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How good is the nursing job market? Depends on where you are
FierceHealthcare
Nursing jobs are frequently cited as among the most in-demand professions, but the reality is more complex, according to Boston.com. For example, although Massachusetts has large numbers of nursing students in search of a job, the ease of obtaining one varies by region, with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reporting that in 2013, nursing schools in the South had a 68 percent job offer rate for graduates, compared to 59 percent in the Midwest, 50 percent in the Northeast and 47 percent in the West.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


FINAL CALL: Call for Nominations — ANA Massachusetts Elected Offices — DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH FEB. 25
In 2015, as in past years, you will be asked to cast a ballot to elect a Board of Directors, including a President-Elect. Additionally, you will be voting for a Treasurer, Secretary, 3 Directors and 2 members for the Committee on Nominations. This may seem like it is a lot of people, but when you compare it to our current list of 1400 members, it is a small percentage indeed.
This is your time to step forward and become a candidate for one of these open positions. This is your time to honor our past by steering the future of the organization to greater successes and heights. This is your time to pay it forward. This is your time – no more reasons why you can’t do it - no more questioning whether you have “what it takes” - no more ignoring the call – This is your time to make a difference.
Call for Nominations Document, click here.
Consent to Serve, click here.
Self Assessment, click here.
Deadline, Friday, Feb. 25, 2015.

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Call for Nominations ANA Massachusetts Awards Deadline Extended through Feb. 28 for Loyal Service Award and Friend of Nursing Award
American Nurses Association Massachusetts Awards open to All Nurses
ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of Massachusetts members. 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.
The process of nomination is easy:
Access the applications at the relevant links below.
Complete the application and submit by the deadline.
Have questions, need help? Call ANA Massachusetts at 617-990-2856.
Or email: info@ANAMass.org.
The award recipients will be invited to the ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner Ceremony in early spring.
Loyal Service Award
The American Nurses Association Massachusetts Loyal Service Award is for a member who demonstrates loyal and dedicated service to the association. The candidate for this award may be self-nominated or be nominated by a colleague. Must be an ANA Massachusetts member for at least 1 year (12 months). Award recipients are asked to serve on the selection committee for the next year’s awards.
Application deadline: extended through Feb. 28.
Use this link to access the Loyal Service Award Application.
NEW: Friend of Nursing Award
The American Nurses Association Massachusetts Friend of Nursing Award is for a person(s) who have demonstrated strong support for the profession of nursing in Massachusetts. The candidate for this award may be self- nominated or be nominated by a colleague.
Application deadline: extended through Feb. 28.
Use this link to access the Friend of Nursing Award Application
Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded yearly to an ANA Massachusetts member to pursue a further degree in nursing or for a child or significant other of an ANA Massachusetts member who has been accepted into a nursing education program. Amount of Award: $1000
Application deadline: March 15.
Use this link to access the Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency Scholarship Application.

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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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Registration Now Open! ANA Massachusetts Events — Spring Events!
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Forum Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Advocacy Beyond the Bedside...Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Policy
The goal of this forum is to discuss the impact of legislation on mental health and substance abuse care in Massachusetts and to highlight the impact of Nursing Advocacy
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House
Register now, click here.
Program Flyer, click here.

2015 ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner and Spring Conference
Awards Dinner Flyer, click here.
Conference Flyer, click here.
Register Now, click here.
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Business Meeting
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
Morning Keynote - Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association
Featured Speaker - Cheryl Bartlett, RN
Executive Director, Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative and Public Health, Cape Cod Health Care, Former MA Public Health Commissioner
Join Us for a Networking/Cocktail Reception on Saturday, April 11
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
ANA Massachusetts Members Free
Non Members $10.00
networking — socializing with colleagues
Cash bar and light appetizers
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
Call for Posters, click here.
Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Ad Opportunities, click here.
Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities, click here.

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
MHC Women's Health Conference Registration
Forum Flyer, click here.

2015 Annual Spring Symposium - Continuing Nursing Education: Boot Camp
Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Registration, click here.
$199 includes lunch
Early Bird Registration Fee of $179 before March 15
Wellesley Gateway Building, Wellesley, MA

Save the Date!

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

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Nursing Archives Associates Annual Meeting
Join the Nursing Archives Associates for their annual meeting featuring nursing professional, author, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, retired US Army Colonel and BU School of Nursing Alumnae Susan Luz. Luz will speak on her life, career and her book Nightingale of Mosul: A Nurse's Journey of Service, Struggle and War. RSVP required, by March 26.
Tuesday, March 31 - 5:30 PM
Trustee Ballroom, One Silber Way, 9th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
For Event Flyer, click here.

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Calls for Bylaws Amendment Proposals, Nominations for ANA Elective Positions, and Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics are Underway!
A reminder that the Calls for Bylaws Amendment Proposals, Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics, and Nominations for Elective Positions is underway! The Calls will close on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Please click on the links below for detailed information, related resources, important dates, and contact information.
Call for Bylaws Amendment Proposals
Call for Nominations for ANA Elective Positions
Call for Proposed Dialogue Forum Topics
We look forward to your participation in this very important work of the Association.

