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Daily roundup: April 30, 2012

Bite-sized hospital and health industry news

Topics: Around the Nation

April 30, 2012

  • California: About 43% of all nursing graduates in California were unable to find a job within 18 months of obtaining their license, according to a survey of nearly 1,500 conducted by the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care. Of those nurses, 92% said they were told they did not have enough experience and 42% said they were told that a bachelor's degree was preferred or required (Payers & Providers, 4/26).
  • Florida: Orlando Regional Medical Center last week broke ground on a $297 million project to build a 10-story, 345,000-square-foot patient tower and renovate the main campus' ED, trauma center, and surgical departments. The new patient tower—which is slated for completion in 2014—will house more than 190 patient beds (Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal, 4/26). 
  • Illinois: Surgeons at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago have removed a transplanted kidney from its first recipient and placed it in a second recipient. The surgeons detailed the decisions and procedures involved in a NEJM article last week (Maugh II, "Booster Shots," Los Angeles Times, 4/26).
  • Louisiana: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week supported a state bill that eliminates a rule requiring advanced-practice RNs practicing in underserved areas to obtain "collaborative practice" agreements with physicians. FTC said the bill would increase competition and benefit consumers (Barr, Modern Physician, 4/26 [subscription required]).

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