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Friday, July 31, 2009

Filipino nurses eye UK, Middle East markets

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Filipino nurses are reportedly choosing other countries over the United States for employment.

“The deepening recession in America has clearly diminished the desire of some Filipino nurses to seek employment there," said former senator Ernesto Herrera, secretary general of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

Herrera said that a total of 8,272 Filipino nurses sought to practice their profession in the US by taking the National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX for the first time from January to June.

The figure, according to Herrera, was 1,565 fewer compared to the 9,837 who took the exam in the same six-month period in 2008.

Pinoy nurses are reportedly trying out other foreign labor markets particularly the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

"Actually, fewer nurses from India, Korea, Canada and Cuba are seeking US jobs as well," Herrera said.

Nurses from India who took the NCLEX for the first time in the first semester were down 56 percent (to 750 from 1,715). Those from South Korea were down 35 percent (to 613 from 934); from Canada down 36 percent (to 314 from 494); and from Cuba down 38 percent (to 192 from 309).

The TUCP said that the four countries are the other top suppliers of foreign nurses to America.

In the whole of 2008, there were a total of 20,746 Filipino nurses who took the NCLEX for the first time or down 3.5 percent compared to the 21,299 Pinoy nurses that took the test for the first time in 2007.

Filipino accounted for 37 percent of the 22,500 foreign-educated nurses who took the NCLEX for the first time in the first semester, according to Herrera.

The Philippines now has some 600,000 nurses actively looking for jobs here and abroad, or forced to perform work outside their profession. They include the 99,837 who passed the local nursing licensure examinations from July 2008 to July 2009.

The government tapped 10,000 of the Filipino nurses and deployed them under the Nurses Assigned in Rural Service (NARS). It allows nurses to serve in the country’s depressed municipalities for six months in return for a monthly allowance of P8,000.

SOURCE: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/pinoy-migration/07/31/09/filipino-nurses-eye-uk-middle-east-markets





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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Spain needs more nurses, DFA reports

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By Llanesca T. Panti, Reporter

Spain, despite suffering from the global economic crisis, was still in need of foreign nurses including Filipinos, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced Wednesday.

The Foreign Affairs department made the announcement shortly after the arrival of 27 Filipino nurses in Bilbao who will be deployed in northern Spain. Their deployment is the result of the Memorandum of Understanding on Migration Flows that the Philippines and Spain signed in June 2006.

Under the memorandum, nurses and other highly skilled Filipino workers are to be allowed into Spain and afforded the same protection enjoyed by Spanish workers.

“Notwithstanding the economic crisis [at present] in Spain, the demand for foreign nurses [there] remains high,” the Foreign Affairs department said.

“In fact, the Philippine Embassy is already talking with prospective Spanish employers on the employment of more Filipinos in the health sector,” it added. According to the department, there are about 190 Filipino nurses working in the Madrid area.

The 27 Filipino nurses, the first batch to be employed through the memorandum, will initially work as nursing assistants and caregivers in four Basque homes for the elderly (Residencias de Mayores) operated by Urgatzi, Igurco, Residencial Aulaga and Olimpia Bass. They will have a one-year renewable contract.

The Spanish Ministry of Education will then evaluate, for accreditation purposes, the nursing degrees within six to nine months. After getting the official accreditation, the Filipino nurses will be able to practice their profession and earn the same salary as regular Spanish nurses.

Embassy briefing

Earlier, the embassy held a briefing for the 27 newly employed Filipino nurses and extended consular services to Filipino residents in the Getxo-Bilbao area in Basque Country.

During the briefing, an embassy delegation led by Chargé d’Affaires Celia Anna Feria discussed the salient aspects of Basque culture and society, as well as Spanish labor laws and conditions. With her were Consul Marciano de Borja, Labor Attaché Ramon Tionloc and Welfare Officer Ma. Consolacion Marquez.

SOURCE: http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2009/july/23/yehey/top_stories/20090723top7.html

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

America's Best Hospitals: The 2009-10 Honor Roll

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Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore


Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.


Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles


Cleveland Clinic


Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston


New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell


University of California, San Francisco Medical Center


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis


Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston


Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.


University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle


UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor


Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, Calif.


Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville


NYU Medical Center, New York


Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.


Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York


Methodist Hospital, Houston


Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus







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Sunday, July 26, 2009

List of successful examinees whose REGISTRATION shall be DEFERRED pending compliance with some registration requirements:

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1 BOLONG, BRYLE BRYAN LABORDE
2 CAYANAN, RAMON JR CASTRO
3 PABLO, ANGELA REBECCA CENTILLES
4 PALMARES, FRANCIS SOLIS
5 VITRIOLO, VINA MAE DEREQUITO






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32,617 Out Of 77,901 Pass June 2009 Nursing Board Exam

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The Professional Regulation Commission - Board of Nursing announces that 32,617 out of 77,901 examinees successfully hurdled the June 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination.

Topping this years licensure examination for nurses is Golda Manto Yap, a graduate of the Felipe R. Verallo Memorial Foundation with a rating of 86.80 percent.

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List of Passers for June 2009 NLE

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June 2009 NLE Result



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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Deadline for Filing of Application for the November 2009 Nursing Board Exam

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The PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMISSION (PRC) announces that the filing of applications for the November 29-30, 2009 (Sunday-Monday) Nursing Board Exam is now on-going in the Central Office and in the Regional Offices of PRC.

The following are the NEW deadlines of filing of applications:

1. NEW / FIRST TIMERS - OCTOBER 16, 2009
2. REPEATERS - SEPTEMBER 16, 2009

Applications shall no longer be accepted after these deadlines.

SOURCE: prc.gov.ph



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ADVISORY TO ALL JUNE 2009 NURSE LICENSURE EXAMINATION PASSERS AFTER THE RELEASE OF RESULTS OF THE JUNE 2009 NLE

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ADVISORY TO ALL JUNE 2009 NURSE LICENSURE EXAMINATION PASSERS AFTER THE RELEASE OF RESULTS OF THE JUNE 2009 NLE

FOR NEWSPAPER/RADIO/TV/BONWEBSITE ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. The MANILA oathtaking ceremony for the successful examinees in the JUNE 2009 Nurse Licensure Examination as well as the previous ones who have not taken their Oaths of Professional, in accordance with Republic Act 9891 and Republic Act 9173 will be held before the Board of Nursing on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 18 and 19, 2009 respectively with morning (8:00 AM) and afternoon (1:00 PM) sessions at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.

2. Oathtaking tickets are available at the Philippine Nurses’ Association (PNA) at 1663 F.T. Benitez Street, Malate, Manila starting July 29, 2009 - Wednesday.

3. All oathtaking candidates must come in their white gala uniform, nurse’s cap, white duty shoes, without earrings, hair not touching the collar and without corsage.

