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Barbara Jacobs, RN, MSN, would like you to know she has the two cutest grandchildren in the U.S.
"It's a fact," the CNO at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland, told me. "Other people think they do, but I actually do. I actually have them."
Her adoration for these two little boys is not exactly a well-kept secret.
"Everyone here has heard about my grandchildren," she laughed.
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Registration deadline: Jan. 8!
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sheraton Framingham Hotel • Framingham, MA
Susan L.W. Krupnick, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, ANP-BC, C-PREP
Arbour SeniorCare Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nurse Specialist &
Adult Nurse Practitioner: Addiction and Pain Consultation
Program Flyer, click here.
Click here to register!
Feb. 23, 2016
Health Policy Legislative Forum
The Cost of Health Care:
What it means to you
and your practice
Massachusetts State House
April 8-9, 2016
ANA Massachusetts Spring Convention
Living Legends in Nursing and
Annual Awards Banquet
Annual Spring Conference
PhD, APRN, AGSF
Dedham Hilton Hotel
May 12, 2016
National Nurses Day
at Fenway Park
Deadline is Jan. 5, 2016
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of ANA Massachusetts members. You probably work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions.
ANA Massachusetts has established several awards that provide you the opportunity to recognize those nurses who have made a difference at the bedside, in the classroom, and in the practice of nursing.
For more information, click here.
Needed: Articles for the March 2016 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing.
Remember: The ANA MA newsletter is delivered to the homes of more than 120,000 RNs in the Commonwealth.
This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution
I look forward to your article. Deadline for submission is Jan. 10.
If you have an idea that you would like to discuss, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome.
Your contribution can be sent to me at email@example.com or mailed to me at ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186
The American Nurses Foundation’s Call for Nursing Research Grant Reviewers site has launched for 2016.
This is a WONDERFUL and REWARDING opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in nursing’s preeminent nursing grant program! The American Nurses Foundation is seeking grant reviewers for the 2016 cycle. The application process is easy and on-line. The application portal is open now, please click here. Each approved reviewer will review 3-4 grants over a six-week period in June and July. Reviews are on-line and simple; participation in an orientation is required in the spring.
The application process closes on Feb. 28, 2016.
Please contact Gisele.firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-628-5227 if you have any questions.
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to join a subcommittee as we work on planning the celebration of the 15-year Anniversary of our association, Spring 2016. Please send your name and contact information to email@example.com. We hope that you will join us in the planning of this exciting event for ANA Massachusetts (formerly MARN).
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to work with the President and Executive Director to identify areas for expansion of publicity for ANA Massachusetts and our many programs and events. The Committee will help to coordinate letter to the editor campaigns and brainstorm about other publicity and marketing opportunities for our organization. Please send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
ANA supports the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act [H.R. 4266/S. 2408] , sponsored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), that would establish a national occupational safety standard eliminating the manual lifting of patients to prevent injuries to RNs, other health care workers and patients.
Take action to advance for the Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act which creates comprehensive safe patient handling and mobility programs across all health care settings.
Nursing continues to be rated the most trusted profession, according to the annual Gallup poll ranking of honesty and ethics in various fields.
For the past 14 years, the public has voted nurses as the most honest and ethical profession in America. This year, 85 percent of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high,” tying a nurses’ high point on the Gallup poll and 17 percentage points above any other profession.
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Advance Healthcare Network
To achieve quality care, better patient outcomes and financial stability, optimal nurse staffing should be viewed by health care employers as a necessity rather than an option-particularly as health care reforms and new regulations take hold.
That is a key message reflected in a new white paper commissioned by the Silver Spring, Maryland-based American Nurses Association (ANA) and developed by Avalere Health, LLC in collaboration with nurses and policy experts.
It is important for all nurses to become familiar with various strategies to prevent or reduce the likelihood of medication errors. Here are ten strategies to help you do just that.
Medical News Today
Night-shift workers who drive home after a night's work may be at higher risk of crashing due to drowsy driving, according to a small study that evaluated the daytime driving performance of night-shift workers. The study, led by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) of Boston, Massachusetts, is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The researchers compared the daytime driving performance of 16 night-shift workers after a night of work with their performance after a night of sleep.
The Boston Globe
Author Kristina Kenyon writes: As a registered nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, I understand firsthand the need for the Patient Safety Act, which would limit the number of patients assigned to a nurse, with flexibility to adjust based on patients’ needs. I have worked at the former Jordan Hospital for nearly a decade, including the last two years in the emergency department. For many patients, the emergency department is the face of a hospital. For too many, it is where they come to wait in pain.
The Huffington Post
A group of labor and delivery nurses have developed a way to give mothers who deliver their babies via C-section a powerful maternal experience.
Registered nurses Kim Jarrelle, Debbie Burbic and Jess Niccoli created the Clever Medical Immediate Skin to Skin C-Section drape — a surgical drape which, as its name suggests, allows new moms who delivered via Caesarean section to experience the amazing benefits of skin-to-skin contact with their babies just after giving birth.
Advance Healthcare Network
According to the World Health Organization, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth every minute of every day, which equates to approximately 529,000 deaths per year globally. The United States ranks worse in maternal mortality than 49 other countries, with postpartum hemorrhage (or excessive bleeding) being the leading cause of maternal mortality in the U.S. — despite being preventable most of the time.
Kaiser Health News via NPR
Health insurers in several big cities will take some pain out of doctor visits in 2016. The plans will offer free visits to primary care doctors in their networks.
You read that right. Doctor visits without copays. Or coinsurance. And no expensive deductible to pay off first either.
In Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Miami and more than a dozen other markets, people seeking coverage through the insurance exchanges can choose health plans providing free doctor visits, a benefit once considered unthinkable.
Nurses at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles have created a new tool to help reduce hospital readmissions, according to a report posted on Nurse.com.
“We were looking for a way to improve on our generic readmission checklist that is completed on a patient’s admission to the hospital,” said nurse manager Gladys Castro, RN. “The medical/surgical unit has the highest volume of readmissions, so we formed a committee to develop a tool that would identify risk factors for patient readmission.”
Nurses can play a major role in the process of helping patients recover the ability to speak after tracheostomy, according to a recent report in the journal Critical Care Nurse. The report, titled “Restoring Speech to Tracheostomy Patients,” was published in the December issue. Researchers note that although critical care nurses are in an ideal position to guide tracheostomy patients to phonate, they may not know about all the options available.
Since 1999, prescription opioid sales have quadrupled in the U.S. Now, as the country faces an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, doctors are divided over how much prescriptions are the problem.
Palm Beach Post
In a proposal that could have backing from House leaders, a bill filed recently calls for Florida to take part in a multi-state licensure "compact" that would help nurses practice across state lines.
House Health Quality Chairman Cary Pigman, an Avon Park Republican who is a physician, filed the bill (HB 1061) for the 2016 legislative session, which starts Jan. 12.
Home Health Care News
The productivity of licensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RNs) and home care aides (HCAs) in hospice saw a boost in 2015, as measured in actual patient visits per day.
That’s according to the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS), which published the findings in a report created in collaboration with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). NAHC recently posted results on its website.
Medical researchers are in a constant search for truth. Each study is supposed to be another step toward that goal. But it's pretty obvious that many studies just don't hold up. Think about the contradictory advice about what you should eat or drink. We've heard that coffee is bad for you, then sometimes it's good for you. Same goes for soy and even eggs, which have been in and out of favor.
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