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|November 14, 2017 ||
Critical thinking is a valued and highly desired skill in nursing practice. Entry to practice competencies emphasize that RNs demonstrate critical thinking and critical inquiry to integrate new and ever-changing knowledge, as well as advances in technology, that affect nursing practice. Nursing graduates require critical thinking skills and dispositions to work effectively in acute, cognitively demanding, and rapidly changing health care systems. As a result, critical thinking is an emphasized outcome of baccalaureate nursing education.
Last week, your Board of Directors met at the beautiful El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. Thank you to ANA\C Nursing Practice Director, Chris Tarver, for hosting our meeting at her hospital.
During the meeting, The Board discussed:
- ANA\C going GREEN next Spring, reviewing existing and/or establishing new ANA\C policies
- Enacting the ANA\C Public Policy Committee that will have an eye on the beat of today's changing landscape in healthcare
- Emerging new roles for nurses
- Practical issues such as ordering a new table cloth with updated logo in order to showcase our new colors and proudly represent CA RNs
During this year's virtual business meeting/update, each Director and Officer, including the E.D., reported their respective activities to the registered Members participating in the audio-only portion. The meeting started with ANA\C President Phillip Bautista recognizing Robin Schaeffer, our former Executive Director, for her exemplary leadership during the last 2.5 years while ANA\C underwent extensive re-structuring & re-organizing. We presented Robin with a beautiful plaque on our behalf (as well as her Arizona staff) for her dedicated work. Thank you, Robin.
After our thanks to Robin, we began individual Reports followed by a lively Q&A session allowing members the opportunity to meet the new Board Members and ask questions about their vision for ANA\C. Thank you to all who participated.
If you missed the meeting, but are interested in hearing the recordings, keep a look out! They'll be distributed by email later this week.
Planning RN Day 2018 | Recalling RN Day 2018
Each year, ANAC presents a dynamic educational conference in Sacramento to open the world of politics and legislation in a friendly and easy to understand venue. The goal of this conference is to provide the tools nurses need to effectively participate in the legislative process and support the nursing agenda throughout the state of California. Strengthening the voice of nursing can and will protect and enhance the nursing profession as well as nursing's position in the political and regulatory arenas.
The profession of nursing can be stressful. While some nurses have tremendous career satisfaction, others experience significant dissatisfaction. The Mayo Clinic, Stanford, and the American Nurses Association (ANA) are conducting a longitudinal study attempting to define the factors that contribute to clinician satisfaction. As part of this effort, we are conducting a survey of nurses across the U.S.
Below is a link to a brief survey. All responses are anonymous to the investigators and ANA. Your decision to take part in this study is entirely voluntary and will not affect your affiliation (or lack of affiliation) with ANA in any way. We intend to present the results of this survey at future ANA and other meetings. Please consider taking the time to participate in this important initiative. Please note this link is specific to you and should not be forwarded to others.
Click here to take the survey.
CHAPTER MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
The Association of California Nurse Leaders — Orange County/Long Beach Chapter cordially invites to you attend our upcoming meeting on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 from 7:30–9:30 a.m. It will be held at West Coast University, 2411 W. La Palma, Anaheim CA - Room 214. You may also conference call in with the number given after paid registration. Breakfast will be served. One (1) CEU provided.
Topic: Nursing Incivility: How to deal with bad behavior in academic and practice settings.
Ever wonder how to deal with that difficult colleague? Work someone who is passive-aggressive and hard to get a along with? What about the outright angry and hostile colleague that you have to deal with every single day? Come and hear from the experts about how to navigate these types of situations.
Click here to register.
Feb. 4-7, 2018 | Monterey Convention Center | Monterey, CA
To celebrate the 40th year as the professional organization for California's nurse leaders, ACNL is presenting an exceptional 2018 Conference — featuring an in-depth exploration of the issues and opportunities nurse leaders face in today's uncertain healthcare environment. Click here to learn more and register.
Dec. 4-6, 2017 | Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and Riverside Convention Center
Agents of Change — Challenging the Status Quo — A Behavioral Health Care Symposium plus Emergency Services Forum to provide you with three days of need-to-know content that will inspire and motivate you to create change in your facility.
Click here to learn more and register.
View this video to learn how to save $100 off registration by Nov. 14, 2017.
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The American Nurses Association Professional Issues Panel on Moral Resilience has finalized the Call to Action: Exploring Moral Resilience Toward a Culture of Ethical Practice. Moral resilience is an emerging concept proposed as a beginning to alleviate the complex and convoluted psychological symptoms associated with challenging work environments. The call to focus on the cultivation of moral resilience signifies an invitation for individuals, groups, and organizations to work together to transform individual and team distress and the organizational culture to create the conditions in which moral and ethical practice can thrive. ANA is grateful for the tremendous work of the Professional Issues Panel on Moral Resilience for the commitment and dedication exhibited to establish goals to strengthen moral resilience and a culture of ethical practice. Click here to access the complete document.
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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 | 1-2 p.m. EST (log on at 12:30 p.m.)
