Congratulations are exchanged in the hallways. There’s champagne assembled on a table near the stage. Parents carry bouquets, and students wear suits and dresses at the Clark College School of Nursing’s pinning ceremony at Gaiser Hall on the Clark College Campus in Vancouver.The pinning ceremony is a favorite event for nursing school professors Lisa Aepfelbacher and Mary Ellen Pierce. On Wednesday, the school propelled 34 students into one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S., but those students left behind a group of teachers who are experiencing the exact opposite workforce trend: a nationwide shortage.While the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects nursing to grow by 15 percent through 2026 at a “much faster than average” pace for all occupations, nursing school faculty is declining across the U.S. due to retirements and higher compensation offered in clinical and private-sector settings.As of 2016, the American Association of College Nurses reported that there were 1,567 faculty vacancies identified across 821 nursing schools with baccalaureate and/or graduate programs. It’s expected that by 2022, more than 34,200 new educators will be needed.“It’s an issue across the state and the nation,” said Clark College President Bob Knight.A nationwide problem at the local levelAt Clark College, faculty and administrators have grappled with how to attack the issue, which has been exacerbated by recent staff departures.
Huge weekend for me riding Harry Angel in the Group 1 Sprint Cup at Haydock and it will hopefully be a chance to put the disappointment of Ascot behind us.SATURDAYHAYDOCKHARRY ANGEL (4.15pm 32Red Sprint Cup)He hasn’t raced since injuring himself in the stalls at the start of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in a freak incident meaning his race was gone the second the gates opened.In racing these things happen and you just have to get over them as quickly as possible, not dwell and look to the future. The main thing for me was that the horse was OK.He comes into this the defending champion after his hugely impressive four length all the way success last year. That promoted him to the best sprinter in the world.On that form he should again hold Tasleet (runner-up) and The Tin Man (third) who are both back for another crack.But it’s a Group 1 sprint and you have to be wary of all the opposition. Whilst he bounced out and made all last year, every race is different so there’s only so much pre-planning you can do. It’s what happens from the start that really counts and you have to adjust.He’s a lovely horse to ride, big and strong and he tells me how things are – not the other way round.We couldn’t get him ready in time for the July Cup which was a shame but he suffered a small wound and some muscle soreness in that stalls incident which took a little longer to put right.The positives are that he comes into this a fresh horse again. Kevin (Harris) rides him most of the time at home and the team are all confident they have got him back to his very best. It’s been a great team effort headed by Clive (Cox) and I hope I can reward all their hard work.He had an away day at Kempton a couple of weeks ago and had a good spin on the all-weather track.The ground was riding good to soft at Haydock on Thursday – the opening day of their meeting – and there is more rain forecast. That should suit my fella just fine. Although it was heavy when we won 12 months ago – his win at York in May was on good to firm ground and like a lot of the top horses his class carries him over a range of conditions.It’ll all be over inside a minute. If he’s in the same form as last year hopefully it will be the same result.ZONDERLAND (2.25pm Unibet Mile)Good horse and not to be ruled out in any company. I still believe there’s a very big race in him and he came with a nose of getting it last year when pipped by Lightning Spear in the Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood. He was a close up fourth in the same race the year and back at Group 3 level should be able to make his presence felt.Good luckADAMYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Adam drop us a line at [email protected] and we’ll try and include in the next blog…
To be fair, it’s really not much of a secret. Microsoft itself already alluded in its May event that it will be bringing LTE connectivity to the new Surface Pro. This is a rather big thing in this day and age when even Windows tablets are expected to be able to connect to the Internet on their own. That said, Microsoft left out the finer details, like when those models will be available and for how much.Thanks to UK retailer Misco, we know have a clear picture. That is, presuming this is legit and that these are the only two models available. Both of the models run on a 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor. No Core i7 or m3 models in sight, but also no ARM. That pretty much puts the Windows 10 on ARM speculation to rest. At least for this Surface Pro model.There are two variants available, differing only in memory and, therefore, price. One has 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for 944 GBP ($1,280). The ideal configuration, however, is probably the one with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD drive for 1,169 GBP ($1,580). Those are pretty much on par with how much an LTE model will cost on top of the already high price tag of regular Surface Pro models.That still leaves the question of what Microsoft has planned for its October Surface event in London. It’ll hardly be worth having a complete keynote just to announce a device that everyone already knows about. There is some speculation, or perhaps wishful thinking, that there will be a Surface Book 2 in the lineup, though the existence of the Surface Laptop also tempers that expectation.VIA: Neowin Sometimes, people are just too eager to get the ball rolling, especially on a good thing. Sometimes that leads to accidentally published specs, but, this time, some UK retailers have taken the excitement even further. One of them have actually put up pre-order pages for models of the new not-5 Surface Pro 2-in-1s with built-in cellular connectivity, complete with specs. All before Microsoft actually announces them, officially, in a special Surface event next month.
