New RN to BSN Online Program at University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

New RN to BSN Online Program at University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and UC Health have partnered together to launch a new program for nurses working full-time who want to further their education. The RN to BSN Online Cohort Program will provide free tuition to a select group of UC Health nurses, who will be able to obtain a BSN through the UC College of Nursing over 12 months.

“We’re excited to see our partnership with UC Health get broader and stronger every day,” UC College of Nursing Dean Greer Glazer told the UC Health Media Room. “The UC College of Nursing has a long-standing reputation of educating nurse leaders, and we are honored to have the opportunity to educate a passionate, intelligent group of leaders to continue our legacy within the Academic Health Center.”

To qualify for the free tuition and 12-month program, nurses must be employed at least a year by UC Health and agree to continue working at UC Health for at least two years after completing the program. The UC Health nursing leadership will select students to participate over the next three years.

“Nurse leaders will consider an employee’s dedication to UC Health values, mission statement and vision, the recommendations from management and other nurse leadership, employment history with UC Health, work ethic and previous academic achievement,” UC Health communications consultant Elizabeth Bielman told The News Record.

The program consists of nine courses and allows students to choose between part-time and full-time, to accommodate their working schedules. Students will take three courses each fall, spring, and summer semester to finish their BSN degree within 12 months.

Clarence Pauley, UC Health senior vice president and chief human resources officer, shared with the UC Health Media Room: “This program embodies a critically important component of our tripartite mission of providing education, clinical research and the highest standard of patient care. UC Health strongly believes in investing in advancement and growth opportunities for its nurses, who are integral to the patient journey and to our organization.”

Nursing Program Expanded at Eastern Mennonite University

Nursing Program Expanded at Eastern Mennonite University

Eastern Mennonite University has recently grown its nursing program, in order to increase admissions and help with the nationwide nursing shortage. The Lisa Haverstick Memorial Nursing Laboratory was expanded and upgraded to allow the school to admit 16 more nursing students each academic year.

“We always have a wait list of qualified people who are unable to get into our program,” EMU Associate Professor Laura Yoder shared with With the expansion of the Nursing Laboratory, the average graduating class for the undergraduate nursing program will increase from 48 to 64 students, easing the wait list.

EMU has offered nursing degrees for over fifty years, including undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs and a doctoral program in nursing practice. Yoder shared that the private liberal arts college sees nursing as a calling, considering both the nurse-patient relationship and the faculty-student relationship throughout their nursing programs.

“We’re very concerned about values and what it means to think about the common good, and doing health care in a way that serves those who are in need and have difficulty accessing care,” Yoder said. “Many EMU nursing students serve low-income patients, refugees and immigrants.”

The nursing program expansion costs roughly $245,000. With $90,000 already raised, EMU anticipates raising the rest of the funds by the end of 2018.

Join our Free Live Webinar: Beyond the Nurse’s Resume

Join our Free Live Webinar: Beyond the Nurse’s Resume

Are you thinking about making a career transition in the coming year? Successful job searching comes from better understanding yourself and what you want. Join Springer Publishing Company’s live webinar on Tuesday, December 11, to help you prepare for your career transition in 2019.

During “Beyond the Nurse’s Resume: Communicate Your Value in 2019” you will learn:

  • How to review and assess your skills
  • How to strategize and communicate your value
  • How to market your talent
  • How to showcase yourself
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Johns Hopkins Nursing Professor Nancy Glass Receives $2.2 Million to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence

Johns Hopkins Nursing Professor Nancy Glass Receives $2.2 Million to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) Professor Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, has received two grants totaling $2.2 million to fund the development of nationally accessible, culturally diverse, and age-appropriate resources to help protect survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault across the lifespan.

The grants will help Glass build on her myPlan safety decision app, a tool to help survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) understand their level of danger and make personalized plans for safety. Glass has been a principal investigator of eleven federally funded research projects to improve safety, health, and economic security, and address gender inequality in diverse community and clinic settings. She will also serve as principal investigator on two new studies funded by her grants.

