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By Keith Carlson
As 2017 moves into February, all eyes are on the Donald Trump administration in relation to the promised repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nurses, physicians, hospitals, insurers and patients are all feeling the uncertainty. As the most trusted professionals in the United States year after year, nurses are seen as reliable sources of information and advice by friends, family and neighbors. How can nurses navigate the shifting sands of American healthcare and insurance coverage?
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ANA Massachusetts Political Advocacy Program in Cape Cod
Feb. 9, 2017 | Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School | Click here to register
For more information, click here.
2nd Annual Wellness Program
NEW DATE: March 3, 2017 | Danversport Yacht Club | Click here to register
Keynote: Donna M. White, RN, PhD, CNS, CADAC | Click here for the program flyer
ANA Massachusetts at Boston Bruins | Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators
March 21, 2017 | 7 p.m. | Pre-game networking event 5:30-7 p.m. | Click here to purchase tickets!
Boston Bruins Tickets: $95 each |
VIP Tickets: $150 each | First come, first served!
(VIP TICKET INCLUDES: game ticket, pregame networking, tasty treats and raffle prizes)
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
Feb. 15, 2017 | Webinar | With CE
How are you coping with your daily dose of stress? Nurses’ Health Studies (NHS) indicates that the longer a nurse carries out rotating night shift work, the higher their chance of coronary heart disease.
Do you find yourself in a constant battle with high stress levels and poor cardiovascular health?
Join us for the second Navigate Nursing webinar of 2017, where we will discuss the current population health of nurses. We will also review strategies for building a culture of wellness to support nurses to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors that can reduce their cardiovascular risk. Nurses deal with stress daily, so it’s time you learn key tactics for improving your overall health and well-being.
April 7-April 8, 2017
ANA Massachusetts Celebration of Nursing Awards Dinner and Spring Conference
Westin Waltham Hotel, Waltham, MA
Register, click here. |
Program Flyer, click here.
Celebrate the Past, Present and Future of Nursing in Massachusetts!
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Gino Chisari
Award Recipients, click here.
The theme of the 2017 Spring Conference will be Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (Healthy Massachusetts)
Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN
Executive Director, American Nurses Association
Carol R. Taylor, PhD, RN
Professor on the Educator Track, Senior Clinical Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and a Professor of Medicine and Nursing
Gino Chisari, RN, DNP
Director, Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development,
Institute for Patient Care, Massachusetts General Hospital
Sponsorship Opportunities, click here.
Call for Posters, click here.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) and the AAMI Foundation are working together to offer a series of complimentary Patient Safety seminars to highlight how hospitals are addressing patient safety issues related to complex healthcare technology and in particular, infusion therapy. Their initial webinar on managing smart pump alarms will be held Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, 12-1 p.m. Eastern; to register click here. Archived slide presentations will be available through AAMI’s Infusion Therapy Safety site.
For more information or any questions, contact Sharon A. Morgan, Senior Policy Advisor, at email@example.com
On Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, The Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) will be hosting the first webinar in the 2017 Sepsis Webinar Series, Nursing at the Forefront of the Battle Against Sepsis. Nurses play a central role on pediatric sepsis response teams and collaboration between all providers is critical to recognizing sepsis early. Please join this special event hosted by Children's Hospital Association (CHA) and Sepsis Alliance featuring sepsis activist Carl Flatley, DDS, MSD, founder of Sepsis Alliance and the 2016 winners of the Erin Kay Flatley Pediatric Sepsis Nursing Award Julie Albright Gottfried, DNP, RN, CPNP and Carolyn Nightingale Riker, BSN, RN. Additional topics in the webinar series are in development to support pediatric quality improvement work.
For more information or any questions, contact Sametria McCammon, Senior Policy Advisory, at Sametria.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Membership Committee is happy to announce a Member Rewards program for those who regularly attend ANA Massachusetts events.
Members who have attended the:
will receive a free VIP ticket to the ANA Massachusetts’ Night at Fenway Park on May 3, 2017. The VIP ticket includes a game ticket, pregame networking reception, a photo opportunity with the World Series Trophies (5:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.), Fenway tasty treats and Red Sox raffle prizes.
- 2017 Winter Conference
- Wellness Event on March 3
- Awards Dinner (including Living Legends Awards) on April 7, and
- Annual Spring Conference on April 8
If you were not able to join us at the Winter Conference, you are still eligible to receive a free ticket to the Red Sox game if you attend the 3 upcoming ANA MA events.
Please register for and attend all of these educational and professional events; increase your access to engaging speakers, timely expert content, and spend quality time with valued colleagues. This year you will also be rewarded with a fun, free evening at Fenway Park, an event which has grown in participation every year, and is a relaxing way to welcome the spring and summer sports season!
We hope to see you there, and hope that many members will take this opportunity to fully participate in ANA Massachusetts conferences as well as this great game in which the Boston Red Sox will face the Baltimore Orioles! In addition, our very own Past-President, Myra Cacace, will be singing the National Anthem at the game! Not to be missed!!
