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By Dorothy L. Tengler
A dangerous superbug, dubbed the "phantom menace" by scientists, is on the rise in the United States, according to a new report report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The family of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) superbugs first made headlines in 2013 when the CDC warned that CRE infections were spreading. However, the latest news is more daunting. What makes these new bacteria even more dangerous is their ability to transfer their antibiotic resistance to normal bacteria in our bodies.
A special thanks to Arizona Nurses! Two-hundred nurses rallied at the Capitol on Monday, Dec. 7 and over 6000 emails and 700 letters of support were sent to a state legislative panel which subsequently recommended approval of the APRN Sunrise Application; proposed legislation that would expand the scope of practice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) . After articulate and convincing testimony from AzNA and APRN representatives, the application passed on a 5-4 vote.
Voting for: Co-Chair Sen. Barto (R-15) , Rep. Friese (D-9) , Sen. Pancrazi (D-4), Sen. Bradley (D-10) and Rep. Cobb (R-5). Against: Sen. Ward (R-5), Rep. Lawrence (R-23), Sen. Yee (R-20), and Co-Chair Rep. Carter (R-15).
Take five minutes right now to thank the legislators that voted in favor.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to speak personally with legislators at AzNA’s Lobby Day on Jan. 19. Register Today. Space is Limited.
Five hours of testimony hinted at the battles to come as the proposal moves forward during the 2016 legislative session (watch HERE - you may need to turn up your volume).
You can read more about this historic proposal HERE.
Detailed News Coverage from Dec. 7’s Committee of Reference Hearing
A public webinar was held on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 to assess the progress on the IOM Future of Nursing Report. The webinar included statements by the committee chair highlighting key findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the report, as well as a discussion with committee members and detailed the progress made since the initial report was released 5 years ago.
Our important work continues ... Collaboration is key.
AzNA has been working hard to get information regarding the nursing shortage out to the general public. AzNA Member Joanne Clavelle, RN, DNP, CNO at HonorHealth, speaks during a news clip that aired Thanksgiving Week.
Kaitlyn Borie (Phoenix) Crystal Bowman (Phoenix) Mary Clouse (Gilbert) Valerie Cruz (Tucson) Zachary Domitrowich (Tempe) Camille Donque (Gilbert) Tanya Fields (Flagstaff) Patricia Goldsmith (Tucson) Debra Gwerder (Mesa) Kathleen Hawkins (Scottsdale) Melissa Holland (Phoenix) Tricia Kennedy (Cave Creek) Mary Kourieh (Phoenix) Cathy Lalley (Queen Creek) Rick Lloyd (Mesa) Lea Majewski (Apache Junction) Stephanie Quach (Tucson) Cara Quade (Show Low) Janice Reynolds (Phoenix) Cheryl Robinson (Anthem) Susi Rubendall (Tucson) Shannon Schreiber (Phoenix) Shannon Seville (Scottsdale) Lyndsey Sullivan (Scottsdale) Brandi Swanner (Kingman) Thresiamma Thomas (Chandler) Andrew Valenzuela (Phoenix) Morgan Vaniten (Chandler) Patricia Vasquez (Phoenix) Heather Wicks (Phoenix)
|Jan. 19, 2016||Lobby Day — Register Online
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|March 5, 2016||Ethics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Registration Opens January 2016
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|May 19, 2016||Promise of Nursing Gala
||Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix|
|July 30-31, 2016||Nurse Practitioner Symposium
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|Oct. 14, 2016||AzNA Symposium
||Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix|
The new report is an important step in examining and assessing the changes both in the nursing profession and the broader health care setting following the 2010 release of the IOM report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. It provides a straightforward assessment of the progress made to date in implementing the recommendations of the 2010 report, and it sets out a series of recommendations to ensure the vision and goals in the original report are fully attained. Read the full statement from ANA President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.
The call for nominations for the 2016 ANA elections is now open. Read the PDF for descriptions of open positions as well as detailed nomination instructions. Nominations for the initial slate must be submitted via the online nomination form by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. A second call for nominations will be conducted for those elective positions with insufficient nominations. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor of the Membership Assembly.
