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Commentary: To effectively care for others, nurses must first learn to take care of themselves

By Janie Heath, Connie Jennings and Colleen Swartz University of Kentucky Healthcare Stress and the intense pressure of finishing a degree have driven promising students away from the nursing profession. For others committed to a career caring for the sick and injured, unmanaged stress, anxiety and depression have resulted in the tragedy of suicide. Across the nation, we are experiencing a shortage...

UK Chandler Hospital ranked best in state by U.S. News; UK HealthCare specialty services rated high

By Kristi Lopez and Allison Perry Special to KyForward UK HealthCare’s University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital remains the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals Rankings released Tuesday. In addition, four major health care areas have achieved top 50 national rankings, three of them for the first time....

Kentucky hospitals struggling to find enough nurses; colleges working toward finding solutions

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News While studies show Kentucky will have a surplus of registered nurses in the next decade, right now many of the state’s hospitals are struggling to hire enough nurses to care for patients. “I am hoping this is cyclical,” said Susan Ellis, the vice president of Patient Care Services at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. “But...

UK HealthCare regains prestigious magnet recognition for excellence in patient care

University of Kentucky HealthCare has achieved Magnet Status – the highest institutional honor awarded for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. Out of nearly 6,000 health care organizations in the United States, less than 7 percent have achieved Magnet designation. “Magnet recognition is a mindset and an approach in patient-centered...

Medical emergency on airplane elevates UK nurse to hero status for Richmond man

Video produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing   By Ann Blackford and Allison Perry Special to KyForward   Early last month, Sarah Buschmann, a University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital neurosciences ICU nurse, had just settled into her seat near the back of an airplane departing Bluegrass Airport for Las Vegas. About 20 minutes into the flight, she put her headphones on to take a nap....