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|February 20, 2018 ||
By Keith Carlson
From the moment an aspiring nurse enters school, the slings and arrows of a nursing career can begin to be felt. From study stress to the challenges of working in novel clinical experiences, the pressure is all too real. Soon enough, the novice nurse graduates, takes their exam, attains licensure and enters the job market. It is here that we perceive the potential for great satisfaction and challenge in a career that couples task-based work with the need for human kindness.
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 President Phillip Bautista at State Capitol Advocating for access to care! @ProtectAccessCA #NoOnSB562 #SaveTheACA
So much to do and so little time to do it ... but what if you could find small ways to focus on YOU each and every day?
Join us as we make our own wellbeing a priority in Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation's 7 day Make Time for Yourself Challenge. Starts on Feb. 22. Sign up today!
Did You Know? There are over 3,500 residents in long-term care in Solano, 60% of who do not receive ANY visits from family or friends. We need your help to increase our reach and presence in the 140 long-term care facilities in Solano County.
Who Are We? At Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa & Solano we are the primary and first advocates for all residents in long-term care facilities and are change agents in our community. We see aging as a natural and normal state of life deserving of respect and dignity. We understand that aging has its own set of unique challenges and difficulties that may include moving into a long-term care facility, and it is our job to empower these residents and help to protect their right to personal choice and safety. We support the compliance through education model and often provide on the spot education and information for facility staff and administrators.
Your Role: You will be a critical and trusted leader within the OSCC team empowered to address, investigate, and resolve complaints that negatively impact the health, safety, and dignity of residents living in long-term care. You will be on-the-ground in facilities, mediating, negotiating, and bringing resolution between residents, facilities, and family members. Your job is not to “fix” the issue for the resident, but rather to empower the resident to address the issue themselves.
How to Get Started: You can find additional information about the company and opportunities on their website. Please contact our Executive Director, Nicole Howell at (925) 384-1124 / firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions!
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.
Regardless of age or health status, none of us knows when a future event might leave us unable to speak for ourselves. Talking with your loved ones now, appointing a representative and preparing a written record of your wishes will be invaluable should you become unable to make or communicate healthcare decisions.
The Good-to-Go Toolkit is designed to help you identify your priorities and help ensure your wishes are honored. This collection of material is designed to guide the process of making and communicating your decision. Click here for more information.
On Feb. 27, International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) is launching NURSING NOW, an initiative aimed at empowering nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges. Concurrent launch events, held in Geneva, Switzerland, and London, will be LIVE streamed on FB. American Nurses Association Board VP Ernest Grant, along with the North Carolina Nurses Association, will be attending the launch event organized by the University of North Carolina.
This initiative “aims to improve health globally by raising the profile and status of #NURSES worldwide – influencing policymakers and supporting nurses themselves to LEAD, LEARN and BUILD a global movement ...
‘Nursing Now’ will work to build a global network of nurse champions and advocate for more nurses in leadership positions — to help nurses achieve the influence they deserve. To join the Campaign, click here.
National Academy of Medicine
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."
| || EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH|
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|
Advance Healthcare Network
There are many different views on the characteristics that define the millennial generation. A millennial is typically defined as someone who is born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. Characteristics used to define this generation are split between positive and negative viewpoints.
Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as men, health officials say.
National survey data showed that more than 8 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from low mood, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Among women, slightly more than 10 percent have depression, versus 5.5 percent of men. And the mood disorder affects everyday life for a majority of these people, the 2013-2016 questionnaires show.
With suicide rates rising and an alarming number of teens and young adults at serious risk for suicide, many health professionals are not fully prepared to recognize a patient's psychiatric difficulties. A team of researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) recently came up with the ASQ Toolkit, a simple four-question survey for health professionals to help identify and get help for at-risk youth.
Medscape (free login required)
Opioid medications, particularly long-acting or high-dose opioids, may increase the risk for serious infections, including invasive pneumonia, meningitis, and bacteremia, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Infectious Disease News
Newly released practice guidelines for Clostridium difficile infection, or CDI, in both adults and children include changes in diagnostics and antibiotic therapy.
The guidelines, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), also call for fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) to fight the infection in certain cases.
New ways of preventing and treating the flu are on the horizon. One experimental treatment developed by researchers in Japan has garnered plenty of attention, but only time will tell whether or not the drug is worthy of whole-hearted enthusiasm. In October, Shionogi & Co. Ltd., based in Osaka, reported that its experimental drug baloxavir marboxil reduced influenza viral load to undetectable levels — killed the virus — within 24 hours for more than half of the 414 participants in a study.
Monthly Prescribing Reference
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Brain Trauma Indicator (Banyan Biomarkers), the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in adults. Currently computed tomography (CT) scan is used routinely in the evaluation of TBI, however, a majority of patients evaluated for mTBI do not have detectable intracranial lesions after having the scan. The Brain Trauma Indicator works by measuring Ubiquitin Carboxy-terminal Hydrolase-L1 (UCH-L1) and Glial Fibrilliary Acidic Protein (GFA) within 12 hours of head injury.
From 1984 to 2012, there was an increase in the incidence of symptomatic and asymptomatic kidney stones, according to a study published online Feb. 13 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Researchers characterized adult stone formers from Jan. 1, 1984, to Dec. 31, 2012. The authors estimated the incidence of kidney stones per 100,000 person-years and assessed the characteristics associated with changes in the incidence rate over time.
HealthDay News via Monthly Prescribing Reference
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends against screening for ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women. These findings form the basis of a final recommendation statement published in the Feb. 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A new clinical guideline from the American Gastroenterological Association provides up-to-date recommendations for early treatment decisions in acute pancreatitis. Aiming to promote consistent practices and quality care, the new guideline focuses on clinical decisions made within the first 48 to 72 hours of hospital admission for acute pancreatitis, which can "alter the course of disease and duration of hospitalization."
Patients who were African-American, Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders had an increased risk for hypertension compared with those who were white or Hispanic regardless of weight category, neighborhood status or education level, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension.
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