For additional information on the Nominations and Elections Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has appointed Democrat Celeste Plumlee as the newest representative from AZ Legislative District 26 (Tempe/Mesa). Plumlee replaces Democratic Sen. Andrew Sherwood, who was appointed to the Senate from the House after former Sen. Ed Ableser took a job in Nevada. Plumlee is a social worker and an advocate for domestic violence awareness. Read more HERE.
News stories following the Supreme Court hearing on redrawing AZ voting maps mid-decade imply that the justices are unlikely to require any map changes when they announce their decision on the case later in the session. Harris vs. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission argued that the Commission improperly drew the maps to favor Democrats. Look HERE for the full story.
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There is often a greater need for blood donations this time of year when holiday festivities, severe weather and seasonal illnesses can keep regular donors from giving. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to be part of something meaningful this holiday season by giving blood to hospital patients in need.
You can help by reminding the public that volunteer donors are needed to give the gift of life. Read here for information about upcoming blood donation opportunities in the Arizona community.
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Hospitals & Health Networks
Progress has been made, but there is still work to be done in the areas of expanding nurses’ roles professionally and in leadership, increasing diversity and improving data collection, according to a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine review of progress made since the 2010 Institute of Medicine report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health was released.
A research team in Korea has tested a chemical in mice genetically altered to develop features of Alzheimer's, showing it can remove a build-up of protein in the brain associated with the disease as well as rescuing memory and behavior problems in the animals.
Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders can help inform the course of treatment for cancer patients during life-threatening situations, but they can also lead to unwanted care if not interpreted correctly, according to a recent commentary published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. As the lead caregiver at the bedside, the oncology nurse plays a pivotal role in preventing missteps in end-of-life care decisions and ensuring that providers carry out the wishes of patients and families.
A growing number of U.S. children have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — with girls and Hispanic children showing the biggest increases of all, a new study shows.
Researchers found that in 2011, an estimated 12 percent of U.S. kids aged 5 to 17 had ever been diagnosed with ADHD. That was up 43 percent from 2003.
You might think few reported cases deal with the important duty of protecting a patient’s privacy and confidentiality. One LPN found out the hard way that such cases exist, and she became the only defendant in the case.
By Joan Spitrey
Earlier this year, the nursing world was rocked after some negative comments were made by the women on "The View." At the time, a small unsuspecting group was quickly gaining momentum on Facebook — Show Me Your Stethoscope. Started on a whim by a nurse, the group soon had thousands of members within hours. Toward the end of November, the creator of SMYS, Janie Garner, thought of another way for nurses to do what they do best — help others.
Medical News Today
Ibuprofen is used by many people to relieve pain, lessen swelling and to reduce fever. Though there are many worrying side effects linked to overuse of the drug, a new ibuprofen patch has been developed that can deliver the drug at a consistent dose rate without the side effects linked to the oral form. The patch was developed by researchers at the University of Warwick in the U.K., led by research chemist Prof. David Haddleton. Though there are commercial patches on the market designed to soothe pain, this is the first patch that delivers ibuprofen through the skin.
Advance Healthcare Network
Tracheostomies are among the most common procedures performed in critically ill patients, and various methods are available to help patients with tracheostomies regain the ability to speak, according to an article in the December issue of Critical Care Nurse (CCN). The article, "Restoring Speech to Tracheostomy Patients," provides an overview of nursing assessments and interventions to help patients regain the ability to speak after a tracheostomy.
Guidelines have been formulated for arterial conduits for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, and published online Dec. 8 in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Gabriel S. Aldea, MD, from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, and colleagues reviewed the literature to formulate recommendations relating to use of arterial and venous conduits in CABG procedures.
Becker's ASC Review
Behind every successful healthcare facility is a dedicated nursing leader who works directly with providers and patients alike to ensure the patient receives quality care. The top ASCs seek nurse leaders with various characteristics to meet the growing demands of their patient population.
"A successful nurse leader needs to understand patient care in the ASC setting," says David Moody, vice president of operations at Regent Surgical Health. "The nurse leader should have strong leadership skills while possessing compassion for the patients."
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