4. The Board of Nursing (BON) wishes to reiterate that the assignment for oathtaking will be according to pre-determined “schedule of school assignments” which will serve as basis for the schedule of tickets to be issued only by the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) ON WEEKDAYS!

5. For schools without schedule, inductees may buy tickets on a first come first serve basis.

6. Here are the deadlines for buying tickets:

6.1 ONLY VALID TICKETS SHALL BE ALLOWED ENTRY TO SMX (RECEIPTS WILL NOT BE ENTERTAINED)

7. For orderly conduct THERE SHALL ABSOLUTELY BE NO SELLING OF TICKETS WITHIN THE SMX COMPOUND. Admission tickets are only available at PNA on set schedules.

8. On the day of the oathtaking:
 SMX OPENING TIME shall be at 6:30A.M. FOR the MORNING SESSION
12:30P.M. FOR AFTERNOON SESSION
 SMX ENTRANCE - there shall be 7 ENTRANCES to SMX -
 TOPNOTCHERS AND THEIR PARENTS - USE FRONT/MAIN ENTRANCES
 CHILDREN BELOW 7 YEARS are NOT ALLOWED
 GUESTS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE THE BASEMENT PARKING ENTRANCE
Adequate parking is available right in front of SMX
No reserved seats. First come First serve basis.
Food stalls available at the lobby. Eating not allowed inside the convention hall

9. Regional oathtaking schedules are proresively posted in the BON website: www.bonphilippines.org and regional oathtaking candidates are advised to coordinate with their respective alma mater or the Philippine Nurses Association Chapter in their region for details.

Source: www.bonphilippines.org



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Friday, July 24, 2009

H-1B Cap Thoughts

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On May 15 the USCIS announced that it has received 45,500 H-1B petitions counting toward the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 cap; this is only 500 more than the April 27 figure. This implies that H-1B petitions continue to slow. It also implies that the idea that the H-1B is used to lower wages and replace US workers is wildly overblown. As I’ve previously said, if that was the case there shouldn’t be any material drop in H-1B usage.

The Masters cap has received the full subscription of 20,000 petitions. USCIS continues to accept Masters cases since their experience is that not all accepted cases will be approvable. As students graduate from university in late May and June, it is expected that there will be an uptick in H-1B usage. The degree of the uptick is unknown at this point. If the uptick is smaller than expected, there is a chance that the H-1B cap could remain open all summer and maybe even into the fall. On the other hand, the economy does show some flares of stability and so H-1B usage by May/June graduates could be notable.

For the healthcare industry, the H-1B remains an option to fill employment gaps in occupational shortages. As a general rule if the position requires a Bachelors degree for licensure, then the position is appropriate for an H-1B visa. Of course, the proposed worker must hold the requisite degree.

Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists remain viable for H-1B visas. Cases filed at the Vermont Service Center are being approved as they should be. However inconsistent results out of the California Service Center continue to frustrate employers.

USCIS Chief of Service Center Operations has recently confirmed that “USCIS does not currently have a policy that employers filing H-1b petitions for physical and occupational therapists must require the minimum of a Masters Degree for such positions to qualify as specialty occupations.” This pronouncement was made in early May, and so it remains to be seen whether or not the California Service Center will adhere to the statement from their superiors in Washington D.C.

Some registered nursing positions are appropriate for H-1B visas as well. In broad strokes, the H-1B is appropriate for RN positions if either:

1. The hospital is offering the nurse a position as a Clinical nurse specialist (CNS), Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), Certified nurse-midwife (CNM), or a Certified nurse practitioner (APRN-certified) Critical care and she holds the certification;

2. The nurse will be working in an Administrative position ordinarily associated with a Bachelors degree, such as Charge Nurse or Nurse Manager;

3. The nurse will be working in one of these specialties: peri-operative, school health, occupational health, rehabilitation nursing, emergency room nursing, critical care, operating room, oncology and pediatrics.

The hospital must attest that these roles are only offered to those with Bachelors degrees.

SOURCE: http://hammondlawgroup.blogspot.com/2009/05/h-1b-cap-thoughts.html


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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Two USCIS memos regarding H1B for nurses

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Additional information regarding H1B visas for nurses

  1. Memo 1
  2. Memo 2




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Two West Texas Nurses Complaint On Doctor's Practices

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Two West Texas nurses have been indicted after filing an anonymous complaint about a doctor's practices with the Texas Medical Board, but the state agency says the women did nothing wrong.

The nurses are charged with misuse of official information. Each one-page indictment filed against them alleges they improperly accessed information that was not public "with intent to harm" the doctor for "a nongovernmental purpose."

Among the nurses' complaints were that the doctor improperly encouraged patients to buy herbal medicines from him and had wanted to use hospital supplies to perform a procedure at a patient's home.

The Texas Medical Board defended the nurses' actions Friday and said it's the board's state-mandated duty to look into such complaints.

"I don't know that I've ever seen a criminal prosecution like this," said Mari Robinson, executive director of the Texas Medical Board. "I don't know that I've ever seen a criminal prosecution for providing information to the medical board. Ever."

The American Nurses Association and its Texas affiliate said they are concerned about a "chilling effect" on other nurses.

"It's outrageous to file criminal felony charges against these nurses based on allegations that they raised concerns over a physician's action," the national group's president, Rebecca Patton, said in a statement. "Nurses have a duty to advocate for the health and safety of their patients, and that is what these nurses were doing."

The nurses, Anne Mitchell and Vicki Galle, filed their complaint letter April 7. In it, they said Dr. Rolando Arafiles encouraged patients he saw at the Winkler County Memorial Hospital emergency room and the county's rural health clinic to buy the herbal medicines. The letter also said that the hospital's chief of staff stopped him from taking supplies to perform a procedure at a patient's home, instead of at the hospital.

Arafiles declined to comment on those allegations Friday.

"That case is between Ms. Mitchell and the state, and I'm out of it," he said. "I'm a victim of what's going on. I don't want to make any other comments."

Brian Carney, the nurses' attorney, released the letter to The Associated Press and called their indictments "absolutely the worst set of circumstances for any nurse trying to do their job and protect their patients."

The nurses each face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Law enforcement stepped into the case when Arafiles — having been notified by the board that he was under investigation for mistreatment and poor quality of care — filed a harassment complaint with the Winkler County Sheriff's Department. The sheriff's office figured out who had filed the complaint, and the local prosecutor filed charges last month.

The indictments do not provide additional details. Winkler County District Attorney Mike Fostel was out of town and unavailable for comment Friday. Through his receptionist, Winkler County Attorney Scott Tidwell declined to comment.

Robinson has sent a letter to Fostel and Tidwell defending the nurses' actions.

"The willingness of persons to come forward and file complaints with the Board is critical to the Board's success in regulating the practice of medicine as required by Texas law," she wrote.

