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Is there room for scribes in nursing?
By Joan Spitrey
Recently on Twitter, I came across an interesting conversation regarding the usefulness of scribes by physicians. One physician, who never used them, published an article against their use. However, the other physician responded via his blog in praise of their efficient use. But what really caught my attention was how the responding physician stated he felt there was a place for scribes in nursing.
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ANA Massachusetts Fall Conference
Keeping Patients and Nursing Staff Safe: Challenges and Possibilities
Keynote: Janet Haebler, MSN, RN, Associate Director, State Government Affairs, American Nurses Association
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Sheraton Framingham Hotel
Exhibitor/Sponsorship Opportunities, click here.

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Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Needed: Articles for The December 2014 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by @ 118,000 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 myracacace@charter.net or mailed to ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186.

Deadline date for submission is October 10th!

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Join Team ANA Massachusetts at the 7th Annual VisionWalk
We are excited to tell you about the 7th Annual Boston VisionWalk. This event will take place Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA 02135 (Registration and Check In is at 12 p.m., Walk Begins at 1 p.m.).

VisionWalk is a fun, family-friendly 5K (3.1 mile) walkathon. The route is wheelchair and stroller accessible. There will be music, refreshments and lots of kids activities – including a visit from Wally the Green Monster.

ANA Massachusetts will have a team walking to support this event. Our Team Captain is Myra Cacace, President Elect and Newsletter Editor.

If you are interested in walking as part of our team, please register using the following link: Team Website: www.FightBlindness.org/goto/ANAMassachusetts

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American Nurses Foundation Launches E-tools, Interactive Website to Aid Nurses in Providing PTSD Care
In conjunction with President Obama's address to the American Legion's 96th convention, the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), on Aug. 26 announced the launch of an interactive, web-based post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) toolkit to help civilian registered nurses (RNs) better assess and treat PTSD in the national's veterans and military service members.
More information, click here.

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Massachusetts Coalition Receives $300,000 to Advance Nurse Education and Build More Diverse Nursing Workforce
Massachusetts is one of nine states awarded a $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to create a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. This is the second RWJF grant, part of its national Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative, to support Massachusetts' efforts to make it easier for current and future nurses to advance their education to the BSN or higher degree.
Full document, click here.

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Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards Information
As referenced on the website, a program of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing awards will recognize and advance 10 nurse leaders. Each awardee will receive a Leadership Development Program scholarship package from the Center for Creative Leadership, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This inter-professional experience is designed to maximize each awardee’s leadership potential for the future.
    The Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards are designed to:
  • Recognize and elevate the next generation of breakthrough nurse leaders.
  • Recognize awardees' engagement in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action's state Action Coalitions.
  • Provide awardees with a world-class inter-professional leadership development experience.
  • Identify and train Campaign for Action ambassadors.
For more information and to access the nomination process information: http://campaignforaction.org/breakthrough-nomination-forms

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The AAMCN Innovation Award
The American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) is committed to be an interrelated member of the managed care delivery team and systems for positive patient outcomes. As part of this partnership, we are pleased to announce the launch of the first annual Managed Care Nursing Innovation Award which will reward a company or organization that is improving patient outcomes using an innovative method.

This AAMCN Innovation Award has been established to highlight innovative solutions that bring increased value to the healthcare delivery system, improve patient outcomes and demonstrate the important role of the managed care nurse in the healthcare delivery system.

If you believe your company or organization is eligible for the AAMCN Innovation Award, please fill out the application at the link below. Entries will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2014. The winner will be announced at the Fall Managed Care Forum on Nov. 13-14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

AAMCN Innovation Award Application
*In order to type directly on entry form, choose "Open With Different Viewer" & open with Adobe Acrobat*
Completed entry forms can be scanned and sent by email to: lskrobacz@aamcn.org or faxed to (804) 747-5316.
For questions, please contact Lauren Skrobacz at (804) 747-9698.

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Membership Needs Assessment Survey
Deadline extended through Sept. 26

The ANA Massachusetts Conference Planning Committee is seeking your feedback to assist us in developing future educational programs and events designed to meet your learning needs and promote your ongoing professional development. To that end, we would so appreciate your taking a few moments of your valuable time to complete the following online Membership Educational Needs Assessment Survey (click here). Your input matters! We are here for you, our members, and, as such, want to assure as much as possible that we are meeting your educational needs by providing you with the information you need to grow your practice whether it be as a bedside nurse, educator in an academic or service setting, nurse researcher, or nurse administrator.
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Is there room for scribes in nursing?
By Joan Spitrey
Recently on Twitter, I came across an interesting conversation regarding the usefulness of scribes by physicians. One physician, who never used them, published an article against their use. However, the other physician responded via his blog in praise of their efficient use.

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New nurses and the med-surg mythos
By Keith Carlson
Every nurse has probably heard this statement (or something like it): "Without two years of med-surg, your career is going nowhere." While medical-surgical is indeed a wonderful grounding in the challenges and skills of modern nursing, many new nurses simply can't find med-surg positions.

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When good intentions go wrong in nursing
By Joan Spitrey
Each day, every minute, nurses make countless decisions. Rigorous training, education and experience are supposed to prepare the nurse to respond appropriately when faced with decisions regarding patient care. Although safety nets are put in place and procedures are developed, they often do not cover every situation nurses face in their shifts caring for patients.

