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In 2010, “John Doe” was being treated for a sexually transmitted disease at a private medical facility in New York. A nurse at the facility recognized Doe as the boyfriend of her sister-in-law. The nurse, not assigned to Doe’s care, checked Doe’s chart and learned of his diagnosis and treatment.
While Doe was waiting for his treatment, the nurse texted her sister-in-law and told her Doe was being treated for the STD. The manner in which she texted this information led the sister-in-law to believe the staff was making fun of his diagnosis and treatment. The sister-in-law immediately forwarded the messages to Doe.
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.
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!
Click here to see the flyer.
Webinar: Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients: Nurses' Role in Antibiotic Stewardship
Broadcast Feb. 2, 2018
Click here to view the webinar presentation slides.
Learn more about the Nursing Infection Control Education Network by visiting the ANA\C website.
Covered California announced last week that more than 50,000 new consumers selected a plan during the final three days of open enrollment, bringing its overall total to 423,484 plan selections, which represents a 3 percent increase over last year. A key factor was that those getting subsidies actually had more money to shop with due to the work-around we implemented to make sure the cost-sharing reduction benefit was funded. With this increased support, we saw new and renewing consumers make smart choices, with many more opting for Gold-tier plans this year compare. “With robust marketing and strong partnerships in communities across California, we attracted more people to Covered California to newly enroll in health insurance this year,” said Peter V. Lee, executive director of Covered California.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease that can be serious. Every year, millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu. CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from flu.
Click here to learn more.
- Get yourself and your family vaccinated!
A yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
- Take everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of flu viruses!
Avoid close contact with sick people, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover your coughs and sneezes, wash your hands often (with soap and water), and clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with flu viruses.
- Take Antiviral Drugs if Your Doctor Prescribes Them!
If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat flu illness.
You’re probably contributing to your 401(k), 403(b) or other workplace retirement plan each month, but are you doing everything you need to do to avoid the missteps that could hurt you in the future?
To find out, watch our new webinar, Getting the Most from Your Retirement Plan at Work. Your future self will thank you.
To watch the webinar, click here.
- How to maximize your employer’s match
- The importance of increasing your voluntary contribution
- How to select the investments in your portfolio
- Why borrowing from your retirement plan could be a big mistake
ANA\C represented at Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) 40th Conference in Monterey, CA! Mary Dickow, Statewide Director at California Action Coalition discussing nursing workforce advocacy with Markéta Houskova, ANA\C Executive Director. Our big thanks to the outgoing ACNL CEO Pat McFarland for including ANA\C as an Exhibitor. We will see ACNL at our annual conference on Nov. 9-10, 2018 in Newport Beach, CA!
Excited to welcome Seayer and Alex, both Sac State Nursing School Graduates (Class of Dec 2017), to California Women Lead Legislative Reception 2018 focusing on the importance of nurses and their voices in politics and policy. Seayer is the Recipient of ANA\C Student Advocate Award that Roxanne Gould, ANA\C Lobbyist, presented to him at Dec 2017 Pinning Ceremony!
American Nurses Association declared 2018 The Year of Advocacy and welcoming our brand-new nursing colleagues at this event was a wonderful way of introducing them to the world of state politics & Policy.
A range of factors drives clinician burnout, including workload, time pressure, clerical burden, and professional isolation, according to a discussion paper co-authored by ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. The paper, "Care-Centered Clinical Documentation in the Digital Environment: Solutions to Alleviate Burnout," offers a number of recommendations, including returning the focus of documentation "to that which supports high quality care delivery and team communication." The paper was published by the National Academy of Medicine.
Achieving health equity can seem overwhelming, but communities across the nation are making progress by taking it one step at a time.
The National Academy of Medicine is proud to share a collection of 5-minute documentary videos spotlighting three local organizations across the country, each addressing health challenges important to their community. By collaborating across sectors, identifying issues critical to their community, and drawing strength from the power of many, these communities are confronting the trends of health inequity.
Loreena Carrasco Gibson
Mae De Jesus
South Lake Tahoe
Marina Del Rey
Kimberly Van Der Maaten
Playa Del Rey
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.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) stated Feb. 1 that its #EndNurseAbuse initiative, which launched in 2017 to address workplace abuse against nurses, includes eliminating sexual harassment. Furthermore, as part of the initiative, ANA underscored its strong support for the #TimesUpNow movement that promotes accountability and consequences for abuse, harassment, sexual assault, and inequality in the workplace.
"Nurse safety is a critical component to ensure quality and safe care. 'Time's up' for employers who don't take swift and meaningful action to make the workplace safe for nurses," said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. Together, nurses, employers and the public must take steps to change our culture. Abuse is not part of anyone's job and has no place in healthcare settings."
