Outside of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, more than 1,000 adults and 300 children rummage through a mountain of garbage to earn their living. The conditions are toxic and the pay is meager. Chamberlain students recently provided healthcare to more than 800 patients in three days. Read this and more in the top nursing news stories you missed this week:
Poverty-Stricken City Receives Medical Relief from Nursing Students
Chamberlain College of Nursing student Jaclyn Jerrell joined a group of 13 in providing healthcare services to Hondurans who live and work in a landfill in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. “[The trip] gave me a different perspective,” she says. “I appreciate more what I have. I just want to give back and never forget the people I met in Honduras.” Read more about her story at The Newnan Times-Herald.
Nursing Shortage Starts With Lack of Faculty
As the nursing shortage in the U.S. continues, the ability to prepare new nurses is hindered by a lack of nursing faculty. “It’s a double whammy — we can’t get enough nurses, or the faculty to train them,” says Sarah Keating, a nursing professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. “It’s so tough when you see these folks coming through and they do so well on the interviews and we have to turn away one in four.” Read more from NBC News.
Unprecedented Demand for Family Doctors, Nurse Practitioners
For the first time, nurse practitioners have made a list of the top 20 most highly-recruited healthcare professionals. According to a physician staffing firm, family physicians and nurse practitioners are much more in demand as the Affordable Care Act emerges. Read more in Forbes.
Chamberlain Assistant Professor Appointed CNO in Twin Cities
Carol Howland, an assistant professor at Chamberlain College of Nursing, has been named Chief Nursing Officer of Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, Calif. “Carol’s talent, leadership and perspective are readily apparent,” said Twin Cities CEO Mark Lisa. “She brings to us her vast knowledge gained from working and leading in several hospitals of various sizes.” Read more about Howland’s appointment at Paso Robles Daily News.
5 Ways to Calm Your Patients Down
When it comes time to deal with an angry patient, empowering them by giving them choices can help to diffuse the situation. “Sometimes we need to be more than our patient’s advocate,” writes nurse Sean Dent. “We need to help them gain their independence during a time when they feel most vulnerable.” Read 4 other ways to calm your patients down at Scrubs Magazine.