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Kingston named CNO of Advocate Aurora Health

Kingston named CNO of Advocate Aurora Health AONE President-elect Mary Beth Kingston, R.N., has been named chief nursing officer of Advocate Aurora Health, AONE reports. Prior to joining Aurora, Kingston was vice president and a certified nurse educator at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia. She is a published author and presents nationally on the nurse leader’s role in care coordination, quality and safety and interprofessional practice.

Nurse and Baby She Helped Save Reunite 21 Years Later

A nurse who helped save the life of a premature baby has been reunited with that baby 21 years later, Q13 Fox reports. Although hospital staff were not sure if baby Allie would live at the time of her birth, nurse Rhonda tended to her with the confidence that she would. She even handmade clothes for the growing baby and took care of her until Allie was ready to leave the hospital nearly four months later. This past weekend, Allie and Rhonda were reunited after Allie sought Rhonda out to thank her.

States with NPs Have Closer Access to Care: Study

States that allow nurse practitioners to practice independently are less likely to require patients to drive long distances for care, AONE reports. Research published in Nursing Outlook, indicates that, compared with the most restrictive states, patients in states with independent practice laws were 19.2 percent less likely to need to travel more than 30 minutes to see a nurse practitioner or physician.