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Dear ANA Massachusetts Members,
Thank you to our members who have shared their concerns about mandated ratios with us, the public, and legislators. We know it’s tough out there and staffing may not be perfect — whether you practice in acute care or in home care, at the bedside or in ambulatory care. As you know, ANA MA opposes Question 1, as it would take away the autonomy and flexibility we need to best deliver patient care.
We believe that the public deserves to know the facts. In April of last year (before anyone could even read the ballot measure), the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) disproportionately surveyed 302 nurses — and now they are advertising a false claim about their level of support. We are setting the record straight and counting the actual number of nurses voting NO! Please join me in setting the record straight — Click HERE to sign the petition and be counted.
Click here to read the full letter from Donna M. Glynn, PhD, RN.
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Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 | Baystate Health Educational Center | Holyoke, MA
Nuances of Evaluation
This program will provide an update on the evaluation focused 2015 ANCC criteria.
Discussion will focus on clarification of the guidelines for assessing and documenting planning committee and faculty/speaker conflict of interest, bias and commercial support, how to transform a live program into an enduring material, and what summative evaluation really means.
During this workshop the Nurse Peer Review Leader of the ANCC Accredited Approver Unit will introduce the new online activity application and Provider Unit activity documentation template.
Registration deadline is Oct. 26. Register today!
Friday, March 29, 2019
ANA MA Annual Spring Conference and Awards Dinner
Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA
This year ANA Massachusetts (Team 20/20 by 2020) will be walking in the VisionWalk to support the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and we are hoping you will join us.
11th Annual Boston VisionWalk
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Walk Begins: 10:20am
For 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 we hope you will join us in raising funds to make this happen.
Here is How You Can Help: Register today and join our team; you can help raise both money and awareness. It only takes a few minutes to get started.
Make a donation to help us reach our goal.
Help spread the word. Ask your employer, your faith-based or civic organization, your neighbors, and your local community to get involved. You can also get your virtual community involved by liking the VisionWalk Facebook page or following the Foundation Fighting Blindness on Twitter.
Thank you, in advance, for anything you can do to assist us in our fight against blindness!
If you plan to join us walking, please be prepared for the weather! On the bank of the Charles, it is very cold in the morning before the sun comes up. Wear layers, head cover, and — very important — please have gloves. Strollers are welcome; walking paths are very comfortable.
Look for Team 20/20 by the 2020 sign, and we will walk together.
See you Saturday,
Pat Ruggles - Team Captain
We have purchased a limited* number of tickets for the
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. show, first balcony.
These tickets are $65.00 apiece and are now available for purchase here.
*First come, first served.
Deadline: Jan. 12, 2019
ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized, work of ANA Massachusetts members. You probably work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions.
ANA Massachusetts has established several awards that provide you the opportunity to recognize those nurses who have made a difference at the bedside, in the classroom, and in the practice of nursing.
Award applications and more information: https://www.anamass.org/page/2018
Have questions, need help? Call ANA Massachusetts at 617-990-2856 or email info@ANAMass.org.
The award recipients will be invited to the ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner Ceremony, which will take place on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA.
The ANA Innovation Awards are presented to a nurse and a nurse-led team who best exemplify innovation in patient safety and/or outcomes via a product, program, project or practice. BD's contribution to the American Nurses Foundation supports the ANA Innovation Awards program for the next three years. Applications close Dec. 31. Learn more and apply.
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.
No On 1
To order VOTE NO ON 1 bumper sticker, flyers and more, please click here.
While you represent your patients' interests, ANA represents yours. The American Nurses Association advocates for nurses every day, at the bedside and beyond. One big part of this process? You! Did you know that one in every 45 registered voters is a nurse? As we approach this November's elections, that's a powerful collective voice!
At the core of ANA's 2018 Get Out the Vote efforts is our new Civic Action Center. There you can find everything you need to ensure your vote counts on Election Day. From confirming your voter registration status and finding your polling place, to learning how to vote early and who the candidates are on your ballot, our Civic Action Center is your one-stop resource this election season.
ANA works with you to shape policy and elect only those federal candidates who understand nurses' critical contribution to improving healthcare in America. Learn more about this important work and join the ANA-PAC for a members-only opportunity to ensure nurses are represented on Capitol Hill.
Support ANA's Get Out the Vote efforts. Confirm your voter registration now!
Department of Defense
The Department of Defense is seeking entry-to-mid level medical/healthcare professionals and students to participate in the Mini Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, April 14-17, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The conference provides an opportunity for participants to forge beneficial relationships with their military peers.
Approximately 30 medical/healthcare professionals and students will participate in the conference with experiences ranging from the Pentagon to military medical institutions in the Washington, D.C. area.
Who may apply?
Entry-to-mid level medical and healthcare professionals, including:
Eligible nominees are:
- Behavioral Health Specialists
- Dentists/Dental Hygienists
- Holistic Health Professionals
- Hospital Administrators
- Medical Interns and Residents
- Medical and Healthcare Students (must have a graduation date of 2020 or earlier.) • Nurses
- Physicians (all specialties)/Physicians Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Surgeons (all specialties)
- Veterinarians/Veterinarian Assistants
Ineligible nominees are:
- U.S. citizens who are in good health
- Individuals who are entry- to mid-level in their careers
- Individuals with very little experience or knowledge of the U.S. military
- Must be over the age of 21
- Individuals who are able to attend the entire conference
Selections are made based on a thorough review of nominations by a senior panel of DoD military and civilian officials.
