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A nurse's story: On the front lines of Ebola outbreak
CBS News
When Doctors Without Borders nurse Monia Sayah first arrived in Guinea in March, she couldn't have known she would witness the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Back then, there were 59 confirmed deaths from Ebola, a virus which can be fatal in up to 90 percent of cases. The death toll in West Africa has since soared to 932, the World Health Organization said. In Guinea, where the first cases were reported in March, Ebola has killed 363 people.
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SAVE THE DATE: ANA Massachusetts Fall Conference
Keeping Patients and Nursing Staff Safe: Challenges and Possibilities
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Sheraton Framingham Hotel

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Career Guides needed for ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) Career Connections Program! New nurses need you!
ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) is happy to announce that the new program to help senior nursing students and new graduates who anticipate entering their first professional nurse position is very popular! The aim of the Career Connections program is to match a novice nurse (the Seeker) with a professional nurse career guide. This is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to share their knowledge and experiences with novice nurses through this important transition to a professional position in nursing. Career Guides support and encourage the seeker throughout their transition as they enter professional practice. The role of the Career guide is to guide Seeker to:
  • Identify possible entry level positions
  • Critique cover letters and resumes
  • Provide coaching for interviews with nurse recruiters
  • Listen and support to novices’ questions and answer job-related concerns
Once matched, Career Guides and novice nurses arrange to meet at a mutually agreeable time. The connection is meant to end when novice nurses find their first position. To participate send name, position, snail mail address and phone number to Sabianca Delva at sabianca.delva@gmail.com

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Massachusetts Coalition Receives $300,000 to Advance Nurse Education and Build More Diverse Nursing Workforce
Massachusetts is one of nine states awarded a $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to create a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. This is the second RWJF grant, part of its national Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative, to support Massachusetts' efforts to make it easier for current and future nurses to advance their education to the BSN or higher degree.
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ANA: Call for Committee Nominations — Deadline: Monday, Aug. 25
In April 2014, the Committee on Appointments issued a call for qualified nominees for appointment to seats on numerous ANA committees and boards. Due to an insufficient number of nominations received, the Committee on Appointments has issued a second call for qualified nominees.
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Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards Information
As referenced on the website, a program of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing awards will recognize and advance 10 nurse leaders. Each awardee will receive a Leadership Development Program scholarship package from the Center for Creative Leadership, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This inter-professional experience is designed to maximize each awardee’s leadership potential for the future.
    The Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards are designed to:
  • Recognize and elevate the next generation of breakthrough nurse leaders.
  • Recognize awardees' engagement in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action's state Action Coalitions.
  • Provide awardees with a world-class inter-professional leadership development experience.
  • Identify and train Campaign for Action ambassadors.
For more information and to access the nomination process information: http://campaignforaction.org/breakthrough-nomination-forms

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The AAMCN Innovation Award
The American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) is committed to be an interrelated member of the managed care delivery team and systems for positive patient outcomes. As part of this partnership, we are pleased to announce the launch of the first annual Managed Care Nursing Innovation Award which will reward a company or organization that is improving patient outcomes using an innovative method.

This AAMCN Innovation Award has been established to highlight innovative solutions that bring increased value to the healthcare delivery system, improve patient outcomes and demonstrate the important role of the managed care nurse in the healthcare delivery system.

If you believe your company or organization is eligible for the AAMCN Innovation Award, please fill out the application at the link below. Entries will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2014. The winner will be announced at the Fall Managed Care Forum on Nov. 13-14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

AAMCN Innovation Award Application
*In order to type directly on entry form, choose "Open With Different Viewer" & open with Adobe Acrobat*
Completed entry forms can be scanned and sent by email to: lskrobacz@aamcn.org or faxed to (804) 747-5316.
For questions, please contact Lauren Skrobacz at (804) 747-9698.

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New test predicts individual's risk of a second kidney stone
Health eCareers
A new tool that takes multiple factors into account can accurately predict how likely a patient who experienced a painful kidney stone will develop another one in the future. The tool, which is described in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, could help patients and their doctors determine whether preventive measures are needed. Kidney stones are common and affect approximately 6 percent to 9 percent of the population.
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Study highlights day-to-day difficulties nurses face with medical equipment, clinical workflow, EHRs
News-Medical
While U.S. healthcare continues its radical digital transformation, nurses continue to face legacy physical burdens that potentially impact the quality of patient care. A new independent survey released today and commissioned by Ergotron, a Nortek company, highlights many of the day-to-day difficulties nurses face with medical equipment, clinical workflow, electronic health records (EHRs), physical strain or injury and how these factors impact the delivery of quality patient care.
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Home visits from nurses help reduce mortality rates among low-income mothers and children
Healthcare Traveler
Mortality rates among low-income mothers and their infants were reduced through the implementation of home nursing visits, according to a new study that spanned two decades. The study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics, found that the Nurse-Family Partnership Program in Memphis, Tennessee, successfully reduced preventable infant deaths from 1.6 percent to zero in the study cases that received nursing support.
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Drug-related suicide attempts rise sharply
CBS News
There has been a significant rise in drug-related suicide attempts in the past few years, with the most alarming increase among middle-aged people, two new reports find. Hospital emergency department visits involving drug-related suicide attempts in people ages 45 to 64 doubled between 2005 and 2011 — rising from 28,802 cases in 2005 to 58,775 in 2011. Overall, there was a 51 percent increase in suicide-related visits to emergency departments among people age 12 and older — from 151,477 visits in 2005 to 228,277 visits in 2011, according to the reports by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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A nurse's story: On the front lines of Ebola outbreak
CBS News
When Doctors Without Borders nurse Monia Sayah first arrived in Guinea in March, she couldn't have known she would witness the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Back then, there were 59 confirmed deaths from Ebola, a virus which can be fatal in up to 90 percent of cases. The death toll in West Africa has since soared to 932, the World Health Organization said.

