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Recently, the Trump administration introduced a new federal office — The Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom. The newly created division of the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office for Civil Rights is said to protect health care workers who refuse to partake in certain medical procedures due to moral or religious objections. Under the new protections doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are permitted to refuse care or deny certain procedures that go against their moral or religious beliefs. Such procedures include, abortion, sterilization or assisted suicide, said the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in an announcement.
April 9, 2018 | Registration opens Mid-February!
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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Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Nurses' Role in Antibiotic Stewardship
Feb. 2, 2018 | 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (Pacific Time)
This webinar was re-scheduled from Dec. 5, 2017. The webinar presentation has been pre-recorded and be followed by a live Q&A session with the presenters.
The CDC and ANA invite you to register for a free webinar featuring the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, and the National Student Nurses Association.
The presentation will use the ANA and CDC white paper as the framework to describe the problem of antibiotics resistance, help nurses embrace an expanded role in hospital antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs), list key reasons for nurse leaders to be engaged with antimicrobial stewardship, and highlight the significance of adherence to clinical practice guidelines in the educational setting.
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This webinar, broadcast on July 12, was produced in collaboration with ANA, the CDC, ANA\C and the New Jersey Nurses Associaton. ANA\C recognizes our Task Force members and webinar presenters for their outstanding work in producing this program. Our ANA\C experts examined Reprocessing & Sterilization of Medical Devices: Regulation, Policy & Legislation - the 2nd presentation in the webinar.
- Access Recording of Device Reprocessing and Sterilization Webinar, here.
- View Webinar Library, here.
- Learn more about the Nursing Infection Control Education Network by visiting the ANA\C website, here.
It is with deep sympathy that we relay that Dr. Judith Papenhausen passed away on Jan. 19, 2018, only four days after celebrating her 77th birthday.
Judy was a true nurse leader and a visionary as she was integral in guiding both Cal State University LA and Cal State University San Marcos Schools of Nursing to excellence!
Judy will be missed by the nursing community and our condolences go to her family.
Watch Alice Benjamin — Nurse Alice — on LA morning show speaking about #EndNurseAbuse, the national awareness campaign started by ANA in the aftermath of Nurse Alex Wubles assault in Salt Lake City. Notice the great ANA graphics and slogans such as "Do not threaten my life while I am trying to save yours" or "Nurses - most ethical, most trusted, most abused ..."
Want to see Alice LIVE and learn how to do nursing media advocacy in the Year of Advocacy? Come to RN Advocacy Day 2018 on April 9. On-line Registration opens on Feb. 18, 2018. So, watch, share, distribute, and make the conversation happen! Here is the clip from this from Jan 29, 2018.
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The January/February/March issue of The Nursing Voice is available digitally. Click here to view it.
Time is up on harassment, abuse, and assault in the workplace across all industries and professions. In support of ANA’s #EndNurseAbuse initiative, 'Nurse Alice' Benjamin, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, pens a letter recounting her experience with abuse while caring for patients. She also invites ANA members and all concerned individuals to sign the #EndNurseAbuse pledge. Nurse Alice’s letter was sent to ANA members and is posted on the Capitol Beat.
The 3rd Quarter, 2017 Hospital Quarterly Financial and Utilization Complete Data Set are now available with summary data! Additional quarterly data can be found using the Hospital Quarterly Profile Characteristics query system. SHPD’s Information Services Division plays a key role in creating and maintaining data critical to the study and evaluation of the State’s health care delivery systems. From collected health facility and individual patient data, more than 100 reports and data sets on quality, outcomes, financial performance, and utilization are available to the public. A complete listing of licensed hospitals, primary and specialty care, long-term care, and other facilities can be found on OSHPD's page, here.
Monday, April 9, 2018 | 12-1 p.m., Pacific Time
Over the past six years, employers have shifted from reporting a surplus of nurses to suggesting there is a shortage. How do these reports align with national data, and with state and national forecasts? How are changes in our national and state health care system affecting RN employment? Will health care providers be able to hire all the RNs needed now and in the long term?
