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Every day, nurses face ethical challenges. The recently revised Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements provides a framework for addressing concerns inherent in the profession.
“The kinds of quandaries nurses face are broad and far reaching,” said Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor of nursing and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University and the Anne and George L. Bunting professor of Clinical Ethics at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in Baltimore. “Because of their proximity to patients, they see in an intimate way the consequences of the therapies and often the suffering of their patients.”
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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
Registration ends Oct. 28!
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
$159 includes lunch
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
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.
ANA Massachusetts Political Advocacy Program (MetroWest)
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Framingham State University
A light supper will be provided.
Click here to register today!
Deadline is Jan. 5, 2016
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
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.
For more information, click here.
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
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).
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.
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 email@example.com for more information
MGL c 260, §9 of the Acts of 2014 requires the boards of registration in medicine, nursing, nursing home administrators, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and allied mental health and human services to promulgate regulations establishing standards that require training on the issue of domestic and sexual violence as a condition of licensure and license renewal. Information about the Board’s promulgation of the new regulations and how nurses can comply with this new requirement will be posted its website when it is available. All nurses are directed to consult the website regularly to stay abreast of further developments.
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.
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Symptoms of depression are common for kids with diabetes, but they often go undiagnosed or untreated, according to a U.S. study. There are many reasons that depression is more common for young people with diabetes than for other kids. Depression has also been linked to poorer adherence to a treatment regimen and diabetes management. The researchers wanted to see how common depression symptoms are among youth with diabetes and how often kids with signs of depression get diagnosed and treated for it.
Both nurses and pharmacists can play key roles in consulting with patients and their families about palliative care and then managing that care, two new studies show.
The first study, published in Critical Care Nurse, noted that nurses and nurse practitioners can overcome common barriers to palliative care consultations. Examples of their involvement: Including palliative care nurse practitioners in daily rounds, identifying at-risk patients and requiring consultations when certain hospital-identified criteria are met.
The first three weeks in ICD-10 land have been pretty quiet, morning eHealth’s David Pittman reports, but it's still a tad early to give the all clear. Most providers, health insurers, tech companies and others involved in the transition have reported only a few bumps in the first 21 days, with the most common complaint being added time spent coding.
If you judge hospital emergency rooms by the hour-long dramas you watch on television, you probably think they're filled with numerous plane-crash victims, several beat-the-clock mysterious illnesses and a handful of emotional family members screaming at doctors and nurses as they run up and down the hospital hallways trying to save lives.
An analysis of more than 1.9 million mother and infant pairs finds that preeclampsia was significantly associated with noncritical heart defects in offspring, and preeclampsia with onset before 34 weeks was associated with critical heart defects; however, the absolute risk of congenital heart defects was low, according to a study in the October 20 issue of JAMA. Researchers conducted an analysis of live births before discharge (1989-2012) for the entire province of Quebec, comprising a quarter of Canada's population.
By Keith Carlson
There's a saying that if you don't have a seat at the table, you're likely to end up on the menu. For nurses and the nursing profession, this could not be more true. Nurses need a seat at the table, and if it's not being freely offered, we need to elbow our way in, grab a chair and sit right down. Nurses' voices are indeed heard, but at times we need to turn up the volume in order to rise above the noise — the recent brouhaha over Joy Behar, Miss America and The View comes to mind.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that helps us move forward in our lives, be aware of our surroundings, learn, solve problems and cope with everyday challenges.
However, millions of children and adolescents suffer from one of the group of anxiety disorders, in which they experience overwhelming and uncontrollable feelings that interfere with their daily lives, whether at school, home or in relationships. AD covers a broad range of diagnoses, which include separation anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, panic disorder, PTSD and OCD.
Patients fitted with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) who later present for endoscopy can undergo these procedures with standard anesthesia monitors, and, at experienced centers, many can be managed with conscious sedation provided by a nurse.
The provision of endoscopies within this patient population has become a significant issue in recent years, given the growing number of American adults with LVADs and the potential risk for complications associated with even the simplest procedures.
Using ultrasound waves, researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have found a way to enable ultra-rapid delivery of drugs to the gastrointestinal tract. This approach could make it easier to deliver drugs to patients suffering from GI disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, the researchers say. Currently, such diseases are usually treated with drugs administered as an enema, which must be maintained in the colon for hours while the drug is absorbed. However, this can be difficult for patients who are suffering from diarrhea and incontinence.
Medical News Today
Children are becoming infected with the highly fatal antibiotic resistant bacteria CRE at a much higher rate than in the recent past, according to a data analysis by researchers at Rush University Medical Center. The study was published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's publication Emerging Infectious Diseases.
CRE stands for Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, a type of bacteria that most often is found in inpatient care settings (i.e., hospitals and long term care facilities) and that is resistant against many types of antibiotics.
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