We hope that you will take a few minutes to complete this brief membership survey.
Your responses will help us plan events
that our members are interested in participating in.
To take the survey, click here.
Acute Care Hospitals; Long-Term Care Facility Administrators; Massachusetts Controlled
Substance Registrants; Ambulance
and their Emergency Medical Services Personnel;
Substance Use Treatment Providers; Licensed
The STEP Act
sets out a process enabling individuals to decline in advance any treatment option that
The Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality is actively working with the Bureau of
Substance Abuse Services to ensure Massachusetts residents and the
se disorder (“SUD”)
aware that this new resource is available
fight to eliminate opioid
American Nurses Association Massachusetts has teamed up with Chamberlain College of Nursing to provide you with access to high-quality nursing education programs at a group-specific tuition rate.
American Nurses Association Massachusetts recognizes that Chamberlain's up-to-date, relevant curriculum provides information and insight that even the most seasoned registered nurse can apply to their current — and future — roles.
Become an active member —
Join an ANA Massachusetts Committee today!
Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have a special talent or interest? Can you find the time to work on a one time only project? If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Listed below are the descriptions of the various active committees for the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts.
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Medscape (free login required)
An advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) wants to know whether she can work as a staff registered nurse (RN) on an occasional or as-needed basis. For example, a staff nurse earns a master's degree and becomes certified as a nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist but can't find a job and must continue working as a staff nurse.
Medscape (free login required)
Women with breast cancer may survive longer after undergoing breast-conserving surgery than after undergoing mastectomy, particularly if they are older than 50 years, have earlier-stage disease, and have more comorbidities, say Dutch investigators. They found that breast-conserving therapy (BCT), consisting of breast-conserving surgery plus radiation therapy, was associated with significant improvements in both breast cancer–specific and overall survival of around 30 percent compared with mastectomy.
The Clinical Advisor
New guidelines for sepsis and septic shock emphasize frequent patient re-evaluation and patient-specific tailoring of hemodynamic therapy. The guidelines were presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and were published online in Critical Care Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine. The guidelines, developed by the SCCM and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, serve as an update to the "Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines for Management of Sepsis and Septic Shock: 2012."
Advance Healthcare Network
Nurse practitioners make up over 50 percent of primary care providers, seeing to the health and wellbeing of patients daily, writing prescriptions when necessary and applying their learned skills to each appointment. With the ever-increasing shortages of healthcare physicians and NPs filling in the gap, it would only make sense for NPs to be able to practice to the full scope of their abilities. Full practice authority (FPA), however, is not the standard in every state.
Evidence-based practice. Those three words seem to be all the buzz in healthcare in recent years, and there is a good reason why. Evidence-based practice (EBP) is the science of our nursing care: It keeps us current, up-to-date, and providing the best care to our patients for the best reasons.
University of Southampton via ScieneDaily
Scientists from the University of Southampton have discovered an important way that the immune system can learn to recognize and fight cancers.
The team, led by Professor Aymen Al-Shamkhani and funded by Cancer Research U.K., has shown that a protein called Akt, is vital for the way the body remembers a cancer it has eradicated.
Many people with type 1 diabetes don't check frequently enough for buildup of ketones, acids that can cause serious damage to the kidneys and other organs, according to a U.S. study.
Ketone monitoring is particularly important when patients with type 1 diabetes are sick or have consistently high glucose levels, the authors write in Diabetes Care.
Flu and pneumonia vaccines may reduce heart failure patients' risk of dangerous respiratory infections, a new review suggests.
More than 5 million Americans have heart failure, when the heart is too weak to pump enough blood to meet the body's needs. Respiratory infections are the leading cause of hospitalization for people with heart failure. These infections are associated with high death rates in a hospital, the review authors said.
Medical News Today
Asthma affects millions of people in the United States — adults and children alike. New research suggests that insomnia may be a risk factor for developing asthma in adulthood. According to the most recent estimates from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, approximately 1 in 10 children and 1 in 12 adults have asthma. The research team calculated the risk of incident asthma among adults with insomnia compared with their asthma-free counterparts. In total, the study examined 17,927 participants aged between 20 and 65.
Emergency Medicine News
This picture was taken by a colleague in a New York subway station. The implications are all too familiar for emergency healthcare providers. We do not have enough nurses to go around, and emergency nurses are leveraging this shortage to bolster their income by working as “travelers.”
Medical News Today
Groundbreaking research has discovered a way for people with late-stage ALS to participate in meaningful communication through the use of a brain-computer interface. This technology could revolutionize lives and offer hope to more than 12,000 individuals in the United States with the disease. A multinational team conducted a study to explore whether a brain-computer interface based on functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) could enable communication in completely locked-in syndrome. The study results were published PLOS Biology.
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