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|November 21, 2017 ||
By Keith Carlson
In nursing education, the quality of the nurse-patient relationship is stressed as an important aspect of care. While clinical nursing is indeed often largely task-based, the nurse-patient relationship can be critical to quality of care, patient satisfaction and successful outcomes. If nurses are given the time and space to develop positive nurse-patient relationships, the benefits and reverberations of such relationships are far-reaching.
Listen to Audio Recording of ANA\C Business Meeting here.
ANA\C Business Meeting — 1 hour
Learn about ANA\C’s accomplishments in 2017 and an update on current and future initiatives.
AND Education Session:
Education Session: The Nurse’s Growing Role in the Media — 1 hour
Presenter: Nurse Alice Benjamin, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Nurse Alice Benjamin is a top tier, media-trained health expert. Some of her television appearances include Fox and Friends, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Dr. Drew, HLN News Now, KTLA 5 Morning News, and NewsOne Now. She’s also appeared on a variety of radio shows across the nation.
To view the webinar recording and access webinar materials click here.
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Continuing Education Credit for The Nurse's Growing Role in the Media: Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. 16595 for 1 contact hour.
If you viewed the webinar live on Nov. 9, 2017, click here to complete an evaluation form and receive continuing education credit.
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Thanks for all that you do, and we really appreciate the great people who make up our community. Enjoy your week and have a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving!
Dec. 4-6, 2017 | Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and Riverside Convention Center
Agents of Change — Challenging the Status Quo — A Behavioral Health Care Symposium plus Emergency Services Forum to provide you with three days of need-to-know content that will inspire and motivate you to create change in your facility.
Click here to learn more and register.
Mary Ann Garcia
Melendrina Faye Mayo
"This month marks the start of the ACA’s fifth open enrollment period for individuals who purchase health plans on their own. The November Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds three in ten of the public saying they haven’t heard anything at all about the current open enrollment period. Three in ten Americans say they have heard “a little” while four in ten say they have heard either “some” (21 percent) or “a lot” (18 percent). About half of the public (45 percent) say they have heard less about open enrollment this year compared to previous years while four in ten (38 percent) say they have heard “about the same amount.
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The past few months we have all seen the troubling headlines of nurse abuse. Our own Healthy Nurse Survey shows that 28% of respondents have been threatened physically or verbally by patients or their families; 31% have experienced aggression from a peer; and 24% have experienced aggression from a person in a higher-level of authority.
This behavior must end. Nurse safety is critical for quality healthcare and patient safety. That's why ANA asks you to stand with your fellow nurses and pledge to:
Over 5,300 individuals have taken the online pledge to end nurse abuse. Take the pledge today here! For more information on incivility, bullying, and workplace violence, click here.
- Support zero tolerance policies for violence against nurses.
- Report abuse against nurses whenever you safely can.
- Share this pledge and ask your friends and family to sign.
Introducing #Fitnursefriday5K: ANA’s virtual 5K run coming this Thanksgiving weekend. Learn more about how you can join RNs and nursing students across the country in taking charge of your health with this fun event.
| || NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY|
The Washington Post
Leading heart health experts tightened the guidelines for high blood pressure Monday, a change that will sharply increase the number of U.S. adults considered hypertensive in the hope that they, and their doctors, will address the deadly condition sooner.
The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other groups redefined high blood pressure as a reading of 130 over 80, down from 140 over 90.
Infectious Disease News
A novel tool accurately forecasted details of the 2016 to 2017 influenza season based on the epidemiology and evolution of the virus before the season began, according to findings recently published in Science Translational Medicine.
People younger than 50 with diabetes have a seven-times higher risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, preliminary research suggests.
And their risk of dying from any kind of heart disease is eight times higher than for those without diabetes, the long-term Danish study also found.
"It is important that healthcare providers are aware that young patients with diabetes have an elevated risk of mortality and that this is mainly explained by an increased risk of sudden cardiac death," said the study's lead author Jesper Svane, a medical student at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark.
Medical News Today
New research uncovers molecular changes in the brain that are specific to chronic fatigue syndrome and Gulf War illness — two conditions that were believed to be purely psychological until recently. Though significant progress has been made in the way that CFS is perceived and diagnosed in the medical community, there is still no known cure for the illness, and its causes remain unknown.
The Clinical Advisor
I've been working now as a Family Nurse Practitioner for a couple of years, and one of the most rewarding things that I've had the pleasure of participating in is the treatment of hepatitis C. Modern treatment for hepatitis C has improved the outcomes and experiences of patients, and oral tablet treatment options have made compliance much better than as little as 5 years ago.
Simulation is being used more and more in nursing schools as well as in other types of educational situations for experienced nurses.
Christine Park, MD, president of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, a professor of anesthesiology and medical education and co-director of the Graham Clinical Performance Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, took time to answer questions about simulation and how it’s being utilized in the nursing field.
There was a time when nursing was mostly made up of young women who went straight into the profession after high school and worked their way up.
Today, the nursing workforce comes from diverse backgrounds, spans four generational age groups, not to mention that there are lots of men in the mix, too. In fact, many people enter nursing as a second career, and therefore, bring with them experience from other industries.
Everyone knows that sustained high blood pressure does no favors for your heart or life span.
But new research suggests that up-and-down shifts in blood pressure may be equally hazardous to your health.
Texas Medical Center
For the past two centuries, the stethoscope has been the iconic symbol of medicine. But that could soon change. As a professor of internal medicine and director of UTMB's Echocardiography Lab, Masood Ahmad, MD, has implemented a new course for second-year medical students in Point of Care Echocardiography. Instead of using a stethoscope to "auscultate," or listen for heart sounds, students are trained to use a small portable ultrasound device that can get real-time images of the heart right at the bedside.
By Keith Carlson
When a patient is admitted to a hospital, the hope is that the patient will improve and go home in short order. Those of us who work in healthcare know about hospital-borne infections and other potential complications of an inpatient stay, and improving a patient's chances of a successful hospitalization is a prudent goal. For all the intentions of hospitals to be healing environments, why do they more often than not feel exactly the opposite?
Nurses caring for patients with inflammatory bowel disease must translate goals of medical treatments as well as educate patients on treat-to-target and the monitoring of their medications, but not lose sight of the patient’s own goals, according to presenters at Advances in IBD 2017.
The Washington Post
People treated in the emergency room for a sprain, strain or fracture are generally given opioids to help them cope with the pain, often leaving with a prescription for opioids, too. Might non-opioid painkillers work just as well as these addictive drugs?
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