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Mariam Yazdi writes, "Nurses are working two or three jobs just to maintain their cost of living and pay down debt from nursing school and previous degrees. Others are frustrated with the time and the demands of the job and are leaving the profession all together to go into sales or other professions for the sake of quality of life.
As a nurse of five years working from coast to coast, I have witnessed this first hand and very much felt it myself. This piece is to share with all my fellow nurses: some good energy for the New Year. Life is crazy, our job is stressful and quite unglamorous at times, but it doesn’t always have to weigh heavy on your heart. For those of you who are feeling the burn of this job, here are a few tips on how to bring that good energy into 2019."
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New This Year – Interactive Poster Presentation Session
Responding to Rising Challenges in Nursing and Healthcare
Friday, March 29, 2019
Royal Sonesta Boston/Cambridge, MA
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This year’s conference boldly addresses how we are responding to rising challenges in nursing and health care – addressing nursing resiliency in the face of the opioid crisis and violence against nurses, and focusing clinically on concussion management and weight stigma. Attendees are also encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise related to innovations in practice, education, research, management, and/or leadership, as well as projects which have resulted in improvements in patient care and outcomes, nurse competencies and/or delivery systems. For more information, click here.
This is your newsletter, so we need you to make a contribution. Deadline for submission is Jan. 10.
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. Your contribution can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to at ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2019
ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized, work of ANA Massachusetts members. You probably work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions.
ANA Massachusetts has established several awards that provide you the opportunity to recognize those nurses who have made a difference at the bedside, in the classroom, and in the practice of nursing.
Award applications and more information: https://www.anamass.org/page/2018
Have questions, need help? Call ANA Massachusetts at 617-990-2856 or email info@ANAMass.org.
The award recipients will be invited to the ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA.
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 | 7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Boston Marriott Newton Hotel | 2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466
Please join this timely public health forum as our experts address:
Click here for Agenda, Learning Objectives and Speakers.
- The Evolving Role of Pharmacists to Meet the Changing Needs of Patients
- Building Pharmacy’s Sustainable Impact on Patient-Centered and Community-Based Outcomes: Lessons Learned & Future Directions
- Addressing the Opioid Epidemic through a Public Health Lens
- Immunization Recommendations Update
- MassPAT, MassHealth and MassBOP Practice Standards Updates
Pam Cipriano has made so many contributions to the nursing profession that it's impossible to highlight just one. She stepped into her first national leadership role as the President of the National Student Nurses Association, and this year she will complete four years as the President of the American Nurses Association.
To continue this work and honor Pam's dedication to our profession, we are creating a campaign in her honor that will support new, strategic efforts to position nurse leaders with other key policy makers promoting greater nurse visibility and influence in the media. The Cipriano Campaign will support initiatives that have a state and national component and better link the two on a key topic area.
Learn more and contribute to the campaign here.
We need your help! Send a letter (its all done for you, just add your name!) to Support the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp Service Recognition Act.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, a heroic group of nurses who served in World War II. These nurses are the only uniformed corps members from that war who have not been recognized as veterans.
The bipartisan United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act was introduced Dec. 7 in the Senate and would right this wrong and finally honor these nurses' valiant service to our country, but it needs your help to move forward.
Use our online form to send a letter to your Senator urging them to support the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act and recognize the sacrifices these nurses have made.
Ten different bills have been introduced since 1995 aiming to give these nurses the credit they deserve – and none have passed. This new bipartisan bill, introduced by Senator Warren (D-MA) and Senator Daines (R-MT), is our best chance to honor nurse cadets and the critical role they played.
Send your letter of support now.
Friday, March 29, 2019
ANA MA Annual Spring Conference and Awards Dinner
Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA
Friday, June 7, 2019
ANA Massachusetts Accredited Approver Unit
Annual Spring Symposium
Whether you are just starting out in nursing, getting ready to retire, or anywhere in between, The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career offers something of value for every current and future nurse. While clinical skills are the foundation of nursing practice, you’ll need a lot of skills and knowledge beyond the clinical realm for a satisfying and fulfilling career. Author Donna Cardillo takes you step by step through career development and advancement as well as personal development. Written in her customary down-to-earth and humorous style, she gently nudges readers to maximize their career opportunities and to reach their full potential as nurses and as humans. Read more and purchase here.
The World Congress on Nursing & Healthcare Management will meet on June 19-20, 2019 in Venice, Italy.
20% discount on registration
Certificate of accreditation by the International Organizing Committee (IOCM)
Abstracts will be published in conference souvenirs & international journals
Group Discounts Available!
