Nurse Watch is compiled in conjunction with the AHA's American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and highlights articles of interest to nurse leaders, nursing professionals and other health care leaders. For more about AONE, visit aone.org.

AONE Member Speaks at Global Nursing Now Campaign 

AONE member Sue Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, spoke at the official U.S. launch of a global campaign spearheaded by the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organization called Nursing Now, AONE reports. Hassmiller spoke at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Nursing during one of the campaign's four public events and the only one to take place in the U.S. The program has five main goals: advocate for improved education, invest in more nurses, promote innovative practices, increase the number of leadership positions in nursing, and develop additional evidence on the positive impact of nursing.

Nurses Plus Automation May Equal Early Sepsis Detection

Harborview Medical Center in Seattle may have a solution for identifying the early stages of sepsis - which can culminate in organ failure and can be difficult to detect in time, NPR reports. The combination of vigilant nurses and an automated tracking program holds promise. With nurses managing technology that gathers clues from patients' electronic health records, clinicians are able to get a leg up on an elusive condition. 

Nurse Adopts Abused Twins After Caring for Them

Nurse Jess Hamm was so taken with a malnourished 14-month-old she treated in the pediatric intensive care unit of Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., that she decided to adopt her and her twin sister, WSMV.com reports. The toddler had broken bones, a skull fracture and was severely malnourished. She couldn't sit up straight or hold a bottle because she was too weak, the site reported. "My heart was broken," Hamm said. "She was just so lifeless, but she still held onto my finger." When Hamm sought to formally adopt her patient, she discovered she had a sister at the same hospital. Hamm took care of them both at the hospital before adopting them and bringing them home. Now, at two, the twins are healthy and thriving, the site reports.
 

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