A nonprofit publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Nurses from Morehead State work in New York City, battle COVID-19 at epicenter of pandemic

With more than 160,000 confirmed cases, New York City has become the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak of the coronavirus. Medical professionals from across the nation have gone to the city to offer support to its exhausted healthcare workers, and two nurses connected to Morehead State University are among those who’ve traveled to New York to lend a hand. Tim Smallwood is a student in Morehead State’s...

Friends of Coal Kentucky donates $75,000 to UK HealthCare COVID-19 Support Fund

As part of its effort to help Kentuckians through the COVID-19 pandemic, Friends of Coal Kentucky is donating $75,000 to the UK HealthCare COVID-19 Support Fund. The contribution will help support expanded COVID-19 testing to more than 35 hospitals across the state. By expanding the availability of testing, Friends of Coal Kentucky hopes to help protect the health and prosperity of the communities,...

Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative launched Tuesday during convening at Churchill Downs

The Kentucky Perinatal Quality Collaborative (KyPQC) launched Tuesday during a convening at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The launch brought together healthcare professionals and other stakeholders dedicated to decreasing the maternal mortality rate, decreasing rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and improving maternal and infant health outcomes in the commonwealth amidst the opioid crisis...

State health officials encourage flu vaccinations; DPH reports 154 confirmed flu cases since Aug. 4

The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is encouraging Kentuckians to get vaccinated against the flu, as the official flu season begins Sept. 29 and runs through May 16, 2020. DPH officials are reporting 154 laboratory-confirmed flu cases in regions across the state since Aug. 4. “Getting the flu can be debilitating and sometimes life-threatening,”...

State health department sending nurses to jails, shelters, treatment centers with Hepatitis A vaccine

Kentucky Health News The state Department for Public Health has sent a team of nurses to give hepatitis A vaccinations at county jails, state probation-and-parole offices, homeless shelters, treatment centers and drug stores, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced in a press release. “Since April, the team has provided more than 2,100 vaccines at 40 different sites,” the release...

BCTC celebrates opening of renovated Nursing and Allied Health facility on Leestown Campus

Bluegrass Community and Technical College celebrated the opening of its newly renovated Nursing and Allied Health facility on the Leestown Campus. This project was funded by a Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative investment of $3,040,000 and the support of community partners. “We’re so pleased to welcome everyone to our new facility today,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president. “We want...

Keven Moore: No such thing as ‘restroom rights’ for teachers, nurses; that could account for shortages

It’s common knowledge today that teachers and nurses are overworked, stressed, under appreciated, disrespected and disillusioned. Consequently many are leaving their profession at such a high rate—to the point where many states are dealing with teacher and nursing shortages. Meanwhile, the number of college students who choose to go into these professions is steadily dropping as well.   There...

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...

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...