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The nursing shortage and the doctor shortage are two very different things
The Washington Post
Nursing is bracing for what’s being called a “silver tsunami” — a graying Baby Boomer workforce entering retirement. On top of that, many other nurses are leaving the field out of frustration. Why? They don’t feel they’re making enough of a difference for their patients.
A 2011 study found that more than 20 percent of nurses who provide direct patient care expressed job dissatisfaction, compared to 13 percent of nurses in non-institutional settings.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES
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.
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Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA
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Vote ANA leaders to '100 Most Influential' list
In a great start to the week, Pam Cipriano and Marla Weston have both made the ballot for Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” ranking! Starting today, you can vote here for the five nominees you believe should make the final list of the "100 Most Influential."
We encourage you to vote for nurse leader nominees. Recognizing nurse leaders in the “Most Influential” rankings is an excellent way to elevate the contributions of the profession. Voting closes Friday, June 26. Later this week, we’ll provide more resources to assist you in spreading the word and “getting out the vote.” Thanks!
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.
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
Nurses can't afford to ignore healthcare costs
Concern for the hospital's bottom line has traditionally been outside the realm of RNs, but understanding healthcare costs gives them an advantage in improving patient care and insight into leadership challenges.
From the time we enter school, nurses are taught to be advocates who champion our patients' needs regardless of their diagnosis, social standing, or access to resources.
Nurse staffing and patient safety
The New York Times (opinion)
Studies show that inadequate nurse staffing puts patients at risk for longer hospital stays, increased infections, medical errors, injuries and even death. After all, one of the reasons someone is admitted to a hospital is that he or she needs 24/7 nursing care. But it’s not just patients who suffer: Nurses who are overloaded are more prone to burnout, exhaustion and stress, and have less time to educate, comfort and coordinate care. That is a toxic formula for patients’ health and safety.
Physicians, nurses often disagree on when to test for C. difficile
Significant differences existed between the risk factors that doctors and nurses considered most important before testing for Clostridium difficile, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. “Clostridium difficile infection [CDI] is the primary infectious cause of health care-associated diarrhea,” Nasia Safdar, M.D., Ph.D., department of medicine, University of Wisconsin Medical School, and colleagues wrote. “The incidence of hospital-acquired CDI is increasing and patients diagnosed with CDI incur greater costs, require increased length of stay, and have higher mortality rates.
VA nurse practitioners could practice independently under Senate bill
Senate legislation is looking to empower nurse practitioners across the Veterans Affairs Department to practice independently of physicians, regardless of laws in individual states. The goal is to mitigate physician shortages and reduce patient wait times that have been plaguing the VA.
The provision would allow nurse practitioners — including midwives and mental healthcare clinical nurse specialists — to prescribe some drugs and treat patients without a supervising physician.
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Calming dementia patients without powerful drugs
Diane Schoenfeld comes every Friday to the Chaparral House nursing home in Berkeley, California, to spend time with her aunt, Lillie Manger.
"Hi Aunt Lill!" she says, squatting down next to her aunt's wheelchair, meeting her at eye level. Manger is 97. She has straight white hair pulled back in a neat bun today. It's tied with a green scarf, a stylish reminder of the dancer she used to be.
Study says ICU delirium tied to higher death risk
Intensive care unit patients who develop delirium have a higher risk of death, longer hospital stays and are more likely to have mental impairment after leaving the hospital, a large review finds. Delirium includes confusion, inattention, hallucinations and sometimes agitation. It is more common among the elderly, patients with preexisting mental impairments and the terminally ill, the study authors said.
Free the nurses
In March, Nebraska became the 20th state to allow nurses with the most advanced degrees to practice without a doctor’s oversight in a variety of medical fields. Maryland recently followed suit and eight more states are considering similar legislation.
What does all this mean? Nurses in Nebraska with a master’s degree or better, known as nurse practitioners, no longer have to get a signed agreement from a doctor to be able to order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe medications and administer treatments.
These changes are long overdue.
The link between patient satisfaction and nurse satisfaction
By Keith Carlson
The Atlantic recently published an article entitled, "The Problem With Satisfied Patients." The subtitle of the article — "A misguided attempt to improve healthcare has led some hospitals to focus on making people happy, rather than making them well" — makes the focus of the piece quite clear. This piece underscores the reality that hospital reimbursements are now being linked to patient satisfaction scores. But what would happen if we focused on nurse satisfaction?
Feds widening probe of deadly bacteria outbreaks tied to medical scopes
The Justice Department is seeking thousands of pages of documents in an investigation that has entangled all three manufacturers of a specialized medical scope tied to a deadly series of superbug outbreaks at hospitals across the country. The three manufacturers of duodenoscopes — Olympus, Pentax and FujiFilm — all received subpoenas in recent weeks as part of the probe, according to two sources who are familiar with the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it.
Antibiotic approved for infant abdominal infections
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the antibiotic meropenem for treating intestinal perforation, or leakage, in children less than three months old, offering doctors guidelines for using the drug with preterm infants. The National Institutes of Health funded two studies to explicitly use meropenem with infants, which previously had been approved only for intra-abdominal and skin infections in older children and adults.
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