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H-1B Cap Number Update!

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H-1B Visas are still available!

Today, the USCIS released on its website an H-1B visa cap count update. With regards to H-1b visas, the report states the following:

As of July 10, 2009, approximately 44,900 H-1B cap-subject petitions and approximately 20,000 petitions qualifying for the advanced degree cap exemption had been filed. USCIS will continue to accept both cap-subject petitions and advanced degree petitions until a sufficient number of H-1B petitions have been received to reach the statutory limits, taking into account the fact that some of these petitions may be denied, revoked, or withdrawn.

For more information, please contact the Hammond Law Group, or visit http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=138b6138f898d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=91919c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD



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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Nurses Join President Obama on Health Care Reform

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This afternoon the President was joined by members of the American Nurses Association in the Rose Garden, where he spoke strongly on the urgent need for health care reform. He explained that the status quo is not an option, and that deferring reform is akin to defending that status quo.
The President praised nurses as an essential component to our health care system, saying without them, many in underserved areas would not receive health care at all. Because they work so closely with patients, nurses know as well as anybody why reform is desperately needed:
And that's why it's safe to say that few understand why we have to pass reform as intimately as our nation's nurses. They see firsthand the heartbreaking costs of our health care crisis. They hear the same stories that I've heard across this country -- of treatment deferred or coverage denied by insurance companies; of insurance premiums and prescriptions that are so expensive they consume a family's entire budget; of Americans forced to use the emergency room for something as simple as a sore throat just because they can't afford to see a doctor.
And they understand that this is a problem that we can no longer defer. We can't kick the can down the road any longer. Deferring reform is nothing more than defending the status quo -- and those who would oppose our efforts should take a hard look at just what it is that they're defending. Over the last decade, health insurance premiums have risen three times faster than wages. Deductibles and out-of-pocket costs are skyrocketing. And every single day we wait to act, thousands of Americans lose their insurance, some turning to nurses in emergency rooms as their only recourse.
Rising costs are unsustainable, which is why reform benefits all Americans, whether they are insured or not. The President assured that those who like their health care can keep it, and reform will save you money by bringing down costs, providing more choices, and keeping insurance companies honest. Inaction is not an option, but real progress is being made. The President commended the hard work being done in Congress as key committees in the House and Senate have put forth their plans:
Yesterday, the House introduced its health reform proposal. Today, thanks to the unyielding passion and inspiration of our friend Ted Kennedy, and to the bold leadership of Senator Chris Dodd, the Senate HELP Committee reached a major milestone by passing a similarly strong proposal for health reform. It's a plan that was debated for more than 50 hours and that, by the way, includes 160 Republican amendments -- a hopeful sign of bipartisan support for the final product, if people are serious about bipartisanship.

Both proposals will take what's best about our system today and make it the basis for our system tomorrow -- reducing costs, raising quality, and ensuring fair treatment of consumers by the insurance industry. Both include a health insurance exchange, a marketplace that will allow families and small businesses to compare prices, services, and the quality, so they can choose the plan that best suits their needs. And among the choices available would be a public health insurance option that would make health care more affordable by increasing competition, providing more choices, and keeping insurance companies honest. Both proposals will offer stability and security to Americans who have coverage today, and affordable options to those who don't.
The President emphasized that we will get health care reform done, because Americans need reform to succeed: for the patients, families, businesses, hospitals, doctors and nurses:

America's nurses need us to succeed, not just on behalf of the patients that they sometimes speak for. If we invest in prevention, nurses won't have to treat diseases or complications that could have been avoided. If we modernize health records, we'll streamline the paperwork that can take up more than one-third of the average nurse's day, freeing them to spend more time with their patients. If we make their jobs a little bit easier, we can attract and train the young nurses we need to make up a nursing shortage that's only getting worse. Nurses do their part every time they check another healthy patient out of the hospital. It's now time for us to do our part.



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VISA BULLETIN FOR JULY 2009

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The July Visa Bulletin has been released with little change from the June bulletin. As was the case with the June Visa Bulletin, the EB3 category remains Unavailable. It is expected that the EB3 category will remain Unavailable until FY2010, which should be released in September 2009.



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ASA Supports H.R. 2536: Emergency Nurse Supply Relief Act (H.R. 2536)

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The American Staffing Association is urging support for the Emergency Nurse Supply Relief Act (H.R. 2536) introduced by Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI. The ASA says, "This is not just about nurse staffing, it is about quality health care." The ASA cites statistics from federal health authorities: 56% of the U.S. nurse work force is 45 years of age or older and three million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2020 to address the shortage.

The legislation would provide up to 20,000 visas per year over a three year period for nurses and physical therapists. The legislation includes a $1,500 filing fee per visa, which would be used to fund U.S. nursing schools.

The ASA joins us in asking that you contact your local member of the House of Representatives.

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Unsung heroes work hard to cut hospital-acquired infections

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(CNN) -- For years, Alfonso Torress-Cook followed the rules in his quest to eliminate hospital-acquired infections. Patients at his hospital received large doses of antibiotics and were scrubbed down with alcohol-based soaps, as he and his colleagues aimed to kill every bacterium possible. Search and destroy was the mantra.
By upending conventional wisdom, Alfonso Torress-Cook was able to slash hospital-acquired infection rates.

By upending conventional wisdom, Alfonso Torress-Cook was able to slash hospital-acquired infection rates.

Still, patients became sick with bacterial infections after checking in. Some died.

"I never saw anything change. I saw things getting worse," Torress-Cook said.

Torress-Cook eventually joined Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, in California, where as director of epidemiology and patient safety, he changed the rules and slashed the number of patients who become infected.

Torress-Cook is part of a growing movement in medicine that no longer accepts hospital-acquired infections as inevitable complications. Every year, such infections sicken 1.7 million and kill 99,000 people in the United States.

At Pacific Hospital, Torress-Cook doesn't go after all bacteria, just the dangerous ones.

The staff members at the 184-bed hospital use antibiotics sparingly, feed patients yogurt to replenish healthy bacteria in the gut and bathe patients daily, using a soap that maintains the natural pH of the patient's skin, killing only bacteria that don't belong there. Meet some of the people fighting hospital-acquired infections »

Torress-Cook is also obsessive about hygiene: Nurses clean under patients' fingernails and brush their teeth daily. He also enlisted the hospital's cleaning crew as part of the infection-fighting team. Rooms receive a thorough cleaning every day -- more than simply emptying the trash and mopping the floor, he says.

Under Torress-Cook, Pacific Hospital's infection rate for the so-called superbug MRSA is down to 0.01 per 1,000 discharges, 430 times better than the national average.

Approximately one out of every 22 patients who checks into a U.S. hospital acquires a bacterial infection, adding more than $28 billion to health care costs, according to a 2009 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But there are signs of improvement. Pennsylvania, which requires the most extensive reporting of hospital-acquired infections, saw the annual rate for all infections drop 8 percent, according to the most recent figures available from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council.

