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According to an online petition, Nurse Katherine Locklear has been reported to Florida's Board of Nursing. The petition reads,
"Katherine Smith Locklear is an ER Nurse. She posted an AMAZING video on Facebook regarding the flu and how it is spread along with great tips on home treatment. For her time and effort, she is being reported to the Board of Registered Nursing and her hospital." It continues, "Please sign this petition if you support ER Nurses and staff and the spreading of education during this horrible flu season."
Monday, March 26 | 1:45-4 p.m. | F.C. Arrillaga Alumni Center | Stanford University
As a part of the Healthcare Research & Education Conference on March 26-27, 2018 at Stanford University, ANA\C CDC-ANA Task Force was invited to host a 2-hr Panel Discussion on infection control and prevention, to discuss Task Force’s work on Webinar 1: Devices Reprocessing & Sterilization and to hold a Q&A session to have a valuable educational debate on infection control best practices, Regulations, policies and evidence-based Nursing Practice.
The Panel Discussion will start at 1:45 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. at McCaw Hall.
This education panel is open to all healthcare professionals, nurses, PAs, PTs, and MDs as infection control & Prevention is a team work.
Click here for more information and to register.
ANA\C Legislative Director Lindsay Sandberg and Diana Taylor, ANA\C Liaison to CCRF, represented our organization at Forum 2018 in San Francisco last week. Forum 2018 discussed women's rights and access to women's healthcare and offered an important debate with 4 CA gubernatorial candidates on their positions on these important issues. Gavin Newsom, John Chiang, Antonio Villaraigosa and Delaine Eastin all participated. Regardless of our personal opinions, as nurses, we advocate for barrier-less access to care and to women's care especially. We thank NARAL for hosting event and to Lindsay and Diana for representing ANA\C.
From left: Lindsay Sandberg, NARAL State Dir. Amy Everitt, Diana Taylor
Panelists from left: D. Eastin, G. Newsom, A. Villaraigosa, J. Chiang
He used a medical kit supplied by the police to dress the man’s wound. Then another concertgoer came up asking for help. This man’s wife had been shot in the leg and was still inside. Reitmeier and the man went back into the concert venue, following police who had their guns drawn. They crouched down behind a portable ice chest on wheels and used it as a shield. In the distance they could hear what they now knew were more gunshots. When they got to the woman, Reitmeier applied a quick tourniquet to her bleeding leg using a belt. He and her husband grabbed a nearby folding table and used it as a gurney to carry her to a medical tent outside.
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The January/February/March issue of The Nursing Voice is available digitally. Click here to view it.
NOBC encourages your involvement! Here are 6 things you can do to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and help us achieve our goal of 10,000 nurses on boards by 2020.
- Share your story. Fill out the Becoming Board Ready survey. Your real life experiences will provide advice and inspiration to other nurses on their journeys to the boardroom.
- Become a recruiter. Enlist your colleagues to be counted. Recruit 20 people to register on the NOBC website.
- Be an ambassador. Contact a nonprofit, other organization or your own employer and ask them to consider a nurse for their board.
- Keep your information with NOBC up-to-date. This will enable more effective searches as board opportunities are available.
- Share via social media. Make sure to “Like” NOBC on Facebook, Follow NOBC on LinkedIn and “Follow” @NursesonBoards on Twitter.
- Make an individual or corporate contribution to help support our work. Encourage others to do likewise.
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Due to insufficient nominations for the offices of President, Secretary, and Director-at-Large Staff Nurse, and for the positions as Member of the Nomination and Elections Committee, the Nomination Committee issued a Second Call for Nominations for these four positions only. Nominations must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 to be considered. Please send any questions regarding the Second Call for Nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Get a year's worth of insight into some of the most pressing issues you face in the workplace with the brand new Navigate Nursing Webinar Bundle from ANA. For the low price of $100 (a 25% discount!), you'll earn 4 CEs as you expand your personal development and improve your professional success.
