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Hospitals & Health Networks
One of the most persistent challenges in health care is filling the growing need for nurses, especially in certain specialties.
Colorado, for one, is projected to have a deficit of about 17,000 registered and licensed practical nurses by 2025, according to the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. To meet that need, hospitals and nursing schools have been working together to bolster the pool of nurses. One example in Colorado Springs is a partnership involving UCHealth Memorial Hospital, Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
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Oct. 31, 2017 | Boston, MA
Health Policy Legislative Forum — Health Care, What Do We Do Now?
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Great Hall at the MA State House
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP | Atul Gawande, MD, MPH | Roseanna H. Means, MD
Click here to register!
An Afternoon of Wellness
Oct. 14, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Parkway Community YMCA | 1972 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132
Parking available on site. Also accessible by MBTA Buses # 35, 36, and 37 and Commuter Rail stop “Highland” on the Needham Line.
2-2:30 p.m. Fitness Class | 2:30-3 p.m. Yoga Class | 3 p.m. Smoothies & Convos
ANA Mass Members $10, Non-Members $15
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Networking Social at Boston Beer Works
Nov. 16 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Boston Beer Works | Fenway
61 Brookline Avenue | Boston | MA 02215
Registration fees: $35 ANA MA members | $40 non-members
Fee includes appetizers and a private bar area *cash bar
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ANA Massachusetts is going to the Boston Pops
We purchased a limited amount of tickets, so get yours today!
Dec. 7, 2017, 8:00 p.m. show, first balcony.
These tickets are $90 per ticket and now available for purchase.
Click here to purchase yours today!
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Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 | Baystate Health Educational Center
Understanding multi-level evaluative approach to planning
nursing continuing education to meet ANCC criteria
The 2015 ANCC criteria places a strong focus on evaluation; not only of the outcomes,
but of the gap, target audience, speakers and planners (coi) and the provider unit as well.
This workshop will explore multi-level evaluative concepts for nursing continuing education. We will look at the various components of evaluation such as gap analysis, measuring learner outcome, considering conflict of interest and bias as well as
discuss the linkages among them.
$159 before Oct. 7 (EARLY BIRD RATES!!)
$179 after Oct. 7
$199 at the door, as space allows
(price includes light breakfast and lunch)
Don’t miss out — space is limited!
Click here to register!
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The Committee on Honorary Awards is now accepting nominations for ANA’s National Awards, which highlight the accomplishments of nurse leaders, and by extension, focus attention on the vital work of the nursing profession.
Take a moment to think about:
Then, recognize these individuals by nominating them for an ANA National Award! By doing so, you’ll ensure that the accomplishments of those who exemplify excellence in nursing are fully celebrated! You’ll also increase the public’s awareness of nursing’s significant contributions to the delivery of health care.
- Who inspires you with their exceptional leadership?
- Who has made a difference in your professional life through their deep commitment to the nursing profession?
- Who has advanced ANA’s mission through their outstanding contributions to the Association?
10th Annual Boston VisionWalk
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 | Check-In: 9 a.m. | Walk Begins: 10:20 a.m.
More details, click here.
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.
Here is How You Can Help:
Thank you, in advance, for anything you can do to assist us in our fight against blindness
- Join our Team by clicking here. Register today and join our team, you can help raise both money and awareness. It only takes a few minutes to get started.
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This 2-day workshop will give nurse managers a complete guide on what they need to Know and how they can implement those skills to successfully manage the litany of concerns they face in their jobs on a day-to-day basis. From communication and leadership skills to financial, staffing, and nurse fatigue education, this hands-on workshop will give new nurses the skills they need to succeed in these new roles.
Saturday Nov. 25, 2017 | 1-3pm | Liberty Hall of the Revere Hotel in Boston
The hotel in built over the footprint of the former Cocoanut Grove Fire where on the night of Nov. 28, 1942, 492 people died. EXIT signs over the doors at the Revere Hotel and all other public buildings are only one of the many safety regulations that resulted.
See Clio's Corner Massachusetts Report on Nursing March 2014 and December 2014 for the story of the heroic nurses at the Boston City Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital who cared for the severely burned men and women that night and for months to come.
Kenneth A. Marshall MD FACS, the President of the Cocoanut Grove Memorial Committee, is the son of one of those BCH nurses. Four years ago he was the catalyst along with other Bostonians in persuading the late Mayor Thomas Menino to rename the street where the Club was located Cocoanut Grove Lane.
The Revere Hotel, located at 200 Stuart Street, will host coffee and refreshments following the brief program that will discuss the changes in fire safety regulations and medical care that followed on the Cocoanut Grove Fire. Parking will be available at the Hotel's parking garage.