Abuse against nurses is a serious problem in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings across the country. According to anecdotal reports from nurses, both female and male, sexual harassment is a major challenge as well.
Click here to read the full statement from ANA.
| || EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH|
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.
April 26 – 27, 2018 | Disneyland Resort in Anaheim
California Women Lead invites you to their premier Women’s Conference. 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! Not only does this conference include powerful speakers for our general sessions – How Women Lead in Business; How Women Lead in Government; How Women Lead as Political Candidates, but also How Women Lead in the Workplace – providing tools and discussions to navigate the workplace in a post #MeToo environment.
Click here for more information and to register.
CALNOC is sailing for San Diego!
We'll share our collective knowledge to empower you to make strategic decisions to improve performance, patient care, and cost management. You won’t want to miss the chance to network with over 300 nurse executives, administrators, in-patient nurses, and industry colleagues, as well as meet our sponsors and exhibitor. Join us in San Diego on Oct. 21-23, 2018!
Click here for more information and to register.
| || NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY|
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About 1 in 4 people aged 45 and older who made emergency department (ED) visits in 2015 in the United States had diabetes, new government data show.
According to the 2015 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), an estimated 12 million ED visits that year were by patients aged 45 and older, representing 24 percent of ED visits by people in that age group and 80 percent of all ED visits by people with diabetes.
By Joan Spitrey
The 2017-2018 flu season is breaking all records. The CDC noted that the "overall hospitalization rate is higher than the overall hospitalization rate reported during the same week of the 2014-2015 season; the most severe season in recent years." There is no doubt that the frontline nurses and healthcare workers are bearing the burden of this. One nurse, feeling the daily frustrations of fighting what appears to be losing battle, recently took her thoughts to the masses in a video that went viral.
A nurse who called law enforcement on a patient out of concern that she could harm her newborn infant could be a sign of a wider problem related to provider education about post-partum depression, experts said.
According to Kaiser Health News, a California woman sought care at a women's clinic to discuss options for treating what she suspected was post-partum depression. The nurse handling her case called the police after the patient mentioned that she had violent thoughts relating to herself and her baby. The police escorted the woman and baby to the emergency department, where both were put under observation.
Infectious Diseases in Children
Children with asthma experienced fewer asthma attacks between 2001 and 2016, according to a recent Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The percentage of children with asthma who experienced one or more asthma attacks in the preceding 12 months fell from 61.7 percent in 2001 to 53.7 percent in 2016, according to the report. The decline was seen in both boys and girls and all races and ethnicities, Anne Schuchat, MD, RADM, USPHS, acting director of the CDC, reported at a press conference.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified kratom, a botanical substance widely used as a painkiller despite agency approval, as an opioid. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb released a statement referencing the FDA's concerns about the plant substance and its health consequences, which they said include death. Since they've been keeping tally, there have been 44 deaths reported that are considered associated with kratom, an increase from the 36 that had been reported in a November 2017 FDA advisory document.
Teenagers who identify as transgender and gender nonconforming are more likely to report poorer physical and mental health than those who identify as cisgender, with less use of preventive health care measures, according to findings published in Pediatrics.
Additionally, perceptions of health were varied based on perceived gender expression of these students, with the largest representation of students reporting a gender perception of equally masculine and feminine.
Becker's ASC Review
A study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, examined factors related to nurse-administered propofol sedation in 9,152 endoscopic cases at ASCs.
With an anesthesiologist's assistance, researchers developed a protocol for nurses to administer propofol in routine endoscopic cases with physician supervision. The study took place at a private ASC in Medford, Oregon.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common pain conditions, characterized with diffuse aching, pain or stiffness in the muscles or joints and accompanied by multiple tender points on examination. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has shown similar cognitive symptoms to FM. Researchers in South Africa recently recruited 123 patients who had been previously diagnosed with FM at a chronic pain practice to assess the potential co-occurrence of FM and ADHD.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation affirming its 2009 decision that all women who are pregnant should be screened for syphilis.
The "A" grade is only the 16th time out of 98 total recommendations that the USPSTF has issued this particular grade for a specific preventive service.
A study published by Human Rights Watch finds that about 179,000 nursing home residents are being given antipsychotic drugs, even though they don't have schizophrenia or other serious mental illnesses that those drugs are designed to treat.
Most of these residents have Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia and antipsychotics aren't approved for that. What's more, antipsychotic drugs come with a "black box warning" from the FDA, stating that they increase the risk of death in older people with dementia.
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