And there are other signs of progress. The development and use of a simple checklist for a common procedure that threads a so-called central line to supply medicine directly to the bloodstream has been extraordinarily effective.

The checklist made central line infections almost nonexistent at the 108 intensive care units in Michigan that adopted it. More than 1,700 lives -- and $246 million -- were saved in the first three years the checklist was adopted, according to the state hospital association.

The checklist is now being adopted in all 50 states and three countries: the United Kingdom, Spain and Peru, says checklist designer Dr. Peter Pronovost, from Johns Hopkins University and Hospitals.

At hospitals large and small, raising the head of the bed for patients on ventilators, brushing patients' teeth and taking other precautions have dramatically reduced ventilator-associated pneumonia, another common and costly infection.

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Problem nurses stay on the job as patients suffer

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Nurse Owen Jay Murphy Jr. twisted the jaw of one patient until he screamed.

He picked up another one -- an elderly, frail man -- by the shoulders, slammed him against a mattress and barked, "I said, 'Stay in bed.' "

FOR THE RECORD:
Nurses: A graphic accompanying a front-page article Sunday about the California nursing board, as well as a related story on Tuesday's front page, referred to former Board of Registered Nursing Vice President Elizabeth O. Dietz as a professor of nursing at San Jose State University. Although the board's website listed that as her current affiliation, the university said she retired in July 2008. —

Murphy's fellow nurses at Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center finally pleaded with their bosses for help. "They were afraid of him," a hospital spokesman said.

Under pressure, Murphy resigned in May 2005. Within days, Kaiser alerted California’s Board of Registered Nursing: This nurse is dangerous.

But the board didn't stop Murphy from working elsewhere, nor did it take steps over the next two years to warn potential employers of the complaints against him. In the meantime, Murphy was accused of assaulting patients at two nearby hospitals, leading to convictions for battery and inflicting pain, board and court records show.

Even Murphy, who has since taken classes to curb his anger, was surprised the board didn't step in earlier.

"The nursing board is there to protect the public from me," he said in an interview.

The board charged with overseeing California's 350,000 registered nurses often takes years to act on complaints of egregious misconduct, leaving nurses accused of wrongdoing free to practice without restrictions, an investigation by The Times and the nonprofit news organization ProPublica found.

It's a high-stakes gamble that no one will be hurt as nurses with histories of drug abuse, negligence, violence and incompetence continue to provide care across the state. While the inquiries drag on, many nurses maintain spotless records. New employers and patients have no way of knowing the risks.

Reporters examined the case of every nurse who faced disciplinary action from 2002 to 2008 -- more than 2,000 cases in all -- as well as hundreds of pages of court, personnel and regulatory reports. They interviewed scores of nurses, patients, families, hospital officials, regulators and experts.

Among the findings:

* The board took more than three years, on average, to investigate and discipline errant nurses, according to its own statistics. In at least six other large states, the process typically takes a year or less.

"It's really discouraging that when you do report people . . . they don't take action," said Joan Jessop, a retired chief nursing officer in Los Angeles who filed multiple complaints with the board during her 43-year career. "What is so frightening to me is that these people will go on and do it to somebody else."

* The board failed to act against nurses whose misconduct already had been thoroughly documented and sanctioned by others. Reporters identified more than 120 nurses who were suspended or fired by employers, disciplined by another California licensing board or restricted from practice by other states -- yet have blemish-free records with the nursing board.

* The board gave probation to hundreds of nurses -- ordering monitoring and work restrictions -- then failed to crack down as many landed in trouble again and again. One nurse given probation in 2005 missed 38 drug screens, tested positive for alcohol five times and was fired from a job before the board revoked his probation three years later.

* The board failed to use its authority to immediately stop potentially dangerous nurses from practicing. It obtained emergency suspensions of nurses' licenses just 29 times from 2002 to 2007. In contrast, Florida's nursing regulators, who oversee 40% fewer nurses, take such action more than 70 times each year.

In interviews last week, the board's leaders and other state officials defended its record. "We take what we do -- protecting the public -- very, very seriously," said Executive Officer Ruth Ann Terry.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Primary-Care Needs Spill Over Into ERs

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By Yamiche Alcindor
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 13, 2009

Hospital emergency departments across the region are overflowing with patients who have been battered by the recession and are increasingly using hospitals as their primary source of health care, according to local and national health officials.

At the District's Providence Hospital, emergency room visits increased by 13 percent in the past year. In Montgomery County, the number of patients seeking free care at community clinics designed to divert people from emergency rooms rose by 43 percent, many of them referred by hospitals.

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, which represents 106 community and specialty hospitals, said many of its members are at the breaking point. "Emergency rooms are being stretched to their limits," said Chris Bailey, the group's senior vice president.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Why We Must Ration Health Care

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You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much?
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If you can afford it, you probably would pay that much, or more, to live longer, even if your quality of life wasn’t going to be good. But suppose it’s not you with the cancer but a stranger covered by your health-insurance fund. If the insurer provides this man — and everyone else like him — with Sutent, your premiums will increase. Do you still think the drug is a good value? Suppose the treatment cost a million dollars. Would it be worth it then? Ten million? Is there any limit to how much you would want your insurer to pay for a drug that adds six months to someone’s life? If there is any point at which you say, “No, an extra six months isn’t worth that much,” then you think that health care should be rationed.

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hospital-Acquired Infections Tied To Nurse Staffing Ratios

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The public was well-served today with the release of a report by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) about hospital-acquired infection rates at specific facilities in New York State.

But more information is needed about how to correct these problems, such the high rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections identified in the report. These types of infections are directly related to the number of patients assigned to each registered nurse.

When researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated an outbreak of central venous catheter-associated bloodstream infections (CVC-BSI) at a Veterans Administration Hospital, they found that the high rate of infection corresponded to an increase in the number of patients per nurse. Their study, published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, said that "a high patient-to-nurse ratio [is] and independent risk factor for CVC-BSI occurring in the ICU."

The DOH infection report tells us what is happening. Reporting patient-to-nurse ratios would tell us why it's happening. This vital information is needed if the state is to help facilities reduce their infection rates.

The New York State Nurses Association is promoting legislation that would require hospitals to report the number of nursing staff they have available to patients every day during every shift. The bill overwhelming passed the Assembly this year and last year. For text of the bill, see here.

New Yorkers deserve to know patient-to-nurse ratios in their local hospitals.

