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Week of October 12, 2010. Click the front page to download the issue!

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Denver VA’s virtual ICU streamlines care in rural areas
Denver VA Medical Center staff from left MD Frank Wright and RN Amy Dzur demonstrate the telehealth video-conferencing cart on a mock patient as RN Terry Breen and MD Thomas Robinson consult virtually on the video. An X-ray of the patient’s lungs are on one side of the screen and the nurse is placing a virtual stethoscope on the patient’s chest so the nurse and physician can hear and access her breath sounds remotely.

Denver VA Medical Center staff from left MD Frank Wright and RN Amy Dzur demonstrate the telehealth video-conferencing cart on a mock patient as RN Terry Breen and MD Thomas Robinson consult virtually on the video. An X-ray of the patient’s lungs are on one side of the screen and the nurse is placing a virtual stethoscope on the patient’s chest so the nurse and physician can hear and access her breath sounds remotely.

The Denver VA Medical Center launched its virtual ICU (vICU) a year ago with the goal of increasing access to critical care in rural areas. The program--the first in the entire VA system--has exceeded expectations for Carrie Hawkins, the vICU coordinator and assistant nurse manager of critical care at the Denver VA.

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COLORADO CENTER FOR NURSING EXCELLENCE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE - WWW.COLORADONURSINGCENTER.ORG

The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence (the Center) recently launched its newly designed website - www.coloradonursingcenter.org.

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University of Phoenix awards local RN with a $10,000 Voice Your Change Scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree
University of Phoenix representative Sean Mitchell, Scholarship recipient Suzette Mitchell and University of Phoenix Southern Colorado Campus Director Brittany Nielson

University of Phoenix representative Sean Mitchell, Scholarship recipient Suzette Mitchell and University of Phoenix Southern Colorado Campus Director Brittany Nielson

University of Phoenix has been in Colorado for more than 28 years and has helped thousands of residents earn their advanced degrees to meet their personal and professional goals. As part of the University’s ongoing commitment to provide access to educational opportunities, the Southern Colorado campus recently awarded Suzette Smith with its first ever “Voice Your Change” Scholarship.

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NURES TALK - Why pursue a master’s of science degree in nursing?

The National League of Nursing now requires a master’s in nursing for programs to be accredited. One big issue is not just the nursing shortage but getting quality nursing faculty because we have to replace those who are getting older. Claudine Dickey, RN, PhD It’s great have a master’s on the job. It really lets nurses use their experience to teacher the younger generation of nurses. Becky Cavnar, Admissions It offers a unique experience to pursue a graduate degree. With my experience in nursing, I feel like I have some unique lessons to share with nursing students to make them excellent role models, mentors and teachers. Gail Livengood, RN I’m from a family that’s pro-education and this is the next and obvious path for me. There’s just an encouragement for further education. Megan Cook Gregg, RN

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