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|March 12, 2019 ||
A little over a month into 2019, the Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 101 individual cases of measles — in 10 states — in the U.S. These states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. As nurses, we have a responsibility to educate patients about vaccinations and the implications when vaccine-preventable diseases reemerge. "The ability of nurses to quickly assess patients for infectious diseases saves lives by reducing the potential spread of this highly communicable disease,” reports Barbara Pate, Ph.D., MPH, RN. The majority of the confirmed cases, in the U.S., are people who were not vaccinated. As frontline professionals, nurses can stay informed about the current outbreak and recommendations for vaccinations.
Congratulations! We have reached the magical number of 8,000 members! We are happy to see you renewing your membership and we are excited to welcome new members to our organization.
ANA\C Executive Director, Marketa Houskova, and ANA\C Contract Lobbyist, Roxanne Gould, are continuing to meet with newly elected members of the Assembly and Senate. The goal of these "intro" visits are to introduce ANA\C to legislators, explain the difference between various nursing organizations, and share our priorities based on ANA\C Public Policy Agenda. Moreover, we offer our resources, expertise, and the wealth of experience of our members.
We also leave behind a packet with all relevant information and contacts. So far we have met with Asm. Petrie-Norris, Asm. Garcia, As. Rivas, Asm. Wicks, Sen. Umberg, Sen. Glazer, Asm. Horvath, Asm. Ramos and Asm. Smith.
Our Executive Administrative Assistant, Teresa Manquera, is hard at work on registration and logistics for the upcoming RN Day - A Day at the Capitol on April 29, 2019. We are finalizing the Agenda and reaching out to exciting speakers so that the event will continue to be educational, dynamicm and of value.
We would like to welcome Jacob Roche to the ANA\C team as our new webmaster!
Thank you to all who registered, and we apologize to those unable to register anymore. Rest assured, we are working on another RN Day in August! We’ll share the info.
We look forward to seeing you on April 29, 2019!
Voting for 2019 - 2021 ANA\C Board of Directors is Feb. 18 - March 18, 2019.
ANA\C Election 2019 voting is now open until March 18, 2019. Members with an e-mail address in our database will receive a link to vote from Election America. Members without an e-mail address on file will receive a paper ballot.
If you don't receive an email with the link for voting, check your spam and junk folders. If there is still no email from Election America, contact the ANA\C office for assistance.
Please follow instructions closely so that your vote counts!
The Doctor of Nursing Practice at SJSU is a 5 semester, 37 unit post-Master's practice doctorate program. Doctoral students explore a practice-related Quality Improvement or Evidence-based area of study for their DNP Project. The program includes curriculum in leadership, outcomes and evaluation and translation of evidence into practice.
Last week, our President Phillip Bautista and Executive Director Marketa Houskova represented ANA\C at the annual WEX Western states nursing associations meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The group, comprised of nursing leaders from nine western states' organizations, discussed issues of VPP, nursing staffing, membership engagement, nursing practice and ANCC Success Pays program. Nurses supporting nurses and working together, using one voice!
Our thanks to Vicky Byrd, CEO of the Montana Nurses Association, for organizing and leading this productive and valuable meeting!
San Francisco Chronicle
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is poised to implement sweeping, harmful changes to Title X, the nation’s only program focused on providing birth control, cancer screenings, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, and other reproductive healthcare for those with low incomes. These new regulations not only undermine the successes of a decades-old family planning program, hailed as one of the top 10 public health achievements; they imperil patient-provider relationships by preventing nurses and other providers working in Title X programs from giving patients complete information, including referrals for safe, legal abortion.
Pamela Di Franco
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Mercedes Chad Salgado
El Dorado Hills
South San Francisco
By Janet Haebler and Sam Hewitt
Last week, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reintroduced the Protecting JOBs Act (S. 609). Under the bill, any state that receives federal funding through the Higher Education Act would be barred from denying, suspending, or revoking an occupational license or a driver’s license “solely” because a borrower defaulted on their federal student loans.
As early as the 1990’s, states were urged by the U.S. Department of Education and select member organizations representing government, to adopt laws requiring regulatory boards to suspend professional licenses, and even driver’s licenses, if the board received notice informing them an applicant held outstanding student loans. Around 2010, at the height of this legislative trend, roughly half of states had some form of license suspension for default in place.
On March 20, 2019, the public session for the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 will chart a path for the nursing profession to help our nation create a culture of health, reduce health disparities and improve health and well-being.
The Professional Development Council and HEART Councils are holding the First Annual Professional Development and Education Fair on March 18, 2019 at Stanford Children’s Health.
We are inviting professional organizations to showcase their professional development services and enculturate the benefits of membership/affiliation with Professional Organizations as scholarly resources, and certification resources.
We will also be inviting schools to provide information on resources and support for advancing degrees.
For more information, email CPEI@stanfordchildrens.org.
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March 14-17 2019
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Get expert insight on the effort to remove NP practice barriers.
Following last week’s introduction of Assembly Bill 890, the Legislative Update session at CANP's 42nd Annual Educational Conference is your chance to learn all the latest about this monumental opportunity for California nurse practitioners.
Click here to register.
The Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments will be holding the second annual ANHE Nursing Summit on Environmental Health, “Calling All Nurses: Leading the Way to Healthy Environments” on May 6-7, 2019 in Nashville, TN. The Summit will be an exciting exploration of nursing actions and advocacy on the road to creating healthier environments. Besides inspiring presentations, interactive discussions, and participatory activities, this two-day event will provide an opportunity for networking with other nurses and leaders from across the nation.
Register for the Nursing Summit here.
Early-Bird Registration is now OPEN!
Deadline for early-bird registration is May 1, 2019.
June 26-28, 2019 | Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez St, Stanford, CA 94305 | Stanford, California USA
Click here to register.
May 16, 2019 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Attendance is free for both ANA members and non-members. Register by April 5, 2019 to receive a free registration gift, a mini e-book: "Hone Your Leadership Skills."
Click here to register.
Have you heard? With one registration you can access the best of both the ANCC Pathway to Excellence Conference® and the ANA Quality and Innovation Conference. They take place together in Orlando, FL, April 24-26.
The conference schedule includes 43 concurrent sessions, six informative virtual oral sessions, four inspirational general session speakers, and thousands of ways to build your own conference experience. And you can mix and match however you like for a truly customized and immersive event.
Oh, and get this – you can earn up to 35.25 CE credits by attending these conferences!
So why wait? It's going to be amazing!
| || NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY|
Associated Press via WIS-TV
A London man appears to be free of the AIDS virus after a stem cell transplant — the second success, including the “Berlin patient,” doctors reported.
The therapy had an early success with Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man treated in Germany who is 12 years post-transplant and still free of HIV. Until now, Brown is the only person thought to have been cured of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Medical experts believe our cavalier use of antibiotics has sparked a growing global health crisis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of the modern day. Each year in the U.S., at least two million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die, according to the CDC.
But what if doctors could solve the problem by using viruses that have evolved to attack these deadly superbugs?
By Tammy Adams
Several social media platforms are facing public scrutiny over their role in promoting misleading health information, especially relating to the anti-vaccination movement, which many experts say has contributed to the outbreak of contagious illnesses, like measles, in areas around the country. At a time where it seems everyone has a platform, there is a global need for medically and scientifically accurate information from reliable sources to help inform public health knowledge. SERMO is a leading social network for over 800,000 fully verified and licensed physicians around the world. When it comes to the anti-vaccination movement, SERMO surveyed its community to find out how physicians really feel.
The New York Times
The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since the collection of federal mortality data started in 1999, according to an analysis by two public health nonprofits, the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust. To reach their conclusion, the two groups parsed the latest available data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Influenza's shifty nature has thwarted scientists' efforts to develop a vaccine that could be administered once, or rarely, and provide long-lasting protection against most or all strains. Antiviral drugs like Tamiflu, administered post-infection, can be effective, but some quickly shifting strains soon become resistant to the drugs.
Research published recently in Science details the early development of what might eventually become a drug that's more broadly effective. It's designed to target areas of the influenza virus that hold constant from strain to strain.
Good Morning America
The ketogenic, or keto, diet is one of the trendiest diets right now, but a new study is raising red flags about a potential heart risk tied to low-carbohydrate diets like keto.
The study, which will be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting, found that people on low-carb diets were 18 percent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder, than people on a moderate-carb diet.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via PhysOrg
Many types of cancer could be more easily treated if they were detected at an earlier stage. MIT researchers have now developed an imaging system, named "DOLPHIN," which could enable them to find tiny tumors, as small as a couple of hundred cells, deep within the body.
In a new study, the researchers used their imaging system, which relies on near-infrared light, to track a 0.1-millimeter fluorescent probe through the digestive tract of a living mouse. They also showed that they can detect a signal to a tissue depth of eight centimeters, far deeper than any existing biomedical optical imaging technique.
The researchers hope to adapt their imaging technology for early diagnosis of ovarian and other cancers that are currently difficult to detect until late stages.
Washington University School of Medicine
People with inflammatory bowel disease live with frequent, miserable episodes of abdominal pain, diarrhea and, in severe cases, rectal bleeding. Standard treatments are aimed at directly suppressing inflammation, but many patients find little relief from such an approach. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a compound that may treat IBD without directly targeting inflammation. The compound tamps down the activity of a gene linked to blood clotting. They discovered that the gene was turned on at sites of intestinal inflammation and damage, and blocking its activity reduces IBD symptoms in mice.
Medical News Today
In a new study called the MooDFOOD trial, a team from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the University of Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and the University of Leipzig in Germany decided to find out whether different dietary strategies would have any effect on mental health outcomes in overweight or obese people.
"Because depression is such a common problem, finding effective and widely available ways to prevent depression at a population level is an important goal," notes Prof. Ed Watkins, one of the study authors.
The researchers' findings, which now appear in JAMA, offer some hope that certain dietary interventions could be helpful. However, the overall suggestion is that simply making nutritional changes may not be enough to prevent instances of depression.
HealthDay News via WebMD
Want a daytime pick-me-up that may also benefit your blood pressure? Take a nap, researchers suggest.
"Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes," said Dr. Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece.
For each hour you nap, systolic blood pressure drops an average of 3 mm Hg, the researchers found. Systolic pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — is the force of your blood pushing against your arteries when your heart beats. Diastolic pressure — the bottom number — is the force between heart beats.
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