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Hearing at State House
On Wednesday, June 3rd at 11:00 a.m. the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance will hold a hearing on the ANA Mass bill to add a nurse seat on the MA Health Policy Commission. Please plan to attend and show your support for our bill.
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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!
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.
SAVE THE DATE!
ANA Massachusetts Summer Event
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
Danversport Yacht Club
Keynote: Sue R. Levy, Savory Living
MAKE HEALTHY EATING HAPPEN IN 2015!
Accredited Approver Unit Provider Symposium Western Workshop
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA
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.
NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
Work-life balance in healthcare: Addressing the system
By Catherine Iste
Why is achieving work-life balance as a healthcare professional so difficult?
As noted in the first part of this three-part series, it is difficult for everyone to agree on what work-life balance really is. Without a common vocabulary on the subject, it is hard to determine to what degree you may or may not be achieving it.
Patient education essential for improving asthma control
The Clinical Advisor
Clinical sites should have designated personnel responsible for routinely educating patients about how to properly use a metered-dose inhaler. "Improper administration of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) has been strongly correlated with a patient's ability to control their asthma," Joshua Blair, PA-S at the New York Institute of Technology and colleagues reported at AAPA Conference 2015.
Nurse scope of practice expansion may help ease rural healthcare woes
As more states move to expand nurses' scope of practice, these measures may be especially vital in rural America, where healthcare access gaps are often the most glaring, according to the New York Times.
In Nebraska, Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts signed legislation in March that allows nurse practitioners to perform duties they're nationally certified to perform without a physician's presence or approval. It was the 20th state to enact such a law, and eight more are considering similar legislation, according to the Times.
FDA: Watch for dosing errors with Zerbaxa
Pharmacy Practice News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to healthcare professionals about the risk for dosing errors with the antibacterial drug combination ceftolozane/tazobactam (Zerbaxa, Cubist) due to confusion about the drug strength displayed on the vial and carton labeling. Zerbaxa is a combination product consisting of ceftolozane, a cephalosporin antibacterial drug, and tazobactam, an inhibitor of certain β-lactamase enzymes. Zerbaxa’s vial label was approved initially with a strength that reflects each individual active ingredient (1 g/0.5 g); however, the product is dosed based on the sum of these ingredients (1.5 g).
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The role of oncology nurses in the decline of US cancer rates
Over the last 20 years, cancer death rates have dropped 22 percent, according to CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, only around 18 percent of U.S. adults smoke, which is down from a high of 45 percent in the 1950s. According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association, the number of gym memberships has increased from 41.3 million in 2005 to 50.2 million in 2012. These numbers speak volumes about the health initiatives many Americans have undertaken in recent years.
How distractions cause stress and impede your ability to function
By Michael S. Haro, Ph.D.
If you are easily distracted, your level of stress likely rises with these distractions. In this state, your potential for making poor decisions and mistakes increases. Leaders and managers constantly face their share of distractions, so it's important to know how to handle them in the appropriate manner.
Studies suggest testosterone risks may be overstated for some
Testosterone replacement therapy in older men with hypogonadism may be safe and even improve cardiovascular risk. "In the correctly selected patients, testosterone can be beneficial, especially when combined with lifestyle modification," said Tobias Köhler, MD, MPH, of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. "It seems to be safe with the meta-analyses and the recent data from a cardiac and prostate cancer perspective. However, we still have to do more due diligence to say that it's absolutely safe."
Improved economy, Obamacare boost demand for travel nurses
Kasier Health News via Medscape (free login required)
With her children grown and husband nearing retirement, Amy Reynolds was ready to leave behind snowy Flagstaff, Ariz., to travel but she wasn’t ready to give up her nursing career.
She didn’t have to.
For the past three years, Reynolds, 55, has been a travel nurse — working for about three months at a time at hospitals in California, Washington, Texas and Idaho, among other states. Her husband accompanies her on the assignments. “It’s been wonderful,” she said in May after starting a stint in Sacramento. “It’s given us a chance to try out other parts of the country.”
Sudden infant deaths linked to elevation
Babies who live at high elevations, those above 8,000 feet (2,438 meters), may face a slightly increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, new research finds. Researchers urge parents not to panic about the new findings. But the research does suggest that low oxygen levels might play a role in SIDS — and that finding could hint at the cause of tragic, unexplained infant deaths.
FDA approves 2 drugs for irritable bowel syndrome
U.S. health regulators approved new irritable bowel syndrome drugs from Actavis Plc and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. on May 27. The Food and Drug Administration approved eluxadoline, to be sold under the brand name Viberzi. The agency also approved Valeant's Xifaxan, also known as rifaximin. Both drugs are designed to treat diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that affects about 28 million people in the United States and Europe and can cause abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea.
US health officials: HIV treatment should start at diagnosis
The New York Times
People with HIV should be put on antiretroviral drugs as soon as they learn they are infected, federal health officials said May 27 as they announced that they were halting the largest ever clinical trial of early treatment because its benefits were already so clear. The study was stopped more than a year early because preliminary data already showed that those who got treatment immediately were 53 percent less likely to die during the trial or develop AIDS or a serious illness than those who waited.
The study is strong evidence that early treatment saves more lives, the officials said.
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