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May 25, 2009
To celebrate National Nurses Week this month, Costa Mesa-headquartered West Coast University recently honored three students who won the university’s “Inspirational Nursing Stories” contest. Top prize went to Chantal Banon, a West Coast University student who attended the Anaheim campus, who wrote, “Why I Chose to Become a Nurse.” She cited her daughter as her inspiration. “The best part is, now my daughter wants to be a nurse practitioner,” Banon said.
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By Mona Shahcommunity correspondent | May 18, 2009
Costa Mesa-based West Coast University has announced students Chantal Banon, Adrineh Avakian and Rita Mcmillan, as the winners of its “Inspirational Nursing Stories” contest. In celebration of National Nurses Week, which was May 6-12, 2009, West Coast University, which has campuses in Los Angeles, Anaheim and Ontario, gave current Registered Nursing (RN) or Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) students, as well as working RNs and LVNs, an opportunity to be honored by the school and receive a gift card for sharing a personal nursing experience.
NEWS
May 4, 2009
Vanguard University?s budding nursing program has been accredited for the next five years, school officials announced Monday. The program, which offers registered nurses and students who have completed their general education requirements a chance to earn their bachelor?s degree in nursing, will begin its latest classes May 14. The program was approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a neutral accrediting agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | January 14, 2009
Three and a half years ago, emergency room nurse CJ Hatfield arrived at Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center and knew it was where she wanted to settle. “It was absolutely the people that kept me here, 100%,” Hatfield said. Hatfield was a traveling nurse — a position that comes with a substantial pay increase where the nurse packs up and moves to hospitals in need every few months. When she arrived at Irvine Regional, she took the pay cut out of love for the staff she worked with.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2008
UCI Medical Center received another accolade this year, when university officials announced the hospital was named among the top state hospitals by “ADVANCE for Nurses” readers in a poll that surveyed more than 450 hospitals nationwide. In the magazine’s Readers’ Choice survey, in its sophomore year, UCI Medical Center was named for the second time. Readers were asked to select hospitals that stood out for empowering, engaging and supporting nurses while stressing patient care, officials said.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2008
The UCI Medical Center nursing staff celebrated its second time being honored as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center this week. Established in 1993, the Magnet Recognition program is bestowed upon those nursing staffs that provide patients with the ultimate benchmark to measure expectations of care. Magnet enforces rigorous standards on those it gives its four-year designation. Only about 5% of the nation’s hospitals receive Magnet Recognition, UCI officials said.
NEWS
By Aviva Goelman | May 24, 2008
Each morning since my August 2000 appointment as executive director of the Costa Mesa Senior Center, I find myself fortunate to serve in a bright, vibrant place filled with the chatter, laughter and surprises of active seniors enjoying their golden years. The center, one of Costa Mesa’s best treasures, is vital to our community. The nonprofit is governed by a caring and committed board of directors. We survive on corporate funding, grants and donations. But these days, funding sources are scarce.
NEWS
By Chris Caesar | May 2, 2008
Fiona Goodwin has seen just about everything in her 22 years of nursing, but nothing prepared her for the surprise of winning Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian?s Nurse of the Year Award Thursday. Goodwin, who is the care nurse in the hospital?s sub-intensive care unit, was chosen by her peers for exhibiting ?confidence and expertise in expert care,? her willingness to ?always assist other staff,? her ?can-do, positive attitude? and her ?patience and emotional intelligence,? to quote some of her nomination forms.
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | April 2, 2008
Are there differences between American and Chinese hospitals? Sure, but the nurses from China who visited Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian on Tuesday still thought what they saw was just about perfect. And they were quick to add that the differences they saw were just that — differences, no better and no worse. “It’s almost a perfect situation here. We’ve been waiting our whole lives for an opportunity like this,” Wang Cai Yun, president of the Chinese Assn.
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