The ANA has asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel not to punish a Navy nurse who refused to participate in the force-feeding of Guantanamo Bay inmates on a hunger strike. The nurse was within his rights to make an ethical decision and should not face retaliation, ANA President Pamela Cipriano wrote.
Reps. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., and Joe Heck, R-Nev., introduced a bill to repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula and identify new payment and delivery models based on specialty, practice type and region. The bill also increases payment updates for preventive care, primary care and coordinated care.
More than 7,000 nurses in 670 organizations have been honored for outstanding patient care by the nationwide DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses since October. In Harrison Medical Center in Washington, for instance, 10 to 14 nursing professionals each month are being nominated for recognition. "It's valuable to have programs like this. ... It promotes nursing and it brings honor to our profession," said registered nurse Nancy Lorber, a recipient of the award.
Even before the H1N1 flu epidemic, the role of the school nurse had been changing to reflect the fact that more students with complicated health problems are main-streamed into public school systems. Legislation to reduce the student-to-school nurse ratio in public schools is pending in Congress.