May 6, 2019

Around the nation: She just celebrated her 93rd birthday (and she's still practicing medicine.)

Daily Briefing

    Melissa Freeman has been practicing internal medicine for almost 65 years and currently has a medical practice in New York City, where she specializes in treating opioid misuse, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, New York, and Texas.

    • Maryland: The University of Maryland School of Nursing has launched its 13th dual-admission partnership agreement, which allows students to transition from its Associate Degree in Nursing program to its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The dual-admission partnership agreement is open to students from 13 community colleges in Maryland, and the Community College of Baltimore County is the newest school to join the dual-admission program. The program is part of the school's effort to increase the number of pathways to earn a BSN in the state (Communications and Public Affairs/University of Maryland, Baltimore Business Journal, 5/1).

    • New York: Melissa Freeman just celebrated her 93rd birthday, and she's still practicing medicine. Freeman, who has practiced internal medicine for almost 65 years, has a medical practice in New York City where she specializes in treating opioid misuse. Freeman has no plans to retire and said she's been called to "reach out and help." She said, "As long as I have the opportunity, I know that I must continue to do it" (Tribune Media Wire/WGNO, 5/2).

    • Texas: State lawmakers have introduced a new bill that will order hospitals to have workplace violence prevention plans in place. The bill aims to address violence against nurses in the state, which 2016 state data show affects more than 50% of Texas nurses during the course of their careers. The data also showed that, in one year, 6% of nurses said they experienced sexual harassment, 12% said they experienced physical violence, and almost 50% experienced verbal abuse (Douglas, Houston Chronicle, 5/2).

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