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Spotlight on practice, graduate nursing education partnership shining brighter

BY Antoinette Alexander

During the 2013 Retail Clinician Education Congress last week in Las Vegas, a select group of leaders in graduate nursing education and nursing practice gathered for a historic roundtable discussion.

The roundtable discussion marked an important event within the convenient care industry as nurse leaders and universities came together to talk and strategize on ways to strengthen the relationship between practice and graduate nursing education in emerging models of care.

With the nation facing a worsening shortage of primary care physicians and healthcare reform bringing some 30 million Americans into the insurance fold come 2014, there is no denying that convenient care clinics and the nurse practitioners working within them will continue to play an even greater role within the U.S. healthcare system going forward.

That is why this roundtable was such an important event at RCEC. The strained U.S. healthcare system needs the convenience and cost efficiency that such clinics provide, and it needs the quality of care provided by the nurse practitioners working within those clinics. Educating and informing nursing students on the importance and opportunities within the convenient care industry is only going to become increasingly critical.

Sponsoring the invitational roundtable, in collaboration with the Convenient Care Association, was the National League for Nursing, whose core truth is to integral relationship between practice and education.

“While the U.S. moves toward the redesigning of both nursing education and clinical practice, this is a time to support those clinicians providing exceptional care as advanced practice registered nurses, in a wide variety of emerging care delivery models,” the NLN stated.

Meanwhile, Walgreens Take Care Health Systems and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties announced last week that they are sponsoring a new program to support the clinical education of nurse practitioners.

The program will include a Preceptor Web Portal containing web-based resources that clinical preceptors use to promote education for NPs nationwide. NONPF and Take Care said additional resources and orientation materials were necessary to help preceptors enhance their abilities to teach students in the clinical setting. The web portal is expected to become available this summer.

 

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Safeway and Safeway Foundation collectively raise $10.8 million for Special Olympics

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway and the Safeway Foundation on Friday announced they raised and donated more than $10.8 million in April for Easter Seals, Special Olympics and a range of other charities that support people with disabilities.

This year’s campaign brings the total donation from the annual Support for People with Disabilities campaign, along with other fundraising activities, to $150 million to benefit some of the most respected and prominent charities that help people with disabilities live fuller lives.

"We are extremely grateful for each and every contribution that will help improve and transform the lives of countless people and ensure their disability doesn’t define their lives or limit their personal potential," stated Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of The Safeway Foundation.

"On behalf of more than 550,000 Special Olympics athletes in North America, I want to thank the Safeway store employees who tirelessly supported the campaign and the Safeway shoppers who made generous contributions to help ensure that their local communities are ones where all people are accepted, welcomed and celebrated for their gifts and talents," commented Special Olympics president and COO Brady Lum.

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Walgreens and Alliance Boots strategic partnership with AmerisourceBergen clears any regulatory hurdle

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The deal that paired Walgreens and Alliance Boots with wholesaler AmerisourceBergen has received the required regulatory clearances, the companies announced Friday. 

The regulatory clearances permit both Walgreens and Alliance Boots the purchase of up to 7% of the fully diluted equity of AmerisourceBergen in the open market, and the exercise of two warrants for 16% in the aggregate of the fully diluted equity of AmerisourceBergen in 2016 and 2017. 

The clearances permit the investment in AmerisourceBergen up to 25% in the aggregate, including the effect of any stock repurchases that AmerisourceBergen may engage in from time to time. Walgreens and Alliance Boots announced that they had been granted the right to purchase a minority equity position in AmerisourceBergen as part of a broader innovative long-term agreement on March 19. 

For AmerisourceBergen, the strategic,long-term relationship with Walgreens and Alliance Boots includes a 10-year comprehensive primary pharmaceutical distribution contract with Walgreens; access to generic drugs and related pharmaceutical products through the Walgreens Boots Alliance Development joint venture; and opportunities to accelerate AmerisourceBergen’s efforts to grow its specialty and manufacturer services businesses domestically and internationally. 

Walgreens will have the ability to appoint one director to AmerisourceBergen’s board upon Walgreens and Alliance Boots together acquiring a 5% equity stake, and a second director upon exercise in full of the first warrants.

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