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Hospitals are transforming the traditional way nurses change shifts to reduce the chance of errors and oversights in the transfer of information. A critical side effect: patients feel safe, included and satisfied.
Studies show that so-called bedside shift reports, with both nurses meeting in the presence of the patient during the handover, help nurses communicate better, not only with each other but with patients and their families. Studies show the approach helps reduce the number of patient falls and catch safety issues such as an incompatible blood transfusion and dangerous air bubbles that form in arteries.
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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
Networking Flyer, click here.
Please share with your friends and colleagues.
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!
To register, 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
A free continuing education webinar from the FDA and the American Nurses Association: FDA’s Menu Labeling Requirements: What Nurses Need to Know, is coming your way on Nov. 19, 2015 at 12 noon ET. Please mark your calendars.
Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners
On Nov. 17, 2015, ANA, NCNP and MANA will be presenting testimony before the Joint Committee on Public Health (JCPH) in support of HB 1996/SB 1207, An Act to Remove Restrictions on the Licenses of NPs and CRNAs as Recommended by the Institute of Medicine and the Federal Trade Commission.
Opponents of our legislation have mounted an organized campaign to target members of the JCPH with negative messaging about the bill. Not only are they maintaining that it will put an end to collaboration and team-based care, they are making false claims about patient safety stating that "patients will be put in harm's way" without physician supervision.
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.
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!
Click here to see the Current National Quality Forum (NQF) Nomination Opportunities and Call for Nominations Links/Deadlines.
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
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By Joan Spitrey
If you have encountered a nurse in your life, you have likely have already met a medical-surgical nurse. This diverse specialty encompasses the largest group of nurses who currently practice. It is estimated that about 400,000 of the 2.9 million registered nurses in the U.S. are medical-surgical nurses. Each year, the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses devotes Nov. 1-7 to showcase and celebrate this dynamic group of nurses.
Each season, influenza causes millions of illnesses, hospitalizations and even deaths. ANA urges all nurses to get immunized against the flu yearly. Vaccination is the safest way to protect you, your patients and the public from flu transmission while providing care.
Why would you choose to network if your nursing career was in the doldrums? Because talking with other nurses engaged in interesting endeavors can inspire you to expand your thinking and consider more options for the direction of your career. Encountering nurses who are fired up about what they do can deeply impact your sense of what’s possible.
As mentioned in a previous post, online networking is a great place to meet like-minded healthcare professionals, expand the collective genius of your professional network and open up new avenues.
Crain's Detroit Business
Once a week, Mike Dosch typically works out of an operating room at Dearborn's Beaumont Hospital, formerly Oakwood Hospital, delivering anesthesia to his patients.
Dosch, a certified registered nurse anesthetist for 25 years, works as part of what's known in the industry as an anesthesia care team. A physician who supervises as many as four registered nurses will order an anesthetic, he said, and the nurse anesthetist will decide the best way to give it.
In a new guideline, the European Society of Cardiology and the European Respiratory Society outline a treatment algorithm for pulmonary hypertension and offer advice on when to use newly approved drugs. Since the release of previous guidelines in 2009, “a huge amount of evidence has accumulated on the pharmacological treatment of patients with PAH [pulmonary arterial hypertension].
2 Minute Medicine
Vaccination is an important way to prevent HPV infection, which is the most common sexually-transmitted infection in both men and women in the U.S. and can cause anal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancers in males. In 2011, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended the quadrivalent HPV vaccine (HPV4) for males aged 11 and 12 and those aged 13 to 21 who have not yet completed the three-dose series. Authors of the present study sought to assess more recent data on HPV vaccination uptake in male adolescents, as well as identify reasons for not receiving vaccination.
The U.S. death rate for all causes is continuing to decline, aided by drops in fatalities from leading causes like heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and accidents, new research finds.
Between 1969 and 2013, the death rate for all causes declined 43 percent from about 1,279 people for each 100,000 individuals in the population to about 730 per 100,000, according to the study published today in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Hematology researchers have safely and effectively treated children and young adults for autoimmune blood disorders in a multicenter clinical trial. In children with one of those conditions, autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS), all the patients showed a durable, complete response, with normal blood cell counts and rapid improvements, a result the study team called "profound."
Even at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, one of the best hospitals in the nation, medication errors occur in half of all surgeries, according to a study published Sunday in the journal Anesthesiology. Previous estimates of medication errors in the operating room have relied doctors’ own estimates. When self-reporting, physicians reported errors in just 1 in every 133 operations.
“I think the rate itself a lot of people will find surprising,” said Dr. Karen Nanji, M.P.H., an anesthesiologist at Mass General who co-authored the research.
Young women may be less aware than men of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and less likely to receive procedures needed after the deadliest type of heart attack, two U.S. studies suggest.
The first study focused on adults up to age 55 and found only about half believed they were at risk for a heart attack before they had one. Women, however, were 11 percent less likely to be told about this risk by clinicians and had 16 percent lower odds of being advised on how to minimize their risk. The second study looked at patients under 60 hospitalized for the deadliest type of heart attacks caused by complete blockage of blood flow to the heart.
Aspirin prophylaxis during mechanical ventilation significantly lowered the risk of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) as compared with patients on thromboprophylaxis but not aspirin, a retrospective review of patient records showed.
Patients on aspirin for cardiovascular prevention had a 61 percent lower risk of DVT as compared with all patients not on aspirin. Thromboprophylaxis without aspirin reduced the risk by 26 percent, which did not achieve statistical significance in a multivariate analysis.
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