BONUS! If you register by Feb. 20 for the bundle, you'll have on-demand access to all four webinars and the opportunity to earn 4 CE through Dec. 31, 2018.
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 | 1–2 p.m. EST
Do you struggle with ethical issues in your nursing practice? You're not alone. As health care becomes more complex, nurses and other providers face increasingly challenging situations. In this webinar, you'll identify the most common ethical dilemmas in nursing practice and, through case scenarios, apply strategies to resolve them.
Click here to register.
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Medscape (free login required)
In responding to a Medscape poll asking whether they had been sexually harassed by a patient, many more nurses (71 percent) than physicians (47 percent) said yes.
The poll questions were posed December 20 by Medscape Medical News. Responses totaled 1045 and included 569 nurses, 408 physicians, and 68 other healthcare providers (HCPs).
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
In the wake of the two hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico's way of life, the United States has experienced shortages of certain drugs. The magnitude of this impact has been felt by many hospitals across the United States that depend on a number of Baxter products, which are made in Puerto Rico. Hurricanes Irma and Maria knocked out the island's infrastructure and the company's ability to manufacture these products. But help is on the way.
In order to measure your heart rate, clinicians have traditionally relied upon technology that is based on monitors with leads that attach to your body. Recent advances in wearables, augmented via blue tooth technology, now even permit for wireless monitoring of heart rate. But researchers from Utah State University are now challenging the wearable paradigm for heart rate monitoring, taking it even one step further: All you need is a video monitor and your face.
As most nurses certainly are aware, this year’s flu season is exceptional. It has surged earlier than in previous years and as of mid-January is widespread across all 50 states. There has been a significant wave of flu cases in doctor’s offices and hospitals across the country, affecting everyone from children to the elderly. Emergency rooms (ERs) are inundated with flu patients, and in many cases patients line the hallways in overcrowded facilities without space or beds available due to additional patient volume. Patients are boarding and holding for inpatient beds in the ERs, which exposes additional patients, visitors, and staff to the flu.
Advance Healthcare Network
Infection control has been a major concern for centuries, but received its biggest push in the 1970s when, among other milestones, the specialization of “infection control nurse” was popularized.
However, onboarding new employees and familiarizing each one remains a concern in modern-day hospital and healthcare facilities.
Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches.
Migraine patients could also face an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and irregular heart rates, a new study suggests.
The risk to heart health appears to be strongest in the first year after diagnosis of migraine, but persists for as long as two decades.
Researchers say they have made important progress in developing a blood test that could in the future help clinicians detect who might go on to get Alzheimer's disease. In a study published in the journal Nature, the scientists said the test, which can detect a toxic protein known as amyloid beta, linked to Alzheimer's, was more than 90 percent accurate in research involving around 370 people.
By Keith Carlson
Nurses are leaders in every sense of the word. Leadership is ingrained in nurses from the moment nursing school begins, and as nurses’ careers advance, leadership and personal authority often grow apace. How else can nurses choose positions that provide the opportunity for true servant leadership in the interest of community groups, foundations, associations, non-profits, and other organizations? By serving on boards of directors and advisory boards where a nursing voice can add inestimable value.
There's a well-known crisis going on with opioid painkiller abuse, but new research reveals a sizeable chunk of Americans are popping far too many over-the-counter pain relievers, too.
Among those surveyed who take over-the-counter ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), 15 percent admitted to exceeding daily maximum dosage when taking either ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), the study found.
Penn State Materials Research Institute via ScienceDaily
Biomaterials and medical device company Aleo BME has received notification from the U.S. Federal Drug Administration that it has been approved for the sale and licensing of ElaSkin as a liquid bandage for the protection and treatment of a broad set of skin conditions and injuries.
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Relatively small changes in heart rate over time, even within the normal range, are associated with a higher risk for adverse CV and non-CV outcomes in the general population, a new study shows. For each five-beat-per minute (bpm) increase in heart rate from the preceding office visit, the risk increased 12 percent for all-cause mortality, 13 percent for incident heart failure, 9 percent for MI, and 6 percent for stroke.
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