years after their dispute began, Brigham
and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) have
reached an agreement and approved a new two-year
contract deal. The union representing Brigham and Women’s hospital supports
over 3,400 nurses who accused the hospital of putting profits ahead of patient
2016, nurses from Brigham threatened a historic
one-day strike. Both sides ultimately reached a contract deal to avoid the
strike the day before it was set to begin what would have been the largest
walkout of nurses in state history. Prior to the strike being called off,
Brigham had planned to lock out the striking nurses for four additional days by
hiring temporary replacements and transferring hundreds of patients to other
nurses union has continued to clash with other hospital executives since then,
carrying out a strike at Tufts Medical Center in 2017 and pushing a
controversial ballot question to regulate nurse staffing levels in hospitals in
2018, which was rejected by voters.
new agreement shows a drastic change in attitude from all sides. Contract negotiations
between Brigham and the nurses association had reached a bitter point prior to
the cancelled strike in 2016. But this time around, the talks were very
different and all sides can take part in celebrating a new agreement between the
and Women’s Hospital released the following statement
following the new contract deal: “The process of negotiations was collaborative
and respectful as the hospital and the MNA worked to achieve our mutual goal:
ensuring that nurses have a safe, supportive environment in which to provide
the best care for patients.”
new contract will take place retroactively to last October and expire in September
2020. The deal includes a 12 percent raise over two years for nurses in their
first 19 years on the job and a 4.5 percent increase for nurses at the top of
the wage scale. The contract also maintains pensions and other existing
To learn more about the new two-year
contract deal between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Nurses
Association three years after avoiding a historic strike, visit here.
Jocelyn Anderson, a forensic nurse and
researcher at Penn State University,
found her calling in the field of forensic nursing after completing her final
nursing practicum in a South African intensive care unit (ICU). During
her time there, she primarily witnessed two types of violence—physical and gun
violence, and sexual assault violence. Oftentimes, the victims of sexual
assault would come into the ICU after attempting suicide following their attack.
Forensic nursing has
emerged as a discipline to help curb the harmful effects that sexual assault
victims face. The International
Association of Forensic Nurses defines forensic nursing as the practice of
nursing globally when health and legal systems interact. According to the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of forensic nursing is expected to see a 26
percent growth rate over the next decade.
Originally from a
rural community in Minnesota, Anderson had never been exposed to this kind of
violence before. She had been introduced to forensic nursing during her training
but she wasn’t aware of the opportunities the field had to offer until her time
spent in South Africa led her to enroll in a forensic nursing graduate program to
help victims recover from sexual assault trauma.
After earning a
nursing degree, there are several forensic nursing certificate programs and graduate
programs available in the field. After completing these programs, graduates serve
as the first line of treatment to victims. Individuals with training in
forensic nursing can also become sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs), which
are nurses specializing in domestic violence, child abuse nurses, death
investigators, legal nurse consultants, and more.
After completing her
graduate degree, Anderson worked at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore and the
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as a forensic nurse. Her role also
involved helping patients who wanted to seek criminal justice for the crimes
committed against them. She provided patients with interventions, such as
evidence collection and photo documentation, and collaborated with law
enforcement officials and attorneys to facilitate prosecuting these sensitive
Anderson tells news.psu.edu, “As the forensic nurse responding in these hospitals, we were responsible for providing both forensic and medical care to those patients after a sexual assault. The physical impacts as well as the mental ones on these patients were the two main aspects we focused on right when they entered through the door.”
The field of forensic
and sexual assault nursing is relatively new but it is already proving to help
provide better care for victims of sexual assault trauma. Research examining
these programs has shown that patients who received care from a specifically
trained forensic or sexual assault nurse after an assault were more likely to
be given the appropriate care and medication and more likely to have a sexual
assault kit collected correctly. Therefore, they are also more likely to have
their criminal case moved forward and the traumatic experience will be lessened.
To learn more about Jocelyn Anderson, a forensic nurse and
researcher at Penn State University who helps support sexual assaults victims
and serves as an advocate for advancements and growth in the field, visit here.
Our Nurse of the Week is Linda
Davis, 57, who recently retired from her 35-year career as a registered nurse
in a cardiac rehab program. Over the course of her career, Davis touched a lot
of hearts, sometimes literally. She spent 25 of her 35 years as a registered
nurse in the cardiac rehab program of Washington Adventist
Hospital in Takoma Park, MD. She also spent many of those years running the program.
Davis had been thinking about retiring for some
time, and realized on June 27 this year that it was the 25 year anniversary of
when she began working at Washington Adventist Hospital.
She took it as a sign that it was time to retire.
Davis tells washingtonpost.com, “I’ve had people ask me, ‘Isn’t it boring to do the same job for so long?’ I always say no, because it’s something I believe in.”
Davis’s career working for a cardiac rehab program
was inspired by her first job as a nurse at Washington Hospital Center where
she dealt with a variety of patients. After a few years on the job, telemetry
was introduced to the hospital, which gives healthcare professionals the
ability to monitor a patient’s vital signs remotely.
Telemetry introduced Davis to the intricacies of the
heart, and she found the jagged lines of its rhythms sketched on paper and
computer screens fascinating. In 1994, she decided to join the cardiac rehab
program at Washington Adventist to work with patients as they recovered from
their heart attacks. Now her job involves working with patients who are
recovering from a heart attack by leading them through gentle exercise and
counseling them on diet and relaxation.
