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Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. Find your polling location here.
You can also vote today! Massachusetts will have an early voting option from Monday, Oct. 22 – Friday, Nov. 2. Check with your local city or town clerk for locations and times. One million voters took advantage of the early voting opportunity in 2016!
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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.
Registration deadline is Oct. 26. Register today!
As you know, we are only eight days away from Election Day! With eight professional nursing organizations and over 80 healthcare organizations standing in opposition to Question 1, it’s imperative that ANA Massachusetts members participate in as many activities as possible. Thank you to all who have volunteered to hold a sign, make a phone call, come to an event, or even just send an email informing your leadership what you think.
The Coalition to Protect Patient Safety is organizing press events in Boston and Springfield this Thursday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. Nurses will be the central focus of these rallies and the attendance of you and your colleagues is requested.
CLICK HERE to sign up to attend and please encourage others to do the same (the campaign will follow up with all the details!) We encourage people to come dressed as they dress for work, whether that be scrubs, white jackets, or any other attire.
There will also be a NO on 1 march in Pittsfield on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The march begins at Berkshire Medical Center at 3 p.m. and will end at the Town Green. Join us if you can!
In case you missed it, the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners officially opposes Question 1. You can read their statement HERE.
Early vote has begun – the election is NOW! We are encouraging all NO supporters to vote early. The Coalition has volunteers at polling places throughout the state. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to organize in your community.
Finally, we would love your and your colleagues’ help at events out in the community. No matter where you are, there is usually one close by! Click HERE to see the list of events. Contact email@example.com to sign up and volunteer. Lastly, you can order campaign materials HERE.
Thanks again for the support, and we look forward to seeing you later this week!
Friday, March 29, 2019
ANA MA Annual Spring Conference and Awards Dinner
Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA
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.
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2019
ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized, work of ANA Massachusetts members. You probably work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions.
ANA Massachusetts has established several awards that provide you the opportunity to recognize those nurses who have made a difference at the bedside, in the classroom, and in the practice of nursing.
Award applications and more information: https://www.anamass.org/page/2018
Have questions, need help? Call ANA Massachusetts at 617-990-2856 or email info@ANAMass.org.
The award recipients will be invited to the ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA.
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.
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.
Whether you are just starting out in nursing, getting ready to retire, or anywhere in between, The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career offers something of value for every current and future nurse. While clinical skills are the foundation of nursing practice, you’ll need a lot of skills and knowledge beyond the clinical realm for a satisfying and fulfilling career. Author Donna Cardillo takes you step by step through career development and advancement as well as personal development. Written in her customary down-to-earth and humorous style, she gently nudges readers to maximize their career opportunities and to reach their full potential as nurses and as humans. Read more and purchase here.
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Throughout their lifetimes, one out of four women and one out of 10 men will experience some form of intimate partner violence, including rape, physical abuse and stalking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence survey from 2010, the latest year with available data.
How doctors and nurses should screen patients for such intimate partner violence is the subject of updated recommendations issued by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
While quality and safety measures are key to delivering excellent nursing care, new graduate nurses are not always adequately prepared in these areas, reports a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
The study found there is a growing gap in preparedness in quality and safety competencies between new nurses with associate and bachelor’s degrees. Nurses with BSN degrees report they are "very prepared" in quality and safety measures, more so than their ADN peers.
The Washington Post
Fewer than four out of 10 adults in the United States got flu shots last winter, the lowest rate in seven seasons and one likely reason that the 2017-2018 season was the deadliest in decades.
Reports released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide new details outlining the severity of the past flu season, during which more people were killed by seasonal influenza than in any other since the 1970s.
Flu vaccination is the main way to prevent sickness and death caused by flu. But last season, vaccination coverage among adults was 37.1 percent, a decrease of 6.2 percentage points from the previous season.
Childhood obesity has long been a problem in the United States.
Now new research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reveals new state-by-state differences and just how serious the problem has become.
The research brief, which was released recently, shows that the national obesity rate for children, aged 10 to 17, was 15.8 percent in combined data from 2016 and 2017, similar to the 16.1 percent rate found in 2016 data alone.
By Keith Carlson
As of 2018, millennials (those born between approximately 1979 and 1994) are now the pre-eminent generation within the American workforce. According to the Pew Research Center, a full third of American workers are members of the millennial generation, and this demographic shift is worthy of our attention, both inside and outside of healthcare. Every outgoing generation speaks negatively of the younger generations replacing it, and baby boomers are no exception.
The Washington Post
There was lots of back slapping and handshaking at the White House as President Trump signed Congress’s bipartisan bill targeting the country’s opioid crisis.
Yet the problem of addiction and overdose is still raging across the United States. There are hints the epidemic could be starting to recede, but it’s far from certain that we’ve turned a corner on a public-health scourge that causes around 70,000 deaths each year.
The active ingredient that makes magic mushrooms so magic — the psychedelic drug psilocybin — is one step closer to becoming a legal treatment for difficult cases of depression. The company Compass Pathways announced that it had received the Food and Drug Administration’s Breakthrough Therapy designation for its psilocybin-based treatment. The designation will fast track the FDA’s review of the treatment for possible approval.
Adolescents presenting at a primary care clinic focused on improving HIV screening rates using rapid screening methods and physician collaboration were more than 1,000 percent more likely to be screened for infection, according to research published in Pediatrics.
“Universal HIV screening beginning in adolescence is recommended by the CDC and the United States Preventive Services Task Force,” Renata Arrington-Sanders, MD, MPH, ScM, associate professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “However, pediatric primary care settings have low rates of HIV screening because of poor awareness of guidelines, concerns over confidentiality and screening barriers such as time constraints and a lack of training in providing results.”
By Scott E. Rupp
Medscape recently released the results of its RN/LPN Compensation Report for 2018, featuring the feedback of 10,282 nurses who reflected upon their salaries and pay from 2017. Based on the findings, the hospital continues to be the primary employer for RNs (52 percent), with 39 percent in inpatient settings and 13 percent in hospital-based outpatient settings. Earnings continue to be attractive for those in the field. Full-time registered nurses earned $81,000, while licensed practical nurses earned about half that, at $46,000.
Medical News Today
A study published recently in The BMJ concludes that treatment with a particular blood pressure medication increases the risk of lung cancer, compared with other blood pressure drugs. Earlier studies have hinted that ACEIs might increase people's cancer risk, but findings have not been conclusive; most existing studies only had access to relatively small sample sizes or for short periods of time.
University of Adelaide via Medical Xpress
A University of Adelaide forensic pathologist is warning that potentially harmful substances found in herbal medicines may be playing a bigger role in deaths of "health tourists" than previously thought.
Professor Roger Byard is calling for closer checks during post-mortems for the presence of drugs and adulterants that originate from herbal remedies.
"There is a possibility that harmful materials found in herbal medicines are either contributing to, or causing, deaths of overseas travellers," says Professor Byard.
"These factors should be considered in all medical and legal cases involving recent overseas travel, particularly to Asian destinations."
Medical News Today
A new study from Sweden has made an intriguing discovery that may change existing guidelines about treating heart attacks. Antibodies, or immunoglobulins, are a type of protein produced by plasma cells. The immune system often co-opts these to fight potentially harmful foreign bodies.
Now, researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Solna, Sweden, have discovered that certain antibodies — once associated with rheumatic diseases — are also present in high numbers inside the bodies of people who have had a heart attack.
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