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Preventing nurse fatigue to keep our patients safe
By Joan Spitrey
With the holiday season upon us, it is not unusual to feel the stress of this busy time of year. Our schedules become filled with fun times with family and friends, but our own health often gets neglected.
However, as healthcare providers, we have a responsibility to our patients. They rely on us to have sharp minds and quick responses to their ever-changing needs. They need us to keep them safe. Therefore, it is imperative for nurses to take measures to prevent fatigue.
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CDC health advisory regarding the potential for circulation of drifted influenza A (H3N2) viruses
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines for flu vaccinations and use of antiviral medication in instances of the flu due to mutations of the flu virus. The CDC continues to encourage all patients six months and older who have not yet received an influenza vaccine this season to be vaccinated against influenza.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
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 email@example.com. Please indicate “Public Policy Committee” in the subject line.
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
Vote count drama in Tucson
In the race for the District #2 Congressional seat, Martha McSally leads Congressman Ron Barber by 161 votes out of 219,000 cast. A mandatory re-count began Thursday. While a reversal of results is unlikely, it is not impossible. Watch the news to discover who will represent the citizens of CD #2 in Washington, D.C., next year. The AzNA-PAC does not endorse national candidates.
Full agenda posted for important sunrise hearings Dec. 17
Several Health Professions are requesting expansion of their Scope of Practice at SUNRISE hearings. Significant changes requested by the Naturopathic Association regarding prescriptive privileges and by the Pharmacy Association regarding immunizations for children will be addressed by AzNA. Testimony by Nurse Practitioners and a Position paper will be provided to the Legislative Committee of Reference. The public is welcome to attend. To see the full Agenda look HERE. Watch the hearing HERE.
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Time: 9:30 A.M.
Place: House Hearing Room 1
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 MSN was sponsored by AzNA and the AzNA-PAC to attend the American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) in Washington this October. She is a strong spokesperson for staff nurses.
EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH
International Council of Nursing (ICN) Burdett Global Nursing Leadership Institute 2015 open for applications
Applications are open for the 2015 Global Nursing Leadership Institute (GNLI) to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 5-11, 2015.
Under the theme the “Future Work of Nurses”, participants in the 2015 GNLI, will have the opportunity to learn policy and sustainability strategies and innovations in a Post-2015 world. The next goal in public health will be the implementation and evaluation of universal health coverage. Access to care, primary health care initiatives, innovations in non-communicable diseases detection, prevention, control and management, tackling current and emerging infectious diseases, and disasters will be some of the new challenges nurses will have to operate in and lead forward in health and social environments worldwide.
Electronic health record research study
If you are a nurse who documents and interacts regularly with an Electronic Health Record as part of your daily work, we want to hear from you! Our research study, “Investigating Nurses’ Experiences with Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)” is seeking to test a survey we developed and better describe nurse experience with the benefits and challenges of Electronic Health Records.
Click here to participate in our research study. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The first section is the consent, followed by demographics, and then the actual survey.
An Institutional Review Board responsible for human subjects research at The University of Arizona reviewed this research project and found it to be acceptable, according to applicable state and federal regulations and University policies designed to protect the rights and welfare of participants in 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.
The nursing job outlook for 2015
By Keith Carlson
With 2015 poised to begin, economic forecasts for the new year are beginning to make themselves known, and the employment outlook in healthcare is a crucial aspect of those prognostications. A recent report from CareerBuilder.com places the position of registered nurse as having the third-best employment outlook of the site's top 10 chosen occupations. Our profession continues to see modest growth, and there appears to be no shortage of Americans willing to pursue nursing as a career choice in the 21st century.
Researchers examining new paths to treat pain and inflammation
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Pain of any type — whether acute or chronic — is the most frequent reason for physician consultation in the United States, prompting half of all Americans to seek medical care annually. Although separate conditions, pain and inflammation are nearly always associated with each other. Despite the prevalence of these conditions, the primary options available for their treatment have changed surprisingly little in recent years. Steroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opiates are still the mainstay treatments, although all have their drawbacks.
