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Nurses and the culture of injury on the job
By Keith Carlson
A recent investigative series by NPR highlights the lack of on-the-job safety faced by nurses around the United States. According to the NPR reports, nurses suffer more work-related injuries than construction workers, and the situation is only getting worse. If healthcare workers want the necessary protections and equipment to increase their own safety — and the safety of their patients — more voices will apparently need to be raised in support of such measures.
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This Week at AzNA
Debby Wood kills two bees with her bare hands. Robin Schaeffer travels to Nevada for a flurry of meetings. Wendy Schulz enjoys the Llama Drama. Debbie Blanchard does Actual Work. Read about all of this and more on the AzNA Blog: This Week at AzNA.
CONVENTION DATE CHANGE!
Due to issues with location, a date change has become necessary for AzNA’s Biennial Convention – Mark your Calendars for Sept. 23-25, 2015! The Changing Landscape of Healthcare: Trends in Nursing Leadership, Practice & Education will be held at the San Marcos Resort in downtown Chandler, Arizona. Featuring three different tracks focusing on Leadership, Education and Clinical Practice, this is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss. Registration will open in May 2015.
AzNA apologizes for any inconvenience the change in date may cause.
Thank you for your flexibility.
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Chapter 30 Fall 2015 Scholarship Applications
Chapter 30 East Valley is proud to support Nursing Students at all levels of education through our Fall 2015 Nursing Student Scholarship. We also support the Professional Growth and Development of our Chapter Members by offering our Fall 2015 Continuing Education Scholarship toward fees associated with Nursing Conferences or Seminars. Details are included with the APPLICATION being accepted from March 1 - 31.
Chapter 30 Members Meeting
Spend an evening with your nurse colleagues and rekindle your passion! We will hear from Danna Daniel, RN about her clinic travel to Nicaragua with Project C.U.R.E. We will also discuss the newly revised ANA Code of Ethics and how you can integrate Ethics in your work setting. Join in viewing The American Nurse Project documentary (1CEU). Door prizes and light snacks served. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Monday, March 9, 5-7 p.m.
Banner Desert Medical Center, Saguaro Room
1400 S. Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202
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|June 25-26||27th Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Clinical Symposium – SAVE THE DATE! Registration Opens in April 2015
|Sept. 23-25||AzNA Biennial Convention — The Changing Landscape of Healthcare: Trends in Nursing Leadership, Practice & Education – DATE CHANGE! MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
||San Marcos Resort, Chandler, Arizona|
Governor Ducey has signed swift moving bill benefiting nurse practitioners
AzNA doesn’t just review bills for the impact they will have on nurses and patients. Outdated language is constantly being challenged by AzNA if it fails to address the current roles of Advanced Practice Nurses. Mirror bills SB1194 and HB2495 medically underserved areas; loan repayment passed swiftly through the legislature and was signed by the Governor on February 24. The law will provide more efficient funding for primary care provider training including APRNs. Also, thanks to the AzNA Public Policy team’s hard yet delicate work encouraging modifications to the language of the bill, it is “provider neutral”. AzNA succeeded in having the phrase “mid-level provider” struck and/or redefined using the phrase Advance Practice Provider. You can read the chaptered bill HERE.
HB2196 Certified Nursing Assistants bill moving
HB2196 modifying the Nurse Practice act to change certified nursing assistants to licensed nursing assistants and establish a nurse aide has reached the floor of the House. Stakeholder meetings are ongoing as the language of this legislation is perfected. Read the legislative fact sheet HERE. See the
AzNA Talking Points for a further discussion of this proposed revision to the Nurse Practice Act.
More bills of interest at the AzNA hotline
Click the links to read about these important bills:
HB2438 — post traumatic stress disorder; public safety committee SUPPORT
HB2489 — EMTs; peace officers; naloxone administration SUPPORT
B1102 and HB 2343 — Text Messaging while driving; prohibition SUPPORT
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH
CE Scholarship Funds
AzNA Chapter 30 East Valley offers CE Scholarship Funds for any Chapter 30 Members who would like to attend conferences or seminars. Check out the Continuing Education Application for details.
Reducing Readmissions Through Effective Medication Management
Monday, March 23, 2015 from 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
A day-long conference awarding 5.5 CEUs, breakfast, lunch and all the coffee you can drink, all for a mere $15 (this is not a mistake!). Medication Management is certainly on everyone’s mind and we’ll all learn about Phase 2 of the No Place Like Home Statewide Campaign. See you there and please share this opportunity with your friends and colleagues.
The Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Diabetes Facilitator Training
Prepares you to offer a comprehensive diabetes education curriculum based on mindful eating principles. The Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Program for Prediabetes and Diabetes is a practical mind-body approach that shifts the focus from rigid nutrition rules and strict exercise regimens to awareness of beliefs, habits, thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. Learning to listen to and understand their “inner expert” puts your patients in charge of their eating and health decisions. This training is online, self-paced, and all-inclusive. This training offers 32 nursing continuing education contact hours through the Arizona Nurses Association, an accredited approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. For more information and to sign up for this training, please click here.
Pick Your Poison: Current Trends on Toxicology
The Poison and Drug Information Centers of Arizona and the University of Arizona College Of Medicine- Phoenix are proud to offer the toxicology symposium, “Pick Your Poison- Current Trends in Toxicology,” April 10 and 11, 2015, in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conference will feature presentations on Emergency Management, Novel Drugs of Abuse, Dangerous Pediatric Ingestions, Withdrawal Symptoms and Drug Testing. This is a great opportunity for those preparing for Certification as a Specialist in Poison Information (CSPI) exam as well as healthcare professionals in Emergency, ICU, Critical Care and Community Health who wish to further their knowledge on current trends in emergency medicine and toxicology.
