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More nurses may mean fewer deaths in ICU
MedPage Today
A high nurse to patient ratio in intensive care units was independently associated with a lower risk of in-hospital death, according to results from a study involving more than a thousand ICUs in 75 countries. An analysis of data from the EPIC II study showed a nurse to patient ratio of more than 1:1.5 in the ICU was associated with lower in-hospital death compared with a 1:2 ratio, reported Ruth Kleinpell Ph.D., RN, from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and colleagues at the Society of Critical Care Medicine meeting. The results also were published in Critical Care Medicine.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


Call for proposed changes to Bylaws
Reminder from the ANA Massachusetts Bylaws Committee that any proposed changes to the ANA Massachusetts Bylaws must be submitted in writing using the ANA Massachusetts Bylaws Change form no later than Feb. 6, 2015.
ANA Massachusetts Bylaws, click here.
Proposed changes to Bylaws Form, click here.
Submit completed proposal to Bylaws Chair, Mary McKenzie at mjmarm@yahoo.com and lpresutti@ANAMass.org
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2015

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Call for Nominations — ANA Massachusetts Elected Offices
In 2015, as in past years, you will be asked to cast a ballot to elect a Board of Directors, including a President-Elect. Additionally, you will be voting for a Treasurer, Secretary, 3 Directors and 2 members for the Committee on Nominations. This may seem like it is a lot of people, but when you compare it to our current list of 1400 members, it is a small percentage indeed.
This is your time to step forward and become a candidate for one of these open positions. This is your time to honor our past by steering the future of the organization to greater successes and heights. This is your time to pay it forward. This is your time – no more reasons why you can’t do it - no more questioning whether you have “what it takes” - no more ignoring the call – This is your time to make a difference.
Call for Nominations Document, click here.
Consent to Serve, click here.
Self Assessment, click here.
Deadline, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

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Team ANA Massachusetts at the Boston Marathon
The 119th Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday April 20, 2015. Team ANA Massachusetts works together in one of the medical tents at the end of the race. It is a great opportunity to meet other ANA Massachusetts members while helping the runners.
All ANA Massachusetts members who are interested in volunteering with Team ANA Massachusetts please contact Lisa Presutti at lpresutti@ANAMass.org no later than Jan. 28 (deadline extended).
We request the following information in order for your consideration as a volunteer with Team ANA Massachusetts:
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Save the Dates
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Forum Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Advocacy Beyond the Bedside...Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Policy
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House

ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Spring Conference
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
For more information and registration, click here.

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay24, 2014
Massachusetts State House

