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One in four strokes — Australia's second largest cause of death and disability — is caused by atrial fibrillation (AF) or irregular heartbeat. Those strokes will be often larger, more severe and with worse outcomes, but many are preventable. Prevention is two-fold, relying on early diagnosis and correct treatment, with knowledgeable and proactive nurses able to play a key role, says UTS nurse researcher Dr. Caleb Ferguson.
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A Wine Tasting Networking Social
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
Boston Winery | 26 Ericsson Street | Boston, MA 02122
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
$30.00 students | $55.00 ANA MA members | $65.00 non-members
An optional full tour of the 10,000 square foot facility, a discussion of our wine-making process Five (2oz pours) of wine “tastings” and light hors d'oeuvres are included with the registration fee. *non-alcoholic drinks (soda and water) will be available
Join Us for a Day of Wellness!
NEW DATE: Nov. 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Danversport Yacht Club
Registration is NOW OPEN.
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Volunteer with us for a good cause!
This year ANA Massachusetts (Team "20/20 by 2020") will be walking in the VisionWalk to support the Foundation Fighting Blindness and I am hoping you will join us.
9th Annual Boston VisionWalk
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Check-In: 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins: 10:20 a.m.
Location: Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA 01235
As many of you know, the mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is very important to us. Over the past 40 years, FFB has been funding researchers who are looking into the causes, treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases. Each day we are making progress and are already demonstrating that through gene therapy and clinical trials we can restore sight. We are on the cusp of seeing researchers making more life-changing discoveries and I’m hoping you will join us in raising funds to make this happen.
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Mandl MD, MPH
Brief Summary of Market Research Activity:
This project is a part of a federal initiative (NAP-AX-16-003 Discovery Infrastructure for Clinical Health IT Apps Cooperative Agreement) to create an “app store” for healthcare, where clinical users can browse and test out apps built on emerging healthcare interoperability standards, with the goal of creating an ecosystem of apps that can be securely added to an EHR (similar to how apps can be added to a smart phone). One of the grant requirements is to perform market research with potential users of this “app store” so we can tailor its design to their needs. As users and innovators of health apps, you are in a unique position to contribute to this important market research activity. We have engaged KLAS Research http://www.klasresearch.com/ to do brief 15-20 minute phone interviews with CMIOs, MDs, RNs and PAs. Their end product will be a publicly available white paper comprised of their analysis of the data from these interviews, and will serve to inform federal health IT policy.
If you are interested in participating in this market research, please contact Megan Rollins at 857-218-3846 or Megan.Rollins@childrens.harvard.edu by Nov. 1, 2016.
More information is also available on the ANA website.
Become an active member —
Join an ANA Massachusetts Committee today!
Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have a special talent or interest? Can you find the time to work on a one time only project? If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Listed below are the descriptions of the various active committees for the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts.
Seeking Career Connections Guides
ANA Mass is pleased to continue our Career Connections program to help senior nursing students and new graduates who anticipate entering their first professional nurse position and announce the appointment of Jim Kernan as our new Chair. The aim of this program is to match a novice nurse with a professional nurse career guide. This is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to share their knowledge with novice nurses’ through this important transition period. We are currently seeking Career Connections Committee members and Career Guides.
Career Guides support and encourage novice nurses throughout their transition as they enter professional practice. The role of the Career guide is to guide entry-level nurses:
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.
- 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
To learn more about Career Connections and how to participate, contact Jim Kernan at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-356-4283. Please include your name, e-mail, phone number and present position. Thanks in advance for your willingness to serve the next generation of nurses!
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
On behalf of the Graduate Nursing Programs at UMASS Amherst we would like to make you aware of a new course being offered at UMASS College of Nursing for Fall 2016. The course is being taught by Dr. Donna Sabella, Seedworks Endowed Associate Professor for Nursing and Social Justice.
Introduction to Human Trafficking: 597T
This course introduces students to what human trafficking (HT) is, how to identify victims, what health problems are common among this population, special considerations to be aware of when working with trafficking victims and how to access services for them.
Massachusetts Action Coalition | Future of Nursing
SAVE THE DATE: The 3rd Annual MA Healthcare Workforce Summit, A Culture of Health: Building Healthier Communities Together, will be held Sept. 30, 2016, in Devens, Massachusetts.
