Travel Nurse across America Acquires Trinity Healthcare Staffing Group, Becomes 5th Largest Nurse Staffing Company

Travel Nurse across America Acquires Trinity Healthcare Staffing Group, Becomes 5th Largest Nurse Staffing Company

Travel Nurse across America (TNAA) recently announced their acquisition of competitor Trinity Healthcare Staffing Group. TNAA is a healthcare staffing agency that places travel nurses on assignments in all 50 states. Their acquisition will include Trinity’s facility-focused brand, Simpli Fi Managed Services.

A 2015 survey of healthcare staffing agencies from Staffing Industry Analysts listed TNAA as number 11 on a list of the largest US travel nurse staffing firms, and listed Trinity as number 17. After their acquisition is complete, TNAA will become one of the top 5 largest travel nurse staffing firms. TNAA CEO Gene Scott told ArkansasBusiness.com, “It’s our mission to raise the bar on how the entire travel nursing industry services both nurses and client facilities. The cultures of both companies align so well with each other, it’s clear that our combined efforts will deliver this increased value.”

TNAA and Trinity have been two of the fastest-growing travel nurse staffing agencies in the industry and the joining of the two companies will supply travel nurses with more variety in their assignments and provide clients with a larger pool of qualified travel nurses.

To learn more about TNAA’s acquisition of Trinity Healthcare, you can view the press release here.

Herzing University Expands Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program to Madison Campus

Herzing University Expands Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program to Madison Campus

With Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs already available at the Brookfield and Kenosha campuses in Wisconsin, Herzing University recently expanded its nursing program to include a BSN degree at its Madison campus. The program was launched to help fill a statewide gap of almost 20,000 nurses by 2035, a projection issued by the Wisconsin Center for Nursing.

Students are eligible to enroll directly into the BSN program and finish their degrees in three years. With spring, summer, and fall semesters available, students can earn their degree faster than traditional four-year BSN programs. Bill Vinson, Madison Campus President at Herzing University, told Herzing.edu,

“We’re excited to make this program available locally in Madison because the industry is changing, with hospitals striving to hire more nurses with a bachelor’s degree. Nursing is still a very in-demand career field, and a BSN makes our students more competitive in the job market.”

Herzing also offers an RN to BSN bridge program that allows licensed registered nurses (RNs) with associate degrees to earn their bachelor’s degree in 12 months. RNs in the bridge program complete their BSN coursework through a combination of in-person and online classroom settings. For Wisconsin nurses who have completed their BSN, the university offers a variety of nursing and healthcare specialty programs, including a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for family nurse practitioners and nurse educators.

Herzing University is an accredited private nonprofit with 10 campuses in seven states and an online division. The university is known for its small class sizes and supportive learning environment with a flexible schedule. Learn more about Herzing University and it’s nursing programs here.

Nurse of the Week: Loretta Bledsoe Helps Deliver Baby on Flight Home to Orlando

Nurse of the Week: Loretta Bledsoe Helps Deliver Baby on Flight Home to Orlando

Our Nurse of the Week is Loretta Bledsoe, a critical care nurse from Longwood, FL who helped deliver a 2-pound, 4-ounce baby on her flight home to Orlando before the plane made an emergency landing in Charleston.

Bledsoe was an hour into her flight from Philadelphia when the flight attendant made an announcement about a medical emergency and asked if any doctors or nurses were on board. A nurse for more than 40 years with a range of experience from intensive-care to pediatrics, Bledsoe was well qualified to help deliver a baby. She turned on her call light to let the flight attendant know she could help and was brought to the front of the plane where a young woman was hunched over in a window seat.

The pregnant woman didn’t look very far along but said that her water had broken and minutes later Bledsoe was holding a tiny baby boy in her arms. Another passenger, an emergency-room doctor from Pennsylvania, helped stabilize the mother while the flight attendants and pilot planned for an emergency landing to get the new baby and his parents to a local hospital.

Surprisingly, the mom and dad had already added ‘Jet’ to their list of baby names and they decided it was the perfect fit after baby Jet was born mid-flight. Bledsoe later found out that the mom whose baby she had delivered was also a nurse. Talking about the events of that day, Bledsoe told OrlandoSentinel.com, “But you always use your nursing background, always. It’s like riding a bike: You never forget.”

