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|December 19, 2017 ||
By Keith Carlson
In a politically charged era when the future of American healthcare is wholly uncertain, nurses must honor the ANA Code of Ethics as powerful advocates for vulnerable populations and the rights of all patients. Whether it's access to nonjudgmental healthcare for transgender patients, the lack of high-quality primary care in the inner city or disparities faced by communities of color, nurses are on the front lines of the intersection between care delivery and social justice.
Last week, Assembly Committee met in L.A.. This hearing was the second convened by the Assembly Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage. Speaker Anthony Rendon, who blocked SB 562 (Lara) from Assembly hearings citing unattainable cost during the 2017 Legislative Session, created said Committee, a committee that has no power to act on the bill nor amend it.
Committee Members and SB 562 co-Authors Assembly Members Laura Friedman and David Chiu (ANA\C has met with both Legislators earlier this year, furthermore Asm. Friedman spoke at RN Day 2017) expressed the need to make bold change that means real guaranteed healthcare.
Asm. Friedman called for the Committee to take real action to develop a “single payer system … that does for medical care what public education did for educating our kids.” Asm. Chiu added that he had hoped for more dramatic cost cutting results from other states. With the push in Washington to roll back existing health coverage, there is urgent need for California to safeguard access to care — a pillar of ANA and ANA\C. ANA\C is planning meetings with Legislators, interested parties and coalition partners alike, such as Asm. Friedman, Chair Wood, Asm. Chiu, Speaker Rendon, CAPP, CPCA, CMA and CNA. We will work with our lobbyist, Roxanne Gould, the ANA\C BOD, and Public Policy & Legislative Committees and we will keep updating you
Our E.D., Marketa Houskova, was invited to the annual meeting of Congress of Presidents of the Czech Association of Nurses (CAS) as a "Special Guest". The Congress was held in a completely full CAS house at a prestigious Institute for Klinikal and Experimental Medicine IKEM in Prague (https://www.ikem.cz/en/) where they used the smallest aortic balloon pump or transplanted first bio-compatible heart just 3 weeks ago.
From left: Dr. Martina Sachmanova, CAS President, IKEM’s VP of Nursing Services & Chief Nursing Officer with M. Houskova, ANA\C E.D.
It was a great honor to be invited, especially since ANA\C advocacy and engagement in the political process was recognized during the meeting. During a private meeting between Marketa and Dr. Sachmanova, CAS President — and the Head Nurse & VP at IKEM — they both agreed that while separated by Atlantic and a large continent, both organizations (Czech and California) deal with surprisingly similar issues: member engagement, membership value, importance of advocacy.
It was a wonderful opportunity to network and advance nursing leadership. We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Dr. Martina Sachmanova and IKEM for inviting us and hosting this important nursing event.
Last week, ANA\C was invited to participate in Pinning Ceremony for Nursing Class of Winter 2017 at California State University, Sacramento. ANA\C awarded Certificate of Excellence in Advocacy to Seayer Zadran. We congratulate Seayer Zadran, and all the other Nursing School Winter 2017 Graduates! Congratulations and welcome to our noble profession!
The opioid epidemic is the worst drug crisis in American history. More than 33,000 people died of an opioid overdose in 2015 — an almost three-fold increase from 2002. Nearly 2,000 of those deaths were in California. California's response video briefing with all available materials to fully understand the enormity of this situation and to use in education & awareness with our colleagues and patients can be accessed here.
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.
The version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 2, 2017, includes a repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. Using estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, the Center for American Progress (CAP) released an analysis in early December, which projects how many people in each of the country's congressional districts would be uninsured in 2025 as a result of repealing the individual mandate. CAP also breaks down coverage losses by insurance type. Click here to see California's numbers.
The Health Workforce Initiative (HWI) and the Men in Nursing Conference Committee warmly extends our welcome to this year’s conference “Strength through Diversity. This two day conference is open to engage, mentor, network and bridge the gaps toward equity and diversity in the nursing profession. Collectively we can make a change toward a better future and change the culture through our healing. Click here to watch the video.
Find the right job and learn all about the resources available. Connecting talent with opportunity! For the career page, click here.
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“What did you make at your last job?” is becoming another question prospective employers cannot ask in more and more places. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, California public and private employers will not legally be allowed to ask applicants about their salary history and must provide a position’s pay range if asked. The bill, signed into law on Oct. 12, 2017, makes it illegal for employers to rely on an applicant’s salary history in deciding whether to offer employment or in setting a salary.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced that the agency has taken immediate steps and is monitoring conditions in support of California residents displaced and recovering from the wildfires ravaging southern portions of the state. On Dec.11, 2017, Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric D. Hargan declared a public health emergency (PHE) in the state of California retroactive to Dec. 4, 2017. The PHE allows CMS to waive or modify certain Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) requirements if necessary to provide health services. To read updates regarding HHS activities related to the California wildfires, click here.
