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Monitoring the health of patients around the clock is a challenging job. From the physician’s standpoint, that is just one aspect of what happens during the day. It’s even more challenging to meet the many other needs that patients have, such as answering questions and keeping them happy and comfortable. Good nurses know how to juggle all these jobs, and many more.
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2016 Health Policy Committee Legislative Forum
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Massachusetts State House
The Cost of Health Care:
Impact on our Profession
The goal of this forum is to discuss factors and public policy that correlate with the cost of health care,
link it to the impact on our professional nursing practice and to effective advocacy to improve
health and healthcare in our society.
John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA
Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the HSPH Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education.
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Members of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Committee on Nursing Practice Standards are conducting a research study to obtain information on the dissemination and adoption of ANA’s Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice document. Researchers are seeking active registered nurses in the United States of America, regardless of practice role or setting, to complete an anonymous 10-minute survey. To participate, click on the study link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ANAScope-Standards. Thank you in advance for your time, participation and dissemination of this research participation opportunity to your colleagues and acquaintances. For more information about this study, contact Verna Sitzer at email@example.com. Closing date is Feb. 29, 2016.
The Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses SocietyTM invites public comment on the updated 2016 WOC Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice until 11:59 pm ET on Monday, March 7, 2016. Access the draft document and submission directions here. Thank you for your review and comments on this professional resource.
Deadline for Arthur L. Davis Scholarship is March 15, 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.
April 8-9, 2016
Early Bird Registration until March 1 — Register Today!
Caring Across Generations — Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet and
Annual Spring Conference
Keynote: Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF
Westin Waltham Hotel
Waltham, MA — Please note change of venue!
More information and Conference Flyer — Click Here!
To register visit http://www.anamass.org/
May 12, 2016
National Nurses Day
at Fenway Park
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
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.
We are currently seeking ANA MA resume readers for the MaSNA Career Forum on March 13, 2016 in Mechanics Hall, Worcester MA. The hours of the forum will be from 9:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. (resume tips at 1:10 p.m.)
Interested members, please email email@example.com
Click here to see the flyer.
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.
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It may be good for hospitalized stroke patients to be taken out of bed for frequent but short periods of movement, researchers report.
The study authors from Australia looked at more than 2,100 patients in a hospital stroke unit and found that getting them out of bed and moving around soon after their stroke benefited them.
The more often this was done, the better their physical recovery and their chances of regaining their independence three months after their stroke, according to the study.
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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) a deficit of 20,400 primary care physicians by 2020.1 In the state of Connecticut, experts predict that the demand for primary care providers will also increase in response to the state's rising population of older adults. HRSA also projects that Connecticut will need an estimated 111 additional primary care providers to effectively meet the needs of patients in the state's health professional shortage areas. According to state data, the average primary care provider in Connecticut is middle aged and a significant number are older than 60, resulting in a projected deficit in the number available to manage the health and illness needs of the state's population.
By Lynn Hetzler
New point-of-care diagnostic testing could help doctors detect wound infection in less than a minute, according to a new study in Wound Repair and Regeneration. This new testing would present a vast improvement over the 24 hours it currently takes to plate and incubate bacteria.
Point-of-care diagnostic testing has progressed rapidly in many areas of clinical practice.
Monthly Prescribing Reference
The American Academy of Dermatology has released its new "Guidelines of care for the management of acne vulgaris," including acne treatment recommendations for adults and adolescents.
Dermatologists have found that a combination of two or more treatments is the best option for most patients. The new evidence-based guidelines include recommendations on topical therapy, antibiotics, isotretinoin and oral contraceptives.
We see it in emergency rooms everywhere, as I saw again this week. I was amused, thinking of sharing the story with colleagues, as inwardly, I rolled my eyes and sighed. Here was yet another "frequent flyer", one of the patients for which healthcare has identified no solution. She had just been discharged, but here she was, suitcase packed, ready for another stay.
Soon enough, she begged her husband to remove the oxygen for a cigarette break, even though the windchill was subzero in the designated smoking zone.
Patients with diabetes may become overwhelmed and exhausted after managing their disease for years. Medical providers often misinterpret this diabetes burnout as a patient's deliberate resistance to self-management. If the burnout is not addressed, the patient's diabetes control can worsen, leading to reduced self-esteem, symptoms of depression and other emotional and physical issues.
A study of pregnant women in Brazil has confirmed the presence of Zika virus in the amniotic fluid of two women who had displayed Zika-like symptoms during their pregnancies. The women's fetuses had also been diagnosed with microcephaly, a birth defect where babies are born with abnormally small heads and an increased likelihood of incomplete brain development.
Two nursing associations are collaborating to help better address the needs of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Last week the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) announced they are teaming up to provide a more well-rounded perspective on the medical and academic needs of children with ADHD.
Female nurses with hypertension and high physical activity at work are at increased risk for ischemic heart disease, according to findings published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Researchers analyzed 12,093 female nurses from the Danish Nurse Cohort Study aged 45 to 64 years at baseline in 1993.
Advance Healthcare Network
Cancer care today is so complex that cancer patients end up seeing clinicians from almost every facet of a health care system — oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, palliative care team members, social workers, dietitians, rehabilitation therapists, and more. For most people who work outside of the health care system, it can be daunting and overwhelming to learn how many different specialties are involved in the care of one cancer patient.
By Joan Spitrey
According to a recent report, nurses occupied only 2 percent of institution and hospital board positions. This is in stark comparison to the 22.6 percent of physicians who occupy board positions, clearly demonstrating a growing need for a diverse perspective. The Nurses on Boards Coalition is setting aside the week of Feb. 29 to March 4 for a "Leap into Leadership" initiative and a call to action for all nurses to meet the goal of 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020.
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