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A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would require drugmakers and medical device manufacturers to publicly disclose their payments to nurse practitioners and physician assistants for promotional talks, consulting, meals and other interactions.
The legislation would close a loophole in the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, which requires companies to report such payments to doctors, dentists, chiropractors, optometrists and podiatrists.
| || ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES|
Oct. 21, 2015 - Cape Cod, MA
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The American Nurses Association Massachusetts Action Champions invite you to learn more about Political Advocacy. There are many legislative issues that affect YOUR nursing practice.
Come learn about what they are and how YOU can make a difference.
Learn about your professional nursing organization and how it can support you ... provide us with YOUR expertise on important nursing issues ...
learn how to effectively lobby your legislators and their staff.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 — (Cape Cod, MA)
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School:
220 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA
A light supper will be provided.
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.
8th Annual Boston VisionWalk
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015
Check In: 9:00 a.m.
Walk Start: 10:00 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.
American Nurses Association Massachusetts cordially invites you to a Wine Tasting Networking Social
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at the Boston Winery: 26 Ericsson Street, Boston, MA 02122 — (ample on-site parking) from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
$55.00 ANA MA members and
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
Networking Flyer, click here.
Please share with your friends and colleagues.
Register Today, click here.
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Baystate Health Educational Center
361 Whitney Avenue, 2nd floor, Holyoke, MA 01040
$139 includes lunch
$159 after Oct. 15
Don’t miss out — space is limited
Register Now, click here.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Why should you attend?
- We will be discussing the 2015 changes to ANCC criteria
- New nurse planners can use this program as part of their orientation
- You are invited to meet approver unit nurse peer review leader along with peer reviewers and have your questions addressed in person.
- You can network with other continuing education professionals
Nov. 12, 2015 — 6 p.m.
Please join your NP and CRNA colleagues in a relaxed setting to meet and converse with your local legislators and learn about An Act to Remove the Restrictions on the Licenses of NPs and CRNA as Recommended by the Institute of medicine and the Federal Trade Commission.
This is our second filing of legislation to modernize the statutes for APNs in Massachusetts. It will allow NPs and CRNAs to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to work with the President and Executive Director to identify areas for expansion of publicity for ANA Massachusetts and our many programs and events. The Committee will help to coordinate letter to the editor campaigns and brainstorm about other publicity and marketing opportunities for our organization. Please send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to join a subcommittee as we work on planning the celebration of the 15-year Anniversary of our association, Spring 2016. Please send your name and contact information to email@example.com. We hope that you will join us in the planning of this exciting event for ANA Massachusetts (formerly MARN).
The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization.
Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) are partnering to convene the time-limited Palliative and Hospice Nursing Professional Issues Panel to promote the integration of palliative and hospice care into U.S. healthcare delivery systems. Potential products of this intense professional work effort might include: a relevant joint ANA-HPNA position statement, educational resources or toolkit, or a collection of references identifying nursing’s contributions in palliative and hospice care in today’s US healthcare environment and accompanying framework of necessary changes in nursing practice and education to promote enhanced access and use of palliative and hospice services. The Panel is projected to begin its work by December 2015 and end by September or October 2016.
ANI via ANA
ANA would like to share a press release on behalf of the Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) announcing that they have joined the GetMyHealthData effort. This effort is “a collaborative activity among leading consumer organizations, health care experts, former policy makers and technology organizations that believe passionately that consumer access to digital health information is an essential cornerstone of better health and better care” (ANI, 2015).
Herniated discs. Muscle strains. Torn rotator cuffs. Sciatica.
Too many nurses are getting hurt while manually moving patients.
And it's maddening that nurses — who give so much to help heal others — are
getting hurt in the process. ANA has been working for years to pass a law
eliminating manual lifting of patients.
That's where you come in. Do you transfer, lift, or reposition patients
manually? Have you or a patient been injured in the process?
Have you successfully implemented alternatives to manual patient handling?
We want to know!
We've got a plan to make sure nurses are protected, but we're going to need
| || NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS|
More than half of nurses who work with organ transplant patients in the United States experience high levels of emotional exhaustion, a primary sign of burnout, according to a study published by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital.
In addition, 52 percent of the nurses surveyed reported feeling low levels of personal accomplishment in their life-saving work, according to findings published recently in Progress in Transplantation, a journal of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
Measuring fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis and optimizing its treatment is becoming an increasingly important part of care, according to findings from three studies presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress meeting held in Rome earlier this year. The teams of researchers aimed to measure the effect of chronic fatigue of RA patients and understand how it is managed.
By Keith Carlson
When Nurses Week rolls around each May, healthcare employers order a plethora of mugs, pens, pins and other schwag for their nurses in order to show appreciation for their contributions. This is all well and good, but what types of engagement do nurses really want and deserve? And how can employers use these tools in order to retain nurses over the long term? High-quality nursing care contributes enormously to patient satisfaction, which we all know is now tied to reimbursement.
In a finding that underscores the dangers of not vaccinating all children for measles, researchers estimate that one in eight American children are vulnerable to this highly infectious disease. The statistics are even more troubling for younger children: Almost a quarter of those under the age of 3 are susceptible to catching measles.
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Patients with Type 2 diabetes have similar clinical outcomes regardless of whether they receive care from a nurse able to prescribe the same medications as doctors or a nurse without such prescribing capability, according to a new comparative case study published online Sept. 21 in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.
Clinician use of "The Surprise Question" may better identify patients at a high risk for death within one year than other clinical factors such as cancer stage, patient age and time from diagnosis, according to research presented at the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium. "The Surprise Question" — "Would you be surprised if this patient died within the next year?" — has been in use since the 1990s, according to study background. However, limited evidence exists as to its utility in the cancer treatment arena.
A New Hampshire hospital has reduced communication lag time between nurses and doctors from 28 minutes to less than 5 minutes using a smartphone-based platform.
The system lets users text and make direct calls depending on urgency. It has reduced communication transaction time, which typically involved repetitive calls, by 82 percent at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, according to a post in Becker's Health IT & CIO Review.
Advance Healthcare Network
Older Americans receive prescriptions for mental health medications at more than twice the rate that younger adults do, a new study finds. But they're much less likely to be getting their mental healthcare from a psychiatrist.
Mobile health technology, also known as mHealth, has broadened nurses’ horizons beyond what we ever could have imagined, giving us the ability as providers to improve care and communication and educate and empower patients in managing their own care.
No longer do we need to make clinical decisions based only on office visits, episodic emergency care and hospitalizations.
Since the time when Florence Nightingale provided care to Crimean soldiers to when one of the American Nurses Association publications embraced the concept that nursing has a “social contract and social covenant” with society with resulting expectations from the patient, the family and the community as a whole, nurses continue to affect and shape their practice.
One factor that has affected nursing’s relationship with society is its intersection with the law.
Hormone replacement therapy may be good for a woman's kidneys, a preliminary study suggests. "The risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women are still an area of active debate, and the effect of hormone replacement therapy on the kidney has shown variable results," said study author Andrea Kattah, M.D., of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Her study compared nearly 700 older women taking hormone replacements with more than 1,500 who were not.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Hospital practices in the first hours and days after birth make the difference in whether and how long babies are breastfed. The WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is the global standard for hospital care to support breastfeeding, with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding at its core.
Tru-D SmartUVC touted the results of a study funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which found that its ultraviolet light-emitting robot reduced the risk of acquiring hospital-associated infections by more than 30 percent. The study evaluated four hospital room disinfection strategies at 9 hospitals.
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