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Driving the bus of your nursing career
By Keith Carlson
In our nursing careers, we can often feel buffeted by winds over which we feel little control. We can feel like we "should" do this or that, make choices that others feels are best for us, or take paths that feel prescribed for us, not chosen by us. This career paradigm can indeed feel uncomfortable. Your career is like a long bus ride that begins when you graduate from nursing school. In school, you were likely told that you "should" get a med-surg job immediately, as well as other things that your professors said were paramount to launching your career.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


New Graduate Board of Directors Position
Looking for New Graduates to serve a one year position on the ANA Massachusetts Board of Directors as a New Graduate Member. These directors shall be members who have been licensed as registered nurses for five (5) years or less. Please forward a Declaration of Interest Form, click here, to info@ANAMass.org and djeffery@ANAMass.org no later than June 1.
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Become an active member!
Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact info@anamass.org for more information
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Now Open: Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions on ANA Committees and Boards
In 2014 the ANA Committee on Appointments (COA) adopted streamlined processes, including the implementation of an annual Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions. The general call for nominations for appointive positions on ANA committees and boards is now open until 5 p.m. ET on Friday July 31, 2015. A separate Call for Nominations for the ANCC Board of Directors was launched in March and continues to be open until 5:00pm ET on Monday, June 1.
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MA nursing education transfer policy finalized
Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, nurses and nursing students seeking to advance their educations at Massachusetts public colleges and universities will benefit from a more streamlined and less expensive process for transferring credits. The recently finalized Nursing Education Transfer Policy (NETP) creates a seamless, cost-effective, timely, and transparent pathway for students to progress from community college Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at a state university or UMass.
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Joint Alert from Division of Health Professions Licensure
In response to The National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants, on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure issued a joint alert regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in November, 2014.
Click here to find an update to that original alert.

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Nurses: Crimefighters without capes
The Huffington Post
The police brought him in, but they didn't solve the mystery of who the unconscious man was, a nurse did. He was brought into the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the primary county hospital and the only level-1 trauma center in Miami-Dade, with a blunt force injury to the head, found unconscious on the sidewalk, no witnesses, in the middle of the day. What happened? Who was this man? At this point, he was just another victim of the city, seemingly unnamed and unknown. Hours after being admitted, his brain bleed worsened and he was taken to surgery, still unnamed, still unknown.
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Care and outcomes of patients with in-hospital stroke
JAMA Neurology
Compared with those with community-onset stroke, patients with in-hospital stroke had delays in investigations and treatment, suggesting a need for a standardized approach to the recognition and management of in-hospital stroke, with the aim of ensuring access to rapid acute stroke care.
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New guide helps doctors, nurses to identify hospital patients who may benefit from urinary catheter
News-Medical
What's the only thing worse than having a urinary catheter when you're in the hospital? Having one and getting a urinary tract infection (UTI) — or worse — as a result. Now, a new detailed guide gives doctors and nurses information to help decide which hospital patients may benefit from a urinary catheter — and which ones don't. And that should help spare patients the pain, embarrassment, and potentially serious side effects that can come with having a catheter placed — which may bring more risk than benefit to the patient.
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5 reasons to choose nursing as a second career
Business 2 Community
The days when people were expected to have just one career throughout their lives are over. Today, many people succeed at two or more careers, changing tracks as circumstances change throughout their lives. Maybe your first career choice isn’t as satisfying as you believed it would be, or you’re struggling to find regular work in your chosen first career. If that sounds like you, it may be time to consider switching career tracks.
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Nurses agree on EHR benefits, vary on shortcomings, survey finds
iHealthBeat
While most nurses believe that electronic health records help to improve patient safety, they are split about whether EHRs reduce duplicative work or increase time with patients, according to a survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics for EHR vendor Allscripts, Health Data Management reports. HIMSS Analytics received survey responses from more than 600 nurses.
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Study finds hospital variation in outcomes for extremely premature infants
The Medical News
Extremely premature infants born at 22 to 25 weeks of gestation have low rates of survival, and many of those infants who live have severe or moderate neurodevelopmental impairments. Thus, clinicians and families face the extremely difficult decision to either provide active, potentially lifesaving treatment at birth, or just provide comfort care. Furthermore, a wide, unexplained between-hospital variation in survival and impairment rates leaves it unclear whether treatment will be in the infant's interest.
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CDC: Americans' blood triglyceride levels dropping
HealthDay News
Americans' levels of triglycerides have dropped significantly in the past decade, according to a new federal study. Factors that may lower triglyceride levels include quitting smoking, weight loss, use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (such as statins) and improving dietary nutrition, the researchers said. The new report analyzed triglyceride levels in the United States from 2001 to 2012. The findings were published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics in the May issue of the NCHS Data Brief.
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Washington best state for nurses; Louisiana the worst
FierceHealthcare
For the second year in a row, a state in the Pacific Northwest ranks as the best in the country for nurses, while a state in the South ranks as the worst, according to new research from the finance site WalletHub. The release of this year's rankings coincides with National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6-12 and celebrates "the role nurses play in delivering the highest level of quality care to their patients," according to the American Nurses Association.
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CDC finds preteen whooping cough vaccine loses strength over time
HealthDay News
A booster shot of the whooping cough vaccine that is given to preteens loses a large measure of effectiveness within a few years, new research reveals. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation may help explain a recent surge in the number of Americans with whooping cough (pertussis). "Among adolescents, within the first year following immunization the vaccine effectiveness was 73 percent," said study author Anna Acosta, MD, an epidemiologist in the CDC's division of bacterial diseases. "But by two to four years out, it had fallen to about 34 percent effectiveness."
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Study shows measles vaccine thwarts other infectious diseases
Reuters
The measles vaccine provides benefits beyond merely protecting against that highly contagious viral respiratory disease that remains a leading childhood killer in parts of the world, scientists say. By blocking the measles infection, the vaccine prevents measles-induced immune system damage that makes children much more vulnerable to numerous other infectious diseases for two to three years, a study published on May 7 found.
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