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Information on safety measures and ANA CAUTI Prevention Tool and Website
Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) are the most commonly reported hospital-acquired condition, and the rates continue to rise. More than 560,000 patients develop CAUTI each year, leading to extended hospital stays, increased health care costs, and patient morbidity and mortality. RNs can play a major role in reducing CAUTI rates to save lives and prevent harm. ANA offers an innovative, streamlined, evidenced-based clinical tool developed by leading experts.
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Business education for nurses?
By Keith Carlson
While the words "business" and "nursing" have not often been used in the same sentence, 21st-century nursing demonstrates that these two terms are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Any firewall that has existed between nursing and finance must be dismantled, allowing nurses to have a voice both in the financial administration of the healthcare industry, and in the various aspects of small private practice and entrepreneurship.
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Study shows more stroke patients getting clot-buster quickly
HealthDay News
More community hospitals are giving a powerful clot-busting medication to stroke victims, improving their chances of survival and recovery, new research shows. These local hospitals are becoming more comfortable using the clot-busting drug tPA (tissue-plasminogen activator) due to a new treatment scheme known as "drip and ship," said study author Kevin Sheth, MD, chief of the neurocritical care and emergency neurology division at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.
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Even 'proper' technique exposes nurses' spines to dangerous forces
NPR
Scientists say nurses like Sunny Vespico are prime examples of what nursing schools and hospitals are doing wrong: They keep teaching nursing employees how to lift and move patients in ways that could inadvertently result in career-ending back injuries.
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No crosswalk from ICD-9, but ICD-10 is on track for October
By Scott E. Rupp
The "delay ICD-10" proponents have found themselves another piece of ammunition to use in their war against transitioning from the current ICD-9 coding system. The latest development in the never-ending fight against replacing the decades-old version is a new study from Vanderbilt University that suggests that mapping codes between ICD-9 and ICD-10 could be a problem. New data published in the Journal of the American Informatics Association reviewed 100 patient visits to the Vanderbilt Adult Primary Care Clinic. Visits coded manually with both ICD-9 and ICD-10 did not match when compared with general equivalence mappings and reimbursement mappings.
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Shared decision-making in chronic care
Medscape (free login required)
This qualitative review explores the relevance of integrating shared decision-making to evidence-based practice while examining different models that nurses can use with patients who have chronic conditions. Evidence-based practice is often translated into clinical practice guidelines. These guidelines often focus more on carrying out the guideline and less on the individual patient's values in the decision-making process.
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Inadequate physical activity increase healthcare costs in the US
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Despite the known health benefits of being physically active, only about half of U.S. adults meet the minimum guidelines for aerobic physical activity. In a recently published study in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, CDC and Emory University researchers reported that physically active adults had lower annual direct healthcare expenditures than adults participating in inadequate levels of physical activity. The study estimated that 11.1 percent of total healthcare expenditures were associated with inadequate levels of physical activity. This equates to about $117 billion per year of direct health care expenditures being associated with inadequate levels of physical activity.
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3 problems travel nurses can help resolve
Health Leaders Media
Seasonal staffing crunches are just one of the scenarios where travelling nurses might be a better option than maxing out OT or bringing in per diem nurses. Flu season hits. Your hospital has agreed to send some nurses to local health fairs, churches and community centers to tout the benefits of vaccination. It's a strain on schedules, but worth it. Then, amidst all the flu activity, three nurses announce that they're pregnant — and they're due within weeks of each other.
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Antibiotic use has more unwanted effects than previously thought
Medical News Today
We have known for some time that one of the unwanted side effects of taking antibiotics is their disruption of friendly microbes in the gut. But now a new study that takes a closer look suggests the consequences of long-term antibiotic use could be even more far-reaching than we thought.
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Balance can be an indicator of risk for stroke and cognitive decline
HealthNewsDigest.com
Researchers in Japan recently found a correlation between the ability to balance on one leg and the risk for stroke and cognitive decline in a study of over a thousand healthy adults. To assess the risks, the researchers looked for the presence of "microbleeds," which are tiny lesions in the brain that can lead to stroke and cognitive decline over time.
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Hand hygiene increases incidence of dermatitis among healthcare workers
The Medical News
A new study from The University of Manchester has revealed that the incidence of dermatitis has increased 4.5 times in healthcare workers following increased hand hygiene as a drive to reduce infections such as MRSA has kicked in. Researchers from the University's Institute of Population Health studied reports voluntarily submitted by dermatologists to a national database which is run by the University (THOR), between 1996 and 2012. Sixty percent of eligible U.K. dermatologists used this database which is designed to report skin problems caused or aggravated by work. They found that out of 7,138 cases of irritant contact dermatitis reported 1,796 were in healthcare workers.
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Chronic fatigue syndrome gets a new name
The New York Times
The Institute of Medicine on Feb. 10 proposed a new name and new diagnostic criteria for the condition that many still call chronic fatigue syndrome. An institute panel recommended that the illness be renamed "systemic exertion intolerance disease." The term reflects what patients, clinicians and researchers all agree is a core symptom: a sustained depletion of energy following minimal activity, called post-exertional malaise.
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