Marian University at Saint Thomas Health has named Dr. Constance Hall director of nursing academic services. The position is newly created.
Marian University at Saint Thomas Health is an accelerated nursing program offering those with a bachelor’s degrees in non-nursing disciplines the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in no more than 16 months.
Previously, Hall (pictured) served as nursing curriculum chair for Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. There, she was responsible for guiding faculty members on the strategic development of curriculum while also spearheading numerous electronic learning initiatives for the school, according to a release. In addition to her role as chair, she worked as the assistant professor of nursing and patient care coordinator/registered nurse for the Jefferson Regional Medical Center School of Nursing.
Hall holds a doctorate degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction and a master’s degree in nursing, both from the University of Phoenix. She completed her undergraduate studies at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
“Constance is a dynamic professional who brings a wealth of nursing experience and exceptional leadership skills to her new role,” Dr. Anita Siccardi, dean of the Alan and Sue Leighton School of Nursing at Indianapolis-based Marian University, said in the release. “With Constance’s guidance, we look forward to continuing to enhance our educational program and drive even better outcomes for our students.”
A union representing 460 registered nurses at a Community Health Systems-owned hospital in Pennsylvania has filed unfair labor complaints against the hospital in an attempt to bargain for a new contract.
The Times Leader reports the nurses are members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses, which claims it has made numerous requests from Wilkes-Barre Hospital Co. LLC for benefits, wages, overtime and staffing information.
The nurses have been working under the terms of a contract that expired April 30, and the union seeks to add health insurance contributions, staffing and wages elements to the new contract. A hearing is scheduled for July 14 before the National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia.
The hospital that is part of the Commonwealth Health Network said in an email, "Wilkes-Barre General Hospital continues to negotiate in good faith with PASNAP and remains committed to the bargaining process. We look forward to presenting our response before the NLRB." The relationship between the union and the hospital has been a rocky one since the for-profit, Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems Inc. purchased the hospital and other assets of the Wyoming Valley Health Care System in 2009.
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