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Since 2010, legislation outlined in the Affordable Care Act has guided the U.S. healthcare system through a series of changes aimed at leveraging innovation and technological advances to better meet the needs of millions of new patients. The industry is rapidly evolving to respond to unprecedented challenges, including the rising demand for patient care. READ MORE
Chamberlain graduate Tess Fareri, RN, BSN, is the kind of nurse that patients and families remember long after their hospital stay. Her compassionate and caring approach has helped her stand out as an extraordinary nurse, for which she’s won two highly-respected awards within her first 18 months as an RN.
The DAISY Award
In Phoenix, AZ, Tess Fareri made a lasting impression on a family of an infant girl, Kendall, who was admitted for a long stay in the Cardiac ICU at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Fareri, a March 2011 graduate of Chamberlain’s BSN program at the Phoenix campus, was the child’s primary nurse.
Throughout Kendall’s stay in the hospital, her family was touched by Fareri’s dedication and compassion, not only to Kendall, but to their family as well. Because of her outstanding efforts, they nominated her for the DAISY Award.Kendall’s grandparents wrote: “Tess has been with us from the beginning,” they said. “Her genuine care for my granddaughter has been evident from the very start of our journey… Our entire family has been treated with respect and kindness from Tess. She has made our very hard situation a bit easier because of her caring and competent manner… Most importantly to us, she grew to love our granddaughter. PCH should be very proud to have her on staff; she is an asset to your institution.”
The DAISY Award was created by the DAISY Foundation to recognize nurses who demonstrate not only medical proficiency, but exhibit a high level of caring and compassion. Families of patients can nominate nurses for the award, and coworkers can nominate a deserving colleague, as well.
The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Rising Star Award
Fareri also earned the much-sought-after March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Rising Star award in August 2013. Nurses are qualified for nomination if they have been practicing for less than 18 months and deliver the highest standard of care to their patients. She was nominated by both her manager and her educator at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for her continuing compassion and competence while caring for patients and their families.
The same day she passed her CCRN exam, Fareri learned she was one of three finalists for the award, and was invited to attend the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Gala. “Phoenix Children’s [Hospital] was able to offer me a table at the gala,” she said. “So, I brought my educator, manager, CNO, fiance, and my parents. My parents flew to Arizona from Pennsylvania for the gala which was amazing… Then I won my category! It is an amazing honor! My manager put up a big sign on the unit announcing my win. It is still hanging and my coworkers can sign it.”
Alexander Woodruff, Fareri’s manager at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, holds her in high regard. “Tess won her DAISY Award and her March of Dimes Award,” he said, “because she has the innate ability to combine the art of caring with a drive to provide first-class care. In her short career, Tess has established herself as an expert in her field, but never loses sight of the value of the personal touch that families find so reassuring and beneficial. She is establishing herself as a leader and I foresee a bright future for her. I will keep her in my team for as long as I can, but her potential within the nursing field is limitless. She will reach heights that few others will attain.”
Fareri, RN, BSN, CCRN, was a member of the third class to graduate from Chamberlain’s Phoenix, AZ, location, and had this to say about the staff:
“I did two years of nursing school in Pennsylvania, and then moved out here,” she said. “I met with the admissions people, and they were amazing. They got back to me in one day. Because of them, I was able to get everything set up really quickly.”
Six months before graduation, she started working at Phoenix Children’s Hospital as a patient care technician, and then got a nursing job there immediately following graduation.
As an alumna, she still visits Chamberlain’s Phoenix campus. “I still get to go to Chamberlain’s local campus because they opened up their simulation lab for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. We go there with some of our physicians and we do simulations of codes or strokes, those kinds of things, so I still get to use their facility. It’s kind of cool to see how the school has grown…. Since I graduated, the school has added sophisticated labs. It’s really amazing.”
Nurse immigration to the United States has tripled since 1994, to close to 15,000 entrants annually. Recruitment of foreign nurses is one of the solutions to the nursing shortage, and the Philippines is a major source country, accounting for more than 30 percent of U.S. foreign-educated nurses. Despite these benefits to the U.S. healthcare system, barriers prevent smooth cultural and professional integration of Filipino nurses and other foreign-educated nurses to U.S. clinical settings. READ MORE
U.S. Military Nurse, Capt. Tonita Smith, RN, MSN, began her journey as a licensed practical nurse in the military. While serving, she obtained her BSN and MSN at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Today, she is an active-duty Army Captain, stationed at Fort. Leonard Wood, Mo. READ MORE
It’s no secret that America’s healthcare system is evolving. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of citizens will now have access to healthcare insurance, increasing the demand for primary care services within and outside of the traditional hospital setting. The ACA emphasizes the importance of educating the public on disease prevention and community health, changing the way we approach healthcare. Nurses have the opportunity to be part of this evolution, and part of the solution to adapting to this changing healthcare environment in the face of a growing physician shortage.
The September edition of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) policy brief, Charting Nursing’s Future, outlines the following benefits of academic progression in meeting these challenges:
1. A Focus on Community Health
The ACA emphasis on public and community health will send nurses into homes, community centers, schools and other non-hospital environments. They’ll manage care coordination and prevention, and improve quality, safety and efficiency of care delivery in the community. Baccalaureate degree programs provide public and community health content to prepare nurses to meet these needs.
2. Responding to the Nurse Faculty Shortage
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,587 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2011, due in part to insufficient number of faculty1. This problem will intensify as baby boomers retire from the faculty ranks2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-prepared nurses are more likely to continue their education to attain graduate degrees and become part of the solution to the nurse faculty shortage3.
3. Meeting Demand for Primary Care
The primary care physician shortage has driven demand for primary care services nationwide. Nurses educated at the graduate level for nurse practitioner (NP) roles are prepared to help meet these needs. Family nurse practitioners, specifically, are credentialed to perform 60 to 80 percent of primary and preventative care services and treat patients across the age spectrum, so they’re well positioned to increase access to healthcare.
According to the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, NPs who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree are the fastest-growing group of primary care providers. The number of NPs is projected to double by 2025, topping 200,0004. These nurses will help respond to demand created by the growing shortage of primary care physicians, which is expected to exceed 45,000 by 20205.
4. Education Improves Patient Outcomes
Research suggests that nurses with baccalaureate degrees and higher are better prepared to handle professional responsibility and more complex practices. In turn, hospitals that employ a high proportion of BSN-prepared nurses on staff are linked to having better patient outcomes. In its 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, RWJF outlined positive outcomes researchers connect to BSN staffing in healthcare settings, including “lower incidence of pressure ulcers, postoperative deep vein thrombosis, hospital-acquired infections, and post-surgical mortality.”6
According to RWJF, building a more educated nursing workforce requires a coordinated effort and significant resources. Through advancement of education, nursing institutions can create a stronger nursing workforce, benefiting healthcare nationwide. You can find RWJF’s full September issue of Charting Nursing’s Futurehere.
1Nursing Faculty Shortage Fact Sheet. American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2012 Kovner CT, Brewer CS, Yingrengreung S, Fairchild S. New Nurses’ Views of Quality Improvement Education. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2010;36 (1): 29-35
2Kovner CT, Brewer CS, Yingrengreung S, Fairchild S. New Nurses’ Views of Quality Improvement Education. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2010;36 (1): 29-35
3Kovner CT, Brewer CS, Yingrengreung S, Fairchild S. New Nurses’ Views of Quality Improvement Education. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2010;36 (1): 29-35
4Kovner CT, Brewer CS, Yingrengreung S, Fairchild S. New Nurses’ Views of Quality Improvement Education. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2010;36 (1): 29-35
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