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Becker's Hospital Review
Hospitals that have better work environments for nurses provider safer care for the youngest — and often most vulnerable — patients, a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety found.
The researchers, from Penn Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research in Philadelphia, based the findings on data from 1,875 pediatric nurses in four states.
The researchers asked nurses whether they feel mistakes are held against them and found answers ranged from "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree." They also asked how nurses would grade patient safety in their work setting.
To evaluate work environment, the researchers asked how well hospitals supported autonomous nursing practice and how effective their hospital's nurse manager is.
In hospitals with lower-ranked work environments, consistently higher numbers of nurses reported less safety, and the biggest factor was mistakes being held against them.
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Each year, ANA\C presents a dynamic educational conference in Sacramento to open the world of politics and legislation in a friendly and easy to understand venue. The goal of this conference is to provide the tools nurses need to effectively participate in the legislative process and support the nursing agenda throughout the state of California. Strengthening the voice of nursing can and will protect and enhance the nursing profession as well as nursing's position in the political and regulatory arenas.
Together we can break the barriers between nurses and elected officials!
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Have an interesting article you would like to share with nurses in California? Take this opportunity and submit it to TheNursingVoice@anacalifornia.org by Feb. 10, 2019 to be considered by the ANA\C Editorial Task Force. The first issue will be published in April 2019 and we are pleased to continue with our established features such as Ask Flo, BOD Member articles, President Address, ED Report, and APRN Corner.
We are excited to announce two new features as well: PHN Corner and New Nurse Corner. We are also working on Guest Corner, CNSA Corner, and Coalition(s) Corner, giving opportunities to our coalition/project partners to connect directly with you in order to strengthen our cooperation in advancing the profession of nursing and the health and wellbeing of all Californians.
Our deep gratitude goes to the members of the ANA\C Editorial Task Force for their time, valued experience, and enormous dedication to this marvelous organization. They are: Careen Campbell, Donna Tannahill, Frieda Dacuag, Melinda Elayda, Thao Tran, Lilian Jones Bell, Nancy Parker, Linda Johnson, Kimako Desvignes.
The SJSU DNP Program is a 5 semester, 37 unit post-Master's practice doctorate program. Students considering the program should be thinking about a practice-related Quality Improvement or Evidence-based area of study for their DNP Project. The program includes leadership and practice based inquiry and coursework preparing students for a faculty role.
Last week, 31 C/SNA executive directors and CEOs met in Austin, TX at the beautiful new office space of the Texas Nurses Association for the first annual Executive Enterprise meeting. Chief staff officers were discussing issues ranging from every day management, strategic and succession planning, financial policies, and the future of membership organizations.
Our deep gratitude goes to Dr. Cindy Zolnierek at TNA for hosting this important event and to Dr. Susan Swart at ANA-Illinois and Tobi Lyons Moore at ANA-Michigan for organizing and moderating these vital discussions. We can’t wait for Executive Enterprise 2020!
Do you know that nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners are ranked the third and fifth best careers in the U.S. in 2019? The top honor goes to physician assistants, second are dentists, and fourth are orthodontists.
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Texas Nurses Association
During disasters, nurses are often compelled by their duty to care for others while trying to balance care for themselves and their families. Care for the Caregiver makes sure that they are prepared before, during and after disasters to stay well and continue doing great work saving lives. The resources are free and can empower nurses. Find out more.
The California Women Lead Board of Directors has announced the 2019 "Making our Vision of Equality a Reality" (MOVER) Awards.
The MOVER Awards will be presented Feb. 6, 2019 at the California Women Lead Annual Legislative Reception at the Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento.
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California Women Lead is successful today because of the remarkable women who have left their mark on the organization — leaders who not only believe in our mission, but live it. Our MOVER awards recognize leaders who have and continue to be trailblazers, leaders who not only inspire, but work to help women be successful.
California Women Lead Woman of the Year - Cassandra Pye
Cassandra is the outgoing Board President of California Women Lead and Founder of 3.14 Communications.
California Women Lead Elected Woman of the Year - Senator Holly Mitchell
A third-generation native Angeleno, Sen. Holly J. Mitchell is the proud daughter of career public servants and the protégé of community leaders who instilled in her a passion for service.
Please join us in welcoming Mona Pasquil Rogers Incoming CA Women Lead President.
Mona is an Appointee to the California State Personnel Board and Former Appointments Secretary to Governor Jerry Brown.
We also congratulate the recipient of our Luminary Award, an individual instrumental in lighting the way for other women in California leadership. Congratulations Delaine Eastin, a past president of CA Women Lead, former Assemblywoman and gubernatorial candidate and longtime education advocate.
We are also recognizing the incredible women serving as California State Constitutional officers and members of the Legislative Women's Caucus. And will be making exciting announcements about the California Women Lead Board of Directors.
Rey Ysrael Bonto
Charity Joy Cabreros
Mary Joyce Dayap
Roel Joseph Estrada
Joanna Marie Hortaleza
Stacey Lamers Bagabo
Jessica L O'Brien
Mark Phillip Redulla
Mary Ann Reveles
Juvi Rose Seminiano
Ruth Torres Contreras
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, a heroic group of nurses who served in World War II – and these nurses are the only uniformed corps members from that war who haven’t been recognized as veterans.
You can help change that and give these nurses their due.