Bledsoe has spoken to the mother a few times since about updates that the baby is doing much better. She hopes to meet the family again when they return home to Central Florida. To learn more about Bledsoe’s courageous mid-flight baby delivery, you can view her interview with OrlandoSentinel.com.

Penn Nursing Selects Inaugural Penn Nurse Innovation Fellows

Penn Nursing Selects Inaugural Penn Nurse Innovation Fellows

The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) has appointed two inaugural Penn Nurse Innovation Fellows:

Jennifer Pinto-Martin, PhD, MPH – Viola MacInnes/Independence Professor of Nursing, a Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and Executive Director of the Center for Public Health Initiatives

Leah Moran, MSN, RN – Nurse Manager for the Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

The fellowship is intended to support nursing faculty by developing an intellectual foundation in innovation methodology and gaining expertise in testing new approaches to health care delivery and improved patient outcomes. Formally launched this month, the fellowship is a collaboration between Penn Nursing, Penn Medicine’s Center for Health Care Innovation (CHCI), and the Penn Health System Department of Nursing.

Innovation Fellows are expected to learn new techniques for testing ideas faster at lower costs, enabling them to drive change in health care at local, state, and national levels. Fostering multidisciplinary collaboration, fellows will work directly with designers, developers, and innovation specialists over the course of a semester. Penn Nursing Dean Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, says,

“Nurses are natural innovators. The opportunity to embed Fellows within the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation provides opportunities to not only learn different approaches – but also to provide patient and family perspectives to on-going work within the Center.”

Rasmussen College Expands Master of Science in Nursing Program to North Dakota and Wisconsin

Rasmussen College Expands Master of Science in Nursing Program to North Dakota and Wisconsin

After launching their first Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program in October 2016, Rasmussen College announced yesterday that enrollment is now open for its MSN program in North Dakota and Wisconsin for classes beginning in April. Excited to expand their MSN program to two new states where demand for master’s educated nurses is increasing, Rasmussen’s MSN program is expected to help meet the need for a workforce with more nurse leaders and educators.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that 70,000 qualified candidates were turned away from nursing programs in 2014 due to insufficient number of faculty. At the same time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that occupations requiring master’s degrees will grow 18.4 percent through 2022, and 255,000 of the 448,500 jobs expected to require a master’s degree will be within the healthcare and social assistance fields.

Dr. Joan Rich, vice president of the Rasmussen College School of Nursing, reports that job postings from the past year in Wisconsin for nurses with a graduate or professional degree has increased 430 percent from five years ago, while North Dakota has experienced a 330 percent increase since 2011 according to Burning Glass. Rasmussen looks forward to helping fill new positions in these states.

Students in the MSN program can choose between two specializations, Nurse Educator or Nursing Leadership and Administration. The online MSN degree is intended for currently licensed registered nurses (RNs) with baccalaureate degrees in nursing to advance their careers by moving into advanced nursing leadership roles.

Kara George, Michigan Hospital Nurse, Receives DAISY Award for Exceptional Nursing

Kara George, Michigan Hospital Nurse, Receives DAISY Award for Exceptional Nursing

Kara George, BSN, recently received a DAISY Award for exceptional nursing skills and patient care from Sparrow Clinton Hospital in St. Johns, MI. George began working at Sparrow Clinton Hospital eight years ago, joining the Inpatient Nursing team where she quickly became a valued employee by co-workers and patients.

George found her passion for nursing after losing her mother in a tragic car accident at 19. She went on to earn her nursing degree from Clarkson College, affiliated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Nominated by her patients who praised her for her kindness, listening skills, and calming demeanor, her DAISY Award is well deserved. Showing her passion for her profession, George told Fox47News.com,

“Helping patients and their families through the healing process is part of the circle of life. When you care for a patient and you receive that first ‘thank you’ – that’s when you realize how awesome it is to be a Nurse.”

The DAISY Award is an international program celebrating extraordinary nurses for their compassionate and skillful care. For more information about the DAISY Foundation and nominating a nurse from your own hospital, visit here.