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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES
Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing (ANA Massachusetts Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for The September 2015 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
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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.
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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.
NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
Study: More time between shifts help nurses recover
Safety + Health
Longer breaks between shifts can help nurses bounce back from the demands of work, according to research from the University of Eastern Finland.
Researchers studied the effects of longer rest periods among 39 female shift-working nurses based on their heart rate variability, a sign of recovery. The number of their brief breaks – 11 hours or shorter – between shifts were cut in half. Before the change and one year later, researchers surveyed the nurses and noted their heart rate variability while at work, away from work and during sleep.
Clinical decision rule can classify risk of chronic back pain
A clinical decision rule (CDR) with eight items can classify patients with acute low back pain (LBP) by their risk for chronic pain, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of The Spine Journal. Researchers conducted a prospective cohort study of risk factors for the progression to chronic pain. Six hundred five patients with acute LBP (≥30 days' duration) were included, and they were surveyed at baseline, six months and two years.
Patient-controlled analgesia in the emergency department is effective, show twin studies
Patients who arrive at the emergency department (ED) in moderate or severe pain are often given intravenous morphine, administered by a nurse. This is safe and works in the short term but is demanding of nursing time, particularly when repeated doses of painkillers are necessary. One potential solution is for patients to administer their own pain relief using a patient controlled analgesia (PCA) device. A PCA device is a syringe usually containing morphine that can be connected to a drip in the patient's arm, which allows the patient to deliver their own pain relief by pressing a button.
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Study: More than two-thirds of US adults now overweight or obese
Fewer than one-third of Americans are currently at a healthy weight, with the rest of the population either overweight or obese, a new report finds.
About 35 percent of men and 37 percent of women are obese. Another 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight, researchers said in the June 22 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
OSHA launches program to protect nursing employees
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will announce Thursday that it's going to crack down on hospitals, for the first time ever, to prevent an epidemic of back and arm injuries among nursing employees.
Nurses and nursing assistants suffer more of those debilitating injuries than any other occupation, and those injuries are caused mainly by moving and lifting patients.
Study: Drug combination offers hope for bipolar depression
A new combination of pre-existing drugs may have unlocked a new treatment for bipolar depression, a Columbia University study released June 24 found. The study suggests a way to prolong the effects of ketamine, which has been shown to be helpful in treatment-resistant bipolar depression, but its effects don't usually last more than a week or two. The preliminary findings show on average a 50 percent reduction in symptoms of depression and a 75 percent reduction in the likelihood of patients committing suicide with treatment-resistant bipolar depression.
Nursing research: Nurses know best
As a registered nurse who also holds a Ph.D., John Merriman is one of a small but growing number of nurse scientists worldwide. Many, like him, come to research because they see a problem in the clinic that needs a research-based solution. Nurse scientists arrive at a research-career path through a variety of trajectories; historically, many have begun their doctoral work mid- to late-career, after years of seeing patients. But that trend is shifting as leaders in the field encourage younger nurses to enter Ph.D. programs soon after earning a nursing degree and registered nurse certification.
Dusting off drug libraries yields smarter IV pumps
Pharmacy Practice News
Partnering with nurses, conducting rounds on inpatient floors and continually educating staff are all ways that hospitals can improve drug library compliance for smart pumps, panelists said at a kick-off meeting for the National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety. This is an initiative by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation and industry partners to develop and promote solutions that improve infusion therapy–related patient outcomes.
Putting stents to the test
The New York Times
Millions of Americans have had stents inserted in their coronary arteries to prop them open. And many are convinced the devices are protecting them from heart attacks. After all, a partly blocked artery is now cleared, and the pain in a heart muscle starved of blood often vanishes once the artery is open again.
But while stents unquestionably save lives of patients in the throes of a heart attack or a threatened heart attack, there is no convincing evidence that stents reduce heart attack risk for people suffering from stable angina.
Even slightly elevated blood pressure may pose problems for young adults
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
Young adults with even slightly elevated blood pressure may be at risk of cardiac dysfunction later in life, according to a new study published in the June 30 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Researchers followed 2,479 men and women over the course of 25 years. They were between 18 and 30 years old when the study began. The researchers found that participants who had slightly elevated blood pressure that was still considered within normal range when they were between 18 and 30 years old were more likely to have problems with their left ventricle once they reached middle age.
New silk-based ink can detect bacteria, could enable 'smart' bandages
Med Device Online
A new bioink made from silk has successfully been printed onto hospital gloves and changes color when it comes into contact with certain kinds of bacteria. Researchers at Tufts University say that certain properties of the silk protect heat-sensitive biomolecules during the ink-jet printing process, and that the method could open the door to a host of new therapeutic, biosensor and regenerative medicine applications.
Even with vaccination, pertussis outbreak could spread
Monthly Prescribing Reference
New research proposes that the source of a recent pertussis outbreak may not be due to vaccine efficacy or decreasing immunization, but instead from infected individuals who are vaccinated and asymptomatic. Researchers designed a model to build on those findings via evaluation of waning of protective immunity from vaccination or natural infection over time, evolution of B. pertussis to escape protective immunity, and low vaccine coverage.
88 percent of nurses profit from mobile health apps, smartphone
From smartphones, tablets, and mobile health apps to telemedicine and remote monitoring tools, the advancement of healthcare technologies has stimulated the entire industry to improve population health outcomes and the quality of patient care. The smartphone, in particular, is making headway in the healthcare industry with the majority of nurses owning and utilizing the device in a medical setting.
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