LeAnn Thieman, Speaker Hall of Fame, Nurse, Author

“I’m going to live my life differently after hearing you today.” That’s how one healthcare CEO summed up his reaction after hearing LeAnn’s powerful keynote sharing life-changing lessons from her Operation Babylift adventure. Imagine bombs falling and 100 little babies laying three and four to a cardboard box, strapped in the belly of a gutted cargo jet! Believing we all have individual “war zones,” LeAnn shares tools for life balance, living priorities, and making a difference in the world.

“LeAnn literally pulled the audience into her journey and left participants with the clear message that while serving children and others they can make a difference with their efforts. Conference participants connected with her, and in a most sincere and generous way, LeAnn connected with them.” – D.T., Texas Association of School Boards

“Our employee network needed something to spark revitalization, and LeAnn provided that spark. The results were far greater than anything we had dared to hope for. She had the audience mesmerized!” – P.F., Kodak Continue reading LeAnn Thieman, Speaker Hall of Fame, Nurse, Author

Indonesia Nurses Pass National Nurse Exam in Japan

TOKYO (Kyodo)–Three nurses — two Indonesian and one Filipino — cleared Japanese-language barriers and passed Japan’s national nursing exam conducted in February, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Friday.

They are among 257 people who are in Japan under free trade agreements with Indonesia and the Philippines. The successful applicants will be allowed to stay in Japan for a long time.

The three were the first successful applicants to pass Japan’s nursing qualification exam among hundreds of foreign nurses in the country under free trade accords.

The two Indonesians, who have been in Japan since 2008, are working at a hospital in Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture, on the Sea of Japan coast.

The Filipino nurse has been working at a hospital in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, after arriving in Japan in 2009.

Japan, a rapidly aging society, began accepting foreign nurses and caregivers in 2008 due to domestic labor shortages in medical and nursing service fields.

Foreign nurses are required to return to their home countries if they fail to pass Japan’s nurse qualifying exam within three years. Caregivers also need to clear Japan’s qualifying exam within four years.

None of the foreign nurses passed last year’s national exams held in February 2009 as ”kanji” characters and technical terms used in the exam are thought to pose a big hurdle for foreign nurses.

In talks with Indonesian and Philippine government officials in January, Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada promised to consider addressing the language barriers for foreign nurses. Continue reading Indonesia Nurses Pass National Nurse Exam in Japan

Nurse Educator Opportunities at CHW Arizona

Located in beautiful Chandler and Gilbert, Arizona, Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center give healthcare professionals the opportunity to work in a warm, welcoming environment – both inside and out. As part of Catholic Healthcare West, these full-service hospitals believe every individual, whether it’s a patient or employee, should be treated with the utmost respect. This creates a friendly, supportive environment where you can deliver outstanding care while advancing in your career. Chandler Regional Medical Center and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center were also recently named by Modern Healthcare as one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare 2009.”

Educator Opportunities

We currently have opportunities for a Cardiovascular Educator and a Medical/Surgical Educator.

Our Cardiovascular Educator opening requires a BSN, Master’s degree preferred, and a minimum of five years’ recent clinical experience. A candidate with effective interpersonal communication skills and two years of teaching experience is preferred. Mandatory licensure and certification includes current AZ RN license or Compact license, current ACLS and certification as an APN in a clinical specialty or as recognized by AZBON. Continue reading Nurse Educator Opportunities at CHW Arizona