Choosing a doctor, medical team, facility and hospice who are supportive of your patients' end-of-life choices is important. If medical aid in dying is an important end-of-life topic in your nursing practice or if it is an important part of your end-of-life care option, this on-line tool is designed to help you and your patients with more information and additional resources in California, Colorado and Oregon.
We would like to thank our Compassion &Choices coalition partners for sharing this tool kit with us, especially since ANA\C was a strong supporter of End-Of-Life-Act that California passed in 2016.
Featured speaker: Dr. Candy Campbell
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM - Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM (PST)
Walnut Creek, CA
10 CE Hours
Click here to register.
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Advocacy is the act or process of pleading for, supporting, or recommending a cause or course of action. Advocacy may be for persons (whether as an individual, group, population, or society) or for an issue, such as potable water or global health. (ANA Code of Ethics -2015)
After Year of Ethics, Culture of Safety, and Year of the Healthy Nurse, ANA has declared 2018 the Year of Advocacy! Throughout the year, ANA will feature examples of members advocating for patients and the profession in various roles and settings, hosted at www.RNAction.org as well as shared through social media. The advocates’ stories will be paired with associated tools and ANA products & services. Each quarter will have a dedicated theme building from local to more global examples, but overlap will occur. More info to follow!
Congressional Republicans threaten to put coal in the stockings of millions of Americans this holiday season, as they are poised to pass a massive tax bill – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – that promises to significantly reduce the number of Americans with health insurance. Meanwhile, House members have decided to play politics with the health care coverage of 9 million children, as they have placed a provision to re-authorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) into a spending measure that could potentially lead to a government shutdown. Click here to read more from the Capitol Beat.
Earlier this year, the National Academy of Medicine called on artists from across the nation to illustrate what health equity looks, sounds, and feels like to them. They received over 100 art submissions, including paintings, drawings, poetry, photos, videos, spoken word, and more. The pieces found within offer moving insights into how individuals and communities view and prioritize health and demonstrate how health is an essential building block to a thriving community and nation.
The gallery allows you to take an artistic journey in learning more about how communities are overcoming hurdles to building health equity and what challenges still remain.
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Ethically, we want to do no harm. We not only don’t want to cause harm, but we also want to avoid harm by preventing conditions like pressure ulcers in the first place. Benjamin Franklin’s adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” resonates in the healthcare community where we see the outcomes of preventable and unpreventable injuries.
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As part of the 21st Century Cures Act, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a new website that provides direct access to information about when bacterial or fungal infections are likely to respond to a specific drug. The resource is meant to help healthcare professionals make better prescribing choices that will benefit patients and prevent the spread of resistant bacteria.
Medical News Today
Scientists have designed a computer model that accurately predicts your health based on the shape of your face. A computer model has not only managed to accurately "guess" aspects of health just by looking at a face, but the human brain was also recently found to work in the exact same way. Scientists used facial shape analysis to correctly detect markers of physiological health in more than 270 individuals of different ethnicities.
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I've been a nurse for nearly 30 years and worked in a variety of settings. My current job has been a unique blend of my past nursing roles (such as clinic, emergency department, and parish nurse) along with elements from other specialties: health educator, case manager, counselor, safety manager, physical therapist, lactation consultant, game show host, and even "mom."
Children with concomitant type 1 diabetes and asthma are more likely to require a higher insulin dose, reach shorter adult height and have a higher BMI vs. patients with type 1 diabetes who do not have asthma, according to findings reports in Pediatric Diabetes.
Obesity may be associated with an increased risk for rosacea, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Researchers used data from 89,886 participants in the Nurses' Health Study II (1991 to 2005) to assess the relationship between obesity and rosacea.
When Nurse Practitioners (NPs) begin to work at the R. Adams Crowley Shock Trauma Center in the University of Maryland Medical Center, they are given training that helps integrate them into the ICU. Brooke Andersen, ACGNP-BC, Clinical Program Manager for Shock Trauma and Advanced Practice Provider for the Critical Care group, wrote about this topic for Critical Care Nurse. She took the time to answer our questions about how this process works and why it is important.
Healthy individuals with normal LDL cholesterol levels and no other conventional cardiovascular risk factors often turn out to have subclinical atherosclerosis, an observational study suggested. Almost half (49.7 percent) of people studied who were free from traditional cardiovascular risk factors — no current smoking, untreated blood pressure over 140/90 mm Hg, fasting glucose over 126 mg/dL, total cholesterol over 240 mg/dL, or LDL cholesterol over 160 mg/dL — still had atherosclerotic plaques or calcified arteries.
American Heart Association via Medical Xpress
Young diabetics could have seven times more risk of dying from sudden cardiac arrest than their peers who don't have diabetes, according to new research.
The study points to the importance of early and ongoing heart monitoring in children and young adults with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, said Jesper Svane, a graduate research student in cardiology at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark.
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