One health plan from a well-known insurer promises lower premiums but warns that consumers may need to file their own claims and negotiate over charges from hospitals and doctors. Another does away with annual deductibles but requires policyholders to pay extra if they need certain surgeries and procedures. Both are among the latest efforts in a seemingly endless quest by employers, consumers and insurers for the holy grail: less expensive coverage. (Appleby, 3/13) Report That Finds Sharp Increase In Commercial Health Care Prices Highlights Geographical Differences In Costs “That fact that you could be paying 2.5 times more for the same healthcare services in San Jose than in Baltimore suggests there is a lot of variation in prices across the country,” said Bill Johnson, lead author of the report. Meanwhile, Humana launches a bundled-payment model for some Medicare Advantage members. Cambia Health Solutions, operator of the Regence BlueCross health insurance operation in Oregon and three other states, is affiliating with a slightly larger health plan in North Carolina. Cambia and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will combine their boards of directors and certain management and administration functions but will remain separate not-for-profits. No money changed hands. The new entity will be called Cambia Health Solutions. (Manning, 3/12) Modern Healthcare: Spinal Fusion Bundled-Payment Model Launched By Humana Humana launched a new bundled-payment model for Medicare Advantage members who undergo spinal fusion surgery, the insurer announced Tuesday. The model, which includes four independent physician practices participants, is the third bundled-payment model for the Louisville, Ky.-based insurer. Physicians enrolled in the model will receive bonuses based on their costs and quality performance on the two most common types of spinal fusion surgery: lumbar and cervical. (Castellucci, 3/12) In other health industry and insurer news — Dr. Patrick Conway will become CEO of Portland, Ore.-based company Cambia Health Solutions in addition to maintaining his current role as CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the companies announced Tuesday. The move is part of a so-called strategic affiliation between the two not-for-profit companies, in which they will share management, administrative, operational and other corporate services under a long-term services management agreement under the Cambia name. (Livingston, 3/12) Commercial healthcare prices in metro areas are rising while usage is falling, according to a new analysis. Prices increased 13% as utilization dropped 17% from 2012 to 2016, a new iteration of the Health Care Cost Institute’s analysis of more than 1.8 billion commercial claims revealed. Metro areas with higher prices tended to have lower use, and vice versa, HCCI researchers found. (Kacik, 3/12) Modern Healthcare: Blues North Carolina CEO To Lead Cambia Health In Affiliation Kaiser Health News: New Health Plans Expose The Insured To More Risk This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Associated Press: Blue Cross Insurers In N. Carolina, Oregon To Mix Leadership Two Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers on both U.S. coasts will invest jointly in high-cost management technology and share insights into improving health care in a long-term agreement that will leave the companies as separate entities. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and Portland, Oregon-based Cambia Health Solutions said Tuesday that they will share top executives but will keep separate their assets and insurance policies. Cambia’s new board will be mixed. (3/12) The parent company of Illinois’ largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, made a profit of $4.1 billion last year – more than three times as much as it did the year before, according to recent financial statements. Much of that increase was driven by $1.7 billion the company got back from the federal government last year because of changes made under the new tax law. Blue Cross’ parent company, Health Care Service Corporation, operates health insurance plans in five states, including Illinois, and is based in Chicago. (Schencker, 3/12) Chicago Tribune: Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Illinois Parent Company Tripled Its Profit To $4.1 Billion Last Year Modern Healthcare: Commercial Healthcare Prices Outpace Inflation Threefold The Oregonian: Oregon Health Insurance Giant Cambia Finds Partner 2,800 Miles Away