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Columbia nursing dean applauds VHA recognition of NPs as independent providers

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — The Veterans Health Administration is weighing new guidelines that would enable nurse practitioners with advanced education to practice medicine without direct supervision by physicians — a move that is being applauded by the dean of Columbia University School of Nursing.

“This is really a win for patients,” said Bobbie Berkowitz, dean of Columbia University School of Nursing. “At a time when there is a worsening shortage of providers in primary care and in many specialties, advanced practice nurses can help offer patients timely access to quality care. Nurse practitioners absolutely have the education and experience necessary to work without the direct supervision of a physician and to lead teams of healthcare professionals in providing coordinated care.”

The new guidelines being weighed by the VHA, the largest healthcare system in the United States, would let nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives and clinical-nurse specialists practice independently.
 
The proposed policy shift at the VHA system follows recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s “Future of Nursing” report, which advocates that nurses practice to the full scope of their education.

 

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The Little Clinic opens new clinic in Colorado

BY Antoinette Alexander

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The Little Clinic opened earlier this month a new clinic in Colorado in the Parker King Soopers.
 
"Access to quality, convenient health care is becoming increasingly important as more and more consumers enter the healthcare marketplace," said Ken Patric, chief medical officer for The Little Clinic. "Patient response in Colorado has been tremendously positive and continued growth in the region is a natural progression for The Little Clinic."
 
A Health and Wellness Celebration was held at the new clinic on Jan. 17 and 18. The event featured refreshments, free screenings and family activities, as well as cooking demonstrations, healthy shopping seminars and consultations by King Soopers registered dietitians and other health professionals.
 
The new clinic has two exam rooms, a private waiting area, an electronic registration kiosk and a patient care technician, who is available to assist in helping patients with registration, health records, insurance and any other tasks to maximize the patient experience and minimize patient wait time.
 

 

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Target continues expansion in Canada

BY Vivian Gomez

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO — Target plans to carry on its Canadian expansion this year with nine additional stores, the majority of which will open in Ontario, although the retailer plans to open single stores in Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

 

 

"The past year marked a major milestone for Target as we delivered on the unprecedented goal of opening 124 Target stores across ten provinces in 2013," said Tony Fisher, president Target Canada. "As we head into 2014, we will continue to enhance the guest experience at all stores, while continuing to expand our presence in new Canadian neighbourhoods."

In spring, Target will open stores at the Stockyards in Toronto, Ontario; Kingsway Mall in Edmonton, Alberta; and Hillside Centre in Victoria, British Columbia. In summer, Canadian customers can expect store openings at Erin Mills Town Centre in Mississauga, Ontario; Park Place in Barrie, Ontario; and Carrefour Candiac in Candiac, Quebec. Target wraps up the new store openings in fall with locations at St. Laurent in Ottawa, Ontario; Sheridan Centre in Mississauga, Ontario; and Polo Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Each store will carry an extensive range of Target-owned and exclusive brands, including C9 by Champion, Circo, Cherokee, Merona, Mossimo Supply Co., Mossimo Black, Xhiliration, Threshold, Room Essentials, Pixi, Archer Farms, Market Pantry and up & up; exclusive, limited-time collaborations and such ongoing collaborations as the Nate Berkus Collection, the Sonia Kashuk Collection, Liz Lange Maternity for Target and Giada De Laurentiis for Target. Target also offers local products specific to each market, including the Aliments du Quebec product offering in Quebec.

Target Canada employs an average of 150 team members at each of its Canadian locations, including the nine additional stores announced today. Not counting the nine new locations, it operates 124 stores in all 10 provinces. 

 

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