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Over the last few decades, the field of nursing has grown by leaps and bounds, with the importance of its role in the healthcare system more and more exemplified. And things are just elevating further. In January of 2019, the World Health Organization held a meeting in which the director-general of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made the official proposal to declare 2020 the year of the nurse and the midwife.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Boston Red Sox vs. Colorado Rockies
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
Invite your friends, family and colleagues for
ANA Massachusetts Night at Fenway Park!
LAST CHANCE to order tickets to see World Series Champions the Red Sox! Ticket deadline is FRIDAY, March 1. Don't miss out! Order today!
(Right Field Grandstand seats: $22/$23)
Order early — event will sell out!
Join your nursing colleagues at our 18th Anniversary Spring Convention
as we learn from the experts at the Annual Spring Conference
and celebrate the best of the best in nursing at the Annual Awards Dinner.
Friday, March 29, 2019
Royal Sonesta Boston/Cambridge, MA
Register today! Click here.
2019 Award Recipients
For information on the ANA MA group hotel room rate, click here. Deadline for the Royal Sonesta Hotel room discount is Feb. 26 - make your reservation today!
7:30 a.m.: Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Program:
Responding to Rising Challenges in Nursing and Healthcare
Join us as we hear from Nursing experts in presenting the latest innovations and evidence-based findings related to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and practice implications regarding the opioid crisis, concussion, nurse resiliency, weight stigma, and violence against nurses. Content will include physical aspects, psychosocial impact, recent trends, current research and evidence-based findings, nursing assessment, and implications for professional practice.
4:30 p.m.: ANA Massachusetts Annual Business Meeting
6:00 p.m.: ANA Massachusetts Annual Awards Dinner and cocktail reception:
celebrate the past, present and future of nursing in Massachusetts!
Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities: ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference and Awards Dinner
For more information, click here.
It exists – and we all know we must do something about it. Bullying is one of the most intractable challenges nursing leaders face in all settings – one that proves very resistant to our many well-intentioned efforts. A 2018 survey of ANA members revealed that 87% of the respondents had experienced bullying at least once in their careers.
This live, free, and interactive webinar will highlight actions you can take IMMEDIATELY to begin to lessen bullying and its negative impact on your staff. Don't miss this opportunity to join an intimate conversation with an accomplished nursing leader about one of our profession's most significant challenges.
Bullying will probably never be eliminated. Dramatically lowering the incidence of bullying, however, starts with the leader. There are actions you can take to begin, little by little, over time, to lessen the occurrences of bullying as well as provide help and support to the RNs who are vulnerable to being bullied. This webinar will give you valuable tools to begin to make a difference.
- Seemingly small actions you can take right now to begin to successfully address bullying
- How to get your staff involved in positive, productive ways
- Supporting and helping the most vulnerable populations: Early career and older RNs
- How "down in the weeds" do you get: How to recognize what is going on and intervene when you are removed from day-to-day bullying situations
- Self-inventory and knowing how you are perceived: You can't bully others into being more civil
Who should attend: Nursing Leaders in all settings
Our Presenter: Audrey M. Stevenson, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC
Additional information: Register no later than April 10, 2019 at 1 pm ET to receive 24/7 access to this webinar so that, even if you can't attend the live webinar, you can still benefit from this information at a later time. A link will be emailed to all registrants the day after the webinar, so you can view the webinar at your convenience.
Exclusively for Nursing Leaders
Attendance is free for both ANA members and non-members.
Register by March 1, 2019 to receive a free registration gift, a mini e-book, "How to Address Difficult Communications...positively."
This program is informational only; no contact hours will be awarded.
Individual pre-registration is required.
For questions or group attendance requests, please email email@example.com.
The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board seeks public comment on the proposed position statement, The Nurse's Role When a Patient Requests Aid in Dying. The deadline for comments is April 8, 2019.
Please use this opportunity to contribute to ANA's focus on transparency and recognition of the important insights of the public examination of its products. Please share this announcement with colleagues, students, health care consumers and other stakeholders.
Friday, June 7, 2019
ANA Massachusetts Accredited Approver Unit
Annual Spring Symposium
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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New York University via ScienceDaily
New nurses are predominantly working 12-hour shifts and nearly half work overtime, trends that have remained relatively stable over the past decade, finds a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. In addition, 13 percent hold a second job, according to the study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. Changes in health policy in recent years — from the passage of the Affordable Care Act and increased access to healthcare to the recession, which delayed some nurses' retirements — have had implications for nurses and the hours they work.
