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Nurse entrepreneurship explodes across the US
By Keith Carlson
Plenty of enterprising nurses have owned businesses over the years, but entrepreneurship and business savvy among nurses is veritably exploding in the early 21st century. With an increasing number of states within the U.S. allowing advanced practice nurses to manage patient care without a supervising physician, APRNs are realizing they can serve the public as independent medical providers. These nurses can make house calls, open small clinics and more.
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AzNA Recognizes The Best at Convention!
AzNA awards are presented at the Convention on September 25 at the San Marcos Resort. There are four categories:
The award criteria and nomination form are available on the AzNA website. The deadline is August 15. Take a few minutes to nominate someone you know.
- Outstanding Member
- Health Promotion Champion
- Advocate of Nursing
- Nurse Champion
AzNA Life Member Nominations
Do you know an AzNA member who has contributed to the work of the Association through their distinguished service and/or contributions over many years?
The AzNA Board of Directors seeks your recommendation.
Please submit a brief narrative highlighting the work of this nurse. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15. Limit: 250 words
Poster Submission Deadline Extended
Deadline for Convention Poster Submissions has been extended to Friday, July 24, 2015. Please visit the website for more information and for submission qualifications and instructions.
OASIS Hospital, the Valley’s Premier Orthopedic Hospital is seeking talented and knowledgeable RNs to join their world class team! These highly sought after Night Opportunities in the PSU provide autonomy, exceptional rates, a family setting, great schedules, and pure joy.
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
|July 25-26||27th Annual Southwestern Regional Nurse Practitioner Clinical Symposium — REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
|Aug. 21||4th Annual Adda Alexander Conference on Patient Safety & Quality
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
|Carefree Resort & Spa, Carefree, AZ
|Aug. 28||2nd Annual National Association of Hispanic Nurses: Phoenix Chapter Conference REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
|Sept. 23-25||AzNA Biennial Convention — The Changing Landscape of Healthcare: Trends in Nursing Leadership, Practice & Education – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
||San Marcos Resort, Chandler, Arizona|
ANA Commends Inclusion of End-of-Life Consultation In Proposed Medicare Payment Rule
ANA applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for including the advance care planning codes in the recently released 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Through this action, CMS recognizes that advanced care planning services, commonly referred to as “end-of-life” consultations, are essential to delivering high-quality care in a manner that fully aligns with the goals and desires of the patient. This proposal, if finalized, will help ensure that patient care preferences are understood by health care providers, and that patients receive their preferred care when facing complex, serious health care issues.
Education's Importance to Arizonans Is Important to Nurses
Education News has taken many forms recently including Governor Ducey's proposal to tap the State Trust funds for schools and the results of a new survey of Arizonans by Highground on behalf of "Stand for Children" . Education has risen to the top of "Issues facing the state". Health Care has fallen to the lowest ranking since the surveys began in 2010. That could be a good thing.
Keep in mind that the future of nursing depends upon education. Public concern over education can be fertile ground for proactive action on behalf of such things as Registered Nurses in K-12 schools, Arizona's nursing schools, and Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development . Go ahead, write a letter.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH
Opportunity for Legal Nurses
Expert Strategy Group is an expert referral company looking for legal nurses that have experience reviewing legal documentation, charts and medical records. Our clients are attorneys and insurance companies who are looking for the services of nurses to review & verify medical paperwork/records. We would like to be able to refer (contract) work to any nurses that might be interested in working as a legal nurse on a per-project basis. If interested, the process includes the nurse sending his/her resume to our company and we store it in our database. When the need arises we call the nurse and inquire if they would like to earn extra money and advise them of the assignment requirements. For more information or to submit a resume, please contact Julie Olejnik, Strategy Group Expert, at Julie@ExpertStrategy-Group.com
Red Cross Urges Blood Donations
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Despite travel and other activities that may cause some donors to be less available to give, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY
Could nap rooms help hospital shift workers?
By Joan Spitrey
Imagine you have been up all night, caring for a newborn. You are sleepy, yet need to remain alert. At 6 a.m., you sit down to feed and burp the precious new life. You begin to feel drowsy as you take in the aroma of the newborn. Next thing you know, the infant has fallen to the ground out of your grasp. Sound ridiculous? Unfortunately, this is not a piece of fiction, but a sad event that happened recently to a 30-year veteran nurse in Pennsylvania during a long overnight shift.
A major loophole in the healthcare transparency law: Nurses don't need to report their dealings with drug companies
A nurse practitioner in Connecticut pleaded guilty in June to taking $83,000 in kickbacks from a drug company in exchange for prescribing its high-priced drug to treat cancer pain. In some cases, she delivered promotional talks attended only by herself and a company sales representative.
But when the federal government recently released data on payments by drug and device companies to doctors and teaching hospitals, the payments to nurse practitioner Heather Alfonso, 42, were nowhere to be found.
That's because the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act doesn't require companies to publicly report payments to nurse practitioners or physician assistants, even though they are allowed to write prescriptions in most states.
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Nurse practitioners: With advanced training, NPs qualified to provide, coordinate patient care
"There is a wide range of responsibilities and actions, and nurse practitioners can serve in different capacities, depending on where they work," says Joanna Black, a healthcare career consultant in New York. "NPs have become part of the larger healthcare picture. They play a role in some of the important functions that have become essential to the overall treatment of an individual."
Nurses have a duty to draw the line on substandard care
One of the most important roles of the nursing profession is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The elderly with dementia cannot advocate for themselves, and without nurses willing to do the job they are licensed to do, these patients frequently have no one. Being overwhelmed is no excuse for poor, inadequate, negligent, substandard patient care.
Nurse practitioners more in demand than most physicians
When it comes to what a hospital or health system needs to fill the vacancies in a medical staff, primary care doctors like family physicians and internists have long been the top need.
But climbing the ranks and jumping past many doctor specialties on the demand scale aren't physicians at all. They're nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are filling a critical role for the health care industry, according to national doctor recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins.
Nurse leaders go 'Suits to Scrubs' to improve patient care
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Brooke Army Medical Center's nurse leaders are trading their uniforms for scrubs each month to join their staff on the hospital frontlines.
The program is known here as 'Suits to Scrubs' however, many are dubbing it BAMC's version of "Undercover Boss," a TV show that features senior executives going undercover in their own companies to identify areas for improvement.
Cutting physician and nurse pay would have limited effect on costs
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The relatively high compensation paid to nurses and physicians is not the primary driver of cost increases in healthcare, a new Health Affairs study concludes. Though both nurses and physicians are paid much more than workers with similar qualifications in other sectors, reducing their salaries would cut overall health expenditures by just 6 percent. And that is assuming that employment levels remain the same, according to the study.
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