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Nurse practitioners rise to challenges of health reform, doctor shortage
The Journal News
Nurse practitioners say they are in a perfect position to help fill the anticipated shortage of primary care providers to take care of people newly insured because of healthcare reform. They undergo years of training beyond a regular nursing degree and, increasingly, many are receiving doctorates in the field.
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LAST CHANCE to register: MARN 2013 Annual Spring Convention
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Living Legends and Excellence in Nursing Awards Dinner
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The Impaired Clinician — from Recognition to Rehabilitation
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Health advisory: Preparing for and responding to bombing events
Boston health officials are dealing with the immediate aftermath of two bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the afternoon of April 15. CDC offers resources that may help local or state health officials prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the health effects of bombings and other mass casualty events.
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ANA Nightingale Tribute
ANA is paying respect to departed colleagues by presenting the Nightingale Tribute at the 2013 Membership Assembly.
The Nightingale Tribute was designed and developed by the Kansas State Nurses Association and adopted by the ANA House of Delegates to honor deceased nurses.
To honor departed nurses since July 2012, please forward their names and credentials to lpresutti@MARNonline.org by May 15 and they will be forwarded to ANA.
Those honored will be displayed in a continuous tribute throughout the meeting on a LCD screen and added to the Nightingale Tribute Book, which will be on display at the meeting.
ANA commends Obama budget for healthcare commitment
The American Nurses Association commends President Barack Obama for including vital investments that strengthen the nation's healthcare system in his fiscal year 2014 budget. The Obama administrations budget proposal reflects a clear commitment to expanding services and programs that will help millions of Americans receive high quality healthcare. Full release, click here.
CDC health alert: Nationwide shortage of tuberculin skin test antigens
CDC recommendations for patient care and public health practice
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CDC health alert: Human infections with novel influenza A (H7N9) viruses
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Free ANA Nurses Week webinar
Register for ANA's Free CE Webinar on Innovation
ANA celebrates National Nurses Week by hosting a FREE CE webinar on Innovation in Nursing Practice: Are You Leading the Charge? The live broadcast will be held on Thursday, May 9, at 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will focus on how to incorporate innovation into your nursing practice, facilitate and lead the innovation process in your organization, specific innovations that are currently improving patient outcomes and previewing the latest innovative process & technology for use in the nursing profession. Speakers include Barbara Blakeney, MS, RN, Innovations Specialist, Center for Innovations in Care Delivery, Mass. General Hospital, and Patricia Brennan, PhD, RN, National Program Director, Project Health Design.For more information and to register, go to http://nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/AboutANA/NationalNursesWeek/NNW-Webinar.
Reminder: Applications being accepted for ANA-PAC Board of Trustees
Applications for the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees is FRIDAY, MAY 31. The term of office for members of the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees elected during this time frame begins on July 1, and runs until June 30, 2015.
The ANA-PAC Board of Trustees consists of 11 members, selected from ANA members. Of these eleven Trustees, six are appointed by the ANA Board of Directors (in the even years) and five are elected by the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees (in odd years). The five Trustee positions that are open this year will be elected by the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees.
ANA-PAC is dedicated to the promotion of the improvement of health care by raising funds from members and contributing to the support of worthy candidates for federal office who believe and have demonstrated their beliefs in the legislative objectives of the American Nurses Association.
If your members are interested in applying for election to the ANA-PAC Board of Trustees, please go to www.nursingworld.org/PACApplication.aspx for an application and job description. ANA members will need to login with their ANA user name and password to access the information.
Once again, applications must be received by Friday, May 31.
Marathon nurse tells of devastation beyond anything she'd seen
Alix Coletta graduated from nursing school less than a year ago. She had never seen the horrible sights she was about to see when the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon.
Increasing demand for emergency nursing
By Archita Datta Majumdar
For most Americans, an emergency room visit is on the top of their minds as much as 911 when in a crisis. An ER is also open to all patients to get immediate medical attention instead having to wait for doctor appointments. Advanced resources are keys to helping ERs improve their critical service abilities. This is directly proportional to emergency nursing services, which need to be redesigned to meet the increasing emergency medicine requirements.
ANA urges passage of legislation to reduce gun violence
The Newtown tragedy served as a wake-up call about the epidemic of mass shootings and violence in this country, as well as a sobering reminder of the problem of inadequate mental health services and relatively easy access to assault weapons in the United States. Consequently, ANA is urging congressional leaders to support legislation that will enhance public safety and curb gun violence.
Additionally, the White House is calling for passage of common-sense reforms to reduce gun violence through a massive social media campaign.
To learn more about ANA's position on gun violence, please visit our Legislative Agenda page. To learn more about White House efforts, click here.
Nurses describe characteristics of extraordinary day at work
The Medical News
A small group of experienced nurses were asked to describe the characteristics of an extraordinary day at work. The one universal theme was "making a difference." The authors say it is important for managers to know what motivates nurses in order to avoid costly staff burnout and turnover. "Making a difference" did not necessarily mean saving a life or even a positive clinical outcome but improving care for patients and/or their family.
FDA urges medical mattress check
The FDA has warned healthcare professionals to inspect and replace worn medical bed mattress covers to prevent the spread of contamination and infection to patients. The agency received 458 reports of medical bed mattress covers failing to prevent blood and body fluid ingress from January 2011 to January 2013, according to a report on the FDA website.
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Closed windows in hospital rooms may raise infection risk
Closed windows in large hospital wards may increase patients' risk of getting an infection, a new study suggests. British researchers used carbon dioxide as a tracer gas to simulate how airborne infections spread in a traditional hospital ward, which typically includes two rows of up to 30 beds.
AACN issues new protocols for bathing patients
The long-held tradition of using a basin, soap and water to bathe bed-bound hospitalized patients no longer is the recommended standard of practice, according to a new practice alert from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Transition-to-practice programs may contribute to new grad success
The transition from nursing student to RN often is rocky. Aside from being challenged clinically by the minute, newly licensed nurses also must adjust to demanding institutional cultures. These stresses can contribute to clinical errors and employee turnover. Situational clinical coaching or guided clinical decision-making for new graduate nurses is key to a good transition program, said Patricia Benner, RN, Ph.D., FAAN. But equally important is an institutional culture that welcomes new graduate nurses and appreciates the stresses of the graduates' first year.
Docs fight encroachment in turf war with nurses
The campaign to give more primary-care duties to nurse practitioners faces headwinds across the country. Physician groups continue to resist sweeping measures that would expand the allowed scope of practice for licensed nurses with advanced medical training.
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