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


The medical world is changing — How can we keep up?
By Joan Spitrey
Healthcare is a dynamic industry. It is constantly changing as new modalities, treatments and technologies are discovered or even rebutted. Even with the changes in technology, diagnostics and treatments, the healthcare environment has stayed relatively static. The patient seeks treatment, and the healthcare provider treats based on the needs of the patient. The provider of care bills for services and is paid. For the most part, the healthcare providers have wielded most of the control with little resistance. However, this is changing, and the power has shifted.
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Study finds need for more socialization for students in online PhD nursing programs
Nurse.com
New research suggests faculty need to do more to promote student-faculty interactions and preparation in scholarly activities for students enrolled in online Ph.D. nursing programs. “Professional Socialization of Students Enrolled in an Online Doctor of Philosophy Program in Nursing” by Linda M. Goodfellow, Ph.D., RN, associate professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, studied the extent of professional socialization of students enrolled in an online research-focused Ph.D. program in nursing.
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Clean hands save lives: A vigilance that must never falter
By Christina Thielst
Hand washing in healthcare has long been associated with preventing the spread of disease, but frequent hand washing has its challenges. In the early 2000s, the recipe for alcohol-based hand rubs (gels) was perfected — offering a more efficient, portable and worker-friendly alternative. Since then, these hand sanitizing gels have been promoted for controlling the spread of nosocomial influenza and infections around the world. Today it isn't uncommon to also find infection control stations containing sanitizing gel with other personal protective equipment (PPE) in public areas.
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Pediatric flu: One size does not fit all
MedPage Today
Flu season is in full swing. By now, you've probably seen droves of patients with flu-like symptoms. But did those patients really have the flu? Of course, you know what the flu looks like: Patients come in with the abrupt onset of fever, myalgias, headaches, malaise, coughs, sore throats, and runny noses. Some may have nausea and vomiting. But plenty of other respiratory viruses can present in the same way. And some patients do not come into your emergency department replete with this spectrum of complaints.
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Nurse Mandi Day: Lighter and faster with simulation
By Amanda Morrow and Joshua P.M. Walters
The VA Roseburg Healthcare System's (VARHS) Nurse Mandi Day (NMD) event has traditionally been the educational model for assuring nursing personnel's technical competency. In its design, NMD is an opportunity for nursing personnel to participate annually in activities involving sustainment of healthcare skills and development of critical thinking. NMD previously utilized poster board presentations, written tests of the nursing staff's knowledge of critical skills and informational videos — but little in the way of interactive learning.
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Empathy levels among healthcare professionals
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
There is plenty of recent evidence suggesting that empathy could improve clinical outcomes. Empathy has been defined as the ability to stand in the shoes of another and look at the situation from someone else's view. In the healthcare discipline, researchers define empathy as "a predominantly cognitive attribute that involves an understanding of the patient's experiences, concerns and perspectives, combined with a capacity to communicate this understanding and intention to help."
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Researchers make breakthrough on new anesthetics
EndoNurse
For the first time since the 1970s, researchers are on the verge of developing a new class of anesthetics. According to a study published in the February issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), a new approach to identifying compounds may lead to the next generation of anesthetics. “While physician anesthesiologists have improved the safety of anesthesia over the years, there are still many risks associated with general anesthesia.
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New healthcare price study hides the true cost of care
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
A recent Reuters article discusses the huge disparity in prices for common surgical procedures such as hip and knee replacement. The article highlights a study by Blue Cross Blue Shield that is self-serving to say the least. It points out how doctors and insurers charge high prices for these procedures and, depending on the facility, prices can fluctuate by up to 300 percent.
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Expert panel develops tool to reduce costly catheter-associated urinary tract infections during hospital stays
ANA
ANA is spearheading an initiative to reduce catheter–associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) — one of the most common and costly infections contracted by patients in hospitals — through an assessment and decision-making tool registered nurses and other clinicians can use at the bedside to determine the best way to provide care.
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EHRs don't do enough for care coordination, docs say
Health IT Analytics
Trying to improve patient care coordination and clinical communication through current EHR systems is frustrating and difficult, according to the majority of physicians in a new Spyglass Consulting Group survey, and healthcare organizations are making it worse by not investing adequately in health IT infrastructure. As patient-centered and team-based care begin to demand more from staff members and technology alike, organizational leaders must focus on EHR interoperability, health information exchange, and improved data governance structures that foster an environment of simple and secure communication.
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Has measles begun a triumphant return?
Popular Science
It’s become a common refrain for any champion. As soon as you win the prize, a camera is there to hear the joyful refrain, “I’m going to Disneyland!” The carefully thought-out marketing ploy has since become an analogy to reflect triumph in any arena. But the most recent visitor may have signaled a most unwanted victory.
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CDC: Some hospital super bugs losing their power
Infectious Disease Special Edition
Overall health care–associated (HCA) infections in acute care hospitals have decreased nationally, including a 10 percent decrease in Clostridium difficile infections and an 8 percent decrease in methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia between 2012 and 2013, according to a new report. Although the news is good for patients, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that most C. difficile and MRSA infections are community acquired or are diagnosed in health care settings other than acute care hospitals.
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Antimicrobial wipes in ICUs don't reduce HAIs, study says
Health Leaders Media
The use of high-cost antiseptic washcloths on ICU patients results in no statistically significant difference in rates of infection for four hospital-acquired infections, researchers find. Bathing hospital ICU patients daily with disposable washcloths containing chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), doesn't prevent four types of hospital-acquired infections any more than bathing patients without the antimicrobial cloths, researchers say.
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Depression can be treated effectively in primary care
Medscape (free login required)
Many patients with depressive disorders can be effectively treated with psychological interventions in a primary care setting, according to a pair of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Reviewing data on more than 5000 primary care patients treated for depression, investigators found that a variety of face-to-face and remote interventions were comparably effective at improving scores on validated depression scales.
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Studies: Long hours, shift work can be detrimental to health
By Denise A. Valenti
"Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'. Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin' ..." Dolly Parton's popular song "9 to 5" from 1980 lamented the difficulties and stress associated with having a traditional workday. But, an eight-hour day of working 9-to-5 really is not that bad — especially for your health. Several recent studies show the impact of work hours on health is related to the number of hours that are worked and also what time of day the work occurs. An analysis in The Lancet showed that longer working hours for those in lower socioeconomic groups has been associated with a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.
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