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Guidelines regarding advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) prescribing hydrocodone
The National Law Review
In August, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) published a final rule classifying Hydrocodone combination drugs as Scheduled II controlled substances. Previously, Hydrocodone was listed as a Scheduled III controlled substance. Because of the specific provision in Kentucky law, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (“APRN”) are permitted to continue to prescribe a 30 day supply of Scheduled II Hydrocodone combination products if allowed under their DEA license.
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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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
Mark your calendars for upcoming AzNA events.
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
Writing/Designing NIH Proposals Workshop — Jan. 23, 2015
University of Arizona
Jan. 23, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
*There is a $25 discount per person for two or more registrants from the same organization.
Click here for more details.
Our 1-day workshop is designed to help participants learn how to submit winning research proposals to the NIH.
Our workshop curriculum targets:
Participants will learn how to:
- Beginners seeking to acquire the techniques to research, draft, and submit winning proposals to the NIH.
- Administrators interested in learning more about the proposal writing, submission and review processes.
- Experienced professionals looking to improve current proposal writing skills and receive updates on the latest funding regulations and trends.
- Read and interpret RFAs
- Determine the right grant mechanism for a research idea
- Understand the new scoring system and review process
- Build an airtight case for funding
- Revise a proposal for resubmission
Also, join us for our One-Day Writing/Designing NSF Proposals Workshop
Jan. 22 — University of Arizona
Call to receive a $155 discount when registering for both
For more information visit the website
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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.
US Nurse Exposed to Ebola Monitored in Washington, DC, Area
The Associated Press via ABC News
An American nurse who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone is being admitted to the National Institutes of Health near Washington, D.C.
The NIH says in a statement that the nurse was expected to be admitted to the Bethesda, Maryland, facility on Thursday. The NIH says the nurse has not tested positive for the deadly virus. The nurse's identity was not released.
10 top patient safety issues for 2015
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
Hospitals are charged with the dual task of keeping patients well while also keeping patients safe. The two are inextricably linked, as patient safety concerns often tie directly into patient health concerns — hand hygiene, transitions of care and medication errors are a few such concerns that come to mind. Retrospectively, 2014 provided some lessons in patient safety issues. Looking prospectively, these concerns, and many others, will flow into the next calendar year. Some of the patient safety issues are long established, and will remain in the forefront of healthcare's mind for years to come. Here, in no particular order, are 10 important patient safety issues for providers to consider in the upcoming year.
'Slow medicine' concept continues to simmer
The idea of spending more quiet time conversing with patients versus darting through checklists seems to be catching on. In fact, an entire movement known as "slow medicine" has gained physician devotees from various career stages, NPR reported. "The concept is bubbling up in response to industrialized, hypertechnological and often unnecessary medical care that drives up costs and leaves both doctors and patients frazzled," John Henning Schumann, M.D., a primary care doctor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he teaches at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, wrote in the post.
Report: Cigarettes cause one-third of US cancer deaths
Despite large declines in smoking rates, cigarettes still cause about one-third of cancer deaths in the United States, according to a new study. "Our results indicate that cigarette smoking causes about 3 in 10 cancer deaths in the contemporary United States. Reducing smoking prevalence as rapidly as possible should be a top priority for U.S. public health efforts to prevent future cancer deaths," researchers from the American Cancer Society wrote.
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Evolving roles for oncology nurses: Biospecimen collection
Oncology Nurse Advisor
The personalized oncology revolution hinges importantly on determining and monitoring tumor and patient genetics and molecular biomarkers that can guide targeted therapy. The oncology nurse is frequently responsible for collecting, preparing, and often, managing, the biospecimens needed for these analyses.
Study: US primary care providers cutting back on painkiller prescriptions
Nine out of 10 primary care providers in the United States are concerned about prescription drug abuse in their communities, a new study finds.
And, nearly half of the providers surveyed said they were less likely to prescribe powerful painkillers than they were just a year ago.
In healthcare, managing access rights is a necessary mandate
By Dean Wiech
Access to critical data is paramount criteria for business success. Physicians and nurses need access to patients' records to insure proper delivery of care, and encumbering employees and internal stakeholders by placing too many restrictions or complicated access methodologies upon internal systems can have catastrophic consequences.
However, too little control or restrictions to information in internal systems can lead to violations for healthcare organizations. It can also create a potential breach opportunity, potentially leading to costly legal actions or fines.
ONC data shows money is a major motivator for EHR adoption
By Scott E. Rupp
According to a data brief released recently by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and as reported by Healthcare IT News, financial incentives and potential penalties are key motivators for physicians adopting electronic health records since 2009.
The brief, based on data from the 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, details why physicians have chosen to adopt — or not adopt — EHRs.
Researchers discover gene that reduces the risk of stroke
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Strokes — sudden disabling attacks caused by an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain — remain one of the biggest causes of death in the western world. Strokes kill almost 130,000 Americans each year — that's 1 out of every 19 deaths. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke, and about 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
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