Cleveland, Ohio, Mayor Frank Jackson is hoping to reduce violent crime in the city with an initiative that includes placing counselors in all 21 local recreation centers. Counselors could identify and assist children dealing with trauma, Jackson says.
Indiana was awarded $10.9 million by the federal government to address the state's heroin and opioid abuse problem. This is the second year Indiana was awarded that amount, and it is part of a $485 million fund distributed nationwide.
Kansas's Department for Children and Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel has requested an additional $24 million in funding for her department over the next three years. She noted the department has more than 200 child protective services openings and because of a shortage of licensed social workers, it plans to hire employees with degrees outside of social work.
Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would require foster children to be transported to their school of origin and would provide $2.9 million for the effort.
Washington, D.C. -- the city with the highest 9-1-1 call rate in the country -- is hiring triage nurses to pitch in and help manage 9-1-1 calls. The nurses help determine which calls are actual emergencies, divert those that are not and, in some cases, even arranging Lyft rides for callers who don't need immediate help.
Nurse leaders should broaden their view of consumer value and patient-centered care without focusing only on patient satisfaction and experience, said registered nurse Sharon Quinlan, vice president and chief nursing officer at Advocate Aurora Health. Nurses should engage patients as partners and through the use of consumer research, Quinlan said.
A survey of nurse leaders found 72% of chief nursing officers said the shortage of nurses at their organization was moderate, significant or severe, compared with 21% who said it was slight and 7% who said there was no shortage. More than 80% of CNOs said recruitment of nurses was at least moderately difficult.
Tenet Healthcare offers from $10,000 to $15,000 in bonuses to recruit experienced nurses and, in some areas, the perk goes up to $25,000. UCHealth and Inova Health System also are offering five-figure signing bonuses as part of their strategy to reduce a shortage of nurses.
A study in The Journal of Pediatrics showed that infants whose mothers used marijuana during pregnancy had 50% higher odds of low birth weight, with the association independent of maternal age, race, educational attainment and tobacco use during gestation. The findings were based on 2014 to 2015 data involving more than 3,000 pregnant women in Colorado.
An AAFP letter to HHS says a plan to expand how short-term, limited-duration insurance plans are defined could harm enrollees, make health insurance more expensive and destabilize the insurance market. The Academy said eliminating cost-sharing for standard primary care benefits in high-deductible health plans would be one step toward improving the US health care system.