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National League for Nursing recognizes Emory professor

Emory University nursing professor Judith Wold will be inducted into the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education Fellowship at the NLN’s 2013 Education Summit in Washington, D.C., in September. Wold, Ph.D., RN, will join the academy’s 144 fellows representing nursing programs throughout the United States.

The NLN established the academy in 2007 to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing nurse educators who have made sustained and significant contributions to the field.

Wold was cited for her innovative teaching and learning strategies that have advanced nursing education and community partnerships. She leads the Farm Worker Family Health Program, where she and nearly 90 students provide health care services to migrant farm workers in Moultrie. Since 1994, the program has helped more than 12,000 farm workers and their families.

Wold was instrumental in the growth of the program. Under her leadership, it has expanded services by including students and faculty from Emory, Clayton State University, Darton College, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia. The students provide services such as primary care, dental hygiene, pharmacology, psychology and physical therapy in partnership with the local migrant farmworker clinic, state health district and county school board.

AAHCR awards: Three members of the Atlanta Association of Health Care Recruiters were honored at the third annual ajcjobs 2013 Outstanding Recruiters Awards on June 4. About 75 people attended the event at Villa Christina, which marked National Healthcare Recruiters Recognition Day.

The top honorees were Toshika Reddix of Grady Health System, Jody Owens of Northside Hospital and Carol McDermott of DeKalb Medical.

Reddix, who was nominated by Vickie Eubanks and Kalisha White, was cited for her leadership and for managing a large nursing requisition load. “She leads by example, and she has been instrumental in implementing changes that improved our current structure and enhanced the way that we do things,” the nomination read.

Owens was nominated by Monique Tinney, Kelly Piccininni and Michele Burch for his creativity and willingness to go the extra mile. “We were without a recruiter in our women’s area for two months and Jody never blinked an eye when asked if he could help. He goes above and beyond for his managers, teammates and candidates. He has gotten our ORs fully staffed and done so with a smile,” according to the nomination.

McDermott was nominated by Sue Dunlap for her extra efforts when word got around that a job candidate should not be interviewed for a position at DeKalb Medical. “After some investigating, this was a case of mistaken identity. Carol was able to round some of the nurse managers to do a panel interview with the candidate and she turned out to be a phenomenal candidate and was hired on our medical unit,” Dunlap wrote.

Nation’s largest: Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business has the nation’s largest master’s program in health administration, according to new rankings from Modern Healthcare magazine.

The magazine based its rankings on enrollment in graduate health administration programs during the 2012-2013 academic year. Georgia State topped the list with 156 students.

The school offers a dual-degree MBA/Master of Health Administration program in two formats; an MBA with a concentration in health administration; a Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA); and a dual-degree J.D./MSHA program in conjunction with Georgia State’s College of Law.

Top ranking: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta once again ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-2014 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals. The report ranks hospitals for excellence in outcomes, program structure and national reputation in 10 pediatric specialty areas.

Children’s had three specialties ranked in the top 10 — cardiac, urology and orthopedics — with seven out of 10 specialties ranked in the top 20 including cancer, diabetes, GI, kidney and pulmonology. The Children’s Sibley Heart Center was ranked among the top five programs in the country.

Heart attack care award: Northside Hospital-Atlanta, Northside Hospital-Cherokee and Northside Hospital-Forsyth each have achieved the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Quality Achievement Award, recognizing Northside’s commitment and success in implementing exceptional standards of care for heart attack patients.

Each year in the United States, nearly 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, the most severe form of heart attack. This occurs when a blood clot completely blocks an artery to the heart. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by nonsurgical PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), coronary bypass surgery or clot-busting medication.

As a “STEMI-receiving hospital,” each of the Northside hospitals also has the expertise, equipment, facilities and other resources to perform PCI, within the STEMI system of care.

Perfect pass rate: Georgia State University’s department of respiratory therapy has received the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. This national award, presented by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, recognizes Georgia State’s undergraduate respiratory therapy program for multiple years of achieving a 100 percent pass rate for the registered respiratory therapist (RRT) credentialing examination.

Georgia State met the additional award criteria by maintaining accreditation without the need for progress reports, exceeding the certified respiratory therapist (CRT) credentialing success thresholds and maintaining low attrition and high job placement.

The respiratory therapy program in the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions boasts a 100 percent pass rate on the written RRT exam for five straight years and holds a five-year average 98 percent pass rate on the clinical simulation exam. Passing both exams is required to become an advanced respiratory therapy practitioner.

Another perfect score: Gwinnett Technical College’s respiratory care students have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Board for Respiratory Care’s registered respiratory therapist examinations.

“This is the fourth year in a row that our program has earned a 100 percent pass rate,” said Bob DeLorme, respiratory care program director.

Students graduating from Gwinnett Tech’s respiratory care program may become certified by taking the entry level certification examination. Upon successful completion of the certification (CRT) exam, a student is eligible to take both parts of the registry (RRT) exams.

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