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


13 most common healthcare-associated infections
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
Healthcare-associated infections are a consistent issue for both hospital patients and healthcare providers. While no single U.S. surveillance system can provide estimates of the prevalence of healthcare-associated infections across acute-care patient populations, a recent multistate prevalence survey published by The New England Journal of Medicine reveals important insight for healthcare providers in their efforts to combat infections. Across 183 hospitals and 11,282 patients, 452 patients had one or more healthcare-associated infections. The following list ranks the most common healthcare-associated infections from highest prevalence to least.
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Surge of investment needed to prevent nursing shortage
Medscape (free login required)
More than 1 million new registered nurses (RNs) will be needed by 2022 to fill newly created jobs and replace retiring nurses, according to the American Nurses Association (ANA). An additional 12 percent increase in nursing workforce development funding is urged to head off the potential shortfall, the ANA said in a statement. Demand for healthcare services is increasing because of the aging of Baby Boomers and new healthcare reforms that improve care access, change the system of payment to account for healthcare quality, and expand the focus on prevention and primary care services. In addition, many nurses are expected to retire in the coming years.
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Prickless blood sugar test on horizon for diabetics
Reuters
Eventually, people with diabetes won't need to prick their fingers multiple times a day to check their blood sugar levels, if researchers have their way. Sylvia Daunert and her lab team at the University of Miami in Florida are reporting significant progress toward the development of sensors that would continuously monitor blood sugar levels without needing blood samples. The results could even be displayed on a mobile device such as a cell phone.
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Nearly 1 in 5 new nurses leave first job within a year, according to survey of newly-licensed registered nurses
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Turnover of registered nurses (RNs) is an important and widely used measure in analyzing the health care workforce. It’s used to project the job market for nurses (based on availability of jobs) and can also be considered an indicator of whether a health care organization has a good working environment.
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Networking on the job
Advance for NPs & PAs
You already have a job, like it, and plan to stay put for a while. No need to network, right? Oh so wrong! Letting your networking effort lapse is a major mistake. Building a network while on-the-job is smart, strategic and effective. "Networking should always be ongoing," advised Kelly Mattice, vice president of health services at The Execu/Search Group in New York City. "You may already have a job, but then what do you do? How do you advance, shine, stand out? Healthcare is a very competitive market," she said. "You are always competing for a job — sometimes to remain in the job you already have, the connections you make can keep your career moving forward."
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Just released: CDC's 2013 State Obesity Map detailing the prevelance of adults with obesity
Food Consumer
The CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity just released its 2013 state-specific data on adult obesity prevalence using self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. This new data shows that the proportion of adults with obesity in the United States in 2013 remained high with estimates across states ranging from 21.3 percent in Colorado to 35.1 percent in both Mississippi and West Virginia. Obesity continues to be a common, serious and costly public health problem.
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TB strain identification via 'genetic barcode'
Medical News Today
A study published in Nature Communications describes how a team led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the U.K. has devised a genetic barcode to help doctors and researchers easily identify different types of tuberculosis. "New technology is making it easier to track mutations but genomes are very complicated and we hope this simple barcode will help people with their research," explains co-author and tuberculosis (TB) expert Dr. Ruth McNerney, a Senior Lecturer in Pathogen Biology and Diagnostics at the School.
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Established nurse teams boost hospital care quality
MedPage Today
Nurses who have known each other and worked together a long time on the patient floor make a measurable contribution to hospital productivity and shorten the patient's length of stay, a study shows. Researchers led by Ann P. Bartel, Ph.D., a labor economist at the Columbia Business School in New York City, linked individual patient files in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals to personnel data in the nursing unit treating those patients — staffing increases and decreases, new hires, departures, and vacations, as well as tenure of individual nurses on that unit — to show the effect of teamwork.
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10 technologies changing the future of healthcare
TechRepublic
The healthcare industry will see a 21 percent increase in IT jobs by 2020, according to research by the University of Chicago. Across all healthcare sectors, there is a demand for creative, thoughtful uses of health informatics, mobile technology, cloud systems and digital diagnostics. From digital networks to wearables, the healthcare industry is undergoing massive technological changes. Many of these new inventions have yet to be approved by the FDA, a process that can take up to 10 years. But that's not stopping the research and development of new technologies. Here are 10 types of tech that are changing the course of healthcare.
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US startups get OK for smartphone-based heart tracking
Fox News
For a growing U.S. aging population, tracking heart health via a smartphone can mean the difference between life and death. Recently, two Silicon Valley startups received a green-light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for mobile applications that monitor patients from home, a step forward for a nascent digital health industry that has pressed for more clarity from the agency on regulations.
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Diabetes may increase risk of visual loss post-spinal fusion
HealthDay News
Though rare, some patients are at higher risk for perioperative visual loss (POVL) after spinal fusion surgery, according to a study published in the Sept. 1 issue of The Spine Journal. The researchers found that the overall incidence of POVL was 1.9 events per 10,000 cases. Of those who developed POVL, 56.2 percent underwent surgery for a spinal deformity. Compared with unaffected patients, patients with POVL were significantly younger (average age, 37.6 years versus 52.4 years). For patients with POVL, length of stay and hospital costs doubled. Independent predictors of visual loss were deformity surgery (odds ratio [OR], 6.1), diabetes mellitus with end organ damage (OR, 13.1), and paralysis (OR, 6.0).
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