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News - Census: uninsured rate falls to 8.3% in 2021

Census: uninsured rate falls to 8.3% in 2021

September 18, 2022

This report presents statistics on health insurance coverage in the United States based on information collected in the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC).

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News - Rise of the virtual nurse

Rise of the virtual nurse

September 11, 2022

Health care organizations across the U.S. are under tremendous pressure as the growing need for nurses outpaces a shrinking workforce. There have been unprecedented challenges from the large, aging baby boomer population. Nurses are also getting older, with a median age of 52 — 4.7 million are projected to retire by 2030.

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News - Columbus Community Hospital hip fracture care among nation's best

Columbus Community Hospital hip fracture care among nation's best

September 11, 2022

(COLUMBUS, Neb.) – Columbus Community Hospital is among an elite 36% of hospitals nationwide to earn an award from the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals list. Of the more than 6,000 adult hospitals in the U.S., fewer than 2,200 qualified for an award. The award was for excellence in orthopedics, specifically in hip fracture care. The score is based on multiple data categories, including patient outcomes, readmission prevention and more.

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News - Regents approve project to address rural workforce shortage

Regents approve project to address rural workforce shortage

August 15, 2022

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents Thursday (Aug. 11) approved the program statement and construction budget for phase two of the UNK-UNMC Rural Health Education Building on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.

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News - Nursing recruitment and retention grant awards

Nursing recruitment and retention grant awards

August 15, 2022

$4,000,000 has been appropriated to the Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) for the creation of the Nursing Recruitment and Retention Grant.

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News - Health equity standards added to accreditations

Health equity standards added to accreditations

August 15, 2022

New accreditation standards have been established by The Joint Commission to encourage equity efforts within healthcare organizations. Beginning Jan. 1, new mandates will be included as part of accreditation programs for leaders of hospitals, critical access facilities, behavioral health centers and primary care clinics.

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News - Great Plains Health, UNMC partnership provides students fast-track to nursing career

Great Plains Health, UNMC partnership provides students fast-track to nursing career

August 7, 2022

North Platte – Great Plains Health and the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing are pleased to collaborate to bring accelerated clinicals in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to North Platte.

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News - Monkeypox Update from DHHS

Monkeypox Update from DHHS

August 7, 2022

This is a rapidly evolving situation, and information will be reviewed and updated as needed. Monkeypox is spread through close contact with someone who has a characteristic rash. DHHS strongly recommends anyone experiencing unexplained rash on their face, palms, arms, legs, genitals, or perianal region along with flu-like symptoms contact their healthcare provider.

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News - Addressing Health Worker Burnout: A Guide From the U.S. Surgeon General

Addressing Health Worker Burnout: A Guide From the U.S. Surgeon General

August 7, 2022

Although healthcare worker burnout has been an issue for the field since before the pandemic, it has only intensified under the strain of the ongoing public health crisis. The prevalence of burnout has become so worrisome that U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, recently issued an advisory about health worker burnout and recommendations for how to address the crisis.

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News - Keys to keeping Nebraska's rural hospital's doors open

Keys to keeping Nebraska's rural hospital's doors open

June 22, 2022

Without federal intervention, a new report warns, rural hospitals across the United States, including many in Nebraska, could be forced to reduce services or even close their doors after pandemic relief funds expire.

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