RSVP before Nov. 15, 2017 to email@example.com
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 | Boston Common | 7-8:00 p.m.
Boston and Halifax will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the terrible disaster that followed when the French ship SS Mt Blanc loaded with munitions struck the SS Imo, a Norwegian ship, as they passed each other in the harbor at 9:05 am of Dec. 6, 1917. The explosion is said to have been the largest non-nuclear blast ever recorded. Within one and a half minutes 1800 people were killed with another 9000 severely injured. Halifax never forgot Boston’s response to their disaster and in gratitude each year provides Boston Common with its Christmas tree.
See Clio’s Corner in the Massachusetts Report on Nursing March 2017 for Boston’s Christmas Tree: A Gift from the People of Halifax.
While you fight for your patients, ANA is fighting for you. The American Nurses Association advocates on behalf of our nurses every day. The most important part of this process? Hearing from nurses like you.
Change starts with your voice. Learn how to get involved.
The American Nurses Association Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC) is the only tool we have to use voluntary contributions from our members to help elect federal candidates, regardless of political party, who will support our policies and work to improve the U.S. health care system.
We're often going up against powerful, well-funded opposition – and we need to speak a little louder to make sure your voice is heard. That's where the PAC comes in.
Learn more about this important work and join ANA-PAC today for a members-only opportunity to ensure nurses have a voice in the halls of Congress.
Your involvement is the key to getting Washington's attention. Sign up for ANA's advocacy alerts and the Capitol Beat blog to receive updates on critical issues and find out how you can make a difference.
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.
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Medical News Today
A new study suggests that common antidepressants may pose a serious risk to health; they drastically raise the risk of mortality.
The use of antidepressants has soared in recent years. It is currently estimated that 1 in 10 people in the United States rely on antidepressants. Additionally, 1 in 4 women in their 40s and 50s are reported to take the drugs.
People with depression have reduced levels of serotonin, so by blocking this reuptake, the drugs enable patients to make the best of what they have. But the long-term effects of these drugs are subject to controversy.
A 5-year-old with a history of recurrent ear infections, drainage and tympanostomy tubes comes into clinic. He has developed pain, drainage and infection in the right ear. Is this a routine middle ear infection that can be treated with antibiotics, or is there anything in the history and physical exam that would suggest the child should be referred to an otolaryngologist?
Next, you see a 2-month-old with noisy breathing. Are the history and exam findings consistent with laryngomalacia or other airway pathology? Is it safe to manage the infant as an outpatient, or should she be seen urgently in the emergency department?
Medscape (free login required)
Primary-care practices using the "MAP" hypertension quality-improvement program saw improved blood-pressure control in their patients in just six months. MAP is an acronym that stands for:
- Measure blood pressure accurately every time it's measured.
- Act rapidly to manage uncontrolled blood pressure.
- Partner with patients to promote blood-pressure self-management.
National Institutes of Health
Three interventions designed for follow up of patients who are identified with suicide risk in hospital emergency departments save lives and are cost effective relative to usual care. A study led by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) modelled the use of the approaches in emergency departments and found that all three interventions compare favorably with a standard benchmark of cost-effectiveness used in evaluating healthcare costs. NIMH is part of NIH.
We know nurses have to do it all: gain the trust of the medical staff and tend to patients' physical and emotional needs, all while having some of the best memories in any industry.
While the emotional side of the job usually comes with years of experience, there are a few apps out there geared toward making the information part of nurses’ lives a little easier to learn and remember.
By Joan Spitrey
With 5.7 million Americans suffering from heart failure, the likelihood of a nurse caring for a patient with such diagnosis is inevitable. Therefore, it becomes important for nurses to not only care for and treat this patient population, but also identify patients who may be at risk for developing heart failure. As nurses continue to be trusted healthcare professionals with close interactions with their patients, they are ideal patient advocates.
Resistance to antibiotic drugs is a "global health emergency" that threatens the progress made by modern medicine, the head of the UN's health agency warned as a new report was published recently.
The report by the World Health Organization (WHO) found there is a lack of new treatments being developed to combat antibiotic-resistant infections, such as tuberculosis which kills around 250,000 people each year.
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Many students who suffer a severe allergic reaction at school get potentially lifesaving epinephrine injections from unlicensed staff or other students, not a school nurse, a new study finds.
"The findings highlight the importance of having a supply of epinephrine available in schools, and people trained to administer it during an allergy emergency," said study author Dr. Michael Pistiner. He is director of food allergy advocacy, education and prevention at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston.
Youth obesity rates are leveling off in the United States, with about one-third of kids and teens now overweight or obese, a new report shows. The findings were recently detailed in the annual State of Obesity report from the RWJF (a philanthropy that supports research and programs targeting health issues in America) and the nonprofit Trust for America's Health.
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