The U.S. is in the middle of a devastating drug overdose crisis, one led by opioid-related deaths. But new research out of the University of Southern California highlights just how historically awful the situation really is. It found that the drug overdose mortality in America has shot clear past any similarly wealthy country—with an annual death rate now almost 30 times higher than countries like Japan and Italy.
If states don't tighten vaccine exemption laws, the federal government may step in, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.
"Some states are engaging in such wide exemptions that they're creating [an] opportunity for outbreaks on a scale that is going to have national implications," the FDA head said in an interview with CNN.
Gottlieb's comments come as some states are considering proposals that would change vaccine exemptions for personal or philosophical reasons.
By Keith Carlson
When a patient walks through the door of a physician's office, the success of that visit is largely predicated upon the relationship between the doctor and the patient. If a nurse is readying an anxious patient for surgery, the nurse's ability to connect with that individual and provide compassionate care is crucial. And when a school nurse tends to a disabled child's tracheostomy, the previously established trust between child and adult is central to comfort and a sense of mutuality. Healthcare is built upon a foundation of relationships; without those links, the provision of such care can feel sterile, lifeless, and devoid of any deeper meaning.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about the spread of a brain-wasting deer disease known as CWD after findings in a recent study suggest it could potentially infect humans.
While Chronic Wasting Disease has been on the landscape for decades, it is spreading. "In the past couple decades, it's been found in 24 states in the country in free-ranging animals," explains CDC Epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Maddox. "When it's found in new areas, that means more people are potentially exposed."
The New York Times
Sepsis, a life-threatening response to infection, is a common cause of deaths in hospitals, according to a new report.
The study looked at 568 people who had died in hospitals and whose average age was 70. More than half had sepsis, and it was the immediate cause of death for nearly 200 of them; another 100 had sepsis but didn’t die of it. Only 36 of the sepsis deaths might have been prevented with earlier antibiotic treatment or other measures, the researchers determined.
Medical News Today
Many antibiotics in use today came from bacteria that live in soil. Now, recent research reveals that bacteria that live on insects could be more effective at fighting common drug-resistant superbugs than bacteria from soil.
Researchers have turned to ants in their search for new compounds with antibiotic properties.
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have carried out the largest and most thorough investigation ever into the antibiotic activity of microbes that live on insects.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
The World Health Organization estimated that nine percent of the world's population had diabetes in 2014, and over 90 percent of these suffered from Type 2 diabetes. Moreover, Type 2 diabetes already causes five million deaths per year. According to a recent position paper, patients with Type 2 diabetes should be prescribed physical activity to control blood sugar and improve heart health. According to Dr. Hareld Kemps, a cardiologist in the Netherlands, diabetes doubles the risk of mortality, but the fitter patients become, the more that risk declines. Unfortunately, most patients do not engage in exercise programs.
Salk Institute via Medical Xpress
As cancer death rates drop overall, doctors have noted a frightening anomaly: deaths from colorectal cancer in people under 55 appear to be creeping up. According to the American Cancer Society, deaths in this younger group increased by one percent between 2007 and 2016.
A new study led by Salk Institute scientists suggests that high-fat diets fuel colorectal cancer growth by upsetting the balance of bile acids in the intestine and triggering a hormonal signal that lets potentially cancerous cells thrive. The findings, which appeared in Cell on Feb. 21, 2019, could explain why colorectal cancer, which can take decades to develop, is being seen in younger people growing up at a time when higher-fat diets are common.
Last week a committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended in a 14-2 vote that the agency approve the use of a nasal spray form of esketamine (a specific type of ketamine) for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression and certain other types of depression.
Treatment-resistant depression is when clinical depression fails to respond to multiple (at least two) attempts to treat it with at least two different types of medications or psychotherapy over the course of a year or longer.
If the FDA ends up approving the drug — and we believe it will — the nasal spray will offer new hope for people with depression.
University of California, Los Angeles via Medical Xpress
More than 6 million Americans live with disabilities following a stroke. Even mild strokes can leave survivors with arm and leg weakness, poor muscle control and memory lapses that worsen with age.
Now UCLA neuroscientists have found that patients born without a gene called CCR5 recover better from mild stroke than patients with the gene. The team partnered with Israeli researchers to study the missing gene's effect on brain function.
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