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Dear ANA Massachusetts Members,
Thank you to our members who have shared their concerns about mandated ratios with us, the public, and legislators. We know it’s tough out there and staffing may not be perfect — whether you practice in acute care or in home care, at the bedside or in ambulatory care. As you know, ANA MA opposes Question 1, as it would take away the autonomy and flexibility we need to best deliver patient care.
We believe that the public deserves to know the facts. In April of last year (before anyone could even read the ballot measure), the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) disproportionately surveyed 302 nurses — and now they are advertising a false claim about their level of support. We are setting the record straight and counting the actual number of nurses voting NO! Please join me in setting the record straight — Click HERE to sign the petition and be counted.
Click here to read the full letter from Donna M. Glynn, PhD, RN.
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Oct. 19, 2018 | Sturbridge, MA | Register Today!
Hot Topics in Massachusetts Nursing:
Understanding and Addressing Domestic and Sexual Violence*
Joanne Timmons, MPH
Domestic Violence Program Manager, Boston Medical Center
*(meets MA DPH/BRN Ch. 260 training requirements for licensure renewal)
The Unintended Consequences of the Staffing Ratio Bill
Learn more and register today!
Nancy W. Gaden, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
SVP/Chief Nursing Officer. Boston Medical Center
Interactive Vignettes: Realistic Staffing Scenarios with Best Case Strategies
ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Committee
This continuing nursing activity was approved by The Ohio Nurses Association an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91). Activity #21888.
5.25 contact hours will be awarded to each attendee commensurate with participation and completion of program evaluation.
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 | Baystate Health Educational Center | Holyoke, MA
Nuances of Evaluation
This program will provide an update on the evaluation focused 2015 ANCC criteria.
Discussion will focus on clarification of the guidelines for assessing and documenting planning committee and faculty/speaker conflict of interest, bias and commercial support, how to transform a live program into an enduring material, and what summative evaluation really means.
During this workshop the Nurse Peer Review Leader of the ANCC Accredited Approver Unit will introduce the new online activity application and Provider Unit activity documentation template.
Friday, March 29, 2019
ANA MA Annual Spring Conference and Awards Dinner
Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA
This year ANA Massachusetts (Team 20/20 by 2020) will be walking in the VisionWalk to support the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and we are hoping you will join us.
11th Annual Boston VisionWalk
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Walk Begins: 10:20am
For more details, click here.
Location: Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA 01235
As many of you know, the mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is very important to us. Over the past 40 years, FFB has been funding researchers who are looking into the causes, treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases. Each day we are making progress and are already demonstrating that through gene therapy and clinical trials we can restore sight. We are on the cusp of seeing researchers making more life-changing discoveries, and we hope you will join us in raising funds to make this happen.
Here is How You Can Help: Register today and join our team; you can help raise both money and awareness. It only takes a few minutes to get started.
Make a donation to help us reach our goal.
Help spread the word. Ask your employer, your faith-based or civic organization, your neighbors, and your local community to get involved. You can also get your virtual community involved by liking the VisionWalk Facebook page or following the Foundation Fighting Blindness on Twitter.
Thank you, in advance, for anything you can do to assist us in our fight against blindness!
We have purchased a limited* number of tickets for the
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. show, first balcony.
These tickets are $65.00 apiece and are now available for purchase here.
*First come, first served.
The ANA Innovation Awards are presented to a nurse and a nurse-led team who best exemplify innovation in patient safety and/or outcomes via a product, program, project or practice. BD's contribution to the American Nurses Foundation supports the ANA Innovation Awards program for the next three years. Applications close Dec. 31. Learn more and apply.
Members (and those not yet members) may not be aware of the many benefits offered with the American Nurses Association and ANA Mass membership. When you join ANA Mass, you are automatically a member of ANA, your professional nurses association.