New WHO guide to prevent and control cervical cancer
World Health Organization
New guidance from WHO aims to help countries better prevent and control cervical cancer. The disease is one of the world's deadliest — but most easily preventable — forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270,000 deaths annually. The new "Comprehensive cervical cancer control: a guide to essential practice" will be launched at the World Cancer Leaders' Summit in Melbourne, Australia on Dec. 3.
Study: Online checklists can reduce improper antibiotic prescribing
Using an online checklist can help reduce unnecessary or improper prescribing of antibiotics, thereby cutting costs, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. For the study, researchers from the McGill University Health Center in Montreal examined the use of "time-outs" during treatment, when providers re-evaluate treatment plans as situations change. Specifically, physicians used online checklists to review changes in the type of prescribed antibiotics, doses and duration of treatment.
Nurse practitioners are an important part of the medical profession
Author Karen Rizzo writes: I'm writing in response to the Nov. 25, 2014, op-ed by Jill Harpst-Rodgers, Donna Falsetti and Joyce Penrose, in which they accused the American Medical Association of "social injustice" in opposing independent practice for nurse practitioners, based on the fact that most nurse practitioners are women.
As president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and a woman, I can state emphatically that our opposition to independent practice for nurse practitioners has nothing to do with the repression of women, a notion I find both abhorrent and ludicrous.
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Current approach to treating feed intolerance during critical illness
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
Impaired gastric emptying as well as impaired antropyloro-duodonal and intestinal motilities are common observations during critical illness. The underlying mechanisms for gastrointestinal motility dysfunctions during critical illness are not quite clear, but there have been many contributing factors mentioned in the literature.
Study: Majority of people ignore cancer warning signs
Medical News Today
Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In 2012, there were around 14 million new cases of cancer and around 8.2 million deaths from the disease. But despite such alarming numbers, a new study by researchers from the U.K. finds that most people ignore cancer warning signs, attributing them instead to symptoms of less serious illnesses.
New cardiac monitor process reduces alarm fatigue in hospitals
By Lynn Hetzler
A hospital monitor alarm can save a patient's life, as a single beep or high-pitched wail spurs doctors and nurses into action. However, the chorus of alarms that go off in the typical hospital ward can be mind-numbing to healthcare workers. The constant din of alarms can desensitize them, leading to "alarm fatigue" where audible alerts fail to catch the attention of workers.
CWRU finds more men arriving for class to receive an education to become a nurse
It appears that men have figured out what women have known for years: nursing is a great profession. Just ask the current class in Case Western Reserve University's masters entry-nursing program.
While the number of men in nursing has increased in recent years, Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has seen a huge jump in men enrolling in its master entry-nursing program this year. Roughly one-third of the entering Master of Nursing class — 11 of the 30 students — is male.
Hospital vanquishes 'monster number' of false alarms
A common and not-so-silent killer is lurking in hospitals. The Joint Commission reports that there were 98 alarm-related sentinel events and 80 alarm-related deaths in the U.S. between January 2009 and June 2012. While these alarms were designed to alert hospital staff that something needs to be attended to immediately. But in practice, the number of alarms can be overwhelming for hospital staff, patients and their families. But staff at one Ohio hospital discovered a way to quell the noise — and in the process created a better environment for patients and their families.
Study: Many kids exposed to unnecessary X-rays
Many American children receive unnecessary chest X-rays, a new study indicates. "Chest X-rays can be a valuable exam when ordered for the correct indications. However, there are several indications where pediatric chest X-rays offer no benefit and likely should not be performed to decrease radiation dose and cost," said study author Ann Packard, M.D., a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Efforts to improve patient safety result in 1.3 million fewer patient harms
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The report from AHRQ provides preliminary estimates for 2013 on hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), indicating a 17 percent decline, from 145 to 121 HACs per 1,000 discharges, from 2010 to 2013. A cumulative total of 1.3 million fewer HACs were experienced by hospital patients in 2011, 2012, and 2013 relative to the number of HACs that would have occurred if rates had remained steady at the 2010 level. Approximately 50,000 fewer patients died in the hospital as a result of the reduction in HACs, and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved from 2010 to 2013.
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