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These Doctors Are Transforming Medicine. Is Yours Keeping Up?

Posted on 05/15/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Ankita Rao, Kaiser Health News Dr. Thomas Bellavia transformed his traditional medical practice in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., into a so-called medical home where patients are seen by teams of doctors and nurses.  He says it has paid off in better, more coordinated care for his patients and healthier income for the nurse practitioners and physicians in his group. Dr. Mark Holthouse took a different tack — limiting his El Dorado, Calif., clinic to 400 patients a year, and adding services such as …

California Weighs Expanded Role For Nurse Practitioners

Posted on 05/13/2013 by |Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Pauline Bartolone, Capitol Public Radio — via Kaiser Health News As state governments get ready for the Affordable Care Act coverage expansion, some are taking a close look at their networks of health care professionals to make sure they will be able to meet increased demands as more people gain health insurance. California is one of 15 states expected to consider legislation this year that would give advanced practice nurses more independence and authority. Tina Clark is a nurse practitioner …

More Men Choose Nursing — And Earn More Than Women

Posted on 03/12/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMost nurses are women, but the number of male nurses is growing and — no surprise — they earn more than their female counterparts. A new study from the Census Bureau found that while the nursing profession is still overwhelmingly female, the percentage of male nurses has more than tripled, from under 3 percent in 1970 to nearly 10 percent in 2011. The biggest growth has been in nurse anesthetists, which also pays the most, where men’s representation has grown …

Woman Dies After Nurse Refuses to Do CPR

Posted on 03/4/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today“Is there anybody willing to help this lady and not let her die?” That was the plea of a fire department dispatcher in Bakersfield, Calif., on Feb. 26 when she learned that the nurse on the other end of the line would not perform CPR on Lorraine Bayless, an 87-year-old resident of the Glenwood Gardens independent living facility. The nurse said that no one at the facility was authorized to help Bayless, who had crumpled to the floor in a …

Vernice Ferguson: She Elevated the Nursing Profession

Posted on 12/25/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyBack in 1980, an op-ed article in the New York Times laid out what the author saw as an escalating crisis that threatened the nation’s health care system: a nursing shortage. “Hospital beds are being cut back, operating rooms are being closed, and critical-care services reduced because there are not enough nurses,”  William A. Knaus,  co-director of the intensive care unit at George Washington University medical center, wrote. The problem, he explained, was that higher-paying, more-prestigious professions had opened to …

That Nursing Shortage? It’s On The Mend, Thanks Very Much

Posted on 12/6/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAging boomers, worried that hospitals and care centers might be short-staffed due to the recent nursing shortage, got some good news this week: There’s been a surge in the number of young people choosing to become nurses. Up to now, the news for the nursing profession has been grim. The number of 23- to 26-year-old nurses dropped by nearly half in the 80s and 90s, causing analysts to worry that as older nurses retired, there wouldn’t be anyone to take …