ANA offers many fact sheets, tip cards and toolkits to help guide you in your work with patients and colleagues. Topics cover a vast range from dealing with bullying and workplace violence to what you need to know about social networking for nurses.
Become an active member —
Join an ANA Massachusetts Committee today!
Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have a special talent or interest? Can you find the time to work on a one time only project? If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Listed below are the descriptions of the various active committees for the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts.
No On 1
To order VOTE NO ON 1 bumper sticker, flyers and more, please click here.
While you represent your patients' interests, ANA represents yours. The American Nurses Association advocates for nurses every day, at the bedside and beyond. One big part of this process? You! Did you know that one in every 45 registered voters is a nurse? As we approach this November's elections, that's a powerful collective voice!
At the core of ANA's 2018 Get Out the Vote efforts is our new Civic Action Center. There you can find everything you need to ensure your vote counts on Election Day. From confirming your voter registration status and finding your polling place, to learning how to vote early and who the candidates are on your ballot, our Civic Action Center is your one-stop resource this election season.
ANA works with you to shape policy and elect only those federal candidates who understand nurses' critical contribution to improving healthcare in America. Learn more about this important work and join the ANA-PAC for a members-only opportunity to ensure nurses are represented on Capitol Hill.
Support ANA's Get Out the Vote efforts. Confirm your voter registration now!
Department of Defense
The Department of Defense is seeking entry-to-mid level medical/healthcare professionals and students to participate in the Mini Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, April 14-17, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The conference provides an opportunity for participants to forge beneficial relationships with their military peers.
Approximately 30 medical/healthcare professionals and students will participate in the conference with experiences ranging from the Pentagon to military medical institutions in the Washington, D.C. area.
Who may apply?
Entry-to-mid level medical and healthcare professionals, including:
Eligible nominees are:
- Behavioral Health Specialists
- Dentists/Dental Hygienists
- Holistic Health Professionals
- Hospital Administrators
- Medical Interns and Residents
- Medical and Healthcare Students (must have a graduation date of 2020 or earlier.) • Nurses
- Physicians (all specialties)/Physicians Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Surgeons (all specialties)
- Veterinarians/Veterinarian Assistants
Ineligible nominees are:
- U.S. citizens who are in good health
- Individuals who are entry- to mid-level in their careers
- Individuals with very little experience or knowledge of the U.S. military
- Must be over the age of 21
- Individuals who are able to attend the entire conference
Selections are made based on a thorough review of nominations by a senior panel of DoD military and civilian officials.
- Non-U.S. citizens, including permanent residents
- Past JCOC participants
- Individuals working for the U.S. Federal Government, to include active duty, Reserve and Guard military members
- Individuals who are in campaign status for Federal, State or Local political office
- Anyone who served in the U.S. Armed Forces since 2000
- Employees of U.S. government contractors whose primary area of responsibility is DoD-related
- Anyone with business ties or who serves in an advisory role to senior military officials, military installations, or the White House
- Anyone who has been on more than one military civic leader tour, cruise or participated in special opportunities, such as flying with Blue Angels, etc.
All nominees must submit the following for consideration:
This program is fully funded by the DoD. Funding includes transportation costs from the beginning of the program to completion, lodging and meals. Participants are responsible for funding their own transportation to and from the registration site, which will be in the Washington, D.C., area. Exact location of the conference is not revealed until registration.
You may also visit the JCOC website at http://jcoc.osd.mil/ for detailed information about the program. If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations must be received by Nov. 30, 2018.
The American Nurses Association Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC) on Oct. 11 announced its final round of endorsements for 11 additional candidates running for Congress. Each election cycle, ANA-PAC endorses candidates who display a commitment to advancing the nursing profession and advocating for healthcare issues that affect nurses and the public, both on Capitol Hill and in their congressional districts. Learn more and see the complete list of endorsed candidates.
The Red Cross is implementing the Health Professionals Direct Deployment Process for volunteers to support Disaster Health Services and Disaster Mental Health Services. Health and mental health professionals assess and help meet the needs of individuals and families affected by the hurricanes.