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The New York State Nurses Association



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Saturday, July 18, 2009

PNA Nursing Seminars on Continuing Education - CEU 2009

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January 16 ( RESCHEDULED )
Asthma Today: Definition,
Diagnosis and Causes
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


January 23 ( RESCHEDULED )
Dementia: Tips of the Trade in the
Management of Behavioral Issue
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


January30-31 ( RESCHEDULED )
Nursing Skills Fair
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
PRE-REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 1,500.00 Member
Php 1,700.00 Non-Member


February 6 Acute Stroke
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member
February 13 Blood Borne Pathogens
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


February 20 Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


February 27 Basic Infection Control
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 600.00 Member
Php 650.00 Non-Member


March 6 Aspiration: Preventing a Deadly Complication
in Vulnerable Populations
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


March 13 Marfan Syndrome: Inherited Disorder has Far-
Reaching Effects
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


March 20-21 Nursing Skills Fair
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
PRE-REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 1,500.00 Member
Php 1,700.00 Non-Member


March 27 Influenza Update
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


April 3 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


April 10 Metabolic Syndrome
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


April 17 Basic Infection Control
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 600.00 Member
Php 650.00 Non-Member


April 24-25 Nursing Skills Fair
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
PRE-REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 1,500.00 Member
Php 1,700.00 Non-Member


May 8 Pain and Its Management
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


May 15 PICC Lines - Care and Management
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


May 22 Post-Anesthesia Care of Adults
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


May 29 Pregnancy and Post-Partum Care
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


June 5 Basic Infection Control
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 600.00 Member
Php 650.00 Non-Member


June 12 Preventing Medication Error
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


June 19 Analgesic and Pain Management
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


June 26 Easing the Anguish of Alzheimer's Disease
8:00 am - 12:00 nn
ON-SITE REGISTRATION
Registration Fee: Php 300.00 Member
Php 350.00 Non-Member


For further inquiries and confirmation, please contact
Mr. Nicole at tel. nos. 4004430 / 5361888 / 5210937.
(Inclusive of certificates only)
Venue: PNA Auditorium
Philippine Nurses Association, Inc.
1663 F.T. Benitez Street, Malate, Manila

NOTE: Scheduled seminars are subject for cancellation
without prior notice. Please confirm a day before the date
of seminar.



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Friday, July 17, 2009

Nursing Continuing Education - CEU

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When you become a nurse, you never stop learning. In addition to the valuable lessons you will learn on the job, you may also be required to take a specified number of continuing education credits to be able to renew your license. Read on to learn more about nursing continuing education.

Facts About Nursing Continuing Education

Nurses must renew their licenses every two years. In some states, nurses must complete continuing education credits before they are allowed to renew their license. There are currently twenty one states that require nurses to complete continuing education.

The number of continuing education credits required will vary from state to state. Some states may require as little as ten education credits while other may require as many as forty. The type of continuing education that is taken is usually up to the nurse.

SOURCE: http://www.careertoolkits.com/nursing/nursing-continuing-education.html



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Continuing Education Requirements: List of US States

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List of US Nursing Boards and Continuing Education Requirements


Alabama Board of Nursing
Address:
770 Washington Avenue
RSA Plaza, Suite 250
Montgomery, AL 36130-3900
Phone: (334) 242-4060
Fax: (334) 242-4360
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: 24 contact hours for every 2-year renewal period


Alaska Board of Nursing
Address:
Dept. of Comm. & Econ. Development
Div. of Occupational Licensing
3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: (907) 269-8161
Fax: (907) 269-8196
Continuing Education Requirements:
Two of the following:
30 contact hours
30 hours of professional nursing activities
320 hours of nursing employment


Arizona State Board of Nursing
Address:
4747 N. 7th St.
Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85014
Phone: (602) 889-5150
Fax: (602) 889-5155
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Address:
University Tower Building
1123 S. University, Suite 800
Little Rock, AR 72204-1619
Phone: (501) 686-2700
Fax: (501) 686-2714
Continuing Education Requirements:
If your active license is to be renewed between July 1, 2003, and June 30, 2004, you must have completed 8 practice-focused continuing education contact hours. If your active license is to be renewed after July 1, 2004, you must have completed 15 practice-focused continuing education contact hours.


California State Board of Registered Nursing
Address:
400 R Street, Suite 4030
PO Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 322-3350
Fax: (916) 327-4402
Continuing Education Requirements:
30 contact hours per renewal period


Colorado Board of Nursing
Address:
1560 Broadway, Suite 880
Denver, Colorado 80202
Phone: (303) 894-2430
Fax: (303) 894-2821
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing
Address:
Dept. of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, MS# 13PHO
PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0328
Phone: (860) 509-7624
Fax: (860) 509-7553
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Delaware Board of Nursing
Address:
861 Silver Lake Blvd
Cannon Building, Suite 203
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: (302) 739-4522
Fax: (302) 739-2711
Continuing Education Requirements:
30 contact hours every renewal period


District of Columbia Board of Nursing
Address:
Department of Health
825 N. Capitol Street, N.E., 2nd Floor
Room 2224
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 442-4778
Fax: (202) 442-9431
Continuing Education Requirements:
None currently required.


Florida Board of Nursing
Address:
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #A07
Tallahasse, FL 32399-1708
Phone: (850) 245-4244
Continuing Education Requirements:
3 hours HIV/AIDS for initial licensure
25 contact hours every renewal period, including 1 hour on HIV/AIDS and 1 hour domestic violence


Georgia Board of Nursing
Address:
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
Phone: (478) 207-1640
Fax: (478) 207-1660
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Hawaii Board of Nursing
Address:
Professional & Vocational Licensing Division
PO Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801
Phone: (808) 586-3000
Fax: (808) 586-2689
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Idaho Board of Nursing
Address:
280 N. 8th Street, Suite 210
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
Phone: (208) 334-3110
Fax: (208) 334-3262
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
Address:
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph, Suite 9-300
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 814-2715
Fax: (312) 814-3145
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Indiana State Board of Nursing
Address:
Health Professions Bureau
402 W. Washington Street, Room W041
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 232-2960
Fax: (317) 233-4236
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Iowa Board of Nursing
Address:
River Point Business Park
400 S.W. 8th Street
Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309-4685
Phone: (515) 281-3255
Fax: (515) 281-4825
Continuing Education Requirements:
For renewal of a three year license, 45 contact hours.
For renewal of a license that has been issued for less than three years, 30 contact hours.


Kansas State Board of Nursing
Address:
Landon State Office Bldg.
900 SW Jackson, Suite 551 S.
Topeka, KS 66612-1230
Phone: (785) 296-4929
Fax: (785) 296-3929
Continuing Education Requirements:
30 contact hours each renewal period for nurses at all levels of practice.


