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May 3, 2018

Around the nation: USF launches program to address nursing shortage

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    The University of South Florida has launched a new, two-year pre-nursing curriculum in hopes of alleviating the area's nursing shortage, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Florida, and Indiana.

    • California: Children's Hospital Los Angeles has named Omkar Kulkarni as the hospital's first CIO, effective May 7. Kulkarni has previously served as executive director of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator and has led the performance improvement department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 5/1).

    • Florida: The University of South Florida has launched a new, two-year pre-nursing curriculum to alleviate the nursing shortage affecting the Florida Suncoast. The program—which was launched in partnership with the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition—aims to graduate a class of 50 nursing students in four years (Torregano, WWSB, 5/1).

    • Indiana: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) on Monday announced a new program aimed at helping mothers and newborns addicted to opioids. The program will be launched at Community Hospital East and will offer medication treatments, therapies, and specialty consultation for all mothers who have an opioid misuse disorder and their newborns, who can be born addicted to the drugs (Chuang, AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/30).

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