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The future of nursing: A 10,000-foot view
By Keith Carlson
Nursing and healthcare in the United States are at a crossroads. A broad view of the issues at hand are required in order to address the future of the nursing profession, the American healthcare system and an aging population. Questions regarding the potential existence of a nursing shortage, the number of nurses and nurse educators poised to retire, and the lack of hospital-based employment for new nurses are just some of the conundrums facing us at this juncture.
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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 about 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 Oct. 10!

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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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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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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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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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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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CDC announces safety training course for healthcare workers responding to Ebola outbreak
Infection Control Today
As part of a comprehensive and coordinated response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing an introductory training course for licensed clinicians (e.g., nurses, physicians and other healthcare providers) intending to work in an Ebola treatment units in Africa. This course will take place in the United States. The primary purpose of the course is to ensure that clinicians intending to provide medical care to patients with Ebola have sufficient knowledge of the disease and its transmission routes to work safely and efficiently in a well-designed ETU.
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New drug formulations to boost fight against respiratory illnesses and antibiotic-resistant superbugs
Medical Xpress
A team of five researchers and clinicians in Singapore led by Dr. Desmond Heng, ICES, has developed a new combination of drugs to effectively combat bacteria in the lungs which lead to common respiratory system infections, or bacteria-linked pulmonary diseases such as pneumonia, bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis. An acute upper respiratory tract infection, which includes the common flu, was reported to be among the top four conditions diagnosed at polyclinics for eight consecutive years, from 2006 to 2013.
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High-dose opioid prescribing continues to climb
Medical Xpress
High-dose opioid prescribing increased by 23 percent in Canada between 2006 and 2011, despite clinical guidelines recommending that most patients should avoid high-doses of these drugs, according to new research. Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) found that rates of high-dose opioid dispensing across Canada increased from 781 units per 1,000 people in 2006 to 961 units per 1,000 people in 2011.
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The future of nursing: A 10,000-foot view
By Keith Carlson
Nursing and healthcare in the United States are at a crossroads. A broad view of the issues at hand are required in order to address the future of the nursing profession, the American healthcare system and an aging population.

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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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4 ways healthcare workers can improve patient satisfaction
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Patient satisfaction is more important than ever in healthcare delivery, with analytics directly linking patient experience with healthcare costs and outcomes. But hospitals must keep patients happy and healthy while dealing with lower reimbursement, more crowded facilities and less time with patients.
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Discovery could turn the tables on influenza virus
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University of Otago virologist Dr. Matloob Husain has identified a potential new weapon in the battle against the flu. His research indicates that host cells, which have a natural ability to restrict viral infection, can be used to combat the influenza virus. His latest findings appear in the October issue of the Journal of Virology. With a mind to the on-going global public health concern presented by influenza virus, Dr. Husain and his team study the influenza virus biology with the long-term goal of identifying novel targets for anti-influenza drugs.
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Nurses need more respect, stronger voice
Fierce Healthcare
Hospitals and healthcare facilities don't give nurses enough recognition, support or appreciation - and the effects are far-reaching, according to an opinion piece in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The lack of appreciation, combined with stress and burnout from an emotionally draining, time-consuming job, leave nurses wanting to abandon the field. It can even lead to high job turnover and more error-prone nurses, according to authors Dorrie K. Fontaine, the dean of the University of Virginia's (UVA) School of Nursing; Sadie Heath Cabaniss, professor of nursing and associate chief nursing officer at UVA Medical Center; and Kenneth R. White, the associate dean for strategic partnerships and innovation at UVA's nursing school.
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Solidarity vs. solitary: Why collaboration means better healthcare
By Karen R. Thomas
Historically, healthcare has been adept at achieving highly focused and specialized solutions. Focus and specialization literally permeated the culture and structure of healthcare for many years. However, some critics consider the segmented way that healthcare establishments have operated in the past far too solitary for today's wider and more inclusive care goals. Collaboration within the healthcare community used to be an often-discussed but seldom-practiced idea.
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Getting flu shot every autumn can lead to better health
News-Medical
Everyone knows that the best way to avoid the flu is by getting an annual flu shot. "At the doctor's office, the focus is on you and what is going on with your health. This is your time to talk about concerns to improve your well-being beyond the flu season," says Jorge Parada, M.D., MPH, the medical director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at Loyola University Health System.
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Employers' use of telemedicine expected to increase dramatically
Healthcare DIVE
Dive Brief: According to a survey by the National Business Group on Health, nearly half of all employers plan to provide telehealth services in states where they are allowed to in 2015. Of these employers, one-third plan to solely offer telehealth and 15 percent plan to couple the services with certain incentives and penalties.
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Nursing staffs tap mobile devices, Internet resources for workplace needs
FierceMobileHealthcare
Nurses increasingly rely on mobile devices and the Internet for work needs, with 65 percent using a device at work and 95 percent of healthcare organizations supporting online devices for clinical consulting and accessing information, according to a new survey. Of those polled, 83 percent believe their employer's policy allows care staff to access public sites, including social media, to access general health insight.
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FDA to review testosterone as a useful and safe treatment for hypogonadism
Medical Daily
Testosterone products have been approved in the United States for over 50 years. In 2009, slightly more than 2.4 million men received prescriptions for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) and by 2013, that number had more than doubled to 5.6 million men. Popular though they may be, testosterone products are accompanied by conflicting reports of safety, with some (only some) studies providing data of increased risk of heart attacks and other serious drug reactions. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has planned an advisory panel meeting on Sept. 17 to better understand whether testosterone products are truly useful — and safe — for men.
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