Kentucky Board of Nursing
Address:
312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: (502) 329-7000
Fax: (502) 329-7011
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: 30 contact hours every 2 years; 2 of the 30 hours must be AIDS CE


Louisiana State Board of Nursing
Address:
3510 N. Causeway Boulevard, Suite 501
Metairie, LA 70003
Phone: (504) 838-5332
Fax: (504) 838-5349
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs: 5, 10, or 15 contact hours every year, based on employment


Maine State Board of Nursing
Address:
158 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: (207) 287-1133
Fax: (207) 287-1149
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Maryland Board of Nursing
Address:
4140 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 585-1900
Fax: (410) 358-3530
Continuing Education Requirements:
None.


Massachusetts Nursing State Board
Address:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
239 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 973-0800
Fax: (617) 727-1630
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: 15 contact hours every renewal period


Michigan CIS/Office of Health Services
Address:
Ottawa Towers North
611 W. Ottawa, 4th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 373-9102
Fax: (517) 373-2179
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: 25 contact hours every renewal period


Minnesota Board of Nursing
Address:
2829 University Avenue SE
Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: (612) 617-2270
Fax: (612) 617-2190
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs: 24 contact hours every renewal period LPNs: 12 contact hours every renewal period


Mississippi Board of Nursing
Address:
1935 Lakeland Drive, Suite B
Jackson, MS 39216-5014
Phone: (601) 987-4188 Fax: (601) 364-2352
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: None


Missouri State Board of Nursing
Address:
3605 Missouri Blvd
P.O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656
Phone: (573) 751-0681
Fax: (573) 751-0075
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Montana State Board of Nursing
Address:
PO Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
Phone: (406) 841-2345
Fax:(406) 841-2305
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: None


Nebraska Health and Human Services System
Address:
Dept. of Regulation & Licensure, Nursing Section
301 Centenial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
Phone: (402) 471-4376
Fax: (402) 471-3577
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs: 20 contact hours every renewal period


Nevada State Board of Nursing
Address:
License Certification and Education
4330 S. Valley View Blvd
Suite 106
Las Vegas, NV 89103
Phone: (702) 486-5800
Fax: (702)) 486-5803
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: 30 contact hours every renewal period


New Hampshire Board of Nursing
Address:
P.O. Box 3898
78 Regional Drive, BLDG B
Concord, NH 03302
Phone: (603) 271-2323
Fax: (603) 271-6605
Continuing Education Requirements:
All nurses: 30 contact hours every renewal period


New Jersey Board of Nursing
Address:
P.O. Box 45010
124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
Newark, NJ 07101
Phone: (973) 504-6586
Fax: (973) 648-3481
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: None


New Mexico Board of Nursing
Address:
4206 Louisiana Boulevard, NE
Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: (505) 841-8340
Fax: (505) 841-8347
Continuing Education Requirements:
All nurses: 30 contact hours every renewal period


New York State Board of Nursing
Address:
Education Bldg.
89 Washington Avenue
2nd Floor West Wing
Albany, NY 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 120
Fax: (518) 474-3706
Continuing Education Requirements:
2-hour course on child-abuse (one time requirement for registration)
4-hour course on infection control every 4 years


North Carolina Board of Nursing
Address:
3724 National Drive, Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27612
Phone: (919) 782-3211
Fax: (919) 781-9461
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


North Dakota Board of Nursing
Address:
919 South 7th Street, Suite 504
Bismark, ND 58504
Phone: (701) 328-9777
Fax: (701) 328-9785
Continuing Education Requirements:
None

Ohio Board of Nursing
Address:
17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215-3413
Phone: (614) 466-3947
Fax: (614) 466-0388
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: 24 contact hours per renewal period


Oklahoma Board of Nursing
Address:
2915 N. Classen Boulevard, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone: (405) 962-1800
Fax: (405) 962-1821
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Oregon State Board of Nursing
Address:
800 NE Oregon Street, Box 25
Suite 465
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 731-4745
Fax: (503) 731-4755
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: None

Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
Address:
124 Pine Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: (717) 783-7142
Fax: (717) 783-0822
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Rhode Island Board of Nursing

Registration and Nursing Education
105 Cannon Building
Three Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 222-5700
Fax: (401) 222-3352
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


South Carolina State Board of Nursing
Address:
110 Centerview Drive
Suite 202
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 896-4550
Fax: (803) 896-4525
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


South Dakota Board of Nursing
Address:
4300 South Louise Ave., Suite C-1
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3124
Phone: (605) 362-2760
Fax: (605) 362-2768
Continuing education requirements:
None


Tennessee State Board of Nursing
Address:
426 Fifth Avenue North
1st Floor - Cordell Hull Building
Nashville, TN 37247
Phone: (615) 532-5166
Fax: (615) 741-7899
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Texas Board of Nurse Examiners
Address:
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 305-7400
Fax: (512) 305-7401
Continuing Education Requirements:
20 contact hours per renewal period


Utah State Board of Nursing
Address:
Heber M. Wells Bldg., 4th Floor
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Phone: (801) 530-6628
Fax: (801) 530-6511
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs: Have practiced not less than 400 hours during 2 years preceding application for renewal, or have completed 30 contact hours, or have practiced not less than 200 hours and completed 15 contact hours during 2 years preceding application for renewal.


Vermont State Board of Nursing
Address:
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1106
Phone: (802) 828-2396
Fax: (802) 828-2484
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Virginia Board of Nursing
Address:
6606 W. Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 662-9909
Fax: (804) 662-9512
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission
Address:
Department of Health
1300 Quince Street SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7864
Phone: (360) 236-4740
Fax: (360) 236-4738
Continuing Education Requirements:
RNs and LPNs: None


West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
Address:
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: (304) 558-3596
Fax: (304) 558-3666
Continuing Education Requirements:
30 contact hours per renewal period


Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing
Address:
1400 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708
Phone: (608) 266-0145
Fax: (608) 261-7083
Continuing Education Requirements:
None


Wyoming State Board of Nursing
Address:
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 110
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7601
Fax: (307) 777-3519
Continuing Education Requirements:
20 contact hours, or 500 practice hours every two years, or 1600 practice hours every five years, or a refresher program




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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Renewing New Mexico's Nurse License Requires Continuing Education Requirements

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# RNs and LPNs are required to complete 30 hours of approved CE within the 24 months immediately preceding expiration of license. Certification and/or recertification granted by a national professional organization, which uses criteria designed to recognize competence in a specialized area of nursing practice may be used as, approved CE. Certified nurse practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialist must complete a total of 50 hours of approved CE each renewal. Thirty (30) contact hours shall meet the requirements for licensure as an RN and an additional twenty (20) contact hours , fifteen (15) of which must be pharmacology and five (5) in the area of practice. Certified registered anesthetists must submit a copy of the recertification card issued by AANA Council on Recetification for renewal of the CRNA license.

# The New Mexico Board of Nursing accepts continuing education, which has been approved by a recognized approval agency such as a national or state nursing organization; another state board of nursing, or a New Mexico approved local monitoring system.

