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Celebrating National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week

Next week, May 6-12, is both National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week. It’s an opportunity to recognize the people at the forefront of health care. To commemorate National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week, the AHA and AONE have prepared a digital toolkit and other resources to help you celebrate. In addition, the AHA has a Twitter chat planned for May 10 at 11 a.m. ET. The chat will explore how nursing leadership and health care have evolved over the years. For more information, tweet @ahahospitals or @tweetAONE

Study: Ambulatory Care RNs Can Contribute to MACRA Quality Efforts

Registered nurses in ambulatory care practices are important resources in helping meet care planning and care coordination quality metrics for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, concludes a paper in the March/April issue of Nursing Economics. The authors surveyed 424 members of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing about their care management practices and found that the vast majority of ambulatory care settings use nurses as care managers, while social workers and other team members were sometimes also eligible to take the role. AONE has more

Nurses Show Up for Sexual Assault Survivors 

Nurses at forensic facilities in New Mexico work to collect evidence from sexual assault survivors, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Because crime labs require forensic exams to be completed within five days of an assault, these facilities give survivors opportunity to get forensics of their assaults legally on record. The nurses on staff – about 70 in total – typically do this work in addition to their full-time jobs elsewhere and go through special training through the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs to become a sexual assault nurse examiner, or a SANE. SANEs are on call for 12-hour shifts, during which they must respond at any time to the center to conduct an exam. 

Nursing Appointments in the Field 

Fond du Lac, WI-based Agnesian HealthCare made Katherine Vergos, RN, president at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, the organization announced. Previously, Vergos was the COO and CNO at St. Agnes Hospital. 

Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, MA, permanently appointed Deb Provost to the role of CNO, a position she has held in an interim capacity since November 2017, the Greenfield Recorder reports. Provost was previously vice president of surgery and anesthesia.

Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Newnan, GA, named Jennifer Key its CNO, the organization announced. Key most recently served as the hospital’s director of women's services and before that, Key was the women's services department manager at West Georgia Health in Lagrange, GA. 

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