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Besides making sure that patients have everything they need to heal, nurses also have to ensure that their patients are safe. Sharon Roth Maguire, MS, RN, GNP-BC, Chief Clinical Quality Officer at BrightStar Care, has an extensive health care background with more than 15 years of experience in the health care field. Maguire works closely with nurses—in addition to having worked as one herself — and she knows how important patient safety is.
Last week, the BRN Committees met for their bi-monthly meeting in San Diego. Licensing and Education Committee discussed changes in curricula and denied several Southern California nursing schools requests to increase enrollment citing lack of knowledge in clinical placement availability. Diversity Committee reported a surge in cases to a point where in middle of March 2018 they already have more cases than the year before. Legislative Committee discussed AB 2759 (Santiago) prohibiting discrimination of ADN students (or prepared RNs) by prospective clinical practicum sites (or by employers). This discussion led to a non-RN member of the Committee questioning the need for BSN-prepared nurses, stating that added leadership courses in BSN curriculum do not make a difference in nursing work, and that all nurses are prepared equally. Next BRN meeting is on April 12, 2018 in San Diego.
Last week, our ED, Marketa Houskova, had the pleasure of visiting Children’s Hospital of LA (CHLA) to present ANA’s Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Award and $5,000 prize money to Nancy Lee, CNO, Beth Fitzpatrick, Anet Piridzhanyan, Susan Santner and other members of the leadership team recognizing CHLA exemplary leadership in nursing self-care. CHLA was awarded the HNHN Partners All In Contest based on having the most nurses (167) signed up for HNHN platform in 6 weeks alongside having another 550 members in the platform with 420 taking the survey. We congratulate CHLA and wish them continuous success in nursing self-care.
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!
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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 Laurel Foundation is currently seeking licensed RNs to support two resident summer camp programs. Session 1 (serving youth affected by HIV/AIDS): June 30 – July 7, 2018. New Volunteers can also come from June 30-July 4 if unable to volunteer the entire camp session. Session 2 (serving trans youth): July 28 – Aug. 3, 2018. Questions? Please call: 626-683-0800 or email Jo: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The January/February/March issue of The Nursing Voice is available digitally. Click here to view it.
Community paramedicine pilot projects connects specially trained paramedics with other health care providers to help patients and local health care systems provide care more effectively and efficiently while easing pressure on overcrowded emergency departments (EDs). For nearly three years, these projects have leveraged paramedics’ unique skills and round-the-clock availability in a collaboration with physicians, nurses, and social workers. Instead of automatically dropping off every patient at a hospital ED, community paramedics are demonstrating an effective way to plug holes in the health and social services safety net. More information can be found here.
Rey Marvin Avelino
Anthony James Cua
Eva Claire Garrovillo
Nina Rosal Paja
Peter John Pigao
Juli Anne Ragasa
Over the past six months, the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) National Quality Partners™ (NQPTM) brought together NQF member organizations and other key public- and private-sector healthcare stakeholders to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic. The American Nurses Association (ANA) was chosen to be the voice of the nursing community in creating the National Quality Partners Playbook™: Opioid Stewardship guide to help address the nation’s ongoing opioid epidemic. The NQP playbook is now available for download at the NQF Store. Click here to read more about the NQP Opioid Stewardship Action Team and Playbook.
If you have any questions, contact Brook Trainum, Senior Policy Advisor.
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Join us for a webinar on Apr 09, 2018 | 12:00 PM PDT.
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The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend. For questions about the webinar topic, contact Joanne Spetz at Joanne.email@example.com.
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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Once herpes simplex infects a person, the virus goes into hiding inside nerve cells, hibernating there for life, periodically waking up from its sleep to reignite infection, causing cold sores or genital lesions to recur. How exactly does the virus — harbored by more than two-thirds of the population worldwide — manage to establish those silent infections only to come out of hiding every so often?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pushing ahead with a plan to make cigarettes less addictive, a move that threatens to upend the tobacco industry and accelerate a shift toward new smoking technology. The agency announced last summer that it wants to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes to nonaddictive levels. Thursday’s move, called an advance notice of proposed rule-making, is a first step in the complicated federal regulatory process. The public now has 90 days to comment on questions about the proposal and what level the upper limit should be.
Health officials are warning people who went through airports in Newark, New Jersey, Detroit and Memphis this month that they may have been exposed to measles. The disease was carried by two air passengers from overseas. The two cases happened within days of each other. The first was on March 6, when a contagious passenger flew from an unknown origin abroad to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and was later hospitalized.
German Cancer Research Center
Insulin resistance and elevated blood glucose levels are considered to be the cause of type 2 diabetes. However, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and Heidelberg University Hospital have now provided evidence that things might be completely different. They showed in flies that elevated levels of the metabolite MG (methylglyoxal) cause the typical diabetic disturbances of the metabolism and lead to insulin resistance, obesity and elevated blood sugar levels.
A new study shows that healthy people who take attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs experience a surge in the neurotransmitter glutamate in key parts of the brain. And that increase in glutamate is associated with subsequent changes in positive emotion. The findings, published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, not only provide clues about how these drugs affect healthy brains, they also hint at a previously undiscovered link between glutamate and mood.
Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City have found that incorporating underused, but available, imaging technologies more precisely predicts who's at risk for heart attacks and similar threats — in time to prevent them. For the study, researchers measured the level of calcium in the coronary arteries during stress testing using two common diagnostic tests—positron emission tomography, or PET, and computed tomography, or CT — to determine a patient's risk of heart disease.
Clinical-Innovation + Technology
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have developed an algorithm capable of extracting data from patient electronic health records (EHRs) to show the difference in care provided by physicians and nurses. Findings were published online Feb. 9 in the International Journal of Medical Informatics. Physicians and nurses have a collabrative relationship when it comes to patient care and provide specific care based on their role. In this study, researchers used computer technology to compare patient care provided by nurses and physicians using EHR data.
Skilled Nursing News
Most nursing homes report registered nurse (RN) staffing levels at half an hour per resident day or less, highlighting the labor shortage that’s affecting most of the senior care industry.
Seventy percent of nursing homes reported RN care at or below 30 minutes per day, while 82 percent of nursing homes reported total direct care staffing at four hours per resident day or less. In addition, 30 percent of nursing homes reported three hours per resident day or less of total direct care staffing.
Patient Engagement HIT
Questions about patient sexual orientation or gender identity likely will not harm patient-provider communication, according to new research from the Mayo Clinic. Instead, these questions can better inform providers, enhance patient care, and address health inequity. The benefits of knowing and understanding a patient’s sexual orientation and gender identity are not lost on providers. Healthcare professionals who record this information are better able to understand a patient’s current health status and can help make better considerations for treatment.
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