stockton College expanding to Stafford Township, Hammonton

February 7, 2012

Richard Stockton College is extending its reach into southern Ocean County this year and also expects to open a site in Hammonton this fall. College officials confirmed Friday that they have a letter of intent and are finalizing a lease with Manahawkin Plaza Associates for classroom space at the commercial site … More

Cap on Mandatory Overtime, the Right Rx for Nursing Care

February 1, 2012

Hospital nurses — and their patients — are benefitting from laws capping mandatory overtime, according to a new report that found laws in 16 states, including New Jersey, effective. "In the operating room and the intensive care units, there still may be challenges, because you can’t just pull nurses from anywhere … More