A two-year, $1.2 million grant will fund Advancing National Tools and Resources for Technology Initiatives in Victim Services in collaboration with Arizona State University and the National Domestic Violence Hotline to address a critical need across the country for a comprehensive database of resources including legal aid, financial and employment programs, health care, safe housing, child protection, and university and college services. The grant is funded by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime.

A three-year, $1 million grant will fund Adapting and Testing the myPlan App to Prevent Dating Violence with Adolescents in collaboration with the University of Missouri-Columbia funded by the Centers for Disease Control. The initiative targets 15- to 17-year-olds as an age when awareness and understanding of healthy relationships are being built. Researchers will enroll 600 adolescents and measure risk for severe and lethal violence and develop strategies for integrating the myPlan app into established education programs and policies.

Glass is the Independence Chair in Nursing Education at JHSON and Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. To learn more about Glass’s $2.2 million in grants to support funding for preventing sexual and domestic violence, visit here.

Nurses of the Week: St. Louis Mercy Hospital Nurses Donate Lottery Winnings to Colleagues in Need

Nurses of the Week: St. Louis Mercy Hospital Nurses Donate Lottery Winnings to Colleagues in Need

Our Nurses of the Week are a group of 126 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses at Mercy Children’s Hospital St. Louis in Missouri who pooled their money to buy a lottery ticket. Their story went viral last week when they won $10,000 and instead of each being about $50 richer, decided to use the money to help other Mercy coworkers who’d fallen on difficult times.

These nurses had no idea how much of an impact their purchase would make, but they knew they needed to do something generous with their winnings. They decided to present two checks to nurse Gretchen Post and neonatologist Dr. Casey Orellana. Post’s son died by suicide the month prior and Orellana’s husband was recently diagnosed with stage 4 sarcoma cancer.

Playing the lottery is a fun tradition for these nurses whose work can often be stressful. As last month’s jackpot grew to $1.6 billion, Stephanie Brinkman, the lottery pool organizer, stayed up late to watch the results come in. Soon her phone was lighting up with calls and messages from her colleagues. They had a winning ticket.

Brinkman tells, “We thought right away that this [money] wasn’t going to make us or break us and it was money we didn’t have before. We needed to help somebody…We have a very strong bond and I think this just goes to show that we’re always here for each other, no matter what. We hope stories like this encourage others to spread kindness and love.”

To learn more about the NICU nurses from Mercy Children’s Hospital St. Louis who donated their lottery winnings to their colleagues in need, visit here.

The 2018 Nurse Salary Survey Results Are Here!

The 2018 Nurse Salary Survey Results Are Here!

In Spring 2018, Springer Publishing Company surveyed nurses to better understand their career paths, specialties, ethnicity, and more. Some 1,441 nurses from all over the United States responded to the survey.

Explore the Nurse Salary Survey results in the following categories:

Salary by Region — This year, nurses broadly reported earning a median of $75,000. On a regional level, salaries differed by as much as approximately $20,000.

Salary by Education Level — Nurses with bachelor’s degrees took home a median $71,000 and those with master’s degrees made $90,000.

Salary by Main Role — The majority of respondents said they spend most of their day on patient care, but others were involved in administration or research, across a variety of large and small employers.

Salary by Specialty — The five most common specialties this year were Oncology, Family Nurse Practitioner, Critical Care, Medical-Surgical, and Pediatrics.

Salary by Employer — The best-paying employers were walk-in clinics, colleges or universities, private hospitals, and private practices.

Salary by Ethnicity — When broken down by ethnicity, additional differences in pay by region arose. Out West, Asian nurses reported taking home a median of $100,000, while Hispanic nurses there reported receiving $77,000, and White nurses $83,000. Salaries in the South also differed among ethnicities.

Salary Highlights — The majority of nurses received a raise within the last year and expect another 1-2% increase this year.

You can view the report to see a summary of results from this year’s Nursing Salary Survey here.

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