NEWS AND EVENTS
April 3, 2013
A patient portal is an interactive Web site that allows consumers to view their personal health data and communicate with health care providers. Hospitals and physician practices are creating these portals as part of a trend toward patients becoming active participants in their own care, rather than passive recipients of care. The goal is to enhance collaboration between patient and provider, encourage self-management of chronic illness, and improve clinical outcomes. The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) has pledged to support consumer e-health initiatives, including patient portals. It says, “As nurses are the most-trusted health professionals and have a long history of patient advocacy, we expect to have a significant impact on patient participation in Health IT and increase the use of Personal Health Records and Patient Portals from the 10% seen today to over 25% in the next 2 years.” (Read the full pledge online.) An emerging tool While the …
March 21, 2013
Don’t miss the March 25 deadline to enroll in the BSN program! If you are planning to enroll in American Sentinel’s RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing program (RN to BSN) or RN to Master of Science Nursing program (RN to MSN), now is the time to submit all required enrollment documents. The admissions requirements for these programs are changing April 1, and your documents must be received by March 25 to ensure that your enrollment is processed by March 29. If you are not enrolled by March 29, you will be enrolled under the new program requirements. For a complete list of nursing program changes, please visit our Open House recording. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 20, 2013
Adult nursing students like you actually have an advantage over younger student nurses who may be right out of high school. Think about it: you have the benefit of many years of life and work experiences. This ensures that you will immediately be able to relate to your course material.
March 17, 2013
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 15 people from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Kingdom have been infected by the novel coronavirus, which causes a severe respiratory illness in most cases, from April 2012 through March 2013. Of these 15 people, nine have died. The most recent fatality involved a 39-year-old male who developed symptoms on Feb. 28, 2013 and died on March 2, 2013. There have not been any reported cases in the United States to date. “The novel coronavirus is not the same virus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. However, like the SARS virus, the novel coronavirus is most similar to those found in bats. CDC is still learning about this new virus.” The CDC is working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) to better understand the public health risk presented by this virus. Both organizations have …
March 13, 2013
In a recent survey of nurses enrolled in an online RN-to-BSN program, 66 percent reported they initially felt reluctant to return to school, based on the time requirements. Yet 50 percent also reported that once they made the jump and actually started their studies, they no longer perceived time management as an obstacle.