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register online, click here.
Call for Nominations — 2015 Leadership in Action Awards
Arizona Action Coalition — Guiding Arizona Implementation of IOM Recommendations
Arizona's Nursing Leadership in Action Awards recognize nurses for the contributions being made to help lead the future of nursing in Arizona.
Nominate a Registered Nurse who demonstrates leadership in:
This year’s award recipients will be recognized during the luncheon at the Annual Adda Alexander Conference on Aug. 21, 2015 in Carefree, AZ. Winners will become part of the second cohort for leading the future of nursing in Arizona.
- clinical practice
- education and teaching
- administrative leadership
- policy involvement
- healthcare innovation
For more information and the nomination form, please click here.
Call for Nominations — 2015 Nurse of the Year Awards
The March of Dimes encourages you to nominate an outstanding registered nurse for Nurse of the Year to be awarded at the 12th Annual Nurse of the Year Awards Gala on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. The nomination process is easy and gives anyone —colleagues, patients, friends and family—an opportunity to honor outstanding nurses who really shine in the profession!
The Nurse of the Year Awards Gala is held to recognize outstanding nurses throughout Arizona as well as to support the March of Dimes mission of preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through research, education, community services and advocacy.
Advancing the Foundations of Psychiatric Nursing in Arizona
The American Psychiatric Nurses Association Arizona Chapter presents a conference in Casa Grande focused on the leadership challenge of integrating models of care, as well as the gift of mindfulness, schizophrenia, advanced application of psychotropic medications and more on May 8, 2015. Registration fees range from $45 to $75. More Information.
How hospitals can reduce barriers to nurse leadership
Despite the positive impact nurse leaders have on outcomes, they remain underrepresented in hospital leadership, according to Becker's Hospital Review.
Although an Institute of Medicine 2010 Future of Nursing report found that healthcare is evolving toward nurse-led models, a survey of 1,000 hospital boards published in the Journal of Healthcare Management found only 6 percent of members were nurses, Nancy J. Robert, Ph.D., executive vice president and chief product and marketing officer for the American Nurses Association, told the publication.
Study: Decision support-enabled mobile apps help nurse diagnoses
Nurses who used a mobile application with evidence-based decision support tools are significantly more likely to diagnose depression, weight issues and tobacco use than nurses using not using such tools, according to a study published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Innovation & Technology reports.
Healthcare jobs boost American middle class
The healthcare industry provides a ray of hope for middle-class workers seeking well-paying jobs with opportunities for advancement, the New York Times reports, though not all workers may benefit from this trend.
Although the hospital sector has struggled to create new jobs in recent years, the latest data indicates hiring has returned to a brisk pace, with demand particularly high for nonclinical positions such as community health workers and medical assistants, FierceHealthcare has reported.
Younger women conceal or don't recognize heart attack symptoms
Younger women often do not disclose heart attack symptoms for fear of being labeled hypochondriacs, according to a new study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Part of the problem is that many heart attack symptoms are not universally recognized as such, author Judith Lichtman, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, said. Women are more likely than men to experience lesser-known symptoms such as nausea and pain down their arms, she said.
Variation in clinical practice guidelines for febrile infants
Emergency department clinical practice guideline (CPG) recommendations contribute to observed practice variation in febrile infants, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Researchers examined the correlation between pediatric emergency department CPGs and laboratory testing, hospitalization, ceftriaxone use and costs for febrile infants in 33 hospitals in the Pediatric Health Information System. Generalized estimating equations were used to examine the correlation between CPG recommendations and rates of urine, blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) testing; hospitalization; and ceftriaxone use at emergency department discharge for infants aged ≤28 days and aged 29 to 56 days.
CDC, federal partners develop improved method for attributing foodborne illness
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service have developed an improved method for analyzing outbreak data to determine which foods are responsible for illnesses related to four major foodborne bacteria. On Feb. 24, the three agencies released a report on the new method.
The report, titled "Foodborne Illness Source Attribution Estimates for Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157 (E. coli O157), Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), and Campylobacter using Outbreak Surveillance Data," was produced by the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration.
Disrespectful healthcare cultures and risks to patient care
By Christina Thielst
A recent PSQH article listed a dozen persistent medication safety gaffes that need to be resolved. Not surprisingly, No. 8 was "disrespectful behavior: a history of tolerance in healthcare." Disrespectful behavior includes bullying, threats, aggressiveness and even more passive forms such as ignoring and exclusion.
These behaviors don't belong in any workplace, and certainly not in healthcare because of the risks created and the definite threat to patient safety.
Viable health information exchange not likely until 2017
By Scott E. Rupp
The results of a new survey by Black Book show broad insight into the "tentative" progress that health information exchange (HIE) and true interoperability have made. After polling nearly 2,000 health plan members and patients, 800 independent and employed physicians, 700 hospital executives, 1,200 insurers and 500 health information technology vendor staffers in a span of eight months, Black Book analysts have boiled down their findings thusly: "Persistent unpredictability describes the current state of operative HIEs."
4 ways to better serve aging patients
It can be a challenge to treat elderly patients with complex needs and few physicians have specialized training in geriatrics. But the baby boomers are coming. By 2030, the over-65 population will be triple the size it was in 1980, according to a Medscape article that examines ways in which the industry has thus far underserved older patients. To make your practice more senior-friendly, consider the following steps.
Skin test for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's shows early promise
A small, early study hints that a skin test may someday be able to help diagnose people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Researchers found that skin biopsies can reveal elevated levels of abnormal proteins associated with the two disorders. As it stands now, a definite diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in a living person has not been possible, so the illness is often "unrecognized until after the disease has progressed," Ildefonso Rodriguez-Leyva, MD, of the Central Hospital at the University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, explained in an academy news release.
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