Join us for a webinar to discuss these questions and their answers. We will describe the latest findings from the UCSF survey of nurse employers, the Hospital Association of Southern California’s hospital vacancy and turnover survey, HealthImpact’s Survey of New Graduate RNs, and other recently-released data.
Registration will be available soon. Please contact Lena Libatique at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The ANA Enterprise today announced Sodexo has joined the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ (HNHN) Grand Challenge as a major partner in support of this transformative initiative. The ANA Enterprise is the organizing platform of the American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Nurses Foundation. Sodexo Healthcare in North America provides Quality of Life Services in Facilities Management, Environmental Services, Clinical Technology Management and Food & Nutrition at 1,200 hospitals in the United States and Canada. Sodexo’s multi-million dollar contribution to the American Nurses Foundation is in direct support of the ANA Enterprise’s HNHN Grand Challenge. Read More
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We invite you to join us for California Women Lead's premier Women's Conference on April 26-27, 2018 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. This is a conference like no other — an opportunity to join women leaders from the public and private sectors to network, learn, encourage, and inspire each other. Now, more than ever, we NEED women to LEAD! Click here to register.
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Implementation and continual modification of a clinical practice guideline (CPG) improves hospital-based care and outcomes for pediatric patients with asthma, a new study published online Jan. 24 in Pediatrics shows. Although standardization of pediatric asthma care has been demonstrated to improve outcomes in some hospital areas, implementation of a CPG has not previously been shown to improve hospital-wide outcomes for pediatric asthma.
Vitamin D could be effective in treating the painful symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome, according to a study published in The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers organized and contextualized data from previous studies and found a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has announced a measure to increase access to opioid addiction treatment for individuals residing in underserved and rural areas. PAs and nurse practitioners can now become DATA-Waived qualifying practitioners, allowing them to prescribe and dispense a narcotic drug in Schedule III, IV, or V for the purpose of maintenance treatment or detoxification treatment without being separately registered as a narcotic treatment program, according to the Federal Register.
Diabetes patients have an increased risk of suffering serious infections or death compared to the general public, new research has shown. The study analyzed the electronic GP and hospital records of more than 100,000 English adults aged 40 to 89 years with a diabetes diagnosis, and compared them to those without a diabetes diagnosis. The researchers estimated that 6 percent of infection-related hospital admissions, such as for pneumonia, and 12 percent of infection-related deaths among adults could be attributed to diabetes.
A drug normally used to treat seizures may help ease some symptoms that occur with a type of dementia known as Lewy body dementia, researchers are reporting. The drug is called zonisamide (Zonegran). When added to treatment with the drug levodopa, zonisamide helped to control Parkinson's disease-like movement symptoms that are associated with Lewy body dementia. These symptoms may include tremors, stiffness, slowness, and trouble walking.
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Everything that happens in healthcare affects nurses, from drug shortages to healthcare reform. This makes it hard to pinpoint the most important trends expected to influence the practice of nursing in 2018. With the help of nursing thought leaders, however, we've come up with a list of emerging or accelerating trends that nurses need to pay attention to this year, because they will affect key aspects of nursing, from education and licensure to clinical practice. What's on the horizon for nurses in 2018?
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Chances of a heart attack are increased six-fold during the first seven days after detection of laboratory-confirmed influenza infection, according to a new study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Public Health Ontario (PHO).
"Our findings are important because an association between influenza and acute myocardial infarction reinforces the importance of vaccination," says Jeff Kwong, MD, a scientist at ICES and PHO and lead author of the study.
A rare type of stroke is on the rise among pregnant women in the United States, a new study finds. This type of stroke is called spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage. It's potentially life-threatening and occurs when blood vessels on the surface of the brain rupture. It may occur at any age, but it's most common between age 40 and 65. It is more common in women, smokers, and in those with high blood pressure.
A new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), which will make it easier for nurses to practice in other states and via telemedicine, was implemented late last week.
The enhanced compact is effective in 29 member states, allowing nurses with eNLC multistate licenses to begin practicing in any of those states without the need for an additional license, according to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The eNLC was implemented January 19.
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