Tag: Nursing

Alumnus Randall Moore II named AANA CEO

Randall Moore II (’99), DNP, MBA, CRNA is the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), a professional organization representing over 50,000 certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA). According to a news release from the AANA, Moore has worked as the director of Perioperative and Anesthesia Services at Passavant Area Hospital…

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Nursing simulation lab gets upgrades

The nursing simulation laboratory received several upgrades this summer. The lab replaced an obsolete medicine dispensary machine with a current, state-of-the-art version, called the Pyxis MedStation. This device will not only help nursing students better understand medication safety and efficiency, but it is also the same machine used by many hospitals today, making this hands-on…

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Nursing professor discusses research at AHNA Annual Conference

NIU School of Nursing Assistant Professor Maryann Abendroth, recently presented her research on caregiver stress at the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) national conference in Palm Springs, California. Abendroth’s research focuses on the strain caregivers experience when they care for persons with Parkinson’s Disease. her research, which partially funded by both a Joan E. Wood Award for…

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Nursing professor to study patient transfer devices

Jie Chen, assistant professor of nursing,  recently received a grant through the Joan E. Wood Award for Nursing Faculty Research. The research project will involve comparing three patient transfer devices and the amount of physical stress that caregivers experience as a result of handling those devices. It will also examine differences in the head impact…

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Education + Service = IMPACT

Lily Chen’s Population-Focused Nursing class took the classroom on the road and brought health education to a food pantry in Aurora. The class project required students to prepare visual aids to help educate pantry patrons on making healthy food choices. One of the products was several salt intake cards that could attach to the shopping…

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Donor funds learning aid

Thanks to the generous donation of Janiece Bollie, our students have a new educational aid. The donation helped fund the creation of an “edema leg” by a specialist in make-up effects. The leg was created to not only look real, but provide different visual cues depending on where the examiner pushes on the skin during…

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NCLEX results rise dramatically

The gold standard metric for nursing program quality is the first-time pass rate its graduates achieve on the national licensing exam (NCLEX). NIU School of Nursing 2016 average  score was 92 percent, exceeding the national and state averages of 85 percent. School averages are released quarterly. For 2017’s first quarter, NIU’s nursing students had a 98.4…

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