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Who will make your health decisions when you are unable?
By Joan Spitrey
On Father's Day, we said goodbye to the father of the long-distance dedication, Casey Kasem. He was an American icon best known for his weekly radio countdown programs and as the voice of Shaggy in the "Scooby-Doo" cartoon series. Sadly, Kasem's legacy was tarnished by a family conflict surrounding his end-of-life decisions — all played out in the media for the world to watch. Unfortunately, these disputes are all too common. As an ICU nurse, I watched countless families have to make difficult decisions regarding their loved ones' care, especially at the end of life.
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Career Guides needed for ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) Career Connections Program! New nurses need you!
ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) is happy to announce that the new program to help senior nursing students and new graduates who anticipate entering their first professional nurse position is very popular! The aim of the Career Connections program is to match a novice nurse (the Seeker) with a professional nurse career guide. This is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to share their knowledge and experiences with novice nurses through this important transition to a professional position in nursing.
Career Guides support and encourage the seeker throughout their transition as they enter professional practice. The role of the Career guide is to guide Seeker to:
Once matched, Career Guides and novice nurses arrange to meet at a mutually agreeable time. The connection is meant to end when novice nurses find their first position.
To participate send name, position, snail mail address and phone number to Sabianca Delva at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Identify possible entry level positions
- Critique cover letters and resumes
- Provide coaching for interviews with nurse recruiters
- Listen and support to novices’ questions and answer job-related concerns
Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Needed: Articles for The September 2014 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by 123,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
This year we are focusing on safe staffing and encourage you to weigh in on this important issue!
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome. The more input, the better!
Your contribution can be sent to email@example.com or mailed to MARN Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186
Deadline date for submission is July 10!
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ANA calls for women's healthcare protections
The American Nurses Association (ANA) issued the following statement attributable to ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN:
“The American Nurses Association (ANA) is disappointed in today’s ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
This ruling circumvents the health care reform law the Supreme Court upheld in 2012 and allows closely held, for-profit employers to interfere with the patient-healthcare provider relationship and deny access to coverage that protects the health and well-being of women and their families.
Karen Daley Leadership Fund
To Honor the achievements of Karen Daley, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, The Karen Daley Fund has been established
in the American Nurses Foundation.
Karen has been a tireless leader committed to her fellow nurses and to the patients for whom they care. Karen is the epitome of strength and perseverance that defines the nursing profession.
The Karen Daley Fund will pay tribute to this remarkable woman, leader and nursing pioneer.
The goal of the ANF is to raise $25,000 by July 1, 2014, and the monies earned by the Karen Daley Fund will be used to support ANA leadership activities.
To donate in her honor, click here.
Please note: In Program Area, select Karen Daley Leadership Fund and check off the box indicating that you are an ANA Massachusetts member.
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ANA releases 2nd Edition of 'Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice'
The American Nurses Association (ANA) released a new edition of “ Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.” The book is co-published by ANA, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN).
NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
Shortage of saline solution has hospitals on edge
Kaiser Health News in partnership with KQED and NPR
Hospitals across the country are struggling to deal with a shortage of one of their essential medical supplies. Manufacturers are rationing saline — a product used all over the hospital to clean wounds, mix medications and treat dehydration. Now drug companies say they won’t be able to catch up with demand until next year.
How data analytics helped measure, increase hand hygiene
While the Centers for Disease Control asserts that hospital-acquired infections are on the decline thanks to financial quality penalties and a closer focus on patient safety, the numbers are still staggeringly high, with 722,000 cases and 75,000 deaths in 2011. Despite the omnipresence of antibacterial gel dispensers and reminders for staff and visitors to keep clean, a lack of adequate hand hygiene is still a major culprit in the spread of superbugs and deadly infections.
States with the highest, lowest EHR adoption
Becker's Hospital Review
More and more hospitals and health systems are slowly going live on electronic health records, though implementation is uneven across the country.
Here are the states with the highest and lowest EHR adoption rate, according to an infographic produced by the University of California, Berkeley School of Information.
