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Study: Scholarships, Mentorship and More Benefit Nurse Faculty Retention 

A nursing faculty fellowship program in Maryland achieved an 87 percent retention rate of new faculty, AONE reports. According to research published in Nursing Economics, respondents identified tuition scholarships, student loan forgiveness, salary supplements and mentorship and faculty development as the most compelling reasons for staying.

After Bonding with Burn Victims, Nurse Becomes Surgeon

A nurse who forged an emotional connection with burn victims after treating them was inspired to go back to school and become a burn surgeon and researcher, U.S. News reports. In 2008, Madison, WI-based Angela Gibson said her life was changed after caring for an engaged couple who had been badly burned in a local bus fire. After working overtime and struggling with the patients through painful bandage changes, Gibson became close to the couple, even standing up in their wedding the following year. The experience motivated Gibson to do even more to help burn victims: She now conducts skin graft surgeries and studies ways to better repair burned skin as a burn surgeon at UW Health.

Nursing Appointments in the Field

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, CT, has appointed Caren Lewis to serve as its chief nursing officer, The Day reports. Lewis previously worked at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

North Oaks Health System in Hammond, LA, has made Diane Thompson its chief nursing officer, the health system announced. Thompson most recently worked as a health care consultant for clients such as Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA; Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN; and IU Health in Indianapolis.

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center has appointed Beverly Bokovitz to serve as its chief nursing officer, the organization announced. Bokovitz was most recently CNO at St. Anthony's Health Care in St. Louis.

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