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Nurse and premature baby reunite…as colleagues 

When California nurse Vilma Wong cared for a premature baby 28 years ago, she couldn’t have predicted that the baby would later grow up to work alongside her. But that’s just what happened, ABC News reports.

Brandon Seminatore had recently joined Wong's team as a pediatric resident at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital when Wong realized his name was familiar.

"I kept asking where he was from, and he told me that he was from San Jose, California, and that, as a matter of fact, he was a premature baby born at our hospital," Wong said.

The two soon pieced together their connection. Because Seminatore was a premature baby, Wong had spent hours caring for him. Seminatore’s mother even has a picture of her holding him as an infant. Seminatore called the reunion “a surreal experience.”

Study suggests workplace violence related to burnout

According to an Australian study published in the Journal of Nursing Administration,
nurses and midwives who had experienced occupational violence had significantly higher rates of burnout. Such violence impacts resilience, and nurses who have experienced it need extra support, researchers said. AONE has more.

Executive moves

Minneapolis-based Children's Minnesota appointed Pam VanHazinga to vice president of patient care services and permanent chief nursing officer, the organization announced. VanHazinga was the interim CNO since March.

Waco, Texas-based Providence Healthcare Network named Cyndy B. Dunlap chief nursing officer, the organization announced. Previously, Dunlap was vice president of clinical initiatives and quality at the Texas Hospital Association Foundation in Austin and prior to that was both chief nursing executive and CNO at Baylor Scott and White in Temple, Texas.

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