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|November 28, 2017 ||
By Joan Spitrey
Families gathered around bounties of lovingly prepared food. Grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles sharing stories from their youth, laughing and remembering about days gone by. Football and falling leaves as temperatures drop and the mindfulness of being thankful for all the blessings in our lives. This is what the holidays are all about. But for many nurses and healthcare providers, their family gathering is around paper plates and potluck bonanzas in the break rooms of hospital and care facilities around the country.
Listen to Audio Recording of ANA\C Business Meeting here.
ANA\C Business Meeting — 1 hour
Learn about ANA\C’s accomplishments in 2017 and an update on current and future initiatives.
AND Education Session:
Education Session: The Nurse’s Growing Role in the Media — 1 hour
Presenter: Nurse Alice Benjamin, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Nurse Alice Benjamin is a top tier, media-trained health expert. Some of her television appearances include Fox and Friends, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Dr. Drew, HLN News Now, KTLA 5 Morning News, and NewsOne Now. She’s also appeared on a variety of radio shows across the nation.
To view the webinar recording and access webinar materials click here.
Please Note: You will be prompted to log-onto the ANA\C website to access these materials
Continuing Education Credit for The Nurse's Growing Role in the Media: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. 16595 for 1 contact hour.
If you viewed the webinar live on Nov. 9, 2017, click here to complete an evaluation form and receive continuing education credit.
Infection prevention protect patients by preventing and reducing infection risk transmission in healthcare settings. The work of the NICE (Nurses Infection Control Education) Network is making its mark on infection prevention education in 3rd quarter by collectively distributing over 43,000 emails, 55,000 NICE Network website visits, and by more than 320,000 social media views. ANA\C had over 250 website visits to our Infection Control tab and we posted over 30 infection prevention social media posts. For more info on NICE Network, click here.
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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.
Melendrina Faye Mayo
Kelly Vander Veen
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Last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) took action at its interim House of Delegates meeting on a resolution that calls for the creation of a national strategy to oppose legislative efforts that grant independent practice to non-physician practitioners [APRN's] through model legislation and national and state level campaigns. ANA has strong concerns about this resolution and has issued a public statement in response to this latest action by the AMA HOD. Studies show APRN's provide quality patient care, especially in rural areas. ANA\C is working closely with the CA APRN Coalitions on issues of Full Practice Authority.
"This month marks the start of the ACA’s fifth open enrollment period for individuals who purchase health plans on their own. The November Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds three in ten of the public saying they haven’t heard anything at all about the current open enrollment period. Three in ten Americans say they have heard “a little” while four in ten say they have heard either “some” (21 percent) or “a lot” (18 percent). About half of the public (45 percent) say they have heard less about open enrollment this year compared to previous years while four in ten (38 percent) say they have heard “about the same amount.
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The past few months we have all seen the troubling headlines of nurse abuse. Our own Healthy Nurse Survey shows that 28% of respondents have been threatened physically or verbally by patients or their families; 31% have experienced aggression from a peer; and 24% have experienced aggression from a person in a higher-level of authority.
This behavior must end. Nurse safety is critical for quality healthcare and patient safety. That's why ANA asks you to stand with your fellow nurses and pledge to:
Over 5,300 individuals have taken the online pledge to end nurse abuse. Take the pledge today here! For more information on incivility, bullying, and workplace violence, click here.
- Support zero tolerance policies for violence against nurses.
- Report abuse against nurses whenever you safely can.
- Share this pledge and ask your friends and family to sign.
| || EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH|
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 |Time: 2 PM EST | Attendance is FREE!
Click here to register!
You’ve reached that phase of your nursing career when you begin to consider how to leave a lasting impact on our profession and on the many nurses who look to you for guidance and inspiration. Whether you are in nursing management, academia, or clinical practice, with thought and intention, you can create a legacy that touches the lives of many and influences the direction of nursing for years to come.
| || NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY|
I had the opportunity to moderate breakout sessions with more than 30 top nurse leaders from across the country at the HealthLeaders Media invitation-only Chief Nursing Officer Exchange Nov. 6–8 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Arizona.
The two major discussion topics this year were new models of care and the nurse of the future. Those are, indeed, some hefty subjects to tackle, and, as always, there was rich discussion and sharing of insights and solutions, which I'll be unpacking in the coming months. So, stay tuned!
Medscape (free login required)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) appears to be an effective alternative to opioids for chronic nonmalignant pain, either as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with other nonopioid medications, new research shows.
Investigators at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, describe CBT as a "useful and empirically based method of treatment for pain disorders that can decrease reliance on the excessive use of opioids."
Changes in the composition of children's saliva, which have been found following traumatic brain injury (TBI), helped to identify patients with prolonged symptoms of concussion, a small study found. Specifically, concentrations of five specific microRNAs identified participants with prolonged concussion symptoms with more than 85 percent accuracy — more accurate than using symptoms four weeks after injury or parent report.
Medical Tourism Magazine
Patient care is suffering due to the lack of nurses in hospital units. According to a study by the Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, 46.8 percent of all nurses made a medication error due to a high patient to nurse ratios. This same study recommends increasing the number of nurses and adjusting the workload in the emergency department to enhance patient safety.
While the shortage of nurses has been a constant problem, it is currently reaching critical proportions with no relief in sight.
There's a new sign of mental distress among American girls: Nearly 20 percent more young teen and preteen females have sought emergency room treatment for poisoning, cutting or harming themselves yearly since 2009, research shows. Girls ages 10 to 14 had an 18.8 percent increase per year in treatment for self-inflected injuries — the sharpest rise among young people ages 10 to 24, according to an analysis of ER data from 66 U.S. hospitals.
EHRs have been touted for their ability to make billing easier and more accurate, improve patient care, provide a foundation on which to conduct data analytics, and more. It may be time to add tracking the spread of infection throughout a hospital to the list of benefits of EHRs.
Medical News Today
A large new study from the American Cancer Society inventories the risk factors for various types of cancer. Those findings shed much-needed light on the proportion of cancers that could be prevented by making the necessary lifestyle changes.
The new research examined a total of 1,570,975 cancer cases, 587,521 of which resulted in death. During the analysis, 26 cancer types and 17 risk factors were analyzed.
These 17 risk factors are called "modifiable" because people can take active measures to change them.
Advance Healthcare Network
Social by nature, curious by design and caring by desire, healthcare providers hold the important responsibility of our patient’s personal medical information in confidence. The hallmark attribute of the patient/nurse relationship is built on the belief and understanding of trust. In many respects a built trust of care that includes the privacy and confidentiality of a patients personal health information. The expansion of the electronic communication age has provided health care professionals the ability to work faster and with a greater degree of efficiency and accuracy.
Being a newly graduated nurse and starting your first job is a tough road - there are new technologies to learn, life and death situations to deal with, emotional family members to help and Doctor demands to fulfill.
We asked newbie nurses from across the country to share the most valuable lesson they've learned over the past year at their first nursing jobs.
The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association's new blood pressure guidelines came in a comprehensive, and thus ponderous, 192-page document. So MedPage Today has pulled together an abridged version for visual learners. Here you'll find key changes to thresholds for diagnosis and treatment, the algorithm for treatment, how prevalence is projected to change, and more.
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