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By Keith Carlson
Throughout a nurse's career, the potential for official and unofficial mentors to make a significant mark is high. Many nurses benefit from the wise presence of a mentor-like figure in their lives; some are less fortunate to never experience such a relationship. Nurse mentors can pave the way to high-level nursing practice and empowered leadership, and they can be central to our overall professional success and personal fulfillment.
April 9, 2018 | Registration now open!
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.
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.
The National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists presented its respected Sue B. Davidson Service Award to Elissa Brown, MSN, RN, PMHCNS-BC, retired Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Veterans’ Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System for her extraordinary service to NACNS.
Brown has been a member of NACNS since 2010 and served in several roles with the association, including serving on the NACNS Practice Committee from 2010 to 2012 and again from 2012 to 2015, this time as the group’s chair. During her time as Chair of the Practice Committee the group prepared a document addressing the clinical nurse specialist-focused response to the recommendations for nursing outlined in the IOM Future of Nursing Report (2010). Brown is also a current member of the NACNS Affiliate Advisory Committee. Brown was previously awarded NACNS’ CNS of the Year Award in 2010.
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The January/February/March issue of The Nursing Voice is available digitally. Click here to view it.
More than 30 percent of older adults go home from a hospital stay with a minor or major health problem they picked up at the hospital. For an ER doctor, sending an elderly patient home sometimes feels risky. Early research at Northwestern and other hospitals shows care from geriatrics-trained nurses in the ER can reduce the chances of a hospital stay after a patient's emergency visit and for a month afterward.
On Feb. 13, the California Future Health Workforce Commission reconvened to discuss the initial strategies that were developed by the subcommittees organized at last year's November Meeting:
Co-chairs from each subcommittee presented initial strategies to known workforce problems and asked Commissioners to provide input, especially around timing and financial constraints in development and implementation, and around identifying opportunities for additional stakeholder involvement. Below is a recap of the Initial Strategies brought to the table and next steps.
- Primary Care and Prevention
- Behavioral Health
- Healthy Aging and Care for Older Adults
Subcommittees and staff are now working to incorporate the Commission’s feedback into the cross-cutting strategies, infrastructure strategies, and subcommittee-specific strategies. If you or your organization is interested in reviewing the strategies and providing input, visit the Commission's website after March 15 for more details.
Marrianne Eleanor Bustria
Rancho Palos Verdes
Monica Jill Obias
Easther Marie Ocampo
Camille Rogacion Labao
Ann Marie Svolos
Congress has introduced a bill to overhaul hospital staffing, but we need to make sure they consider the needs of those whose lives would be most impacted by these policies: nurses like you.
You understand how inadequate staffing policies can lead to life-threatening situations for the patients under your care.
Send your letter now and ask your representatives in Congress to support safe staffing solutions that put patients and nurses first.
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April 26, 2018 from 1 to 2:30 pm ET | Register now – Attendance is FREE
This important webinar is filling up fast!
This live, free and interactive webinar is specifically designed for RNs who have been practicing for five or fewer years. This is a time when you may feel you do not have the skills, experience and power to recognize and effectively deal with bullies in the clinical area. It doesn't have to be that way.
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“Oh, I can’t do that. I don’t have enough experience.”
I remember uttering these words to my nurse manager after she encouraged me to pursue an open position as a clinical nurse educator. This came after I requested a meeting with her during a time that I was trying to navigate a period of restlessness, eagerness to contribute to my unit, while simultaneously experiencing a feeling of career confusion.
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) involvement in orientation and on-boarding programs in high-risk settings such as the operating room (OR) can improve nurses' clinical preparation, job satisfaction, and staff retention, according to an oral presentation at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) 2018 Annual Conference.
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is associated with a significant reduction in major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events and mortality compared with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) among patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD), and left ventricular dysfunction (LVD), according to a study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
For people who have both type 2 diabetes and heart failure, new research offers a mixed message on taking a daily low-dose aspirin. The study found the daily pill can reduce the risk for heart failure-related hospitalization and death in people who have both conditions. However, it also found that a daily aspirin raises their risk for nonfatal heart attack and stroke.
For three years, Carolinas Healthcare System worked on optimizing clinical documentation among the nursing staff.
How comprehensive was the final result? “We removed 18 million clicks out of the documentation workflow,” says Becky Fox, chief nursing informatics officer.
The organization knew such an effort could make tasks significantly easier for nurses. One team looked for duplicate documentations and cleaned them up, while another team worked with clinical nurses and subject matter experts on creating new workflows. In all, 50 experts and several hundred nurses participated.
Medscape (free login required)
Signs of damage in the microvasculature of the eye are linked to subsequent cognitive decline, a large prospective study shows.
Using fundus photography, which takes images of the interior surface of the eye, including the retina, investigators at Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health in Baltimore, Maryland, found retinopathy was associated with faster cognitive decline over a 20-year period vs. no retinopathy.
Work-life balance is a hot concept in the nursing profession. We hear we need it. We want to achieve it. But does it really exist?
That question has piqued the interest of Adele A. Webb, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, senior academic director of workforce solutions at Capella University in Minneapolis. "People think they need it," she said. "But do they? Can you ever have it? Or are people chronically dissatisfied because it's like a unicorn ... they're chasing something that doesn't exist."
Long-term care facilities are highly regulated at both the state and federal levels. I am not familiar with all of these regulations so it would be difficult to respond to this question without doing extensive research. But let’s assume that such a request is not illegal. Even though it’s not against the law, other questions come to mind: Is such a request safe for patients? Is accepting this request a potential problem under the Nurse Practice Act?
Frontiers via Medical Xpress
Researchers find that a substance indicating oxidative damage increases in urine as people get older. The study, published in open-access journal in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, also describes a way to easily measure levels of this marker in human urine samples. The new marker potentially provides a method to measure how much our body has aged — our biological rather than chronological age. This could help predict our risk of developing age-related disease, and even our risk of death.
Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered a cause of the dry, inflamed and itchy skin that plagues eczema patients. The team has shown that an immune system skewed toward allergy alters the lipids in the skin. The altered lipids allow the skin to crack, water to leave and irritants to enter, setting the stage for eczematous lesions to develop. The research, supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Atopic Dermatitis Research Network, appeared in the journal JCI Insight.
Advance Healthcare Network
Looking back, it shouldn’t have been too hard to foresee the ubiquity of social media. Once believed to be “just for college students,” now everyone from your little brother to Grandma has a Facebook account, Instagram page, or Snapchat — sometimes all three.
Naturally, this trend has made its way into the workplace, with consequences ranging from harmless to potentially devastating. Ten years ago, when starting out with social media co-workers were among the first people we would “friend.” In 2018, with so much more known about the wide-reaching ramification of these channels, this practice deserves a closer look.
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