- Non-U.S. citizens, including permanent residents
- Past JCOC participants
- Individuals working for the U.S. Federal Government, to include active duty, Reserve and Guard military members
- Individuals who are in campaign status for Federal, State or Local political office
- Anyone who served in the U.S. Armed Forces since 2000
- Employees of U.S. government contractors whose primary area of responsibility is DoD-related
- Anyone with business ties or who serves in an advisory role to senior military officials, military installations, or the White House
- Anyone who has been on more than one military civic leader tour, cruise or participated in special opportunities, such as flying with Blue Angels, etc.
All nominees must submit the following for consideration:
This program is fully funded by the DoD. Funding includes transportation costs from the beginning of the program to completion, lodging and meals. Participants are responsible for funding their own transportation to and from the registration site, which will be in the Washington, D.C., area. Exact location of the conference is not revealed until registration.
You may also visit the JCOC website at http://jcoc.osd.mil/ for detailed information about the program. If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations must be received by Nov. 30, 2018.
Whether you are just starting out in nursing, getting ready to retire, or anywhere in between, The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career offers something of value for every current and future nurse. While clinical skills are the foundation of nursing practice, you’ll need a lot of skills and knowledge beyond the clinical realm for a satisfying and fulfilling career. Author Donna Cardillo takes you step by step through career development and advancement as well as personal development. Written in her customary down-to-earth and humorous style, she gently nudges readers to maximize their career opportunities and to reach their full potential as nurses and as humans. Read more and purchase here.
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Dr. Oz. Sanjay Gupta. Atul Gawande. These physicians have gained national notoriety via various media outlets. But who is the nurse equivalent? There isn't one. In fact, a replication study of the 1997 "Woodhull Study on Nursing and the Media" finds journalists routinely overlook nurses as sources in health news stories.
McKnight's Long-Term Care News
Only about a third of long-term care nurses are receiving a bonus, merit-based raise or cost-of living increase annually, according to a new survey.
Elite Learning’s 2018 nationwide nursing salary survey included more than 22,000 responses from nurses in a variety of care settings.
Responses from long-term care nurses indicated that “the biggest thing is that they are underpaid,” said Maria P. Senior, Director of Operations, Advance Healthcare Division, Elite Continuing Education.
An FDA panel gave preliminary approval to a new kind of opioid for pain that is five to 10 times more potent than fentanyl. The drug advisory committee voted 10-3 to approve the drug, sufentanil, which would be marketed as Dsuvia. The panel vote is not the final step of approval, but the FDA regularly follows the committee’s lead. However, Raeford E. Brown Jr., MD, a professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at the University of Kentucky, who chairs the committee, says he is concerned about allowing an opioid as potent and potentially lethal as this one onto the market.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting an increase in cases of a rare polio-like illness affecting kids. So far this year, the CDC has confirmed 62 cases acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, in 22 states, and has received reports of 127 patients who are under investigation. The CDC started detecting the increases in 2014. Since, then there have been 386 cases of the mysterious illness.
By Lisa Mulcahy
As a primary care physician, you know the importance of making sure all of your patients are properly immunized — but in today's healthcare climate, compliance is sometimes tough to come by. Some patients don't remember they need to come in for a shot; other patients question the safety and necessity of vaccinations due to media reports. The good news: there are simple and highly effective steps you can take to ensure your patients understand the medical purpose of their essential vaccinations, and comply with receiving them.
Medical News Today
There are a number of ways to attack cancer; one of the most commonly used is radiation therapy.
Radiation works on tumors in two ways: firstly, it damages DNA and, secondly, it produces oxygen radicals that also harm cancer cells.
However, when oxygen levels are low), the body produces fewer oxygen radicals, meaning that radiation therapy is less effective. In his search for ways to improve radiation therapy, Dr. Nicholas Denko, PhD, and his team at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center came across a drug called papaverine.
Medicinal cannabinoids are helpful for treatment of spasticity, pain, and bladder dysfunction for patients with multiple sclerosis, although their efficacy is "limited," new research suggests. "To our knowledge, this is the most complete systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of cannabinoids on MS," Mari Carmen Torres-Moreno, PhD, and colleagues at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, write.
University of Queensland via Medical Xpress
A new triple-combination drug treatment being trialled at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane could increase the life expectancy of patients with cystic fibrosis.
Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland researcher Dr. Lucy Burr said seven patients were enrolled in Phase 2 of the clinical trial, which aimed to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis.
"A new drug, known as VX-445, in combination with two existing treatments, has demonstrated lung function improvement of around 10 per cent — which is really significant for cystic fibrosis patients," Dr. Burr said.
By Tammy Adams
Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to develop and maintain an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse. The disease is linked to many causes, such as neurological, hormonal and vascular factors. Some of the most reliable ED stats come from a large data collection effort called the Massachusetts Male Aging Study. Genetics are also suspected as a factor in about one-third of erectile dysfunction cases, but researchers have failed to make a connection with any specific genomic locations until now.
Times Now News
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Florida are currently working on a new vaccine for triple-negative breast cancer that they claim could someday save millions of lives. While the vaccine is still in clinical trials, doctors said they are excited, as early results indicate it seems to be working with few negative side effects.
Public Library of Science via Medical Xpress
In Central America, Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is spread by the "kissing bug" Triatoma dimidiata. By collecting DNA from the guts of these bugs, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have described patterns in the behavior of the bugs, the strain of parasite, and the communities of microbes that interact with the parasite.
Medical News Today
By the time that the symptoms of dementia emerge in Alzheimer's disease, tissue damage is well underway in the brain. Now, scientists propose that specific psychiatric symptoms – such as depression, anxiety, sleep disruption, and loss of appetite – may serve as markers of very early brain changes in Alzheimer's.
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