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Nurses are becoming patients
According to surveys by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are more than 35,000 back and other injuries among nursing employees every year, severe enough that they have to miss work.
Nursing assistants and orderlies each suffer roughly three times the rate of back and other musculoskeletal injuries as construction laborers.
In terms of sheer number of these injuries, BLS data show that nursing assistants are injured more than any other occupation, followed by warehouse workers, truckers, stock clerks and registered nurses.
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This Week at AzNA
Final preparations are underway for Nurse Lobby Day on Wednesday, Feb. 11 plus a theme has been chosen for Convention 2015. Find out about this and more by reading This Week at AzNA on the AzNA blog. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.
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AzNA Chapter 2 Tucson Presents Nurses of the Future
Friday, March 6, 2015, 0800-1600
Lodge on the Desert, 306 N Alvernon Way, Tucson
- Documentation & Safe Nursing Practice
- Nurse Fatigue
- The Affordable Care Act
Chapter 30 Members Meeting
Monday, March 9, 2015
Banner Desert Medical Center, Mesa, AZ
Rosati Education Center, Saguaro Classroom
Spend an evening with your nurse colleagues and rekindle your passion! Join in viewing The American Nurse Project documentary (1CEU). We will also be raffling a copy of the newly revised ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
ANA Seeking Public Comment: Revision of Nursing Administration Scope and Standards
The Nursing Administration Scope and Standards Revision Workgroup members seek public comments about the draft Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice, Second Edition. The comment period closes on March 6, 2015. Please consider reviewing and providing recommendations for improvements as part of your professional responsibility and accountability. Do invite students, colleagues, and other stakeholders to also respond. Access the draft document and response process, here. Thank you for your thoughtful review and comments.
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
Salute to Rory Hays, JD, AzNA Lobbyist
We hear about news of a “quiet” or “slow” legislative session with relief, but little understanding of why that might be. Rory Hays JD has been AzNA’s Lobbyist for over 20 years. She works year round to make sure that nurses are actively engaged in policy discussions with communities of interest, including community members, nurses, the board of nursing, the health department and many others. This includes reviewing and submitting revisions of the focus and content of bills that should be specifically including nursing as participants and care providers. Her expertise in writing bills enables her to attend stakeholder meetings with revisions written and ready to negotiate. For years she has championed language revisions so that advanced practice nurses are specifically named as eligible providers in bills that concern APRN scope of practice. Her work this session includes adding NPs to HB2489 EMTs, peace officers; naloxone admin and changing the focus of SB1032 controlled substance monitoring from mandating that providers check the system to repairing the system. She also was instrumental in language changes to HB2495 and SB1194 medically underserved areas, loan repayment (SE). See the “Mirrors and Strikers” article below. This is the kind of high level, professional and respected representation that is supported by dues and which benefits patients and our members
New service on 'Bills: The Nurses List' AzNA site
For years, during each legislative session, nurses have been able to see a list of Arizona bills pertaining to nursing on the AzNA website. The list shows the bill number, name, and sponsor as well as the status of the bill and AzNA’s position: Support, Oppose or Monitor. A new feature has been added which links the bill number on the list to the Arizona Legislative Information System (ALIS). Here one can read the bill, see the most current status report, and even find videos of hearings where the bill was discussed. TAKE A LOOK Find a bill title that interests you and click on the number.
Know your legislative jargon: Mirrors and strikers
A perfect example of the use of “mirrors” and “strikers” is found in HB2495 and SB1194 medically underserved areas, loan repayment (SE). They now have the same language. The House bill, HB2495 was dropped first and contained, among other things, the term “mid-level provider” to refer to APRNs and PAs. AzNA is working hard to have that term retired. Any bill can be modified by a "strike everything" amendment whereby ALL of the language in the bill is dropped and entirely new content is inserted. Some legislators deliberately drop a few benign bills containing "technical corrections" early in the session for use later if needed. Senator Gail Griffin (R) D14 had introduced SB1194 “technical correction: adoption." She agreed to use the bill for a striker and on Jan. 27, SB1194 was “struck” using language “mirroring” HB2495. These mirror bills contain the same language. The “mid-level” provider language has been removed from both proposed bills where there is not a conflict with Federal law. Matching bills in the Senate and House sometimes expedites passage.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH
Annual Children's Neuroscience Symposium
Come to Phoenix to hear from world-class neuro experts and stay for the warm weather. Innovative ideas will be presented on the hottest topics including, but not limited to:
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Management of Headache Disorders
- Common Pediatric Neuromuscular Disorders
- Snoring, Sleepwalking and Sleepless Nights
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Free with paid registration: Lunch-N-Learns (Space is limited to the 1st 50 registrants)
Flip the Clinic Lab
AzNA members have a wonderful opportunity to participate in Flip the Clinic Lab. if you are passionate about improving health care and have innovative ideas about how to transform the work of healthcare, this day is for you! Choose from the all-day session or evening community session. To find out more and apply for a spot, click here.
