Travel Nurses Relocate to California to Help with Vaccine Distribution, and Other Nursing News

Female travel nurse preparing to vaccinate patient

Travel nurses relocate to California to assist with COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Retired nursing professor Betsy Ann Bampton, Ed.D, MSN, died earlier this month, leaving a legacy of mentorship. A nursing podcast especially geared toward nurse executives, nurse managers, nurse educators, and other healthcare administrators provides insights into current and emerging best practices. Read on for more nursing news and insights.

Travel nurses relocate to California to assist with vaccine distribution

The state of California’s Department of Public Health is currently relying on nearly 2,000 travel nurses to assist with COVID-19 vaccinations. In San Bernardino County alone, there are 160 workers helping to lower the spread that has hampered the state’s efforts to control the virus.

In a recent article published by the Los Angeles Times, Reshicka Upshaw, a nurse from Cincinnati, OH, and her colleagues are featured for the work they’ve been doing.

Upshaw was diagnosed with the virus over the summer and felt compelled to help in this manner after she recovered, according to the article. The licensed practical nurse estimates that she has vaccinated about 800 patients since January. Nurses are also being employed to assist with data entry and staffing observation areas.

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Retired nursing professor remembered for her mentorship

Betsy Ann Bampton, Ed.D, MSN, a nurse who served as a faculty member at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Nursing for 50 years, leaves a legacy of mentorship following her death on March 21.

Retired in 2015 as Associate Professor Emerita, she was said to be a mentor for many undergraduate nursing students and was instrumental in the development of the RN-to-BS-Degree Program at VCU, according to her obituary. Celebrating her devotion and career at VCU School of Nursing, Betsy authored the history of the school in the book A Proud Heritage: 100 Years of Nursing Education.

During her career, Betsy was active and served in many leadership roles in the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AWHONN) at the state, district, and national levels. She received her BS in Nursing at the Medical College of Virginia in 1960, her MS in Maternal-Child Nursing at the University of Maryland in 1965, her OB-Gyn Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate at VCU in 1980, and her Ed.D at the College of William and Mar in 1987.

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