Please feel free to contact Juliana Katelyn for further queries.
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A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research describes the quality of end of life care in nearly 500 U.S. hospitals, utilizing nearly 13,000 bedside nurses as informants of quality. The study, published online, will be in a future issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
The majority of nurses (58 percent) rate their hospital’s end of life care unfavorably. The most common quality problem nurses cite (53 percent of nurses) is that patients often experience painful procedures that are not likely to change their clinical outcome. This finding is consistent with growing trends toward aggressive medical intervention in the final days of life, which is widely recognized as inappropriate for terminally ill individuals.
When you get the classic signs of a flu or cold—like a runny nose, sore throat, and fatigue—it’s easy to assume that's what you have. But there’s another virus out there that can cause also cause these symptoms: It’s called respiratory syncytial virus, and even if you've never heard of it before, there's a very good chance that you’ve actually had it in the past.
The virus is a common cause of illness in children—in fact, most children will have had an RSV infection by their second birthday, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—but it can affect people of all ages. And it’s possible for you to have had it without realizing it.
In the not-too-distant future, it will be possible to get a complete readout of a person’s genetics with ease, even right after they’re born. A new study published Jan. 3 offers a glimpse of what that future could look like, suggesting many children are born with genetic conditions that can’t be found with current screening. But the study also raises important ethical questions about how best to handle the predictions these tests will provide families and their doctors.
By Bambi Majumdar
Experts state that an overwhelming majority of our youth who commit suicide, over 90 percent, suffer from depression or other diagnosable forms of mental illness. Students who have some kind of mental illness are less likely to succeed in school as well. With such ominous statistics staring us in the face, it is high time we have straight talk with our children about mental health. New York and Virginia have become the first states to mandate that schools include mental health education in their curriculums. It is a step in the right direction, and other states should follow suit.
Honolulu Civil Beat
The Food and Drug Administration strictly regulates medications that are prescribed in the United States, requiring proof of safety and efficacy before they can be given to patients.
It can take up to 10 years from the initial discovery of a pharmaceutical product to full approval for its sale to the public.
The exact opposite happens with medical devices. In as little as six months, a device can be marketed to the public for use for a variety of medical conditions, with virtually no safety or efficacy testing done. 2018 alone has seen over 30 medical device recalls, including malfunctions such as the risk of inaccurate testing for blood thinners, cardiac devices failing at altitude, and electrical conduction of wires malfunctioning while in use in the human body.
Most people in the U.S. with health insurance don’t use the patient portals that are increasingly provided by doctors for online communication, a new study suggests.
In a nationally representative survey, researchers found that nearly two-thirds of insured participants had not used an online medical portal in the past year.
Disparities among those who said they’d been offered portal use, and among those who chose to use it, suggest this technology can become a source of unequal access to healthcare, the study team writes in Health Affairs.
By breathing for just 10 minutes, 1,500 people could help usher in the future of cancer detection.
On Jan. 1, a team of UK researchers launched a clinical trial to test a cancer-detecting breathalyzer. The device is designed to recognize molecules that indicate a range of cancers — and if it works as hoped, it could lead to a paradigm-shifting new era of non-invasive cancer screening.
Though social media can be a helpful tool for teenagers to learn and connect with friends, experts have long warned that too much Snapchatting or Instagramming can come with downsides.
There appears to be a connection between social media use and depressive symptoms in 14-year-olds, and that connection may be much stronger for girls than boys, according to a study published recently in the journal EClinicalMedicine. "There's an alarming difference," said Yvonne Kelly, first author of the study and a professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London in the United Kingdom.
University of Michigan via ScienceDaily
Research from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute has uncovered a cause of declining motor function and increased frailty in tiny aging worms — and a way to slow it down.
The findings, published Jan. 2 in Science Advances, identify a molecule that can be targeted to improve motor function and indicate that similar pathways may be at play in aging mammals as well.
University of Eastern Finland via Medical Xpress
Consumption of one egg every day seems to associate with a blood metabolite profile that is related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study conducted in the University of Eastern Finland shows. The findings were published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.
Eggs remain one of the most controversial food items. High intake of eggs has traditionally been discouraged, mainly due to their high cholesterol content. However, eggs are also a rich source of many bioactive compounds that can have beneficial effects on health. This means that the health effects of consuming eggs are difficult to determine based solely on their cholesterol content.
Medical News Today
New findings about the role of vitamin A in mediating the relationship between gut bacteria and the immune system may prove "critical" for devising new therapies for autoimmune conditions, such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and other inflammatory diseases that affect the intestine, according to findings published in the journal Immunity.
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