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News, Studies and Information Affecting Nurses, Jan. 18–Feb. 15

By Beth Duggan
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NCLEX-RN Bar Gets a Raise

This past December, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing voted to raise the passing standard for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), from -0.21 to -0.16 logits. The new standard will go into effect on April 1.

The NCSBN worked with an expert panel of nine nurses and surveyed nursing professionals across the country, and in the end determined that safe and effective practices for entry-level RNs requires a greater level of abilities, skills and knowledge than when the current standard was set in 2007. Go to www.ncsbn.org for more information and a PDF of the 2010 NCLEX-RN Test Plan.

ANA Launches Cultural Competency Initiative

The American Nurses Association has received a grant from Pfizer, Inc., to get under way an initiative called the ANA Cultural Competency Program, which aims to raise nurses’ awareness of an increasingly diverse U.S. population. “Clearly, cultural competency is a major responsibility for nurses since it sits right at the nexus of health care and social justice, said ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR. “This program will be an important resource to enable nurses to acquire the requisite knowledge and behaviors to champion a culture of compassion in health care.” Check out www.nursingworld.org to learn more.

State Health and Human Services Face Budget Cuts

On Friday, Jan. 8, Gov. Schwarzenegger revealed his plans for eliminating the state’s $19.9 billion deficit based on two scenarios: one that plans for $6.9 million of federal aid, and one that doesn’t. According to California Healthline, if federal aid does come through, health and human services would receive a $2.9 million cut in funding, which would tighten eligibility requirements, raise family contributions and eliminate vision coverage for the Healthy Families program; co-payments and premiums would go up for Medi-Cal recipients; and documented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for less than five years would not be covered by Medi-Cal. Go to www.californiahealthline.org to read more about California’s future under these proposed cuts.

CHLA Researchers Receive $4.7 Million Grant

The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program has awarded a five-year, $4.7 million grant to support the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and help create the Bogart Leukemia Research Program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. The grant will also support 25 scholarships and personal laptops for pediatric cancer survivors entering college. Stuart E. Siegel, M.D., director of the CCCBD and professor and vice chair of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, and Robert C. Seeger, M.D., a physician-researcher with the CCCBD and professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine, will direct the research being funded. Check out the foundation’s website at www.bogartfoundation.org for more information.

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Named Top Provider of Cardiac Bypass Sugery

The December/January issue of Worth magazine has named the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute as one of the top 25 hospitals in the U.S. — and one of three on the West Coast — for cardiac bypass surgery. The list was compiled for the magazine by Castle Connolly, a heath care research firm, and was based on factors such as outcome measures, quality rankings and the number of affiliated doctors in thoracic surgery selected as Castle Connolly Top Doctors. Go to www.csmc.edu/2266.html to learn more about the institute.   

Beth Duggan is the editor of Working Nurse.

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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