Healthcare Career Fair presented by Maricopa County Workforce Connections
You or a New Grad RN you know may be looking for a job. Visit the Healthcare Career Fair on Feb. 19! Meet your new employer in the healthcare Industry.
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FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to step down
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for almost six years has overseen public health initiatives ranging from tobacco control and food safety to personalized medicine and drug approvals, is stepping down, the agency said. Hamburg, 59, is one of the longest-serving FDA commissioners in the modern era. She was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May 2009 and last year was named the world's 51st most powerful woman by Forbes magazine.
How is the measles outbreak affecting the healthcare industry?
By Danielle Wegert
Douglas Coupland once said, "Adventure without risk is Disneyland." However, he clearly wasn’t considering the health risks of high-volume amusement parks, like Disneyland. But, these places are a breeding ground for disease, as was made apparent by the recent measles outbreak stemming from the theme park.
The outbreak began in December and, to date, there are 119 confirmed cases in the country.
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New guidelines issued for treatment of allergic rhinitis
For the 1 in 6 Americans with allergic rhinitis, new treatment guidelines have been issued by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation. The recommendations for those ages 2 and up appear in the February issue of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Allergy testing tops the "do" list; sinus imaging is a "don't" for people with signs of allergic rhinitis, the guidelines say.
Break into niche markets to create new streams of patients
By Jarod Carter
Word-of-mouth referrals from your patients are essential to building your business. Another large source of nonphysician referrals comes from establishing a presence in a niche market where people are serious about performance. This is another one of those areas in which my advice applies to all types of practices, not just cash-based ones like mine.
This is only a list of the first three niche markets that came to mind, but the list of possible markets is seemingly endless. If you are creative and consistent over time, there are more patients in niche markets than you could possibly have the time to accommodate in your practice.
New study echoes dementia dangers of allergy, sleep pills
By Denise A. Valenti
The physicians associated with the Alzheimer's Association recommend that those with dementia avoid over-the-counter medications that have diphenhydramine as the active ingredient. Diphenhydramine, an antihistamine that tends to make people drowsy, is in many allergy products, pain relievers, cold-and-sinus remedies as well as sleep aids that are available without a prescription.
Diphenhydramine is in a class of pharmaceuticals that reduce cholinergic nerve processing, and the cholinergic systems are already reduced in Alzheimer's disease (AD).
Study: Some with kidney stones might have calcium buildup in blood vessels
Some people who develop recurring kidney stones may also have high levels of calcium deposits in their blood vessels, and that could explain their increased risk for heart disease, new research suggests. "It's becoming clear that having kidney stones is a bit like having raised blood pressure, raised blood lipids [such as cholesterol] or diabetes in that it is another indicator of, or risk factor for, cardiovascular disease and its consequences," said study co-author Robert Unwin, M.D., of University College London. Unwin is currently chief scientist with the AstraZeneca cardiovascular and metabolic diseases innovative medicines and early development science unit, in Molndal, Sweden.
CDC: Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to early menopause
There's a link between early menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a new study suggests.
The findings may help explain why women are two to four times more likely to have CFS than men, and why the condition is most common among women in their 40s, the researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Although the study was able to find a link between early menopause and chronic fatigue syndrome, the researchers weren't able to learn whether one condition causes the other, or if there's another factor that might cause both conditions.
FDA's investigation into patients being injected with simulated IV fluids continues
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing to investigate multiple instances of Wallcur simulated saline solution being administered to patients. To date, we are aware of more than 40 patients who have received infusions of the simulated saline products. Some of the patients experienced adverse events associated with these products including fever, chills, tremors and headache.
What healthcare providers need to know about measles
By Joan Spitrey
Many who work in healthcare today are too young to remember the measles epidemics of years past. Therefore, their knowledge and care of this previously eradicated disease is extremely limited and quick identification of infected individuals could be limited. As we learned last year from our Ebola exposures, our lack of knowledge of uncommon, yet highly communicative diseases is our Achilles’ heel. As healthcare providers, we owe it to ourselves and our patients to remain informed of such diseases.
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