# Other continuing education which may be accepted continuing education for nurses if related to the licensees nursing practice includes continuing education approved through continuing education divisions within educational institutions of higher learning, academic credit and continuing education approved through generally recognized health care or professional organizations. Some examples include continuing education from UNM Division of Continuing Education and others, academic credits from a university or college such as TVI-Albuquerque, New Mexico State University, generally recognized health care or professional organizations include the American Psychology Association, and even business associations. .The Board does accept CMEs (continuing medical education).

# The Board does not approve continuing education. The New Mexico Board of Nursing is a regulatory agency and, as such, does not review or approve continuing education programs for nurses. An approval body for continuing education in New Mexico is:

New Mexico Nurses Association P.O. Box 29658
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87592-9658
505-471-3324 phone
505-471-3326 fax

# The Board does not keep a list of continuing education that is accepted. Continuing education must enhance the licensee's scope of professional development as related to his/her activities in nursing.

# Continuing education records are subject to audit by the board. You are responsible for maintaining CE records and for keeping the certificates of verification of attendance at CE activities for at least one (1) year after the license is renewed. Photocopies of certificates must be submitted to the Board office only if audited and /or requested. A justification of how the offering enhanced your nursing practice is required for CEs not approved by a nursing board or organization.

SOURCE: http://www.bon.state.nm.us/cont_ed.php



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26 Pinoy nurses lose racial bias case in NY

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Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:08:00 07/16/2009

GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK—The discrimination claims filed by 26 Filipino nurses and physical therapists in New York have been rejected by a US federal judge.

In their suit, the health workers said they were forced to quit their jobs at nursing homes in New York City and suburban Long Island, and that agreements made about working conditions before they left the Philippines were not honored by their US employers.

On June 30, an administrative law judge ruled that the resignations were not protected by federal immigration employment law.

The immigration lawyer of the health workers said he was disappointed that the ruling was made without a hearing. He said he was considering an appeal.

The health workers were hired by Sentosa Recruitment Agency (SRA) for its New York-based parent company, Sentosa Care Group, to help ease a staffing shortage in the United States.

Win and lose

Sentosa and the health workers have been exchanging suits in the United States and the Philippines.

Only in January, the New York Supreme Court acquitted 10 of the nurses of misdemeanor charges for endangering sick patients by quitting their jobs in a Long Island nursing home.

The nurses resigned from their jobs at Avalon Gardens Rehabilitation and Health Care Center on April 7, 2006, in protest over SRA’s purported recruitment violations. They said contract provisions on pay and housing and working conditions were not followed.

In reaction, Sentosa Care brought a $50-million damage suit against the 10 nurses and their lawyer, Felix Vinluan, for purported breach of contract, conspiracy and child endangerment.

The New York court upheld the nurses’ petition to stop the Suffolk county from prosecuting them.

The court said the nurses resigned after their shifts ended, thus rendering “speculative” the accusation that they endangered the lives of their patients, including children, by quitting.

The court also said the nurses had “the constitutional right to be free from involuntary service.”

But in 2007, the US Department of Justice dismissed the charges of recruitment violations filed by the 26 health workers against Sentosa.

In 2008, they lost the cases they had filed in the Philippines against Sentosa for purported illegal recruitment, contract violations, illegal dismissal and nonpayment of salaries.

The case of Elmer Jacinto

A number of the nurses are licensed doctors in the Philippines who took up nursing to be able to work in the United States.

Among them is Elmer Jacinto, who graduated from medical school magna cum laude, completed his premed course of nursing cum laude, and topped the medical board exams in 2004.

In earlier interviews in the Philippines, Jacinto, a consistent scholar and honor student, said he was leaving the country for a nursing contract in the United States that promised higher pay.

“While it pains me to do so, I’m looking forward to going abroad and not to let the opportunity pass. If only the [job] market for medicine graduates were good here,” he had said. Reports from Associated Press and Inquirer Research

SOURCE: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20090716-215615/26-Pinoy-nurses-lose-racial-bias-case-in-NY



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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Oathtaking for the June 6-7 2009 NLE New Nurses

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TO ALL OUR REGIONAL PARTNERS UNDERTAKING OATHTAKING CEREMONIES
In Accordance with the Provisions of Law Warm greetings from the Board of Nursing.

Last June 6 and 7, 2009 the Board of Nursing again was able to successfully satisfy another NLE event in the National Capital Region ang in various other parts of the country with the administrative supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission.

We are writing to formally inform all our regional partners that -
(1)The Oathtaking schedules are being worked out for implementation:
August 18 and 19, SMX Convention Center will be the Oathtaking Ceremonies in Manila. And the following assignments have so far been made:


Areas Identified------------- BoN Assigned ------------Date Specified/Requested
1. Bacolod----------------- Hon. Betty F. Merritt
2. Baguio--------------- Hon. Yolanda C. Arugay------------ August 21
3. Bohol--------------- --- Hon. Betty F. Merritt
4. CARAGA--------------- Hon. Perla G. Po
5. CDO--------------- ---- Hon. Amelia B. Rosales
6. CEBU--------------- --- Hon. Betty F. Merritt
7. DAVAO------------------Hon. Leonila A. Faire
8. GEN. SANTOS----------- Hon. Marco Sto Tomas
9. ILOILO------------------ Hon. Yolanda C. Arugay
10. ILOCOS--------------- Hon. Perla G. Po------------------ August 22
11. LEGASPI------------- Hon. Carmencita M. Abaquin
12. LUCENA------------------- Hon. Perla G. Po
13. PAGADIAN---------- Hon. Carmencita M. Abaquin
14. PANGASINAN-------- Hon. Carmencita M. Abaquin------- Aug 28
15. ROXAS---------------------Hon. Leonila A. Faire
16. TACLOBAN--------------- Hon. Yolanda C. Arugay
17. TUGUEGARAO--------------- Hon. Marco Sto Tomas
18. ZAMBOANGA/Sulu-----------Hon. Amelia B. Rosales

Additional areas may be adopted by the BoN upon request depending on the capability of the combined forces of PNA and ADPCN to organize and lead the Oathtaking Ceremony in the said area. The BoN on deck for such requests are: Hon. Leonila A. Faire, Hon. Amelia B. Rosales, and Hon. Marco Sto Tomas. The Board of Nursing believes this activity brings government particularly PRC and the Board of Nursing closer to our public/constituents.

(2)The BoN strongly recommends that all Regional Oathtaking Ceremonies apply/follow the “Prototype” Oathtaking Program as used in the National Capital Region (NCR) (with minor modifications as applied in the Regions) as provided for in our Oathtaking Souvenir Program.