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Replacing horizontal violence in the nursing profession
By Keith Carlson
Nurse bullying and so-called "horizontal violence" are rampant in our profession. Nurses bully and harass one another, using intimidation and other tactics as they jockey for power in a healthcare system that does not proactively attempt to prevent such disruptive behavior.

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Where's the best place to be a nurse?
The Clinical Advisor
Research based on job availability, competition, and salary suggests the Pacific Northwest states are the best places for nurses to practice. Oregon and Washington top WalletHub's “2014′s Best & Worst States for Nurses” list, while Southern regions states...

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The Kaiser Way: Lesson for US healthcare?
USA Today
The Affordable Care Act has been dramatically changing the way hospitals do business, forcing them to rethink which patients they admit and focus on keeping people healthy. For Kaiser Permanente, however, it's been largely business as usual, says CEO Bernard Tyson, who took the helm a year ago. Kaiser is a fully integrated hospital-doctor-insurance company, kind of an "accountable care organization" on steroids. ACOs are networks of doctors and hospitals that share financial and medical responsibility for patients' care — exactly what the ACA encourages with Medicare, using bonuses for efficient and effective health care. So does the ACA mean we're in for the Kaiser-fication of healthcare — or should be?
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Link found between dementia and vitamin D deficiency
Medical News Today
In what is regarded as the first large, population-based study of its kind, a team of researchers has found a link between vitamin D consumption and the risk of developing dementia. Older people who do not get enough vitamin D could double their risk of developing the condition. Dementia is a collective term used to describe the problems that people with various underlying brain disorders can have with their memory, language and thinking. Alzheimer's disease is the best known and most common disorder under the umbrella of dementia.
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Risks of long-term aspirin use 'outweighed by cancer benefits'
The Medical News
Past research has linked long-term aspirin use to adverse side effects, such as internal bleeding. There has been much debate surrounding the benefits of long-term aspirin therapy. Previous studies have suggested it can reduce risk of ovarian cancer and improve colon cancer survival, while others claim it can cause harm, with one study suggesting it increases the risk of age-related macular degeneration. But according to a new study, the benefits of longstanding aspirin therapy outweigh such risks; it can significantly reduce the risk of major cancers of the digestive tract, including stomach, bowel and esophageal cancers.
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Patients give higher scores for nursing care than do nurses
HealthDay News via DoctorsLounge
A survey has revealed that patients at a single level-1 trauma center emergency room consistently rate the nursing care received higher than do the nurses, according to research published in the July issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing. Fidela S.J. Blank, R.N., from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, and colleagues surveyed pairs of patients and nurses regarding perceptions of nursing care in a 50-bed emergency department of a level 1 trauma center.
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New tests may provide early diagnosis of CJD
Medscape (free login required)
It is now possible to tell with near 100 percent certainty whether a living patient has variant or sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, thanks to tests that can detect miniscule amounts of the misfolded prion protein, the marker for the disease, in urine and in epithelium brushings from the nose. A new study showed that use of the protein misfolding cyclic amplification assay was able to detect PrPSc in 13 of 14 urine samples obtained from patients with variant CJD. And in another study, use of the real-time quaking-induced conversion assay in nasal brushings detected definite, probable, and inherited CJD in 30 of 31 patients.
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New Medicaid program seeks to foster innovation
By Marisa Frisch
On July 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP), a group of technical assistance tools. The aim of this program is to improve the health of Medicaid beneficiaries, thereby supporting the Triple Aim, and reducing overall costs for the Medicaid program.
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Hospitals could face penalties for missing electronic health record deadline
Medical Xpress
Many of the nation's hospitals struggled to meet a federally mandated electronic health records deadline, and as a result could collectively face millions of dollars in reduced Medicare payments this year, a University of Michigan study shows. More than half of U.S. hospitals were on the hook to meet a new set of "meaningful use" of electronic health records criteria — known as the stage 2 criteria — by the end of the fiscal year that ended in July.
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Ebola declared international public health emergency
Bloomberg
The worst Ebola outbreak on record is a public health emergency that threatens nations outside the four in West Africa where the virus is spreading, the World Health Organization said The Geneva-based United Nations health agency stopped short of recommending a general travel and trade ban, saying only that infected people shouldn't cross borders except as part of an official medical evacuation. Affected countries should work with airlines to ensure proper care for crews based there and enable quick identification of passengers who may have had contact with infected people, the WHO said.
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Taking a vacation can improve your health — have you scheduled PTO yet?
By Jessica Taylor
We’re in a world where we’re glued to our electronic devices and are always on the go. Relaxing is not one of our fortes. According to a 2014 Oxford Economics Assessment of paid time off in the U.S. 42 percent of employees with PTO finished the year with unused days, leaving an average of 8.1 days unused.
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