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CDC: Flu has reached epidemic levels, 15 child deaths so far
USA Today
Flu season can pose a dangerous threat to kids. Fifteen child deaths from the flu have been reported so far this year from nine states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Four were reported during the week of Dec.15, according to spokesman Jason McDonald. The states include Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Minnesota (2), North Carolina (2), Nevada (1), Ohio (2), Texas (3) and Virginia (1).
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Call for Nominations ANA Massachusetts Awards
Deadline extended through January 15, 2015 for Living Legends in Massachusetts Nursing and Loyal Service Awards
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
American Nurses Association Massachusetts Awards open to All Nurses

ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of 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.

You 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 Awards provide you the opportunity to honor their remarkable, but often unrecognized practice.

ANA Massachusetts Awards are not restricted to ANA Massachusetts members. Nominees can be a member of ANA Massachusetts or a non ANA Massachusetts member who is nominated by a member of ANA Massachusetts. These awards can be peer or self nominated. 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.
More Information and to access applications, click here.

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Public ranks nurses as most honest, ethical profession for 13th straight year
As the American Nurses Association (ANA) embarks on a yearlong campaign to highlight the importance of nursing ethics and their impact on patients and health care quality, the annual Gallup survey on trust in professions shows the public continues to rate nursing as the most honest and ethical. For the past 13 years, the public has voted nurses as the most honest and ethical profession in America in the Gallup poll. This year, 80 percent of Americans rated nurses’ honesty and ethical standards as “very high” or “high,” 15 percentage points above any other profession.
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Professional Issues Panel — Barriers to RN Scope of Practice — Steering Committee selected
ANA is pleased to announce the selection of members for the Professional Issues Panel on Barriers to RN Scope of Practice. The goal of this Professional Issues Panel is to identify and clarify barriers to RNs practicing to the full extent of their education, experience, and scope of practice (as set down by the relevant Nurse Practice Act), and guide the development of resources to address these barriers at the institutional, state, and federal level. Nearly 250 applications were received. Two groups have been convened to advise the association and support this important work: the Steering Committee (consisting of 15 individuals) and the Advisory Committee (consisting of 234 members) .
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Save the Dates
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Forum Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House

Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015

ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015

Annual Spring Conference
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
For more information and registration, click here.

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay

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Become an active member!
Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact info@anamass.org for more information
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Why nurses are the most trustworthy profession in the US
Boston.com
Every year Gallup asks Americans to rate how honest and ethical they perceive common professions to be. Nurses, doctors, and pharmacists rounded out the top three in 2014 — a year when the Ebola outbreak affected many in the medical profession. Eighty percent of respondents chose “high” when asked to rate the honesty and ethical standards of nurses, over “average” or “low.” Sixty five percent said “high” when rating medical doctors and pharmacists. On the other end of the scale, only 8 percent of Americans say car salespeople have high standards, and 7 percent think members of Congress do.
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FDA approves a fast-acting Ebola test
The Science Times
The fight to stop Ebola continues to rage on across the world as researchers continue to find new ways to both detect and treat the deadly virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved a new test to detect the virus in patients believed to be suffering from the virus.
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Nurse coaching on the rise
By Keith Carlson
The profession of coaching has been in existence for a number of years. While life coaching is the form of coaching with which the public is most familiar, nurses are now entering this burgeoning field in large numbers, in various aspects of the profession. However, many nurses are still confused as to what nurse coaches actually do, and where they may pursue legitimate professional coach training.
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Can self-reporting work for dementia patients?
MedCity News
It may seem counter intuitive that self-reporting could be an effective tool for dementia patients, but according to a Regenstreif Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research study, it works well for a Brain Care Monitor, a primary care tool to measure cognitive, functional and psychological symptoms.
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'Obesity paradox' apparent in heart failure
MedPage Today
Overweight and obese heart failure patients outlived their normal-weight patients even after adjustment for various factors, researchers found. Among patients with incident heart failure, overweight and obese patients had lower mortality rates compared to normal-weight patients, (hazard ratio [HR] 0.72, and 0.70, respectively), Umair Khalid, M.D., of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and colleagues reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
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To improve healthcare, bring in the nurses — stat
The Buffalo News (opinion)
Some of the largest healthcare systems in America do not have any nurses serving on their boards of directors. That is a huge oversight, especially in a time of rapid change in health care delivery, when consumers and providers would benefit from having nurses’ frontline perspective present in boardrooms as healthcare policy decisions are made.
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Cancer, heart disease, stroke deaths down, life span stays put
Medical Xpress
Heart disease and cancer, which cause of deaths of half of Americans who die each year, continued to loosen their deadly grip in 2013, while rates of deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia surged, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said recently. Posting its year-end "data brief" on mortality in the United States in 2013, the CDC reported no change in expected life spans for Americans: On average, an American woman can expect to live to 81.2 years of age — 85.5 if she makes it to the age of 65. A man can expect, on average, to live to 76.4 years of age. A man still alive at age 65 is likely to live, on average, to almost 83.
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Role of nurses and other care providers
OncLive
Moderator Raoul Concepcion, M.D., notes that many allied healthcare providers are involved in caring for patients with prostate cancer. Philippa Cheetham, M.D., remarks that in her practice, a nurse navigator is involved at every level of patient care, from attending academic meetings and journal clubs to communicating with patients about appointments. Neal Shore, M.D., adds that in his practice, a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant are involved in patient care, and a designated nurse specializes in providing care to patients with prostate cancer.
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Obesity 'not always linked with metabolic problems'
Medical News Today
In a new study, researchers have found that some obese people do not have the metabolic changes usually associated with diabetes, heart disease and stroke. This suggests that some obese people may be protected from these metabolic abnormalities when gaining weight.
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Is a cartoon robot the only one doing the nursing profession justice on screen?
MedCity News
The hospitals or doctors offices we see on TV or in the movies rarely depict what those settings are actually like, and more than that, they usually don’t accurately display what it’s like to be a doctor or nurse. Kelli Dunham, a nurse, stand-up comic and LGBT health advocate, has found that the entertainment business does a terrible job of showing what it’s really like to work as a nurse, and she wrote about it for NPR.
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Nearly 6.5 million people in 2015 HealthCare.gov plans
Reuters
Nearly 6.5 million people either selected or were enrolled in a new individual insurance plan for 2015 on the HealthCare.gov website through Dec. 26, the U.S. government health agency said. HealthCare.gov sells plans for 37 states while the remaining states sell individual insurance on their own online exchanges. In 2014, the 37 states represented 68 percent of the total nationwide enrollment of around 7 million people, the agency said.
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Medicaid payments to fall 43 percent for primary care after Dec. 31
Becker's Hospital Review
The PPACA provision that bumped Medicaid primary care payments up to Medicare rates expired recently, leading to a 42.8 percent average drop in fees for Medicaid primary care services, according to a study from the Urban Institute. Funded by the federal government, the two-year increase in Medicaid fees gave physicians a financial incentive to accept more Medicaid patients. Conversely, the cuts may lead many physicians to stop accepting new Medicaid patients.
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Britain: Nurse infected with Ebola is in critical condition, hospital says
The New York Times
The hospital treating a British nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa said that her condition had deteriorated to critical. The nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, the first person found to have Ebola on British soil, returned to Britain on Dec. 28 from Sierra Leone. She is being treated in an isolation unit at London’s Royal Free Hospital with an experimental antiviral drug and with plasma from a recovered patient containing Ebola-fighting antibodies. She was working as a volunteer nurse in Sierra Leone.
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