Promoting Nurse Self-care: Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
Learn strategies to identify and intervene with nursing mental health concerns. Mental health conditions discussed in this webinar include PTSD, depression, stress, suicide, and anxiety disorders. Click here to learn more and register.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 | 1-2 p.m. EST
Cost: ANA Members: $35; General: $45 Bulk discounts available
Did you know a successful shared governance structure gives your nurses greater control of their practice? Empower your nurses with the ability to influence their work as you improve their morale, satisfaction, and performance. Attend this live webinar for practical tips and tools to create and maintain a robust shared governance program in your organization.
Click here to learn more and register.
Nov. 16, 2017 12-1 p.m. EST | Online Webinar
Learn how the opioid epidemic evolved and the interrelated legislative, policy, and practice implications in trying to address the dilemma. One CE will be awarded for attendance. Visit fda.gov to register.
If you have any question, please contact Sharon Morgan (Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org).
| || NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY|
Becker's Hospital Review
PatientEngagementHIT compiled three tips for nurses to improve patient satisfaction and patient experience.
Here's what you should know:
1. Refine patient-provider communication. Nurses should work time into their care routine to try and connect with a patient. Fear can cause patients to retain important information and that's why it's quintessential for a nurse to connect with their patients.
Treating a patient with a mental health issue is unique within the medical field. They are often dealing with paranoia, anxiety, social withdrawal, depression, or a combination of these symptoms and others.
In addition, society has generally been slow to acknowledge and accept mental illness. There is a still a feeling that a patient may be “faking it” or just needs to “get over it,” so it’s important that we help our patients understand their mental health treatment options.
Medscape (free login required)
Risk for end-stage renal disease and all-cause mortality can be elevated in people who develop certain stones, according to a longitudinal cohort study presented in New Orleans at Kidney Week 2017. As part of the Rochester Epidemiology Project, the research team compared 7,008 people who developed stones with about 28,000 control subjects in Olmsted County from 1984 to 2012.
As appropriate, we share Facebook posts about praying and thinking of victims after mass shootings like last month’s Las Vegas Strip shootings.
In the aftermath, some people demanded stricter gun laws. Others stated it was too soon to discuss any action, that first Americans needed to pause and reflect — and respect the mourning period.
People with rheumatoid arthritis and obesity had lower rates of remission and higher rates of disability, according to data presented at a press conference at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. Researchers used data from two consecutive, multicenter RA inception cohorts (Early RA Study, n = 1,465; Early RA Network, n = 1,236) from the United Kingdom to study the associations between BMI and disease activity status (DAS).
Monthly Prescribing Reference
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Vimpat (lacosamide; UCB) for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in pediatric patients at least 4 years old. As the safety of Vimpat injection has not been established in pediatric patients, this approval is only for the oral solution or tablet formulations.
Nurses who work in Emergency Rooms/Emergency Departments often deal with incredibly stressful situations on a regular basis. Angela Fennington, RN, CEN, works in the Emergency Department (ED) at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC) in Bel Air (Harford County), Maryland. Fennington also assumes the role of a charge nurse as assigned by the ED leadership team. She took time from her busy schedule to answer questions about what it’s like to work in the ED. And although there’s no George Clooney around, she loves her job anyway.
MedPage Today and Infectious Diseases Society of America
More than 21 million pregnant women, or an average of 18% of women worldwide, are colonized with group B Streptococcus bacteria, or GBS, which contributes to stillbirth, preterm birth, and in some cases, death in their infants, researchers here estimated. While India had the largest number of pregnant women with group B Streptococcus (more than 2 million), the United States was fourth after China and Nigeria, with almost 1 million women colonized with the bacteria.
Little exercise, fatty food and too many cigarettes — factors like these aid the onset of arterial calcification, also known as arteriosclerosis. If blood can no longer be pumped through arteries properly, this can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Clinicians are typically only able to diagnose the disease once it reaches an advanced stage. Computer scientists at the University of Kaiserslautern are developing a software program that will allow healthcare providers detect calcification earlier.
The percentage of registered nurses who plan to retire in less than a year is up significantly, a finding that indicates the long-predicted wave of retirements among baby boomer nurses is already underway, according to a new survey from staffing firm AMN Healthcare.
The 2017 survey of 3,347 nurses shows that 27% of the nurses who say they are planning to retire intend to do so in less than a year. In 2015, only 16% of nurses reported they planned to retire in less than a year.
While diabetes cases continue to rise in the United States, one potential outcome — kidney failure — has decreased by one-third, health officials report. The rate of kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplantation among people with diabetes fell 33 percent from 2000 to 2014, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. This continued a trend begun in the 1990s.
There has been little change in the treatment recommendations for cough due to the common cold since publication of guidelines in 2006, according to a review published online Nov. 7 in Chest.
The researchers conducted a systematic review to update the recommendations on management of cough associated with the common cold. They identified six systematic reviews and four primary studies (with data on 6,496 participants) and noted that the evidence is of low quality overall.
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