Nurses

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River Valley Community College is developing a new program to train licensed practical nurses.

The LPN program would be offered at the Lebanon and Keene campuses, starting in January, if approved by the state’s Board of Nursing.

In 2018, there were about 1,200 openings for LPNs, according to the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security.  

Licensed practical nurses work under the supervision of physicians and registered nurses. They can collect patient data and provide some treatment. 

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Governor Sununu unveiled a $24 million plan on Tuesday to tackle New Hampshire's nursing shortage.

The Governor says he expects a major surplus in state funds this year and that the majority of it should go to expanding college nursing programs.

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New rules on the certification of school nurses are causing a stir.

Last year, lawmakers passed a bill that tightens the requirements for who can work as a school nurse in New Hampshire. Among other things, it requires a bachelor’s degree and certification from the state Board of Education – just like a teacher.

Belknap County Nursing Home employees have voted down a proposed labor agreement.

Chapter president Tanya Phillips says the proposal from the Belknap County Commissioners didn't add up for workers, because the additional health care costs would have more than offset the proposed wage increases.

The two sides have been unable to reach a deal since 2012.

Phillips says she expects contract talks to begin again in August.

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Lexi Gerkin is 14 years old. She has a number of complex disabilities and medical conditions, and she’s been without nursing for four months. And Lexi’s mother, Audrey Gerkin, is hopeful that higher pay rates for pediatric nurses will make it easier to find in-home care for her daughter.

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School nurses in New Hampshire are getting more help to do their jobs.

The Department of Education recently announced it is increasing efforts to provide school nurses with more training, technical assistance and other resources.

The initiative is being coordinated by Nancy Wells, a nationally certified school nurse and former clinical assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire. The focus will include areas such as student wellness, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, parental education, school health policy and staff development.