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Michigan Removes Qualifying Exam as Requirement for Foreign-Educated RNs

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Lorraine Steefel, RN, MSN, CTN It’s not an easy process to get a bill passed. But determination and necessity fueled the Philippine Nurses Association of Michigan (PNAM) to do just that. On June 14, 2007, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed into law House Bill 4207/Senate Bill 197, which removes the Read more »

Nurses recruited from Philippines still in SC after 33 years

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Photo by Gerry Pate – From left, Spartanburg Regional nurses Nelda Hope, Victoria Baumann, Maria Bernardi, Ofelia Lopez and Macaria Bandigas traveled from the Philippines to pursue careers in Spartanburg 33 years ago. By DUDLEY BROWN (Spartanburg) Herald-Journal SPARTANBURG, S.C. –They were in their early 20s when they came Read more »

Award honors nursing excellence, supports students

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SOUTH CAROLINA – A hundred nurses from the Midlands and around the state were honored Saturday with the Palmetto Gold Award from the S.C. Nurses Foundation Inc. Scholarships also were given to 23 students — one from each of the state’s accredited registered nursing programs. Some of the honorees talked Read more »

Treating the nursing shortage

More than enough students and shortage of teachers By DAN DEARTH MARYLAND/PENNSYLVANIA/W.VIRGINIA – Sonja Barnes said she became a nursing instructor at Hagerstown Community College because she wanted to work better hours. When she worked as a hospital nurse, Barnes said, the long shifts prevented her from spending quality time Read more »

Nurse aims for limits on back-breaking work

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By TERENCE SHEPHERD FLORIDA – Martha Baker is getting fired up. Baker, union president for 5,000 healthcare professionals at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, is headed to the state Capitol this week to push a bill that would be a first step toward eliminating the shortage of nurses. The dearth Read more »

Valley nurse cares for ill passenger midflight

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Beth Lucas ARIZONA – Amy Laxamana was just sitting back to relax for the remaining eight hours of a 10-hour flight from the Philippines to Hawaii when crisis struck. As she reached for her iPod with thoughts of sleep on her mind, the Gilbert nurse heard a call for medical Read more »

Where have you gone Miss Nightingale?

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By Mark S. Cogan Fred Schacher has been a registered nurse for many years. He’s had a job ever since he graduated from Southern Oregon University. He’s been working as a home health nurse for Curry County Home Health and Hospice for some time and he says he loves what Read more »

Where are all the nurses?

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BY JOHN DORSCHNER MIAMI – Car needs fixing? Drop the keys off at a concierge desk at work and someone will take care of it. Coming from out of town and shocked by housing prices? One hospital offers apartments at discount rates. First-time home-buyer? Another hospital will help you with Read more »

Sentosa RN attys. seek stop of lawsuit

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Filipino Reporter – The lawyers for the Filipino nurses charged with endangering patients at a Long Island nursing home after they walked out of their jobs asked a state appeals court to prevent the trial from moving forward because it defies federal laws. Defense attorneys asked the Appellate Division in Read more »

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