Who should attend? Nursing and Allied Health Professionals from all settings: academic, acute care, long-term care, home care, community-based, rehabilitation.
Registration and complete schedule will be available in late August.
The Massachusetts Health Professions Data Series: Registered Nurses 2014 is the newest report in the Health Profession’s data series from the Health Care Workforce Center. This update on Massachusetts Registered Nurses includes information on demographics, education, employment characteristics and future plans. It also includes information on advanced practice nurses (APRN) and regional distribution of the workforce.
The Series responds to healthcare reform legislation requiring the Health Care Workforce Center to review and collect data to assess the capacity of the health care workforce to serve patients. Additional reports in the data series can be found on the Center’s website.
For additional information about the Health Professions Data Series or the 2014 RN report, please contact the MA Health Care Workforce Center at HCWorkforceCenter@state.ma.us.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is launching a new, enhanced Online
Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and we need you, your Residents, and your
Delegates to register online today! The Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool
(MassPAT) will be available to conduct patient searches beginning Aug. 22 and
it is important for you to sign up for the new system prior to this time.
There is no auto-enrollment for MassPAT.
Please register online today: www.mass.gov/dph/MassPAT
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The most effective care happens when patient engagement is central to the process, not just a check mark on a box related to a business decision or government mandate. Patients who are engaged decision-makers in their care tend to live healthier lives and experience better outcomes. Today, however, physicians are under significant pressure. According to a study, only 10 percent of healthcare organizations are successfully engaging patients to maintain wellbeing.
Patricia Tolson has some visitors.
Two 5-year-old girls, best friends, hold hands in her office at Van Ness Elementary School in Washington, D.C., one complaining she doesn't feel well. Tolson, the school nurse, asks, "How long has your stomach been hurting?"
Medical News Today
There is no cure for asthma, but there are medications that can help manage symptoms and reduce the risk of life-threatening asthma attacks.
Now, researchers suggest adding vitamin D supplements to the treatment regimen for asthma patients could further reduce the risk of severe asthma attacks.
By Keith Carlson
Workplace culture is regularly discussed as an important concept in the world of 21st-century corporate life. However, we can sometimes feel most organizations — including those in healthcare, medicine and nursing — are paying lip service to the idea. Nurse leaders are at the forefront of the profession, and they are in a position to take decisive and inspired action toward making positive workplace culture a reality, not just a buzzword.
Alton Rodgers had just come in from gardening when he suddenly blacked out and collapsed on the floor. The 89-year-old Kentucky native spent about 10 days at Palomar Hospital in San Diego, where doctors told him a build-up of fluid around his heart was the culprit.
Now, shortly after being released, Rodgers got a knock at the door.
Documented screening for self-harm, suicide ideation, or suicide attempts declined with age, from approximately 81 percent in younger age groups to a low of 68 percent among those aged greater than or equal to 85 years, shows a recent analysis of patient charts from eight different emergency departments.
Medical News Today
The perception of marijuana as a harmful drug has reduced among American adults, leading to an increase in its use, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry. Study co-author Dr. Wilson M. Compton, of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and colleagues found that between 2002-2014, marijuana use among adults in the United States increased by almost 3 percent. The team also identified a 17 percent reduction in the percentage of Americans who perceived smoking marijuana as harmful, perhaps explaining why its use has risen.
A new study indicates that early infant circumcision, which helps to prevent HIV transmission later in life, can be safely performed in rural Uganda.
In 501 infants who were circumcised by either trained clinical officers (256 infants) or registered nurse midwives (245 infants), the rates of moderate/severe adverse events were 2.4 percent with surgeries by clinical officers and 1.6 percent with surgeries by registered nurse midwives.
A simple salt-based spray is as effective as medicated sprays in controlling chronic nosebleeds, a new study contends. People with a condition called hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) are plagued with nosebleeds. Many have one nosebleed a week, and some have more than two a day. The new study included 121 people with the condition who sprayed either a saline solution (salt plus water) or one of three medications — bevacizumab, estriol or tranexamic acid — into their nose twice a day for 12 weeks.
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