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Nurse Saves Man from Car Before it Burns

Monterey, CA nurse Laurie Leonhardt saved a man from a crashed vehicle moments before it burst into flames, the Monterey Herald reports. Leonhardt encountered the wrecked car on her way home from work last month. After stopping, she realized the driver was trapped inside. Leonhardt helped him open the car door, which was jammed closed, and hauled him out of the vehicle. Although the man — who appeared to be OK — wanted to stay near his car after he was freed from it, Leonhardt insisted the two stand at least 50 feet away as they waited for help. Within minutes, the car was immersed in flames. 

Nursing Workforce Development Program Bill Moves Forward in the House 

The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 959) advanced through the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and now awaits a vote on the House floor. H.R. 959 would reauthorize the nursing workforce development programs through fiscal year 2023. AONE has more

Robyn Begley Named AONE CEO, AHA Chief Nursing Officer

Robyn Begley was named AONE CEO and senior vice president and chief nursing officer of the AHA. Begley has worked for AtlantiCare Health System in Atlantic City, NJ for 35 years in several roles; she is currently vice president and CNO. Begley has been active in advocating for nursing issues at the state and national levels, and currently serves as a member of the AONE Board of Directors and chair of the AONE Foundation Board of Directors. She previously served as president of the Organization of Nurse Executives New Jersey. AONE has more

AONE Member: CNOs Must Stay in Touch with Nurses, Physicians  

New chief nursing officers must nurture lines of communication with nurses and physicians, advises AONE member Erin LaCross, CNO of Parkview Regional Medical Center and Affiliates in Fort Wayne, IN, in an interview with HealthLeaders magazine. She suggests that new CNOs ask for nurses’ feedback, seek out physicians’ opinions, and round regularly to check in with coworkers, among other actions. This is critical as they exert their influence, she explained. “[CNOs] are that voice that is speaking on behalf of the nurses, on behalf of the patients and bringing the physicians to the table,” LaCross said. “[They’re] asking the tough questions and ensuring accountability.”
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