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By Keith Carlson
As an intrinsically collaborative profession, nursing lends itself naturally to multidisciplinary cooperation and the recognition of multiple voices and opinions. Even nurses who practice autonomously will find themselves leaning on colleagues for support, ideas or professional camaraderie. The collectivity of nursing is natural, and is thus encouraged in most milieus. The nursing process encourages ongoing assessment of outcomes and the periodic retooling of the care plan.
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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.
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April 8-9, 2016
Early Bird Registration until March 1 — Register Today!
Caring Across Generations — Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet and
Annual Spring Conference
Keynote: Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF
Westin Waltham Hotel
Waltham, MA — Please note change of venue!
More information and Conference Flyer — Click Here!
To register visit http://www.anamass.org/
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.
May 12, 2016
National Nurses Day
at Fenway Park
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
We are currently seeking ANA MA resume readers for the MaSNA Career Forum on March 13, 2016 in Mechanics Hall, Worcester MA. The hours of the forum will be from 9:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. (resume tips at 1:10 p.m.)
Interested members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.email@example.com or phone 301-628-5041.
Celebrating 96 years of improving public health in Massachusetts! It is time for you, our Members, to nominate the 2016 Public Health Champion Award Recipients...
Please help us to recognize the most deserving among the Massachusetts community by submitting this request for:
The work of all Nominees should reflect the Mission of the MA Health Council to promote, protect and improve health in Massachusetts.
All nominations will be reviewed by the Award Dinner Committee and approved by the Board of Directors. Awards will be presented at the 2016 Gala. Date to be announced shortly!
Please email Betty including the information required: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of the health and well-being of the Commonwealth’s residents
2. A Corporation committed to employee health through a vibrant workplace wellness program
Nomination Deadline: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-628-5227 if you have any questions.
We know that you are busy professionals and getting to the State House may be very difficult; so together we are bringing lawmakers to you!
Please join your NP and CRNA colleagues in a relaxed setting to meet and converse with local legislators and learn about H. 1996/S. 1207 An Act to Remove Restrictions on the Licenses of NPs and CRNAs as Recommended by the Institute of medicine and the Federal Trade Commission.
The bill remains before the Joint Committee on Public Health, and it is critical that legislators hear from nursing leaders so they understand the importance of this legislation and help advocate for its favorable release.
We only have until July 31, 2016 to advance and pass this legislation, so need your help NOW!
Are you following the news on the Zika virus? Cases of the mosquito-borne virus have escalated, raising fears in the U.S.
As with any major public health threat, it is nurses like you who are America's first line of defense against both the spread of the virus — and the spread of misinformation.
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While nurse residency programs increasingly are becoming the norm in hospitals throughout the country, the pioneers of the first program had no idea they had tapped into a need that would soon be elevated to national attention.
In 2000, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and University HealthSystem Consortium partnered to design a standardized nurse residency program aimed at training baccalaureate-prepared nurses to enter the workforce. "Prior to this, there weren't any formal residency programs with a defined curriculum," said JoAnn DelMonte, MSN, RN-BC, senior director of professional development at University of Colorado Health.
As more Americans report being infected with the Zika Virus, Congressional leaders hope to move soon on legislation that would increase funding to combat the disease.
On Monday, Feb. 8, President Barack Obama requested $1.8 billion dollars from Congress specifically to speed up vaccine research and create teams to respond rapidly to cases of the Zika Virus around the country.
Living in poverty is an independent risk factor for influenza hospitalization, suggesting that poor communities should be specially targeted for vaccine outreach and other efforts to prevent flu and improve outcomes, officials with the CDC said recently.
People living in the poorest neighborhoods were nearly twice as likely as those living in more affluent areas to be hospitalized with complications of the flu, in data from the national influenza surveillance network FluSurv-NET published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
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Although the U.S. is often viewed as having some of the best healthcare in the world, the validity of this assertion has been called into question for a number of years. A 2009 analysis from the Urban Institute found that the quality of healthcare in America at that time was a bit of a "mixed bag" — faring relatively well in areas such as cancer care, but lagging in mortality rates from treatable and preventable diseases.
Advance Healthcare Network
A new report published by the Nurses Service Organization, a division of Aon Affinity and CNA, finds that malpractice claims against nurses are on the rise.
The report, "Nurse Professional Liability Exposures: 2015 Claim Report Update," said that more than $90 million was paid in nurses' malpractice claims over a five-year period. The nurses included registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses.
"Nurse intuition" doesn't sound scientific, but it could play a key role in critical-care outcomes, according to a small study published in DovePress
Nurses have incorporated the idea of basing care decisions on their intuition into nursing discipline for decades, according to the authors, but educational institutions have largely ignored the concept in recent years.
By Joan Spitrey
Jan. 31 was the last day for uninsured Americans to sign up for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act to avoid tax penalties. According to preliminary reports, more than 12.7 million Americans have signed up for coverage in 2016. With the enormous influx of new patients accessing healthcare in the last few years, the need for providers will continue to be stretched. Nurse practitioners are well suited to meet that demand.
A long-running study has found that dementia rates fell steadily over the past four decades, most likely due to declining rates of heart disease.
Although the Framingham Heart Study involved just 5,200 people, its findings likely reflect a national trend, said co-author Sudha Seshadri, a professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine and a senior investigator with the study. Other research also suggests that dementia rates are declining in the U.S. and other developed countries.
Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
Levi Bridges felt a strong pull to a medical career, but he didn't want to be a doctor.
"I was interested in science and the medical field, but I didn't want to take the time needed to go to med school and wanted more to be part of the bedside care for patients," Bridges said.
So, he went into nursing.
It's not a career choice many men make, at least since the 19th century, when nursing was associated with military personnel and, to a degree, the clergy.
Nursing remains a predominantly female profession, but men are making inroads in the field, according to recent statistics.
About half of the difference in life expectancy between the U.S. and other high-income countries like Austria and the U.K. is due to injuries sustained from guns, drug poisonings and motor vehicle crashes, according to a new study.
As of 2012, U.S. life expectancy at birth was 78.7 years, compared to 81.5 years in the U.K. and 82.6 years in France, according to World Bank data.
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