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December 10, 2003: Alabama Hospital to Test Robots as Nursing Shortage Solution:"The University of South Alabama Medical Center is participating in a three-month clinical trial to test whether robots can help ease the nursing shortage, the Mobile Register reports. According to the hospital, the goal of the trial is to find ways to use remote presence technology to improve patient-provider communication."
http://ihealthbeat.org/index.cfm?Action=dspItem&itemID=100344

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February 4th, 2003: Alabama: Nursing graduates pass licensure exam with flying colors:"The university's nursing graduates passed the licensure exam with a 100 percent passing rate. This was an improvement from last year's score of 96.3 percent. Graduating students in UA's Capstone College of Nursing achieved a perfect score of 100 percent on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Alabama Board of Nursing notified the college last month about the news. All 31 students who took the exam passed on their first attempt. In order for nursing students to practice, they must pass the licensure exam."
http://www.datelinealabama.com/article/2003/02/04/3677_campus_art.php3

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December 17. 2002: Alabama: Supply & demand National nursing shortage affects local hospitals, too:"With a weak economy and unstable job market, most recent college graduates enter a Darwinian world where jobs are few and competition is tough. This cloudy projection was not the case for at least 19 graduates who walked across the stage last week. "The sunshine is that there are jobs," said Birdie Bailey. "There are jobs everywhere." The dean at the University of North Alabama College of Nursing and Allied Health said the new health-care workers would quickly become the sought-after treasure of area employers and beyond."
http://www.timesdaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Site=FT&Date=20021217&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=212170304&Ref=AR&Profile=1004

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November 22, 2002: Alabama: Jackson hospital OKs $1M in salary raises, Employees can expect hikes averaging 5.5% in December, January:"If we expect to retain our loyal employees and recruit new ones . . . we have to compensate (them) as close as we can to the level of our competitors,'' said Doyle Robertson of Hollytree, chairman of the county Health Care Authority. Chief Executive Officer Tom Lackey said the decision was difficult but necessary. ''There is a nationwide shortage of nurses that is expected to last several more years.'' Lackey said there is also a shortage of workers in other health care fields."
http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/xml/story.ssf/html_standard.xsl?/base/news/1038046678203610.xml

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October 22, 2002: Alabama: New co-op program available for UA nursing students:"The University of Alabama and DCH Regional Medical Center are teaming up to offer nursing students a co-op program that will allow them to get practical experience while in school. The Cooperative Education Program, one of the few of its type in the nation, will start next summer."
http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Site=TL&Date=20021022&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=210220320&Ref=AR&Profile=1001

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National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.:"The following narratives have been written by individual state boards of nursing regarding the significant activities in their respective states related to the nursing shortage. These excerpts do not provide a comprehensive update of the nurse shortage in these states or nationwide. The information is simply intended to share information among Member Boards."
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
676 N. St. Clair Street Suite 550 Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2921
Telephone: (312) 787-6555. info@ncsbn.org
http://www.ncsbn.org/news/stateupdates_state_shortage.asp

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Nursing Shortage Serious For Seniors, About.com:"As the population ages the impact of the nursing shortage will be even greater. There is a threat to the health of every older adult in the United States and Canada looming on the horizon. It is not a virus or new type of bacteria that is causing this threat. The threat to health is a result of the increasing shortage of nurses in both countries. Over the last couple of years there have been numerous stories in the press about the magnitude and causes of the shortage. So far solutions for this situation have been few. Additionally this nursing shortage will impact the oldest of citizens the most. Older adults use health care services at a higher rate than do younger people. Advances in medicine and improved nutrition and lifestyle have added years to the average life span. With this longer life comes higher needs for medical services, especially the services of professional nurses."
http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/prevention/a/nurse_shortage.htm

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The Nurse/Patient Ratio by Genevieve M. Clavreul RN, Ph.D.:"The New Year heralds many things, and this year brings legislation mandating a patient/nurse ratio in California. But after the confetti stops falling, did we get what we want? We now have a panacea for thousands of nurses in California, however, the ratio really can’t be enforced. (At the writing of this article the companion bill for enforcement is stalled in the legislature, having been defeated at least once already). As my children are fond of saying, “why am I not surprised?” Having been a nurse for almost 30 years, most of those years spent in the NICU/PICU, I am used to working with a strict nurse/patient ratio. ICU’s and a few other areas of nursing have always been under the control of an “acuity” system. Actually, all nursing is supposed to be, but we all know this isn’t always the case. For this reason, I knew in my heart that legislating a nurse/patient ratio was probably an exercise in futility."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=254&wn=1

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Nursing: A Medical Emergency, and Opportunity, hits home by Ronald A. Reis and Karen F. Reis RN:"You’re an RN, and you’ve been at it, administering to the sick and wounded, for months, years, maybe even decades. You’ve got your hands full with 12-hour shifts, high turnover, an often less than supportive work environment, and a stressed-out health care system that is, in places, itself on life-support. What to do? How to keep going? How to make this job, career, meaningful again? How to get out of nursing what you went into it for? How to avoid adding to the national nursing shortage by short-circuiting your own involvement in a noble profession?"
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=253&w

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Preparing for Battle: What YOU can do for YOU, Sicker patients, reduced staffing, longer hours, and increased responsibilities—by Deborah Lynne, RN, BSN:"As Registered Nurses, few of us think of the hospital we work in as a battlefield, or of ourselves as soldiers. But the truth is, there are more similarities than you might think. We show up for our shift each day, not knowing what challenges we might encounter. Our job requires us to be in the moment at all times, and to make split second decisions on the run. What we do or don’t do can mean the difference between life and death. We often work under extreme stress, yet must remain calm and in control. Although there are others who function in a supportive capacity, we are the ones on the frontline."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=255&wn=1

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