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New report looks at how to prevent acetaminophen overdose
Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition
A new report from the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition reviews the dosing behaviors that can lead to unintentional acetaminophen overdose and explores the successful impact of ongoing education campaigns to drive safe use and prevent overdose-related liver damage.
Good progress on affordable healthcare
The New York Times
Americans are finding very affordable health insurance and a wide choice of plans on the exchanges operated by the federal government, according to a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report was based on data from the 36 states in which the federal government is operating health insurance exchanges this year. Comparable data from states operating their own exchanges is not yet available.
Glass to get HIPAA compliance, surgery ready!
Google Glass has been of interest to the healthcare industry for a while, and while performing surgery with Glass is nothing new, complying with HIPAA standards while doing it is. Video streaming software company CrowdOptic has teamed up with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to produce streaming software that lets surgeons share their live recording with others off site. But now they are looking to include a feature to that software that allows for HIPAA compliance.
Supply won't meet growing demand for primary care
Federally funded programs will add at least 2,300 new primary care practitioners by the end of 2015, but the funding for at least one of those programs is set to expire at the same time, contributing to a massive shortage of doctors available to treat patients — including those newly insured through the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.
Travel: Tick-borne encephalitis resource unveiled
Nursing in Practice
Exclusive Guidance on how to prevent tick-borne encephalitis has been summarized in a new resource.
The resource, released by the Tick Alert organization, gives practice and travel health nurses a "one stop" reference for TBE information and advice.
Recently the Department of Health's Green Book was updated to recommend that travelers to rural and forested areas in spring and summer should be vaccinated.
Too many antibiotics — Patients and prescribers speak up
Medscape (free login required)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of antibiotic-resistant infections.
Technology is helping prevent readmissions, but integration across the care continuum remains a pressing goal, experts say
As data sets increase for post-acute care, so will the need for standardization and the push for skilled nursing facilities to be connected with other health entities, experts said at a health information technology summit.
For example, skilled nursing facilities seeking greater connectivity might want to hire community health coaches to reduce hospital readmissions, and empower employees with mobile technology, one physician said during the 2014 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit in Baltimore.
Staffing for the ER onslaught: A surprising consequence of the ACA
By Alan Kelsky
One hoped-for outcome of the Affordable Care Act was the reduction of emergency department use for primary care reasons. Though that was the intent, the reality is that ER visits are rising, and ER administrators expect that rise to continue through at least 2015.
Surprisingly, ER visits have risen since Jan. 1 both in states where the uninsured rolls shrank due to the expansion of Medicaid and in those that elected not to take part in the expansion.
Paging nurse practitioners as demand soars under ObamaCare
There is unprecedented demand for nurse practitioners and physician assistants as demand grows for more primary care medical providers and care coordinators to treat millions of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act.
A new study by physician staffing firm MerrittHawkins indicates the number of search assignments the company did for physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) jumped by 320 percent over the last two years.
New guidelines to protect burn victims from hypothermia risk during surgery
Loyola University Health System has established new guidelines to protect burn victims at risk for hypothermia during surgery.
The skin regulates body temperature and when a large portion of skin is burned, the body loses heat. Loyola nurses recognized this threat and established a warming process for burn victims at risk for dangerously low body temperatures.
Aspirin may cut pancreatic cancer risk
The New York Times
A new study adds to the evidence that low-dose aspirin, known to reduce the risk for heart disease, may also reduce the risk for pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer has a 93 percent fatality rate, and the National Cancer Institute estimates there will be about 46,000 new cases and 40,000 deaths from the disease this year.
Common herbal supplement can cause dangerous interactions with prescription drugs
St. John’s wort, the leading complementary and alternative treatment for depression in the United States, can be dangerous when taken with many commonly prescribed drugs, according to a study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The researchers reported that the herbal supplement can reduce the concentration of numerous drugs in the body, including oral contraceptive, blood thinners, cancer chemotherapy and blood pressure medications, resulting in impaired effectiveness and treatment failure.
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