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Week of July 29, 2010. Click the front page to download the issue!
Posted: 7/30/2010 at 11:43:56 AM

Published weekly, Denver's Nursing Star was established in 2003 and is broadcast to RNs, LPNs and other healthcare professionals every week. With more than 9,525 e-publication readers and 120,000 monthly visitors to our Web site, Denver's Nursing Star is the largest health care newspaper in Colorado. Our print and online edition has a readership of 20,000+ and is distributed monthly to healthcare facilities throughout the Denver Metro area and direct mailed to RNs, LPNs, students and faculty at college and universities throughout the state. If you have a news idea, press release, announcements or personnel changes that affect the industry - call 720-283-2209 or email RECRUITERS: Ask about our advertising opportunities - JOB ALERTS (Immediate broadcast/Immediate results) - RECRUITER SPOTLIGHTS - RECRUITER SHOWCASE - PRINTABLE PDF. ADVERTISING - BANNER ADS AND ONLINE RATES AVAILABLE. To request rates and information email . COPYRIGHT © 2008 METRO PUBLISHING L.L.C. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED This website is owned and operated by METRO PUBLISHING L.L.C. and contains material that is protected by international copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws and unless otherwise specified, is intended for your personal, noncommercial use only. Images and information contained on this site may not be modified, copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted or distributed for commercial use in any way unless authorized by the publisher or editor of Denver's Nursing Star. You may download material from this site and may use this site for personal and non-commercial use, provided all copyright and other proprietary notices remain intact. To request authorization for commercial use or reproduction of any material on this site email or call 720-283-2209.

OB Airstrip gives doctors real-time eye into labor room
Posted: 7/30/2010 at 11:58:29 AM

Nurses and physicians practicing at HealthONE’s Rose Medical Center have a new tool in their arsenal when caring for women in labor. OB Airstrip, a state-of-the-art remote health care surveillance system, allows physicians practicing at Rose real-time access to fetal heart monitor strips, cervical dilations and other critical data on their mobile wireless devices such as an iPhone or Blackberry.

Top Runner Completes Record Cross-Country Journey - Lisa Smith-Batchen Conquers 50 Miles in 50 States...
Posted: 7/30/2010 at 11:59:39 AM

Driggs, Idaho) The numbers alone are staggering: 2500 miles, 50 states, 62 days, 3 airline flights, 15 pair of shoes, and roughly 8 million footsteps. But however it's measured, one thing is for certain--Lisa Smith-Batchen's quest, named Running Hope Through America, has been successfully completed.

Question: Should Mandatory Continued Education Courses
Posted: 7/30/2010 at 12:08:07 PM

Missouri and Oklahoma do not require mandatory continued education classes for license renewal while Kansas nurses must receive at least 30 continued education hours prior to license renewal (every two years). Arkansas requires 15 contact hours every two years prior to renewal (20 if license expires) and Texas requires 20 contact hours prior to renewal. Denver’s Nursing Star want to hear your thoughts on this subject! Please email your response, along with your name, nursing credentials, city, and contact information to or fax it to 720-283-2209. 07-26-10 No. It is an added expense with minimal benefit. I have friends who are RN's in states that require CEU's - one in particular who has not worked as an RN in years but obtains the CEU's to renew. She says she basically pays the expensive fees and goes through the motions to renew -- with very little useful, practical information. Continuing education should be provided by the employer so it is more tailored to the RN's actual job duties, not something completely irrelevant just to renew the license. Nancy J. Reed, RN, BSN, MPH 07-26-10 After 25 years of practice in the nursing field, I have seen tremendous changes and I have also seen nurses who can’t or won’t keep up with those changes. I feel continued education is what we do on a regular basis, if we want to be “safe” and “skilled” nurses. Yes, I support the idea of requiring continued education for all licensed nurses.. I soon will be in the “older adult population” and I want to know that those who will be caring for me will know what they are doing, I pray. Roberta Kelly, RN, BS PN Instructor

Posted: 7/30/2010 at 12:12:21 PM

What do you want to be when you grow up. I doing what I want to do. I always tell my patients I want to take good care of them and someday I want someone to take good care of me. Amanda Just, R.N., BSN, Loretta's Home Health Care What's your signature dish at home? Probably eggplant parmesan. That's my Italian heritage coming Betty Jo Dillard, L.P.N., Loretta's Home Health Care Are you a dog, cat or other animal person? I'm a fish person. My mom never let us have a dog or cat so we always had fish. Brenda Ealom, Director of Nursing Loretta's Home Health Care If you knew then what you know now ... I bet I would have acted differently. Hindsight is 20/20. Sharon Smith, L.P.N. Loretta's Home Health Care

ASK VICKI -I've become my husband's human alarm clock
Posted: 7/30/2010 at 12:22:28 PM

Am I codependent because I've become my husband's human alarm clock and I hate it? Yes. The fact that you hate it says you've been doing it way too long. If you want to slowly change your behavior you could begin by telling your husband you will wake him up one time. If he doesn't get up, lets hope he set his alarm clock. Or you could tell him that you will no longer arrange your schedule around his wake up time. Tell him to set his alarm and life your life. Unfortunately we can reinforce behaviors in other people that turn out to be a nightmare for ourselves. Don't be like the woman whose husband laid out her clothes everyday for 14 years. She was in treatment stating she thought of getting a gun and killing him because she wanted to pick out her own clothes. Her resentments had been festering for11 years. Now she felt hatred and wanted him dead.

Doctors Applaud President’s Recess Appointment of Dr. Don Berwick
Posted: 7/30/2010 at 12:00:36 PM

WASHINGTON, DC—Doctors for America strongly expressed their support today of President Obama’s appointment of Dr. Don Berwick, a pediatrician and President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, to lead the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Over 1300 physician members of Doctors for America signed a letter of support for Dr. Berwick. Read the full letter here.

Two physicians join Medical Arts Centre of Windsor
Posted: 7/30/2010 at 12:01:21 PM

Two new physicians will join Banner Health’s Medical Arts Centre of Windsor and continue the clinic’s commitment to providing high-quality, local patient care.

Nurse-Family Partnership Appoints Program Quality Director
Posted: 7/30/2010 at 12:05:33 PM

Nurse-Family Partnership®, a leading non-profit organization addressing the needs of low income, first-time parents and their children, today announced that Molly O’Fallon, R.N. has joined the organization as Director of Program Quality. O’Fallon joins the senior management team at the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) National Service Office in supporting state and local agencies that are replicating the Nurse-Family Partnership home visitation program nationwide. She will lead the Program Quality Support department.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International has two science journals with top 12 impact factors
Posted: 7/30/2010 at 12:06:20 PM

Indianapolis – Nursing journals published by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) hold the No. 1 and No. 12 rankings in impact factors (IF) for 2009. The impact factor, a measurement based on the average number of citations received by articles published in science and social science journals, is an important tool for evaluating a journal’s quality.

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