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It is no surprise that nurse staffing is a subject of contention. After all, it is a highly complex issue regardless of the setting-acute care or outpatient. Many organizations focus solely on the inpatient issues surrounding immediate staffing concerns and fewer resources on the act of scheduling. Research shows, for instance, inpatient charge nurses spend up to 90 percent of their day on staffing-related issues.
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Deadline for Arthur L. Davis Scholarship is March 15, 2016.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
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.
For more information, click here.
The Call for Reference Proposals opened on Jan. 5, 2016 and is in full swing!
Please take advantage of this opportunity to influence ANA’s current and future strategic focus by submitting a Reference Proposal! When members actively engage, contribute innovative ideas and share diverse perspectives on key national nursing practice and policy issues, they play a critical role in ensuring the profession and ANA are well positioned to thrive in the future!
If you have any questions about the Reference Proposal process, do not hesitate to contact Maureen Thompson, Director, Leadership Services. Maureen can be reached via email Maureen.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 301-628-5041.
2016 Health Policy Committee Legislative Forum
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Massachusetts State House
The Cost of Health Care:
Impact on our Profession
The goal of this forum is to discuss factors and public policy that correlate with the cost of health care,
link it to the impact on our professional nursing practice and to effective advocacy to improve
health and healthcare in our society.
John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA
Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the HSPH Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education.
Click here to register.
Click here for more information.
April 8-9, 2016
Caring Across Generations — Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet and
Annual Spring Conference
Keynote: Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF
Weston Waltham Hotel
Waltham, MA — Please note change of venue!
More information and Conference Flyer — Click Here!
May 12, 2016
National Nurses Day
at Fenway Park
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
The American Nurses Foundation’s Call for Nursing Research Grant Reviewers site has launched for 2016.
This is a WONDERFUL and REWARDING opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in nursing’s preeminent nursing grant program! The American Nurses Foundation is seeking grant reviewers for the 2016 cycle. The application process is easy and on-line. The application portal is open now, please click here. Each approved reviewer will review 3-4 grants over a six-week period in June and July. Reviews are on-line and simple; participation in an orientation is required in the spring.
The application process closes on Feb. 28, 2016.
Please contact Gisele.email@example.com or 301-628-5227 if you have any questions.
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to join a subcommittee as we work on planning the celebration of the 15-year Anniversary of our association, Spring 2016. Please send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope that you will join us in the planning of this exciting event for ANA Massachusetts (formerly MARN).
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to work with the President and Executive Director to identify areas for expansion of publicity for ANA Massachusetts and our many programs and events. The Committee will help to coordinate letter to the editor campaigns and brainstorm about other publicity and marketing opportunities for our organization. Please send your name and contact information to email@example.com if you are interested.
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By Joan Spitrey
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued additional travel warnings for pregnant women as the Zika virus outbreak continues. Initially, the CDC listed 14 countries, but they just added eight more countries in South America, the Caribbean and Polynesia. These precautions come after the CDC announced about a dozen cases of Zika virus confirmed in the United States. All of the cases in the U.S. have been in residents who had recently traveled internationally.
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Perhaps respect just isn't the most rewarding aspect of a nurse's job. But another way to interpret this list is that most nurses do not feel respect from peers and the team that they work with. Disrespect in the healthcare workplace is well documented, and in curious contrast to the data on the public's respect for nurses.
A redesigned Olympus TJF-Q180V duodenoscope (a type of endoscope) that has a reduced chance of spreading infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
According to an FDA news release, Olympus is voluntarily recalling the older version of the duodenoscope, an instrument used to drain fluid from blocked pancreatic and biliary ducts without the need for more invasive surgery. These ducts could be blocked by cancerous tumors, gallstones or other gastrointestinal conditions, the agency said.
There's a 20 percent lower risk that a patient will die within 30 days of having general surgery at a hospital with above average nurse staffing levels, a study found. Researchers compared facilities that had a mean of about 1.5 nurses per bed to those that had a mean of less than one nurse per bed.
The findings, published this week in JAMA Surgery, come as nursing groups and hospitals remain in sharp disagreement over how to address inadequate nurse staffing in the U.S. Some experts say inadequate staffing can lead to higher readmission, infection, and mortality rates, staff burnout and lower patient satisfaction.
People with a slow heart rate don't have an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.
A typical heart rate for an adult at rest is 60 to 100 beats a minute, but in some people it's below 50 beats a minute, a condition called bradycardia, the researchers said.
Because the heart may not be pumping enough blood throughout the body, this slow heart rate can lead to light-headedness, shortness of breath, fainting or chest pain. However, it hasn't been clear whether a slow pulse increases the risk of heart disease, according to the study authors.
Researchers from Lund University Sweden have through a new diagnostic method been able to show that the risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease could be twice as high for women as it is for men.
This means that being a woman may be an independent risk factor for developing this disease.
Johannes Luoto, a researcher at Lund University and a physician at the geriatric clinic of Skåne University Hospital, has followed an initial group of 2,300 people aged between 65 and 100 to study the development of this disease.
More than half of the nation’s family physicians say they include nurse practitioners on their care teams, but admit they are lacking when it comes to working with behavioral specialists like psychologists and social workers.
A new analysis by the Robert Graham Center, an affiliate of the American Academy of Family Physicians, is the latest to show doctor practices and medical groups collaborating more with nonphysician providers.
By Dr. Samer Koutoubi
As we start 2016, our elderly population in the United States continues steadily increase. The number of people 65 years old and older is expected to rise by 101 percent between 2000 and 2030, at a rate of 2.3 percent each year.
Among the elderly, dementia is very common. This disease can interfere with the activities of daily living and affect one's mental status, including memory loss, confusion, inability to speak and write, mood swings and poor judgment.
Melanoma may be even more dangerous when it’s diagnosed in women during pregnancy or within a year of giving birth, a U.S. study suggests.
Among women under 50 with malignant melanoma, those diagnosed during or soon after pregnancy were significantly more likely to have tumors spread to other organs and tissues, and were also much more likely to have the cancer recur after treatment, the study found.
Women diagnosed around the time of pregnancy were also more likely to die, though the risk increase wasn't big enough to rule out the possibility it was due to chance.
There has always been close collaboration between orthopaedic surgeons and orthopaedic nurses in the daily management of patients. In emergency units, outpatient clinics, orthopaedic wards and the OR, orthopaedic surgeons and nurses have worked together and focused on developing quality teamwork that safely supports patients throughout their stays.
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Vomiting, behavior changes and sleep disturbances each affect about 1 child in 20 taking a short course of oral corticosteroids, a new study shows. Moreover, almost one in 100 gets an infection while receiving the commonly prescribed medications, researchers say. Clinicians have used corticosteroids for more than 50 years in many clinical conditions, mostly to suppress immune responses or reduce inflammation. And most are familiar with common adverse reactions, particularly with long-term use. However few studies have examined the risks associated with short-term use or compared the commonly used medications in this class against each other.
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