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|February 27, 2018 ||
Becker's Hospital Review
Last week's mass school shooting in Florida is just one of several instances in recent memory denoting the increasing frequency with which such events have begun to occur. There have been roughly 97 mass shootings in the past 35 years, according to a recent Mother Jones analysis.
Police say Nikolas Cruz, 19, opened fire at Parkland, Fla.-based Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14, killing 17 individuals and injuring at least a dozen.
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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! Click here to register.
Saddleback Memorial Medical Center Laguna Hills, CA Nursing staff for applying for Magnet designation status! We recognize the nursing staff and nursing leadership at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center led by VP Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer Kathy Dawson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC.
John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center Nursing staff for applying for Magnet designation status! We recognize the nursing staff and nursing leadership at John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center led by Senior VP Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Lopes, MSN, RN, NEA-BC.
ANA\C represented at California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom annual meeting discussing human rights, reproductive justice and access to care through social determinants of health in Burbank, CA. #Nurses are represented by 2 organizations: Diana Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN for ANA\C and Liz Donnelly, MSN, RN, CNM for our APRN Coalition Partner California Nurse-Midwives Association.
Nearly three years ago, the American Nurses Association drew a firm line in the sand when it comes to workplace violence. The organization declared that it was taking a zero-tolerance stance against violence and bullying and called on other parts of the industry to join arms. The ANA, which claims that nearly one-quarter of nurses have been assaulted, launched the #EndNurseAbuse campaign. As allegations of sexual harassment have moved into the forefront, the ANA has aligned its initiative with the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements. Modern Healthcare Managing Editor Matthew Weinstock recently spoke with ANA President Pamela Cipriano about the issues of violence and sexual harassment in the workplace.
The Hill via ANACA
As nurses, we are encouraged by the thousands of RNs who have joined the American Nurses Association’s grassroots advocacy network to oppose efforts to repeal/replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with their messages and actions to #ProtectOurCare. With the endless stream of natural disasters, shootings, racism, sexism and political scandals, it is no wonder that defunding of federal agencies and changes at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) do not rise to public awareness. It is for these reasons that we urge our colleagues to awareness and action in our recent article published in The Hill.
Harvard Business Review
What are the effects of loneliness on person’s mental state, health status, energy level, adaptability, overall well-being, physical strength, sleep patterns, or nutrition choices? Should loneliness be a vital sign? Can loneliness be overlooked by healthcare professionals? What are our societal or nursing responsibilities? Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy penned an essay on loneliness and how it should be addressed at work.
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A bill was just introduced in Congress that would fix dangerous understaffing in medical centers, once and for all. It takes just a few clicks to send your letter to make sure this bill gets support in Congress! Raise your voice TODAY!
Dangerous staffing decisions can directly lead to an increased risk of infection, longer hospital stays, and even death. We need staffing plans created with input from nurses like you – the ones who know the unit environment best.
This isn't a simple problem. And the solutions in this bill go far beyond just ratios – they require a partnership between nurses and hospital leadership, to help ensure the best outcomes tailored to each unit. But this won't happen unless legislators in Washington hear from nurses. Will you send your letter now?
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“Roadtrip Nation” presents Degree of Impact, a documentary following three doctoral students as they travel across the country to interview professionals in their respective fields. One of the students, Kylie Yearwood, is a registered nurse who is working on her Ph.D. Along with her fellow road trippers, Yearwood sat down with ANA President Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, to discuss career paths, challenges, and advice on how to use their advanced degree to make a difference.
From professors to musicians, the documentary is comprised of 12 interviews with professionals, all of whom have doctorates. Other featured leaders include: Dr. Nancy Irwin, an expert in clinical psychology and certified hypnotherapist, Colorado State Senator Irene Aguilar, and Adam Foss, Founder of Prosecutor Impact. The complete episode is now available online and is airing on PBS in select markets.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018 — may be taken as a stand-alone
Workplace violence has become a serious occupational health problem requiring the continued prevention efforts of employers and employees. This training focuses on providing the tools and resources to establish a clear and legal Workplace Violence Prevention Program. The training will specifically help employers and employees recognize the potential violent behavior and the social, political, language and cultural barriers serving as roadblocks to the timely recognition of warning signs. Also, it will provide participants with the right tools to prevent violence that can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide.
Click here for more information and to register.
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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted 12 to 2 Feb. 21 to recommend returning the nasal live attenuated influenza quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV4; FluMist, MedImmune) to its list of recommended influenza vaccines for the 2018-2019 influenza season, after rejecting it the last two years.
For U.S. curling skip Nina Roth, there’s more to life than just curling.
Curling is a huge part of her life — she grew up watching her dad curl and has been playing since she was 10 — but off the ice, Roth works as an acute care nurse, giving long-term patient care, helping patients recover from life-changing injuries.
Antidepressant drugs actually do help ease depression, countering debate over whether the medications do what they're supposed to, a large research review has found.
Some antidepressants, though, are more effective and better tolerated than others, the findings showed.
The researchers analyzed data from 522 trials — published and unpublished — that included more than 116,000 participants. Of the 21 antidepressants studied, all of them worked better than a placebo.
By Joan Spitrey
When most think of innovation in healthcare, they tend to think of physicians or biomedical professionals and engineers. Sadly, they rarely think of nurses. But in reality, it's the nurses on the front lines, at the bedside and in the community who will be the end user of most products developed in healthcare and the most impacted by policies. Well, a group of nurses are hoping to change that mindset and break some barriers.
A quarter of a million Americans die every year from sepsis, which is the body's reaction to overwhelming infection. This cascade of organ failure can be nipped in the bud if health care workers know it's ramping up, but that's often not easy to do.
"Sepsis is a really frustrating disease," says Dr. David Carlbom, a critical care pulmonologist, and medical director of the sepsis program at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. "There's no blood test for sepsis," he says. "There's nothing you can look at under the microscope and say 'this is sepsis.' "
It's probably safe to say that nurse leaders' favorite subject is not finance. But in today's healthcare industry, financial incentives and reimbursement have become so entwined with patient care and outcomes, that you cannot have one without considering the other.
Below are recent HealthLeaders Media articles to help nurse leaders make sense out of the dollars and cents attached to patient care.
A study published in the February issue of the American Journal for Infection Control found hand washing saves lives — not just in hospitals — but all healthcare facilities, including nursing homes. Researchers looked at 26 French nursing homes from April 1, 2014, to April 1, 2015, discovering consistent measures encouraging staff and visitors to wash their hands reduces mortality and antibiotic prescription rates, according to a news release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology highlighting the results.
The advent of patient care technologies is revolutionizing the ways nursing care is conceptualized and delivered. Traditionally, nurses would rely extensively on the senses of touch, smell and sight to gauge a patient’s medical condition. Today, technology is changing the way nursing care is practiced.
Consider pulse oxymetry for instance, which allows the nurses to recognize decreased oxygenation levels among patients even before they exhibit any clinical symptoms and initiate the right treatments.
Center for Addiction and Mental Health via Medical Xpress
Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.
This study looked specifically at the effect of alcohol use disorders, and included people who had been diagnosed with mental and behavioral disorders or chronic diseases that were attributable to chronic harmful use of alcohol.
Of the 57,000 cases of early-onset dementia (before the age of 65), the majority (57 percent) were related to chronic heavy drinking.
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