To learn more about Linda
Davis, who recently retired from her 35-year career as a registered nurse in a
cardiac rehab program, visit here.
The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) has appointed Assistant Professor Kimberly McIltrot, DNP, CPNP, CWOCN, to serve as director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
JHSON Dean Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, tells newswise.com, “This leadership position is key to the future of our program and to leveraging the importance of advanced practice nursing across the nation. As a JHSON DNP graduate herself, Dr. McIltrot is an exceptional leader in advanced clinical care, patient safety, and translating evidence into practice. I look forward to her knowledge and experience guiding our program’s continued excellence and growth.”
McIltrot has served in a variety of leadership programs throughout her career. In her time at JHSON, she co-led the first Saudi Arabian DNP class to graduate from the school in 2017. She has served as chair of the DNP Progressions Committee, co-investigator of an NSPII grant funding JHSON’s Supporting Professional Achievement in Nursing (SPAN) program, and as an instructor for numerous courses within the DNP program. She was also the lead nurse practitioner in pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for several years.
Earlier in her career, McIltrot was an officer in the Army Nurse Corps and a charge nurse in the 41st Combat Support Hospital in Iraq, the Brooke Army Medical Center in Ft. Sam Houston, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. She has received military awards for her service including the Bronze Service Star for her work in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm/New Dawn.
To learn more about the newly appointed director of the JHSON DNP program, Dr. Kimberly McIltrot, visit here.
Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences Spokane is teaching students in its medicine, pharmacy, and nursing programs how to care for patients suffering from opioid addiction. A two-hour class developed by faculty at the university will teach teamwork and communication to provide an effective approach to treatment for these sensitive patients.
The Washington Department of Health funded the development of the program. Almost 350 students from WSU and Eastern Washington University took the class in January and February. WSU will eventually be making the curriculum freely available online to any university that wants to offer the curriculum to its health sciences students and a follow-up grant will allow the university to adapt the material for use by rural health clinics.
Barbara Richardson, PhD, RN, an associate clinical professor in WSU’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, tells news.wsu.edu, “We know that a lot of times when patients run into problems with opioids its because there’s poor communication on the health care team. People can fall through the cracks; our goal is to build a system where the cracks don’t exist.”
The curriculum on how to create a team approach to opioid addiction covers roles and responsibilities, appropriate language, and conveying patient information to other members of an interprofessional healthcare team. To learn more about Washington State University’s new curriculum for teaching a team approach to opioid addiction to health sciences students, visit here.
March of Dimes recently
awarded its 2019 March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships to three
exceptional nurses for post-graduate and doctoral studies in the field of
maternal-child nursing. March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit for the health
of moms and babies, and they announced the 2019 scholarships at the Annual Meeting
of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).
Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO of March of Dimes, tells prnewswire.com, “Congratulations to these remarkable nurses for their outstanding commitment to the health of moms and babies in their communities. March of Dimes is proud to help these nurses continue their education at this important stage of their careers. With our graduate nursing scholarships, we also help ensure that more moms and babies around the nation will get the highest quality care.”
The scholarship recipients
Noelene Jeffers, a registered nurse and
certified nurse midwife from Washington, DC. Jeffers is a current Robert Wood
Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland.
She has worked in underserved communities in the DC area for several
years and her goal is to become a nurse-midwife scientist who utilizes research
to understand the multifaceted nature of maternal and infant health disparities
found in communities of color in the United States and improve
Emily Johnson, a registered nurse pursuing a Master of Science
degree in nursing at the University
of New Mexico, with a specialization in midwifery. Johnson served
in the Peace Corp from 2011 to 2013, educating young women on health and
advocating for women’s rights. She has also spent time as a perinatal doula for
underserved women in the Baltimore area,
and as a labor and delivery nurse and lactation consultant on the Navajo and
Fort Apache Reservations. Johnson has developed an understanding of how
intergenerational trauma, poverty, unresolved grief, and other stressors that
Native American communities have faced predisposes them to increased rates of
prematurity and poorer health outcomes.
Young-Blackgoat, a registered nurse pursuing
a Master of Science degree in nursing at Georgetown University in Washington, DC,
with specializations in midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner. Young-Blackgoat
has a range of experience with patients and families in the maternal health
spectrum. She has provided care for babies in the NICU affected by
maternal prenatal substance use and worked extensively with vulnerable
populations such as teens and immigrants who did not learn English as their
first language. She has focused her career on addressing the poor morbidity and
mortality rates among women of color.
March of Dimes leads the fight
for the health of all moms and babies by supporting research and providing
education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Applicants
for the March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships must be registered nurses
currently enrolled in a graduate program in maternal-child nursing at the
master’s or doctoral level and a member of the ACNM, the Association of Women’s
Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWONN), or the National Association of
Neonatal Nurses (NANN). Applications for the 2020 scholarships will be
available in September
2019 on the March of Dimes website.
more about March of Dimes recipients of the 2019
March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarships, which were awarded to three
exceptional nurses for post-graduate and doctoral studies in the field of
maternal-child nursing, visit here.