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By Joan Spitrey
Most nurses today would quickly agree there is an epidemic of overuse and abuse of prescription pain medication. The public is also beginning to see the effects of liberal prescriptive practices. With more than 28,000 deaths in 2014 linked to opioid overdoses, it's obvious these medications are not "safe" simply because there are prescribed. The magnitude of the problem is clear. However, most nurses often feel helpless, as if they can make little impact.
| || ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES|
April 8-9, 2016
Caring Across Generations — Annual Meeting Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet and
Annual Spring Conference
Keynote: Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF
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REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH APRIL 5.
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Needed: Articles for the June 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! We look forward to your article. Deadline for submission is April 10.
If you have an idea that you would like to discuss, feel free to email email@example.com Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome.
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Red Sox vs. Astros
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 7:10 p.m. (game time)
Invite your friends, family and colleagues for ANA Massachusetts Night at Fenway Park
Be sure to join us at the pre-game Networking event from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Champion Club at Fenway Park.
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Ready to take charge of your health and make healthier eating happen? Interested in learning what the experts have to say about eating to lose harmful belly fat, reduce sugar and inflammation, eliminate digestive distress, prevent and manage disease, and feel better?
Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC)
Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Learn more and register today!
- Learn about the updated RN Competencies, highlighting Informatics & Technology and Diversity
- Receive information about the new LPN Competencies
- Understand available resources such as the revised Competencies Toolkit and consultation support
- Hear real examples of best practices using the Competencies in education and practice settings and participate in a Q&A session
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.
On behalf of the
Committee on Appointments (COA), it is my pleasure to announce
call for nominations
ANA committees and
is now open until
5:00 p.m. ET on
Monday, June 27.
I am also pleased to announce that a new form
is now available to ease
the process for
C/SNAs, the IMD, Organizational Affiliates and individual members to nominate their fellow
for committee or board appointment. Individual
encouraged to submit self-nominations to be considered by the COA.
Become a lifestyle coach for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), an evidence-based lifestyle change program designed for people diagnosed with pre-diabetes or those at risk of developing diabetes.
Lifestyle coaches facilitate weekly sessions, role model and motivate participants to set and achieve personal lifestyle goals. The curriculum covers eating plans, exercise, and lifestyle changes to help participants achieve the following primary goals:
Training to become a Lifestyle Coach for the NDPP will be offered on Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, in collaboration with QTAC-NY (Quality & Technical Assistance Center of New York), nationally recognized trainers.
- Reduce and maintain individual weight loss by 5 to 7 percent
- Participate in regular physical activity
American Nurses Foundation
FREE WEBINAR | May 10, 2016 | 1- 2 p.m. ET
You encounter patients, families, and communities from all walks of life and must understand the preferred cultural values, beliefs, worldview, and practices of those you care for, every day. Culturally congruent care and diversity in your workplace can help close persistent gaps in care linked to race, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, or gender expression and can also contribute to increased patient safety, better quality of care, and improved health outcomes.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
At the March 9, 2016 Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) meeting, the Board revised Advisory Ruling (AR) 9802: Licensed Practical Nurse Charge Nurses/Nurse Supervisors to ensure compliance with current statutes, regulations and scope of practice standards.
The AR guides the practice of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) employed or assigned to function as charge nurse, supervisor, or other similar role regardless of title.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
At the March 9, 2016 Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) meeting, the Board revised Advisory Ruling (AR) 0201: Nurse Practitioner as First Assistant in
Cardiac Catheterization to ensure compliance with current statutes, regulations and scope of practice standards.
The AR guides the practice of the Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) who functions as First Assistant at cardiac catheterization procedures to meet client goals including, but not limited to, health promotion, client teaching, health risk reduction, and promotion of safety and comfort.
| || NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS|
Too few people understand that bedside nurses are the providers in charge of the functions that "very often determine health outcomes and the procurement of ethical care," according to a Huffington Post blogger.
Nurses do far more than dispense medications, dress wounds and perform physical exam, Nurse Practitioner Billy Rosa wrote in his blog post.
Kaiser Health News
Carolyn Rossi has been a nurse for 27 years, and she’s been fiercely protective of infants in her intensive care unit — babies born too soon, babies born with defects and, increasingly, babies born dependent on opioids.
Rossi works in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Hospital of Central Connecticut near Hartford. Like many hospitals across the country, it has seen the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome go up dramatically in recent years.
Health Leaders Media
When it comes to improving care quality and outcomes, reining in healthcare costs, and providing value-based care, nursing is where the rubber of an organization’s strategic plan meets the road. And, according to Maja Djukic, PhD, RN, assistant professor in College of Nursing at New York University, frontline nurse managers are essential players in achieving these goals.
A minimally invasive surgery to treat chronic heartburn is safer than generally believed, and could be a desirable alternative to long-term use of acid reflux medications, new research indicates.
Scientists found the death rate following so-called laparoscopic fundoplication surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, was far lower than the 1 percent often quoted.
Experts contended the surgery might be underutilized, especially in light of increasing safety concerns about acid reflux drugs.
When a person contracts a disease, it takes time to diagnose the symptoms. Cell culturing, immunoassay and a nucleic-acid based diagnostic cycle all take several days, if not a week to determine the results. Not only do sick patients suffer during this time period, the wait can also lead to unnecessary disease spreading and perhaps avoidable antibiotic use.
Scientists have created a device that will deliver a diagnosis to the patient in 30 minutes.
The World Health Organization has developed a Zika app for healthcare professionals. Clinicians who want to reference the latest information about the Zika virus can find the app on the WHO website. The app has a section specifically for healthcare workers that includes guidance on topics ranging from birth defect surveillance training to prevention of sexual transmission, along with the latest news, according to iMedialApps.
Prehypertension and hypertension in children and adolescents are associated with cardiovascular target organ damage and set the trajectory for early adulthood high blood pressure (BP), according to an editorial published online March 28 in Hypertension.
Bonita Falkner, MD, from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and Samuel S. Gidding, MD, from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, discuss whether the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) blood pressure treatment target of less than 120/80 mm Hg is relevant for children.
Women who develop diabetes while pregnant may be at elevated risk of also developing a dangerous build up of fat in their livers when they reach middle age, according to a new analysis.
The common risk factor for both gestational diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, researchers say, is trouble making or using the hormone insulin to manage blood sugar, known as insulin resistance.
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