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What matters to patients: How nurses talk to them, policy experts said at a briefing on patient experience measurement, hosted by the Alliance for Health Policy.
"Nurses matter a lot...the way your nurses interact with your patients is deeply meaningful to them," said Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum.
Agrawal cited results from a 2013 New England Journal of Medicine paper on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.
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ANA is seeking an APRN to represent nursing on an American Medical Association Committee with meets three times a year (in January, April, and October). There is no end date to this service; however, the term of the appointment is subject to an agreement between the individual and ANA.
The nominee will be an ANA member and an APRN. The nominee will have extensive experience in billing, reimbursement, and practice expense and will ideally engage in these activities in a practice setting. The individual will also need to have the flexibility within their practice to travel.
Interested individuals should send a CV and a one-page cover letter highlighting qualifications and relevant experiences related to reimbursement, billing, and coding valuation to Gregory Craig, ANA Health Policy Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by close of business Friday, Aug. 9 for consideration.
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Medicare for All: An Alternative Health Financing Program With Implications for All
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 | Massachusetts State House (Great Hall)
Barbara Blakeney MS, RN, FNAP
Member, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
ANA Massachusetts member and Past President of the American Nurses Association
Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor and Economist
Dr. Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Program of Health Care. As associate editor of both the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Health Economics, Gruber has been heavily involved in crafting and critiquing the economic impact of public health policy.
Christine Schrauf, PhD, RN, MBA
Elms College, Chicopee, MA – Faculty Member, School of Nursing
Dr. Schrauf teaches health policy and professional ethics to graduate nursing students at Elms College and participates in advocacy efforts through membership in the ANAMASS Health Policy Committee.
Nancy Turbull, MBA
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Senior Associate Dean for Professional Education
In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Ms. Turnbull is also senior lecturer in health policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Since 2007, she has also been the consumer representative on the board of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the insurance exchange/marketplace in Massachusetts.
UMass GSN Continuing Education Programs allows nurses to take courses to further their professional and/or academic goals. Courses are available on campus and online to best fit our student’s schedules. Register today and take advantage of a curriculum combining clinical expertise, contemporary research, and world class faculty!
Our bill for Honorary Veteran Status has passed in the House of Representatives as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act!
Thanks to VFW, ANA and the 61 other members of the Nursing Community Coalition.
Now on to the reconciliation process with the Senate — they did not pass our amendment in the NDAA.
There are 22 Cosponsors in the Senate out of 100. If your U.S. Senators are not on the list of cosponsors below, then please call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask your senators to cosponsor today!
Specifically, ask your senators to "include S. 997, The United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act, in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020." These women of the Greatest Generation only request to be recognized as honorary Veterans of WWII with an American flag and a gravesite plaque forever marking their proud service to our country during wartime in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps. Inclusion of S. 997 as a budget amendment to the NDAA would not grant the Cadet Nurse Corp access to VA benefits or other privileges, such as burial in Arlington National Cemetery, but simply a flag and a gravesite plaque marking their service.
Thank you to our Current Cosponsors:
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]*
Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME]*
Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT]*
Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT]*
Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]*
Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]*
Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]*
Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]*
Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL]*
Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]*
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]*
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]*
Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]*
Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]
Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]
Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]
Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR]
Please let us know the status of your Senator by email at FriendsofUSCNC@gmail.com or by visiting our website at https://www.nursingandpublichealth.org/cadet-nurses.html.
Please follow us on Facebook and like and share with others.
Friends of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps WWII
Mission: “Honorary Veteran Status Now”
Action: Pass NEW BILLS in U.S. House of Representative and in the U.S. Senate:
S.997/H.R.2056 The United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act
Contact: Director, Dr. Barbara Poremba, EdD, MPH, MS, RNCS, ANP, CNE
Facebook: Friends of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps WWII
ANAMASS Spring Conference
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Beyond the Hand Sanitizer
Featured Topics include antimicrobial stewardship and controversies in immunizations.
Friday, April 17, 2020 | The Conference Center at Waltham Woods
ANAMASS Awards Dinner
Friday, May 8, 2020
Royal Sonesta Boston
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
While researchers spend a lot of time and effort shoring up the relationship between reading for pleasure and children's educational success, the benefits hold for adults, too. Keeping your brain active and engaged can slow Alzheimer's and prevent dementia, for example, and reading definitely fulfills that requirement. Reading fiction has also been linked with an increase in empathy; the very act of reading fiction can be a mental health exercise in the art of mindfulness.
