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Last week on a cross-country flight, a flight attendant appeared ill and locked herself in the lavatory near my seat. After several minutes, two other flight attendants began knocking on the door to check on her, and over time the knocking turned to pounding as they yelled for her to come out.
The pilot announced that we were beginning our descent, so they feverishly began to pry the door open with a corkscrew. Soon we could see that the flight attendant had passed out on the floor.
This year, ANA selected the theme "Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence" for National Nurses Week, to capture the extent of our impact on health care and to reinforce efforts surrounding the association's designated "Year of Advocacy." Nurses are well positioned to identify and help solve many public health problems in the course of providing individual care to our patients and their families. We can leverage the public's trust in nurses to influence practices and policies at our own facilities, as well as at the community, state, and national levels.
Looking back, we know we've successfully used our voices and expertise to inspire, innovate, and influence to advance the health of our nation. While celebrating all that we have accomplished thus far, I also urge you to advocate for the causes you feel strongly about. Together we can have an even greater impact.
Thank you for all that you do!
Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association
Last week, ANA\C was invited to attend California Association for Nurse Practitioners Lobby Day 2018 in the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. Issues of full practice authority, how partisan divide affects important healthcare decisions and a panel with representatives from both parties were on the agenda. The Day culminated in Capitol visits. After the success of RN Day 2018 with around 210 nurses at the Capitol, CANP Lobby Day brought another almost 200 nurses to the Capitol and we would like to applaud our CANP colleagues on their success day and thank Theresa Ullrich, (CANP) President, fur the warm invitation.
“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse” — Florence Nightingale
We started the celebration of this year’s Nurses Week with the iconic photo of Florence Nightingale attending to wounded soldiers.
Nurses Week is celebrated as a tribute to the indomitable Florence Nightingale who was born on May 12, 1820 in Florence, Italy. When she turned 16, Florence was convinced she heard God’s calling to do special work and a few years later determined that this special work was nursing. Because Florence was from a well-to-do family, her parents were not impressed by her choice.
At age 33, Florence became Chief Nursing Officer of her time at a small hospital on London’s famed Harley Street. A year later during the Crimean War, Florence was asked by the British Government to bring a group of nurses to Turkey to care for the soldiers.
That’s where evidence-based nursing practice began!
“Caring is the Essence of Nursing" — Jean Watson
We would like to thank You for all the hard, kind, selfless, difficult, loving, heartbreaking, and professional work you as #NURSES do, day in and day out - inside clinical institutions, facilities, and clinics and outside, serving our communities. Nurses’ voices are needed on boards, commissions, committees and by running for office. Nurses influence communities.
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As we celebrate Nurses Week, let’s make sure we take care of ourselves, so we can take care of others. Spring is the perfect time to up your fruit and veggie intake. That’s why starting today we challenge you and nurses you know to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day for 10 days in a row. Are You Ready?
Friday, May 12 | 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a well-deserved break from taking care of others, and take a little time for yourself. We're celebrating Nurses Day with a special presentation and wellness sessions throughout the day. Stop by, unwind, and enjoy! To learn more, click here.
To celebrate National Nurses Week (May 6-May 12), ANCC is offering a 25% discount on all certifications throughout the month of May!
Don’t miss this great chance to save big on the specialty certification of your choice. It’s easy – apply today and enter the discount code NNW18 at checkout*.
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People with atrial fibrillation (Afib) account for a growing proportion of ischemic strokes and have worse outcomes when it does occur, according to a nationwide analysis of more than 900,000 stroke patients.
About 20 percent of ischemic stroke patients had Afib in 2014, up from about 16 percent in 2003, reported Mohamad Alkhouli, MD, of West Virginia University in Morgantown, and co-authors online in JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.
By Keith Carlson
The nursing team within any unit, department or agency could readily be compared to an orchestra. Here we’ll find the nurse manager/conductor, several lead players, many supporting players and those who remain even deeper in the background. In an orchestra, the smallest instrument can have an outsized purpose, and the instruments that only play occasionally are still crucial to a successfully executed performance. The same may be said of the nursing team.
For children with eczema, there is no clinical benefit for adding emollient bath additives, according to a study published online May 2 in The BMJ. Researchers examined the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of emollient bath additives in the management of childhood eczema. A total of 482 children aged 1 to 11 years from 96 general practices who met the U.K. diagnostic criteria for atopic dermatitis were included in the study and randomized to receive emollient bath additives to be used regularly for 12 months or no bath additives for 12 months.
Infectious Disease News
Using probiotics as a prophylaxis for Clostridium difficile was safe and reduced the risk for infection among hospitalized patients by two-thirds, according to a large meta-analysis published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
In a separate study, however, researchers reported that adherence to consistent probiotic use at a single tertiary-care medical center was low, which they said demonstrates potential implementation challenges.
Dietary choices may influence the timing of natural menopause by months and even years, a study suggested.
Later onset of natural menopause was associated with a diet high in both oily fish and fresh legumes, according to researchers. Similarly, a diet rich in vitamin B6 and zinc was tied to later menopause onset, the group reported.
Diseases transmitted by biting insects — ticks and mosquitoes in particular — have more than tripled in the United States over the past decade, a new federal government report shows.
These pests caused more than 96,000 cases of illness in 2016, up from roughly 27,388 in 2004 and part of a continuing increase in insect-borne diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers said.
Several factors are likely behind the increase, researchers said.
By Joan Spitrey
As healthcare facilities continue to experience shortages with injectable narcotics, researchers report that synthetic opioid deaths have now outpaced prescription drug overdoses. It seems counter-intuitive — how can facilities be short, but deaths in the community continue to rise? As with much of the opioid crisis, the problem is complicated.
A majority of patients with seasonal allergies self-select medication to treat their rhinitis symptoms without consulting with a healthcare provider and thus, are choosing suboptimal OTC medications, according to findings published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
"Despite what we may think or consider appropriate as healthcare providers, patients will do what they think is appropriate for them," Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, PhD, senior author of the study from the University of Sydney, told Healio Internal Medicine. "Unfortunately, when it comes to hay fever, they often trivialize it and self-medicate."
Healthcare providers must recognize that most patients are self-medicating their seasonal allergies and are doing so inappropriately.
As a new nurse, you might feel overwhelmed, nervous, and excited by the whirlwind of new experiences you get thrown into. Part of the initial discomfort when starting your first nursing job is the multitude of new faces around you every shift — nurses, doctors, pharmacists, physical therapists, nutritionists, unit secretary, housekeeping staff, and management!
People with the most common blood type, type O, may be at higher risk of death after suffering severe injuries because they're more likely to have major bleeding, a new study suggests.
While the study is preliminary, Japanese researcher Wataru Takayama, MD, said the "results also raise questions about how emergency transfusion of O type red blood cells to a severe trauma patient could affect homeostasis, the process which causes bleeding to stop, and if this is different from other blood types."
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