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The NICU ride through the eyes of a nurse
The Huffington Post
Author Jodi Dolezel writes: Parents of premature babies often refer to the NICU as a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, never knowing when to hold their breath and grab on tight or let go and enjoy the ride ... all along trying not to puke.
Although different from a parent, as a NICU nurse I can tell you that we also experience the feelings of up and down that live in the air of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. As I prepare for my work day, I often wonder what lies ahead of me.
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Chapter 30 East Valley Quarterly Members Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Banner Desert Medical Center, Aspen A Classroom
1400 S. Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202
Presenter - TBD
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Join nurses who make a difference at the legislature
The AzNA Public Policy committee is open to members who are interested in serving nurses by working very hard for a few weeks on a virtual committee. In exchange, you will get to review and assess new bills as they are proposed at the Arizona legislature and join in discussions about how AzNA should respond. This is a unique service/learning opportunity. Denise G. Link, Ph.D., NP, FAAN, FAANP chairs this committee. She invites interested persons to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate “Public Policy Committee” in the subject line.
Call for Volunteers for AzNA Biennial Convention Planning Committee
It is time to begin planning for AzNA's Biennial Convention to be held on Oct. 21-23, 2015. The time commitment is 4 to 6 months for 1 to 2 conference calls per month. Please send your name to email@example.com if you are interested in participating.
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
Pride of the PAC
Congratulations to these AzNA-PAC members.
Membership in AzNA and in the AzNA-PAC provides opportunities for networking, and for advancing one’s profession and level of influence. Membership reveals opportunities to learn about how to promote and protect nurses and their patients through multiple Advocacy programs.
- Deanne Lewis, MS, RN-BC has been appointed by the ANA Board of Directors to the ANA-PAC for the 2016 election cycle. Deanne is an educator, an international nurse traveler and a Florence Nightingale expert.
- Pat VanMaanen, RN, MS has been appointed by the ANA Board of Directors for appointment to the ANA-PAC for the 2016 election cycle. Pat is an entrepreneur working with advocacy agencies such as the Children’s Action Alliance and St. Luke’s Health Initiatives. She is a past President of the Arizona Public Health Association.
- Colleen Hallberg, RN, MSN was sponsored by AzNA and the AzNA-PAC to attend the American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) in Washington this October. Colleen is known for her nurse advocacy as a nurse executive here in Arizona.
- Kellie Engen, RN, CCNC is the newest nurse in this group and is a strong spokeswomen for staff nurses.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH
American Red Cross Blood Drive for the Holiday Season
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood to help ensure sufficient blood supplies are available for patients this holiday season.
Blood donations often decline during the holidays when donors get busy with travel and family gatherings, but the need for blood remains steady. Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.
Find the closest donation spot to you!
ASU College of Nursing & Health Innovation offering Interprofessional Fellowship in Innovative Health Leadership
ASU’s CONHI is once again offering the Interprofessional Fellowship in Innovative Health Leadership program. The second cohort starts in February. For more information visit ASU’s website or contact Melissa Wenzel.
NPs, PAs use more diagnostic imaging compared to physicians
HealthDay News via MPR
Advanced practice clinicians (APCs) use more imaging than primary care physicians (PCPs), according to a study published online Nov. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Danny R. Hughes, Ph.D., from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute in Reston, Virginia, and colleagues compared the use of diagnostic imaging ordered by APCs (specifically, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) versus PCPs following office-based encounters. Data were obtained from 2010 to 2011 Medicare claims for a 5 percent sample of beneficiaries.
Study: Female kidney donors have increased risk of preeclampsia
By Chelsea Adams
Female kidney donors double their risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy, according to the results of a Canadian study published in the Nov. 14 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. While preeclampsia can pose serious health threats to the mother and fetus, the condition is usually manageable, and most women had uncomplicated pregnancies following nephrectomies.
Transforming decision support and reporting
New technology is enabling easier access to information, creating collaborative care team interaction and improved clinical outcomes. The next generation of decision-support technology leverages natural language processing (NLP) and continues to evolve by scouring unstructured text and presenting evidence-based medicine to providers in new, accessible and interesting ways.
US healthcare for seniors ranked poorly compared to 10 other countries
During the month of November, Kaiser Health News reported that “more hospitals are receiving penalties than bonuses in the second year of Medicare’s quality incentive program, and the average penalty is steeper than it was last year.” Kaiser wasn’t the only troubling news that appeared recently for Americans who are 65 and older and rely on Medicare for their healthcare coverage.
In a report issued recently, The Commonwealth Fund found that the U.S. ranked poorly compared to 10 other countries on key indicators for those who are 65 and older. It’s an important and valuable comparison for 3 reasons.
Survey: Cost trumps health for many Americans
By Scott E. Rupp
As "Obamacare" is entering its second year of implementation, and open enrollment is currently upon us, Healthline — a provider of intelligent health information and technology solutions — has released the results from a new survey showcasing consumer's thoughts about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance.
Conducted ahead of the 2015 open enrollment, the survey shows health insurance issues, including factors impacting health plan selection, satisfaction with current plan options, consumer understanding of the ACA, perceived impact of the ACA and overall thoughts about the U.S. health insurance system.
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Report showns obesity tied to half a million cancers worldwide
The Lancet Oncology via HealthDay News
Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 184 countries showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 (5.4 percent) of new cancers in women in 2012, and 136,000 (1.9 percent) of new cancers in men in 2012. Among women, postmenopausal breast, endometrial and colon cancers accounted for nearly three-quarters (250,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers, while colon and kidney cancers accounted for more than two-thirds (nearly 90,000 cases) of obesity-related cancers in men.
CDC: Emergency departments saw record visits in 2011
Emergency departments across the country saw a record number of patients in 2011, with more than 136 million people visiting, and experts only expect the demand to increase, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current projections have ED visits around 140 million, with about a 2.9 percent increase in patients every year, according to the data, but many hospitals haven't expanded to cope with the growth. "Given that our nation's population is aging, and emergency departments have a critical role as the front line of responding to disasters and infectious disease outbreaks in America ... we need to prepare for increased numbers of patients," Michael Gerardi, M.D., president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in an announcement.
Survey finds majority of nursing graduates feel unsafe, unprepared with Ebola
U.S. News & World Report
Many nursing students go to school because they want to help those who are sick or injured. However, when it comes to Ebola, some nurses don't think they're prepared to care for patients while protecting their own health.
A new survey from Kaplan Test Prep, which was given electronically to 2,228 nursing school graduates, found that 57 percent of these individuals say they feel unprepared to care for Ebola patients, and 55 percent would feel "personally unsafe" if they did so, according to a press release. All of the graduates who participated in this survey have clinical experience.
Early statin use may give long-term heart benefits
The Washington Post
Taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward, and the benefits seem to grow over time, a landmark study finds. Researchers say it's the first evidence that early use of a statin can have a legacy effect, perhaps changing someone's odds of disease for good. "It might be a lifetime effect," said one study leader, Chris Packard of the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Not only did original benefits of statins continue into late life, but researchers were surprised to see new ones become evident over time, he said.
School nurse program increased epinephrine availability to students
A training program for school nurses in Houston decreased students’ reactions to food allergies and increased student-specific injectable devices, according to recent study results. “It is extremely important for parents to communicate with their children’s schools any known food allergies,” Carla M. Davis, M.D., pediatric immunology, allergy and rheumatology specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, said in a press release.
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