"Among healthcare professionals, mindfulness training can reduce psychological and physiologic stress, emotional distress, and burnout while improving empathy, job satisfaction, and sense of well-being," according to American Nurse Today.
Starting in September, tens of thousands of people in Europe and the Americas will start to test an experimental HIV vaccine.
After nearly 40 years of testing more than 100 different experimental vaccines, this new drug seems to boost resistance to HIV for up to two years after being administered, Nature News reports. It’s too soon to make any bold claims about how well the vaccine works — that’s what the massive clinical trial is for — but the fact that the vaccine reached the third phase of clinical experimentation is a good sign that doctors may be on to something.
There is no shortage of optimism about AI in the medical community. But many also caution that the hype surrounding AI has yet to be realized in real clinical settings. There are also different visions for how AI services could make the biggest impact. And it’s still unclear whether AI will improve the lives of patients or just the bottom line for Silicon Valley companies, healthcare organizations, and insurers.
By Lisa Mulcahy
As a healthcare professional, you understand that millennials are seeking traditional healthcare less frequently than previous generations — but do you really understand why? Researchers have been making fascinating inroads when it comes to determining how millennials really approach their healthcare. Understand the way they think and how they want to be served, and you'll be able to attract them to your practice and/or hospital. Use these science-based strategies to make it happen.
Registered nurse vacancies remain high throughout the country. Although most hospitals depend on new graduate nurses to fill their openings, roughly 57 percent of newly licensed nurses leave their jobs within the first two years. Utilizing travel nursing agencies is popular in the nursing industry. Having experienced nurses who sign four to twenty-six weeks contracts is an attractive solution for many healthcare organizations; however, many of these organizations are starting to use international nurse agencies instead.
U.S. drug overdose deaths, which have been concentrated in Appalachia and other rural areas for more than a dozen years, are back to being most common in big cities again, according to a government report.
University of Cincinnati via Medical Xpress
An international team led by researchers from the University of Cincinnati and Japan's Keio and Hiroshima universities has discovered the energy production mechanism of cancerous cells that drives the growth of the nucleolus and causes tumors to rapidly multiply.
The findings, published Aug. 1 in the journal Nature Cell Biology, could lead to the development of new cancer treatments that would stop tumor growth by cutting the energy supply to the nucleolus.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Clostridium difficile infects 500,000 Americans and kills 29,000 each year. Commonly affecting older adults in hospitals and long-term care facilities, symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever, rapid heartbeat, inflammation of the intestines, and kidney failure. C. difficile spores are resistant to many commonly used disinfectants, sanitizers, and cleaning agents, including alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Surgical gowns and stainless steel often remain contaminated with C. difficile even after treatment with a recommended disinfectant. According to Dr. Tina Joshi of the University of Plymouth in England, because the spores can grow after decontamination, disinfecting measures in hospitals need to be reconsidered.
Food Safety News
A McDonald’s in Johnson City, TN, and a Little Caesar’s Pizza in Newark, OH, put their customers at risk of exposure to hepatitis A by permitting an employee with the liver disease to report for work.
They are the latest in a long list of hepatitis A developments that are examples of what the Mississippi State Department of Health is calling a “national epidemic.” Mississippi recently acknowledged that state has joined that epidemic.
Infections with Naegleria fowleri, the so-called brain-eating amoeba, are extremely rare, but also extremely deadly. Only 146 cases have been reported in the U.S. since 1962, with only four surviving the infection: there is a 97 percent chance of death. Sadly, on July 22, a 59-year-old North Carolina man became the first person to die of the infection this year after swimming in a lake at a water park.
Last year, 29-year old Fabrizio Stabile died from it after spending time in a Waco, TX wave pool.
HealthDay News via WebMD
Wondering if you can do more than slap on some sunscreen to prevent skin cancer? A new study suggests that getting more vitamin A may help.
The study of around 125,000 Americans found that people with the highest intake of vitamin A lowered their risk of squamous cell skin cancer by around 15 percent. Most of the vitamin A they consumed came from foods.
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