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Welcome to the State of Pennsylvania Nurses Lounge! 

This Lounge provides a place for nursing news and info from around the state.

As a follower of the Pennsylvania Nurses Lounge please feel free to post news and events and/or ask and give an answer to questions.

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC) is a statewide coalition of nursing and non-nursing stakeholders endorsed by the Campaign for Action: Future of Nursing (a joint-initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and A...

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Welcome to the State of Pennsylvania Nurses Lounge! 

This Lounge provides a place for nursing news and info from around the state.

As a follower of the Pennsylvania Nurses Lounge please feel free to post news and events and/or ask and give an answer to questions.

The Pennsylvania Action Coalition (PA-AC) is a statewide coalition of nursing and non-nursing stakeholders endorsed by the Campaign for Action: Future of Nursing (a joint-initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and AARP).

PA-AC works to promote a healthy Pennsylvania through improvements in the quality, accessibility, and safety of nursing. These advances are the result of implementation of recommendations presented by the Institute of Medicine's (IOM)Future of Nursing report and through strategic partnerships throughout the state.

The coalition is comprised of a diverse group of local, regional, and state-level stakeholders. These include individuals and organizations from healthcare facilities, academic institutions, nursing leadership organizations, for-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, and those generally interested in advancing nursing education and practice in the state of Pennsylvania.

CONTACT
PENNSYLVANIA ACTION COALITION CENTRE SQUARE EAST 1500 MARKET ST
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.731.7148
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  • Interested in a career in perioperative nursing at Penn Medicine? Join us on April 12 @ 5pm for more information and networking opportunities.

    Posted Mar 29, 2016 by Kathryn Chambrovich
  • PENN: Child Care Providers Need More Education & Training on Benefits of Breastfeeding & Human Milk

    Posted Mar 9, 2016 by Kathryn Chambrovich

    PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 9, 2016) - Newborns should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life with continued breastfeeding until at least 12 months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This can be hard when new breastfeeding families have to rely on child care facilities because of a need to return to work in a specified time. What kind of breas...

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 9, 2016) – Newborns should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life with continued breastfeeding until at least 12 months, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. This can be hard when new breastfeeding families have to rely on child care facilities because of a need to return to work in a specified time. What kind of breastfeeding support, if any, can they rely on from the child care facility? This question interested a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing).

    The team – led by Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition at Penn Nursing – investigated individual child care centers’ attitudes and policies related to breastfeeding in two distinct areas in Philadelphia. Their research concluded that there is much room for improvement in educating and training child care providers and staff on the benefits of breastfeeding and human milk. The results have been published online in The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.

    The researchers, which included Emily Garth, BSN, and Abigail Messer, BSN, both graduates of Penn Nursing, collected data by compiling a list of child care centers – a total of 166 in all – in the areas of study (Center City, Philadelphia and West Philadelphia). They then conducted telephone surveys of the centers that met the inclusion criteria. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.

    A total of 47 centers completed the survey. Ninety-five percent of those responding centers indicated they would not feed an infant anything besides human milk unless specifically stated in a feeding plan. Interestingly enough, only forty percent of those centers had staff trained in the benefits of breastfeeding and how to prepare and store human milk. That means sixty percent of the responding centers did not have staff that were adequately trained.

    “We were surprised by our findings because of the high number of centers that indicated they would follow a human-milk feeding plan, but a large number of them didn’t have staff that was properly trained on how to handle it,” said Spatz. This study shows that widespread education of child care providers and staff is absolutely necessary to ensure adherence to breastfeeding support guidelines. It also aids in the proper dissemination of information about breastfeeding to families.

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    About the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is one of the world’s leading schools of nursing and is ranked the #1 graduate nursing school in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Penn Nursing is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of nursing research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Penn Nursing prepares nurse scientists and nurse leaders to meet the health needs of a global society through research, education, and practice

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  • Upcoming Conference

    Posted Mar 7, 2016 by Kathryn Chambrovich

    Please save the date for a conference brought to you by the Nurse Diversity Council of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition.

    Pennsylvania's Healthcare Mosaic: Building a Culture of Health Equity
    October 20, 2016
    8:30am-4:30pm
    Robert Morris University
    6001 University Blvd
    Moon, PA 15108

    Featuring keynote speakers Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania's Physician General; Cand...

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    Please save the date for a conference brought to you by the Nurse Diversity Council of the Pennsylvania Action Coalition.

    Pennsylvania's Healthcare Mosaic: Building a Culture of Health Equity
    October 20, 2016
    8:30am-4:30pm
    Robert Morris University
    6001 University Blvd
    Moon, PA 15108

    Featuring keynote speakers Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s Physician General; Candi Castleberry Singleton, Founder and CEO of Dignity & Respect, Inc.; and Dr. Rita Adeniran, President and CEO of Innovative and Inclusive Global Solutions. The conference will explore the concept of health equity and the relevance of cultural competence within health care.

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  • Pennsylvania Action Coalition BSN Survey

    Posted Mar 7, 2016 by Kathryn Chambrovich

    NEW! BSN Survey

    Please help us better understand and facilitate practice strategies to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree caring for Pennsylvania's communities by completing this short survey: Free Online Survey Software by SurveyMonkey: Closed Survey no later than March 31, 2016. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes but...

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    NEW! BSN Survey

    Please help us better understand and facilitate practice strategies to increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree caring for Pennsylvania’s communities by completing this short survey: Free Online Survey Software by SurveyMonkey: Closed Survey no later than March 31, 2016. The survey should take approximately 5 minutes but will require ready access to information about your organization’s nursing workforce.

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  • The #Duquesne Day of Giving!

    Posted Jan 21, 2016 by Karen Kmetz

    The #Duquesne Day of Giving is on 2.16.16! Please join us in making a donation to support our students! www.duq.edu/dayofgiving #DUQDayofGiving

  • Resume: A newsmaker you should know / Nurse pleased to be honored for 'what I love to do'

    Posted Jan 8, 2016 by Kathryn Chambrovich
  • UPMC Information Session

    Posted Dec 15, 2015 by Kathryn Chambrovich

    The UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing is hosting an information session on Tuesday, 12/29 @ 1:00 PM for anyone interested in learning more about a career in nursing or what the school has to offer!

  • Nursing Foundation of PA opens scholarships for RN students starting January 1.

    Posted Dec 4, 2015 by Kathryn Chambrovich
  • Haven’t got your flu shot? Uber is offering one-day, on-demand vaccinations to your doorstep

    Posted Dec 4, 2015 by Kathryn Chambrovich
  • GRADUATE NURSING OPEN HOUSE

    Posted Oct 8, 2015 by Kathryn Chambrovich

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