(3)The names of all successful examinees released in newspapers of national circulation and printed by the Board of Nursing in the National Oathtaking Souvenir Program and together with other relevant and timely issuances/articles these are considered “historic documents”. It is therefore strongly recommended that regional oathtaking partners include in their budget the cost of this souvenir program so that every successful examinee/new nurse may avail of the same,

In view hereof, all regional organizing partners are hereby advised to place your orders directly at least 2-3 weeks prior to scheduled Regional/Satellite Oathtaking Ceremonies for timely delivery through the EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING HOUSE or JADE BOOKSTORE, Manila at Tele-Fax Numbers (02) 288-7278 or (02) 525-0468. The souvenir program cost shall be Php 150.00 each and freight cost shall be borne by the oathtaking host organizer.

(4)For purposes of better synchronicity and organization we advise all our oathtaking partners to keep communications open through:

Ms. Edna Luna, BoN Secretary, PRC Central Office at P. Paredes St., Sampaloc, Manila at Telephone Nos. (02) 735 1534 / 735 4476 / 736 3619 / 736 2250; or The BoN website & BoN e mail access address: www.bonphilippines.org or philnursing7@bonphilippines.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

NOTE: The NCR Oathtaking Ceremonies for New Nurses can be viewed nationwide/worldwide/mobile phone by live streaming through our BoN Website.

Thank you so much and let us do this as ONE BODY!

Very truly yours,

HON. AMELIA B. ROSALES, RN, Ph.D.
Member, Board of Nursing
Chair, Oathtaking for the June 6-7 NLE New Nurses

Noted:

HON. CARMENCITA M.ABAQUIN, RN, PhD
Chairman, Board of Nursing


SOURCE: http://bonphilippines.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=250&Itemid=1



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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Guam governor expects Filipinos to fill jobs

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of Filipino workers could be hired in the construction of new military bases on the US territory of Guam, the island's governor said during a visit to the Philippines.

Guam will be hiring between 10,000 and 15,000 workers to support the US military buildup, including the relocation of 8,000 Marines and their families from Okinawa over the next few years, Gov. Felix Camacho told reporters in Manila on Tuesday.

He said he expected skilled Filipino workers to fill job demands that cannot be met by local labor alone.

"It is not exclusive but the likelihood is that most will be from the Philippines," Camacho said. Chinese workers will not be hired because of security concerns related to work on military bases, he said.

The buildup will cost at least $15 billion. Japan is covering $6 billion of the bill.

US Rep. Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii said last week that foreign workers won't be allowed to do more than 30 percent of the work on the projects.

The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act requires the minimum wage for all Guam construction projects be at the prevailing wage level for similar work in Hawaii, he said.

SOURCE: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=482776&publicationSubCategoryId=201





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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Nursing Jobs in Guam

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MANILA, Philippines - Employment opportunities are getting brighter for jobless Filipinos and other health workers.

The recruitment industry yesterday reported that thousands of jobs await Filipino nurses and other health care workers in Guam.

“Aside from construction workers, Guam will also be hiring nurses and other health care workers with the impending relocation of US marines and dependents from Okinawa,” recruitment industry consultant Manny Geslani said.

Geslani said the actual demand for health care workers would start by 2012 when the relocation has already been completed.

But Geslani said Filipino nurses and other health workers aspiring to work in the US colony could start preparing for the requirements this early by taking the necessary licensure examinations,

Aside from doctors and nurses, Guam will also need medical technicians in radiology, cardio labs, CT-Scan, occupational and physical therapists, medical transcriptionists and medical administrative personnel.

Deployment of Filipino construction workers to Guam is expected to start by the first quarter of 2010.

Guam officials were in Manila last week for consultations with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce, Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI), Philippine Construction Association on the hiring of Filipino construction workers.

But recruitment leaders cautioned workers that at this time, there are still no job orders available for Filipinos aspiring to work in Guam.

Recruitment officials said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is still drafting the proposed employment contract acceptable to Guam labor officials and the POEA.

SOURCE: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=484209&publicationSubCategoryId=201


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Friday, July 10, 2009

Filipino nurse accused of fraud in US flees

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MANILA, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 10, 2009) – U.S. authorities are hunting down one of two Filipino nurses accused in a California Medicaid fraud ring that allegedly bilked the state out of nearly $4.6 million and put the lives of disabled children at risk, CNN reported.

The Filipinos - Susan Bendigo and Priscilla Villabroza, both accused ringleaders - were charged separately in the U.S.

CNN quoted a statement from office of the U.S. attorney for central California that the defendants are accused of either posing as licensed nurses or organizing a scheme to send unlicensed nurses to provide home- or school-based care to disabled patients, many of them children with cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities.

It said agents have arrested 20 out of 42 people accused in the fraud.
The long defendant's list makes the case the largest of Medicaid fraud in California, U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien said in the statement.

Each defendant has been charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and at least one count of health care fraud, according to the statement.

Some parents and patients became suspicious of the nurses when they noticed their lack of skills.

"In one case, a 'nurse' was unable to replace a tracheotomy tube that had fallen out of a young patient's neck. In another case, an impostor nurse simply fled a medical situation when she apparently was unable to provide assistance," according to the statement.

Some of the unlicensed nurses had foreign training, but never passed a U.S. qualifying nursing exam, the attorney's office said, while others had no medical training at all.

Bendigo and Villabroza instructed the workers to lie about their status and used the names of licensed nurses on documents, the indictment says.

Villabroza operated a home health agency - the Santa Fe Springs company Medicare Plus Home Health Providers - the indictment said. Villabroza, a registered nurse, knowingly hired unlicensed nurses and billed Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, for the work of licensed vocational nurses from August 2004 through 2007, the indictment alleges.

Villabroza pleaded guilty last year to five federal counts of health care fraud, the attorney's office said.

Bendigo, a registered nurse, was also director of Santa Fe Springs' Excel Plus Home Health Services, which provided nurses to home health agencies, according to the indictment.

Bendigo also was charged last year but fled the country, the statement said. Officials think she is hiding in the Philippines, said U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek.

Villabroza is awaiting sentencing, and could be sent to prison for up to 50 years, Mrozek said.

Each of the 42 new defendants faces a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for each charge if convicted, according to the statement. (CNN)


Link: http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/07/09/california.medicaid.fraud/






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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pinoy nurses in Saudi govt hospitals get wage increase

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The government of Saudi Arabia has raised the salary of Filipino nurses working in its territory by 40 percent.

This is according to Saudi Recruitment Office employment attaché Fahad S. Al-Msaibeeh, radio dzMM reported.

Al-Msaibeeh said that Saudi Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rabeeah raised the Filipino nurses’ salary to Saudi riyal (SR) 3,570 (almost P46,000) from SR2550.

Filipino nurses who will be getting a 40-percent salary increase include those who started working in Saudi Arabia since July 1, 2009 with a one-year working experience after passing the nursing board exam. Report from radio dzMM


SOURCE: http://www.gmanews.tv/story/166665/Guam-expected-to-hire-Filipino-medical-workers-by-2012





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