The bipartisan United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act was just introduced in the Senate and would right this wrong and finally honor these nurses’ valiant service to our country, but it needs your help to move forward!
Send your letter now: tell your Senators to support the United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act and recognize the sacrifice these nurses have made.
These nurses filled an urgent need during the war efforts by ensuring that there were trained healthcare professionals at home and abroad – and paved the way for how nursing and nurse training evolved in the U.S. in the process.
Ten different bills have been introduced since 1995 aiming to give these nurses the credit they deserve – and none have passed. This new bipartisan bill, introduced by Senator Warren (D-MA) and Senator Daines (R-MT), is our best chance to honor nurse cadets and the critical role they played.
Thanks in advance for helping ensure that these nurses’ service to their country isn’t forgotten.
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Join the cutting edge of nursing at the 2019 ANA Quality and Innovation Conference. Get hands-on experience with the top innovations in nursing, learn about the next big tech advancement in health care, and help redefine what quality nursing looks like. Don’t miss out on the nation’s leading event for nursing innovation!
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The cancer rate in the United States dropped continuously over a 25-year period, representing a 27 percent decline, according to a study published Jan. 8.
The study from the American Cancer Society found there were approximately 2.6 million fewer cancer deaths in the U.S. since reaching a peak of 215 deaths per 100,000 people. The American Cancer Society cites steady declines in smoking, advances in treatment and early detection for the continuous dip.
A measles outbreak in New York has been called the largest in the state's recent history, and it's occurring at a time when there have been spikes in measles cases globally.
Since the outbreak emerged in September, measles has been diagnosed in at least 112 people across Rockland and Orange counties and at least 55 in New York City, according to numbers provided by the New York state and city health departments.
"I would say this is the largest measles outbreak that New York state has had in recent history," said Dr. Howard Zucker, the state commissioner of health.
As America continues to combat its opioid epidemic, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses among women has soared in recent years, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
From 1999 to 2017, the drug overdose death rate among women 30 to 64 years old climbed more than 260 percent, according to the report published recently.
By Lynn Hetzler
Nonspecific chest pain is the second most common reason for presentation to the emergency department, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Acute coronary syndrome identification with appropriate disposition is quite challenging. While most ED patients with undifferentiated chest pain do not have ACS, missing this diagnosis has major morbidity and mortality implications. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers compared the performance of nine different risk scores within the same population presenting to the ED with undifferentiated chest pain.
A study out the week of Jan. 7 shows that pregnant women with the flu who are hospitalized in an intensive care unit are four times more likely to deliver babies prematurely and four and a half times more likely to have a baby of low birth weight.
Researchers compared 490 pregnant women with the flu and 1,451 who did not have the flu. Sixty-four of the women with flu were so ill that they were admitted to a hospital ICU. The results appear in the journal Birth Defects Research.
Medical News Today
A team of researchers from institutions across the United States — including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco — has recently developed a tiny device akin to a sponge, which is set to absorb chemotherapy agents after they have reached their target.
The aim of the absorber is to minimize the toxic side effects of chemotherapy drugs, which, although they have a potent effect against cancer tumors, also attack healthy organs and tissue and can impair their function.
By Scott E. Rupp
The fax machine has not gone anywhere in medicine. This so-called "ancient relic" is still operational and is considered a simple, yet powerful tool for those in healthcare, despite the other more modern modalities of exchanging information. According to newly released federal data, almost three-quarters of nonfederal acute care hospitals routinely use faxes to receive summary of care records from providers outside their system, according to the data released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
The Daily Beast
Researchers writing in one of the world’s most influential medical journals have urged doctors to learn how to interact with non-binary patients.
“As our society’s concept of gender evolves, so does the visibility of contemporary non-binary people,” University of Minnesota medical school resident Dr. Walter Liszewski and his co-authors wrote in a perspective piece for the most recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. “Yet many members of the medical community may not know how to interact with non-binary patients respectfully or recognize their unique needs and barriers to care.”
National Institutes of Health
In recent years, an overwhelming body of clinical evidence has firmly established the HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) concept as scientifically sound, say officials from the National Institutes of Health. U=U means that people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load—the amount of HIV in the blood—by taking and adhering to antiretroviral therapy as prescribed cannot sexually transmit the virus to others. Writing in JAMA, officials from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases review the scientific evidence underlying U=U and discuss the implications of widespread acceptance of the message.
Deep sleep was associated with tau pathology, a study of older adults showed.
Non-rapid eye movement (non-REM) sleep slow wave activity was inversely related to Alzheimer's pathology, especially tauopathy, with the association most evident at the lowest 1- to 2-Hz frequencies, according to Brendan Lucey, MD, and David Holtzman, MD, both of Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues.
This finding suggests that changes in non-REM slow wave activity might be able to discriminate tau pathology at or before the earliest stages of symptomatic Alzheimer's disease, the team wrote in Science Translational Medicine.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine via Medical Xpress
New research from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Sheppard Pratt Health System shows that people in the study with schizophrenia also have higher levels of antibodies against the Epstein-Barr virus, a herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, so-called mono.
Researchers proposed two explanations for the association of heightened immune responses in patients with schizophrenia and EBV infection: schizophrenia might alter the immune systems of these patients and make them more susceptible to EBV, or EBV infection might increase the risk of schizophrenia.
The article was published online Nov. 20 in Schizophrenia Bulletin.
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