AzNA Today
May. 4, 2015

CDC: Nurses, assistants most injury prone in healthcare
Healthcare jobs have long been among the riskiest, most dangerous and injury-prone occupations around. Nurses and nurse assistants are the unluckiest among them, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among the most costly injuries were musculoskeletal. In 2011, healthcare personnel experienced seven times the national rate of musculoskeletal disorders, compared with all other private sector workers, the CDC noted. It cited overweight/obese and acutely ill patients, high patient-to-nurse ratios, long shifts, and current efforts to mobilize patients almost immediately after medical interventions.More

Happy Nurses Week!

May 12, the final day of National Nurses Week, is the birthday of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). The English nurse became known as the founder of professional nursing, especially due to her pioneering work during the Crimean War (1853-1856). Due to her habit of making rounds at night, Nightingale became known as "The Lady with the Lamp". National Nurses Week was first observed in October 1954, the 100th anniversary of Nightingale's mission to Crimea. May 6 was introduced as the date for the observance in 1982. The AzNA board of directors and staff sends their appreciation and recognition for all you do!More

Nurses Week is May 6-12
Take some time for some self-reflection

These dates cover both May 6, which is the ANA sponsored National Nurses Day established in the 1970’s, and May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale in 1820 and is International Nurses Day. Nightingale is recognized as the founder of modern nursing. Nurses are encouraged to take time for self-reflection during this special week.More

AZ budget reports can be found on the AzNA website monthly

The Budget for the State of Arizona is set every year by the legislature with the approval of the Governor. Citizen input is always important to legislators as they consider what to fund and what to cut. The website for the Joint Legislative Budget Committee has a wealth of information including regular financial summaries, state budgets and historical documentation. The JLBC Staff reports monthly to the Legislature on the status of General Fund revenue collections and other fiscal issues. A summary of monthly budget reports can be found on the AzNA public policy website. Look on the right-hand column under state news. As an example, this is the report for March, 2015.


American Nurses Association Call for Action: Safe Staffing Legislation

Inadequate staffing levels mean patients risk infection, longer hospital stays, falls — even death. But new legislation would require robust staffing plans with input from direct care registered nurses — the people who know patient safety best. Write a letter using this easy link We need your voice. Contact your representatives now and tell them: make patient safety a top priority — support the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act!More

Hematology Nurses Needed for (pre-market) Delivery Device Evaluation Research Study


WHO: We are seeking 9 hematology nurses or nurse practitioners that perform infusions for patients with hemophilia OR other blood disorders that require regular infusions.

WHAT: An evaluation research study on a delivery device designed to make the process of preparing infusions easier, more efficient and safe. It is not yet on the market, which is why it’s it is going through this evaluation research. Researchers have to interview individuals who would typically use this type of device.

WHAT IT’S NOT: This is NOT a sales or a product push. It’s observational research used solely for the purposes of designing safe, efficient and usable products.

TIME and COMMITMENT: Sessions available Monday, May 18th through Thursday, May 21st

*(2) 30 minute session that are 24 hours apart.
The first session will introduce and provide training on the device.
The second session will observe interaction with the device and obtain feedback.
There will NOT be any injections during the study sessions.

Research Collective
2141 E Broadway Rd Suite 201
Tempe, AZ 85287

Please answer a few brief demographic questions on our Registration Form at
We will follow up to confirm and schedule. More

Invitation to participate in PAID Medical Device Evaluation Study


Mental Health Awareness Month aims to knock down stigma
By Jessica Taylor
Because of that stigma, it's harder for people who may need help to seek out the resources that are available to them. Since there’s no uniform treatment, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that untreated mental illness leads to more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school failures, incarcerations, suicides and more suffering by individuals with mental illness and their families — and increases overall healthcare costs. More

Informatics nurses provide 'high degree of impact' on quality of care
Health IT Outcomes
The 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Survey reveals informatics nurses bring value to the use of clinical systems and technologies at their healthcare organizations. According to the survey, informatics nurses provide the greatest value in the implementation phase (85 percent) and optimization phase (83 percent) of the clinical systems process. The web-based survey polled 576 individuals with a job title of Director or higher, informatics nurse, or clinician between Nov. 17, 2014 and Jan. 24, 2015.More

Nurses say peer bullying is rampant — and patients pay the price
As the issue of violence directed at healthcare workers gains ever more attention, research shows that nurses and doctors suffer some of the worst abuse at the hands of their own colleagues. At least 85 percent of nurses have been verbally abused by a fellow nurse, and some experts estimate that 1 in 3 nurses will consider quitting because of the bullying, Marie Claire reports.More

Women more likely than men to have ongoing memory problems after concussion
Medical News Today
A new study led by researchers from Taiwan finds the effects of concussion may differ between men and women, with women experiencing more persistent working memory impairment. While the majority of people fully recover from concussion within three months, around 10-15 percent continue to experience complications. More

What is the origin of Nurses Week?
By Joan Spitrey
Each year, Nurses Week begins on May 6 and runs through May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. This is a week where the worker bees of the healthcare world get some time in the spotlight. Many nurses look forward to the week of gifts, praises and a reminder of the greatness of nursing. But how did all this celebrating actually originate? More

Nurses crunch the numbers in quest to address some of healthcare's big challenges
Infection Control Today
More than 8 million healthcare workers are employed in settings where they are exposed to hazardous drugs by leaks, vapors, or residue. These can cause cancers, infertility, and other serious health problems. Up to 75 percent of antibiotics prescriptions in the U.S. are for upper respiratory infections (antibiotics work in only a fraction of these cases), with such misuse creating drug-resistant superbugs. At least 3.2 million Americans have hepatitis C and up to 85 percent don’t know they have a deadly but curable virus. More

Hospitals increasingly turn to patients for advice
Kaiser Health News
Patient advisory councils often serve as sounding boards for hospital leaders — offering advice on a range of issues. Members are usually patients and relatives who had bad hospital experiences and want to change how things work, or who liked their stay and want to remain involved. This hunt for patient perspective, which is becoming more and more common, is fueled in part by the health law's quality-improvement provisions and other federal financial incentives, such as the link between Medicare payments and patient satisfaction scores.More

Few RA patients reach sustained remission
MedPage Today
Despite the current emphasis on sustained remission as the goal of treatment in early rheumatoid arthritis, few patients actually achieve that, a researcher reported. Over a five-year period, only 12 percent of patients enrolled in the Norfolk Arthritis Register were classified as having persistent remission, defined as being in remission at three or more annual visits, according to Michael J. Cook, PhD, of the University of Manchester.More

Multidisciplinary bone marrow program prepares nurses for aspirations, biopsies
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Registered nurses who participated in a bone marrow program maintained a 98 percent score when rated by pathologists for the quality of the bone marrow aspiration and biopsy samples they collected, with no reported incidences of postprocedure complications, according to a presentation at the ONS 40th Annual Congress. This use of nurse procedurists “demonstrates an innovative partnership for clinical practice, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM),” said Daravan Kao, RN, BSN, OCN®, of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle, WA.More

New shingles vaccine may offer improved protection
The New York Times
In a large randomized trial, researchers have found that a newly developed shingles vaccine is about twice as effective as the one currently in use. Researchers studied the vaccine, not yet approved for general use, in more than 15,000 people whose average age was 62. Half the group received two doses of the vaccine, the other half got placebo shots. The study is published in The New England Journal of Medicine.More