Portales past: March 8, 1944

March 8, 1944: The Portales Daily News: In the past two weeks, the Daily News has lost two valued employees who have gone to Austin, Texas, to enter the nurses training school for the U.S. Army. They are Miss Patsy Patterson, mailer, and Miss Peggy Taylor, assistant to the circulation manager.

Portales nurse receives recognition

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New Mexico Department of Health registered nurse Carol Morgan of Portales recently received the Excellence in Public Health/Community/School Nursing award from the ITT Technical Institute. Background: Morgan has been in nursing for 29 years. She said she moved to New Mexico from Michigan due to a nursing shortage here. In Michigan, nurses were being laid […]

CCC, ENMU partner to improve nursing programs

By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University are joining hands to deliver more and better trained nurses. Officials at both institutions and Plains Regional Medical Center say that’s important because Clovis and Portales — like much of the country — are always in need of nurses. All of […]

Commander monitors professional pulse

Cannon Connections photo: Argen Duncan Lt. Col. James Reineke serves as the chief nurse and Medical Operations Squadron commander, and does executive oversight for education and training of medical staff. Lt. Col. Jim Reineke keeps his finger of the professional pulse of the nurses and medical technicians at Cannon Air Force Base. For almost a […]

Club Notes Nov. 23

RGH Auxiliary The Roosevelt General Hospital Auxiliary met Nov. 19. Members were given flu shots before the meeting. The minutes were approved as read. Treasurer Wanda Martinez reported a healthy balance in the gift shop with all bills paid. Gay Weese is starting a program of giving newly-admitted patients a cup with a balloon. The […]

Nursing goes online

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer State-of-the-art laptop computers and a first-of-its-kind online nursing pilot program is aimed at changing the face of the area nursing shortage and attracting more nurses to Eastern New Mexico University. ENMU’s nursing program purchased 25 brand new laptop computers with $90,000 of grant money from the New Mexico Higher […]

ENMU receives nursing grant

PNT Staff Report The New Mexico Higher Education Department has awarded Eastern New Mexico University in Portales $239,000 for the 2007-08 fiscal year for expansion of its nursing program. Leslie Paternoster, new director of ENMU’s nursing program, says the grant will help Eastern address a critical nursing shortage. “We are preparing associate degree nurses for […]

Hospital board addresses expansion

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A proposed Roosevelt General Hospital expansion project would include building a new emergency room and a wing of private rooms. Discussions during Tuesday’s hospital board meeting also included expanding its medical/surgical and intensive care units to be self-contained. Cooper Medical Building representatives spent Tuesday meeting with department heads to […]

I lost my funny bone in surgery

By Bob Huber: PNT columnist If you’re a dinner party hostess who wants to save money on hors d’oeuvres so you can donate to the Martha Stewart Relief Fund, allow me to offer some help. I know a sure-fire way to curb appetites. I’m talking about steering the dinner conversation into a detailed discussion of […]

Hospital wall pays tribute to Sept. 11 victims

By Kevin Wilson Among many others, one of Exie Starr’s duties at Roosevelt General Hospital is to update a hallway bulletin board each month. As September came around, Starr searched through her heart and mind, and the choice was easy even after three years. A wall to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 […]

Nurses provide valuable service

By Jim Lee About two weeks ago, I attended the nurses’ pinning at Eastern New Mexico University. I had the honor of witnessing a ceremony rewarding hard work, sacrifice, and dedication. A few weeks before the event, Ellen Bral invited me to attend. I have great respect for Bral and her dedication to the health-care […]

RGH diverts patients due to lack of nurses

Mike Linn Some patients seeking admission to the Roosevelt General Hospital last weekend were diverted to Clovis due to a staffing shortage of nurses. It was the first time RGH officials diverted patients since the hospital’s inception almost two years ago, according to RGH Administrator James D’Agostino. “We don’t ever want to admit a patient […]