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Not enough nurses, but limited space in state nursing schools

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Not enough nurses, but limited space in state nursing schools

| 4/23/2019

Not enough nurses, but limited space in state nursing schools

Getting accepted to a community college for a two-year associate’s degree program is not usually considered a monumental academic accomplishment. But students who land a spot in State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s nursing school have plenty to brag about. It’s a trend mirrored in public community colleges across the state. The Department of Economic Opportunity is projecting more than 14,000 job openings for registered nurses this year, but the state college system can accept only a fraction of students hoping to enter the field. [Source: ]

Bridging music and medicine

Other universities told Xander Boggs he’d have to choose between music and medical school. The University of Florida encouraged him to do both. Through UF’s one-of-a-kind Music for Pre-Health Professions degree, Boggs will earn a bachelor of music while taking all of the math and science courses he needs to apply to med school. [Source: UF News]

As measles outbreak spreads throughout U.S., 1 case has now been confirmed in Florida

While 20 other states battle a measles outbreak, the communicable disease has arrived in Florida. One case of measles was reported in Broward County March 29, according to the state Department of Health. A total of 138 people who may have been exposed to the measles were identified during an investigation. [Source: Florida Today]

Many nursing homes, assisted living facilities still can't meet Florida's mandate for backup power

Just weeks before another hurricane season, large numbers of Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the storm-battered state continue to struggle to meet requirements that they have backup power generator to keep facilities cool. State records show that 89 long-term care facilities have told Florida officials in the last month that they won’t have generators by June 1 — which is when the six-month hurricane season kicks off. More from the and the Gainesville Sun.

More medical marijuana licenses on the horizon

State health officials are preparing to revamp the application process for medical-marijuana businesses, with the hope of issuing up to seven new licenses before the end of the year, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said on Thursday. The state Office of Medical Marijuana Use is expected to withdraw a series of proposed rules, which were never finalized, and restart the process with a new set of proposed regulations as early as May. [Source: ]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Telehealth market taking shape in Florida Legislature
In a move that could signal health-care negotiations between the chambers, two Senate panels have passed proposals that bring the Senate closer to the House on the issue of telehealth. The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee agreed last week to allow insurance companies to use out-of-state physicians in their networks for telehealth.

› Florida Supreme Court Justices reject Central Florida hospital plan
Just a day after the state House weighed in on the issue, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a public-hospital system’s plan for a new hospital in western Volusia County. Justices, in a 14-page decision, unanimously ruled that the Halifax Hospital Medical Center taxing district did not have legal authority to issue bonds to finance a hospital in Deltona, which is outside the district’s boundaries.

› Court sides with state in ‘medically fragile’ kids case
A federal appeals court this week upheld a judge’s decision that would end a long-running legal battle about whether Florida’s Medicaid program properly provided services to “medically fragile” children. The case centered on allegations that the state violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws by failing to provide services that would allow children with severe medical conditions to stay in their homes and communities.

› Florida researchers create algorithm that accurately predicts surgical complications
An artificial intelligence system successfully tested at UF is a dual breakthrough: It can reduce risks to patients by forecasting surgical complications while also helping surgeons optimize their operating-room strategies.

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