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Work-life balance in healthcare: Realign your priorities
By Catherine Iste
As a healthcare professional, your work requires you to be there for others, but how can you do that effectively if you haven't taken care of yourself? Now that you are acutely aware of where your hours go, it's time to look at what you can do realign your time with your priorities. Lisa Cole, MS, RN, FNP, has spent more than 35 years in the healthcare industry. Her current business, Re-Source, focuses on helping people live and die well via lifestyle change, patient advocacy and care coordination. Through her work, Cole has learned three areas that can help reduce stress now and help you be more present as a caregiver.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions on the ANCC Board of Directors — Closing Monday June 1
This is a reminder that the Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions on the ANCC Board of Directors will be closing soon on Monday, June 1 at 5:00 p.m. ET. For additional details, please read the communication below.

The call for nominations for positions on other ANA committees remains open until Friday, July 31. Feel free to visit the Committee on Appointments page on NursingWorld.org for more information.

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New Graduate Board of Directors Position
Looking for New Graduates to serve a one year position on the ANA Massachusetts Board of Directors as a New Graduate Member. These directors shall be members who have been licensed as registered nurses for five (5) years or less. Please forward a Declaration of Interest Form, click here, to info@ANAMass.org and djeffery@ANAMass.org no later than June 1.
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Vote ANA leaders to '100 Most Influential' list
In a great start to the week, Pam Cipriano and Marla Weston have both made the ballot for Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” ranking! Starting today, you can vote here for the five nominees you believe should make the final list of the "100 Most Influential."

We encourage you to vote for nurse leader nominees. Recognizing nurse leaders in the “Most Influential” rankings is an excellent way to elevate the contributions of the profession. Voting closes Friday, June 26. Later this week, we’ll provide more resources to assist you in spreading the word and “getting out the vote.” Thanks!

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Now Open: Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions on ANA Committees and Boards
In 2014 the ANA Committee on Appointments (COA) adopted streamlined processes, including the implementation of an annual Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions. The general call for nominations for appointive positions on ANA committees and boards is now open until 5 p.m. ET on Friday July 31, 2015. A separate Call for Nominations for the ANCC Board of Directors was launched in March and continues to be open until 5:00pm ET on Monday, June 1.
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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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Joint Alert from Division of Health Professions Licensure
In response to The National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants, on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure issued a joint alert regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in November, 2014.
Click here to find an update to that original alert.

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SAVE THE DATE!
ANA Massachusetts Summer Event
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Danversport Yacht Club

Accredited Approver Unit Provider Symposium Western Workshop
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Empowering nurses to be their best
By Keith Carlson
As a nurse manager, I am constantly wondering if we provide our nurses with the most empowering environment possible in which they can grow and thrive. We all want nurses to feel empowered, but are we doing enough?
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HIMSS survey: Nurses 'won't go back to paper'
Health IT Outcomes
Nurses agree, EHRs improve patient safety and most couldn’t do their job without them. HIMSS conducted a survey of more than 600 nurses in honor of National Nurses Week. “This study is helpful for anyone who wants to better understand how healthcare IT affects nurses, from their point of view,” said Brendan FitzGerald, Research Director at HIMSS Analytics in a press release “Results show that nurses have the highest levels of satisfaction around how EHRs improve the quality of clinical decisions. But there are also findings that indicate EHR vendors could do more to improve nursing workflows.”
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Nurse staffing tied to in-hospital cardiac arrest survival
Medscape (free login required)
Nurse staffing levels and hospital work environment have a direct effect on survival for patients who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest, new research shows. Nurses are commonly the first responders for in-hospital cardiac arrest, said investigator Monica Rochman, PhD, from the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia. However, adding nurses is difficult because nursing staff salaries make up 44 percent of direct costs for inpatient care, she explained. Still, changing the culture might be cost-effective.
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5 tips to help nurses improve patient education skills
Global Healthcare
In today’s healthcare environment, nurses must provide patient education as part of routine care to improve the likelihood of positive outcomes. “There is a new emphasis on better discharge planning, patient self-management of chronic disease, and patient engagement, said Beth Stuckey, RN, MS, CNE, assistant professor, nursing at American Sentinel University. “Patient education is critical to all of these initiatives and nurses need to know what works and what doesn’t, when it comes to shaping patient behavior.”
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A financial check-up for nurses
U.S. News & World Report
When Mary Beth Winkeljohn became a family nurse practitioner, she also had to navigate some big financial decisions. Part of her compensation included funds to allocate toward health insurance, disability and retirement. With help from a financial professional, she made selections that had a lasting impact on her future financial security. Many nurses, she says, face similar choices, but might not feel prepared for them because nursing programs don’t generally include classes on business, personal finance or economics. “Nurses might be at a disadvantage when it comes to making long-term investment and financial decisions,” says Winkeljohn, who resides near Baltimore, Maryland.
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Nurse-led team improves delirium outcomes in ICU
Medscape (free login required)
When patients with delirium are cared for by a coordinated team of healthcare professionals, time spent in the intensive care unit (ICU) and the duration of benzodiazepine and opiate therapy can be cut in half, new research shows. "We are really bridging the gap between disciplines to provide holistic care to our patients, forcing everyone to think of every aspect of what's going on and holding them accountable," said study investigator Petra Grami, RN, from CHI St. Luke's Health in Houston, who is cocreator of the Grami–Smith Delirium Prevention Bundle.
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The importance of preventing burnout among physicians and nurses
Hospitals & Health Networks
Imagine this scenario: You are a hospital CEO walking the halls of your facility when you overhear a group of physicians or nurses talking about the stress, exhaustion and frustration of their jobs and the system. One of them states without hesitation that she can't wait to leave the profession entirely, and would make sure her son or daughter never considered medicine as a career. Would you have faith that she could devote her full attention to administering care to your patients?
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Weed candy is sending more children to the hospital
By Denise A. Valenti
They look, smell and taste like our favorite candies, but marijuana candy edibles can be a real danger to children. The sweet confections are often packaged to appear like the popular treats with which toddlers and children are familiar. This appearance is not an accident — the marijuana candy products are designed to attract and entice the consumer. But when children ingest marijuana, the results can be serious and even life-threatening.
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Nurses can perform carotid scans to triage TIA patients
Medscape (free login required)
It is feasible to train stroke nurse practitioners to perform carotid ultrasound screening scans to triage patients who present with a transient ischemic attack (TIA) outside of hours when a vascular scientist is unavailable, a new study suggests. Presenting the study here at the 24th European Stroke Conference (ESC), vascular scientist Helena Wilding, from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, United Kingdom, explained: "In our hospital we have not got a vascular scientist working out of hours, so TIA patients coming in at the weekend have to be admitted while they wait for a carotid ultrasound scan on the Monday," she said.
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