The NBN Group Introduces the Rutgers Advantage

Newborn Nurses Partners with Rutgers School of Nursing Camden and New Brunswick for Community Health Clinical Rotations

On Friday March 6, 2015 the students from Rutgers introduced the Rutgers Advantage! This program is run by Kay Bessette, BSN – Clinical Educator for Newborn Nurses. The program encourages the students to use the nursing process to identify a Community Health issue and to formulate a plan to address the issue.  Once the plan is completed, the students present it to Newborn Nurses.  If the plan is approved, it is implemented throughout the company.

 One of the clinical groups re-organized field nurse documentation forms to ensure better communication between the office and field staff and to ensure accurate documentation according to the Plan of Treatment for each patient.  Another group developed a preceptor program that will allow themselves and all other newly licensed RNs to be eligible to apply for work with NBN by ensuring the newly licensed nurse has the specialty skills necessary to be a successful community health nurse.

Nursing students are excited to have the opportunity to work on projects that produce real results.

Here are some comments that students have shared about their experiences with NBN.

 Question:  As a new home health care nurse, what would be your greatest anxiety?

“If you would’ve asked me this question before our meeting with NBN today, my answer would probably have been centered around anxiety due to lack of experience…our meeting with NBN really showed me how much I didn’t know about the services and support available to both patients and the nurses.  NBN seems to provide very good training, resources and support for their nurses.  I liked that they considered your skills and developed “tiers” based on those skills in order to place you appropriately.  Their preceptor program for new nurses is also a great way to help new nurses be ready for home health nursing…” 

Question:  What…did I learn today?

“…During today’s simulation experience…I now have a better understanding of how some of the equipment works because up until this point I was unable to see, touch, and demonstrate the proper technique and competencies necessary to be a community based clinical nurse.  This has also made me start to think that community health may be an interest of mine.”

“…I learned some new skills in the skills lab, such as how to use oxygen tanks (I had previously never used this, and was able to set a patient up with oxygen in the hospital last week because of what I learned in lab), how to insert…a feeding tube, and how to hook up the Kangaroo pump tubing to the feeding port.  Not only will these skills help me in the home care setting, but also in the hospital setting.”

Question:  How could NBN best help me to be trained as a new nurse?

“(NBN) provided a fantastic orientation for the nursing students.  By the end I felt like I had learned a lot about the equipment and procedures that NBN nurses use.”

“After spending the day at Newborn Nurses, I have realized how much actually has to go into (becoming a) community based nurse.  We learned about the entire system of people that it takes to make a home health company work.  Newborn Nurses seems to have everything that anyone…would need, from a one-time follow up visit to full-time nursing care for a child with serious medical needs…Because our society is moving toward keeping patients out of the hospital and treating in an outpatient setting, I feel that it is extremely important for me to have this experience and learn about the different aspects of community based nursing.  I am excited to see what it is like once we get to actually go out into the community!”

February is American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. This month, educate yourself on symptoms so you can prevent and get treatment if needed.

Signs of a Heart Attack in Men

More than 60% of men who suffer a heart attack, experience heart attack symptoms before the actual heart attack. Often men choose to neglect the symptoms, which leads to complications. These symptoms include:

  • Chest Pain
  • Irregular Heart Beats
  • Discomfort
  • Pain in upper abdomen
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sweating
  • Fainting
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Light-headed Feeling
  • Anxiety
  • Indigestion

These were the most obvious symptoms of heart attack. The symptoms and its intensity can vary from person to person. As one person might feel a dull chest pain, another person will experience excruciating chest pain. If you see any of the above mentioned symptoms, do not waste any time and call Emergency Medical Services (EMS) immediately. It is advised to call EMS as the staff in EMS is trained to administer lifesaving treatment. The EMS staff is also trained to revive a heart which has stopped working. At the same time the added advantage of calling EMS is that patients who arrive in EMS ambulances receive faster treatment at the hospital and hence, valuable time in the golden one hour is not lost.


Signs of a Heart Attack in Women

Many women think the signs of a heart attack are unmistakable — the image of the elephant comes to mind — but in fact they can be subtler and sometimes confusing.

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.


Take Care Of Yourself

Heart disease is preventable. Here are Goldberg’s top tips:

  • Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider to learn your personal risk for heart disease.
  • Quit smoking. Did you know that just one year after you quit, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50 percent?
  • Start an exercise program. Just walking 30 minutes a day can lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.


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