Because the needs in the affected area and the number of available volunteers may change quickly, the Red Cross cannot guarantee that everyone who responds will be able to deploy.
Volunteer recruitment information can be found here.
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Nurse income may be falling, according to Medscape's 2018 RN/LPN Compensation Survey of 5011 registered nurses and 2002 licensed practical nurses. In 2017, for the first time, average annual nurse wages and hourly rates of pay failed to increase significantly. After adjusting for inflation, income may even be falling, according to the report's authors.
Americans are living through the deadliest drug crisis in the nation’s history. Opioid-use disorders affect an estimated nine out of every 1,000 Americans. One of the ways Congress has moved to address the opioid epidemic is through the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, which includes provisions intended to substantially increase access to treatment using medications such as methadone and buprenorphine, the gold standard treatment for opioid-use disorders. Yet more may still need to be done to increase the use of medication-assisted treatment as much as is needed, given the scale of this epidemic.
A small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease, worrying health officials.
An estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
"This is pretty concerning. It's something we need to understand better — and reduce," said the CDC's Dr. Amanda Cohn.
Medical News Today
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is highly resistant to treatment with antibiotics.
For this reason, it is important to find different ways of attacking and destroying this bacterium in infected people — before it puts their health into serious jeopardy.
A new study by investigators from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, with colleagues from academic institutions in Thailand, may offer fresh hope in this regard.
By Keith Carlson
As in other industries, change is a constant in healthcare. New medications, treatments, and technologies continue to emerge at breakneck speed: robotics and artificial intelligence, EMRs/EHRs, video-based medical appointments, and other innovations have altered various aspects of healthcare management and delivery. Still, this particular industry can feel unadventurous, old, and out of touch when it comes to long lines in ER waiting rooms, the ubiquitously disappointing 15-minute doctor visit, and the cost of prescription drugs and health insurance.
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute via ScienceDaily
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have genetically engineered a new laboratory model that enables accurate testing of anti-cancer drugs by mimicking the complexity of human cancers.
Using this advanced model, researchers will be able to discover the safest and most effective ways to use promising drugs called MCL-1 inhibitors in the clinic.
The unemployment rate is at its lowest level since 1969. Friday’s jobs report shows that healthcare, along with business services, transportation and warehousing jobs, fueled the country’s job growth.
Healthcare employment rose by 26,000 in September, though the bulk of those jobs came from ambulatory healthcare services. The U.S. has added 302,000 healthcare jobs over the course of 2018.
Registered nurses dominate headcount across all professions.
More people are now able to get a vaccine to protect against a virus that causes cancer in more than 3,300 women and men each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Human papillomavirus vaccine is being offered to a wider age group. The FDA has now approved the vaccine for adults 27-45.
By Lisa Mulcahy
Using videoconferencing equipment to diagnose and evaluate patients at an ER or clinic is a well-established way to help patients experiencing a medical emergency. Yet, research has also now established that telemedicine can also help patients dealing with chronic conditions manage their treatment much more easily. This will save both patients and doctors time and money. Adapt these proven facts about telemedicine to benefit your organization's patients more effectively.
Becker's Hospital Review
Despite the risks associated with surgical smoke, evacuation devices have yet to be implemented in most operating rooms. A survey conducted by Stryker Instruments sought to quantify the level of OR nursing knowledge regarding surgical smoke exposure and the barriers around smoke evacuation system use.
Occasional fasting may help control type 2 diabetes, a small Canadian study suggests.
"The use of a therapeutic fasting regimen for treatment of [type 2 diabetes] is virtually unheard of," said Dr. Jason Fung, of Scarborough Hospital, in Ontario, and colleagues.
But this trial showed that 24-hour fasting regimens can significantly reverse or eliminate the need for diabetic medication, the study authors said.
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