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|June 12, 2018 ||
The American Nurses Association declared 2018 the Year of Advocacy. Advocacy is defined as the act of pleading for or actively supporting a cause or proposal, but what does it mean to nurses and their patients?
Stop for a minute and think how many times a day you encounter the word “advocacy” in your nursing practice. Whether contacting a physician about a change in a patient’s condition, questioning an order you think is potentially dangerous to your patient or contacting your CNO about nurse-patient ratios on your unit, you are advocating for your patients.
Nov. 9-10, 2018 | Hyatt Regency Newport Beach | Newport Beach, CA
ANA\C Standing Together: Advocating for the Future of Nursing
Dr. Maria O'Rourke - Instrumental in rewriting CA Nurse Practice Act; Dr. Rhonda Foster - ANA Consultant and Educator; Dr. Joseph Morris - Executive Officer, CA Board of Registered Nursing
Panel discussions on: Reducing Workplace Violence; Advocacy and Legislation; and Partnering with the CDC on Infection Prevention
- Shake Your Groove Thing — 70s dance party with appetizers and libations
- Exhibit Hall — Featuring nursing schools, potential employers and vendors
- Awards Luncheon -— Honoring leaders in nursing and the community
- RNs share their work through poster sessions — Click here for more information about submitting your abstract
- ANA\C Business Meetings include: Open Board Meeting, Bylaws Hearing and General Assembly and much more!
ANA\C Members — Before Aug. 31: $199 | After Aug. 31: $250
Non-Members — Before Aug. 31: $249 | After Aug. 31: $300
Pre-Licensure RN Students — Before Aug. 31: $75 | After Aug. 31: $95
Click here to learn more and register!
Honor a nursing colleague! Nominate a Registered Nurse for an ANA\C award. Nominees must be ANA\C members. Awards will be presented at the ANA\C Awards Luncheon on Saturday, November 10th. Self-nominations are accepted and require a letter of support for the nomination. Nominations of a single individual for multiple awards are strongly discouraged. ANA\C Board members and Award Task Force members are ineligible for an award.
The following awards are open for nomination:
Only fully completed applications will be accepted.
- ANA\C Public Service Award:
Recognized an individual for dedication to nursing and public service.
- Florence Nightingale Award:
Recognizes the delivery of outstanding direct patient care by a Registered Nurse.
- Ray Cox Award:
Recognizes the lifelong commitment of an individual Registered Nurse in the field of nursing and their impact and dedication to the advancement of Nursing as a profession in the state of California.
- Elizabeth “Betty” Curtis Award:
Awarded to a Registered Nurse who is an advocate on behalf of nursing and health care in the legislature, regulatory boards, or other public policy arenas.
- JoAnne Powell Award:
Presented to an emerging nurse leader who has been in practice as a professional nurse for less than 5 years.
To nominate a colleague for an ANA\C award, complete the 2018 ANA\C Award Nomination Form, include the nurse’s name, contact information, a brief bio or CV, and your rationale for the nomination as it pertains to the award criteria.
Nomination Deadline: Aug. 1, 2018
Click here to download the nomination form.
Join our Use Your Voice advocacy challenge which starts on Monday, June 11!
Over a 10-day period we'll share simple tips to help you take action on the issues that matter to you. Think of it as Advocacy 101!
Click here to sign up.
The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) is currently hiring for various entry level positions. If you know someone that is looking for a wonderful career opportunity with the Board please forward them the following link: http://rn.ca.gov/jobs.shtml or instruct them to visit: http://rn.ca.gov/ and see the BRN Job Opportunities section. The website is frequently updated with new positions so please bookmark the link.
Click here to view a brief summary of the work of the organization and the qualifications for the position. For additional information visit www.HealthImpact.org or contact Patricia McFarland, ACNL CEO Emeritus, at patricia@ACNL.ORG. Pat has agreed to assist the committee with the CEO search.
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June 14 | 10-11 a.m. PDT | Register
This 60-minute Webinar is approved for one RN (1) CEU, NOT approved for CPST CEU.
There are only 100 participant spots per Webinar. Log in early to assure your place.
Click here to view the flyer | Click here to register
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As a nursing professional, you have the power to impact the industry and benefit nurses and patients alike.
Register to be a participant in the new survey-based ANA RN Vital Signs Research Panel and share your opinions to influence nursing-related products and services.
And a bonus?
Earn from $5 to $15 per survey*!
Through approved survey providers, we have a new platform to LISTEN and LEARN about what matters most to nursing professionals. Become a part of the RN Vital Signs Research Panel today!
Click here to get started.
| || EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH|
Wednesday June 20, 2018 | 6 p.m. | Elk grove City Hall
8401 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove, CA 95758
Ever considered getting involved in your local community as an appointee to a board or commission? Want to know more about how the process works? How do you access the application? Where to find vacancies? How do you navigate the process? Who can help?
Please join California Women Lead for an appointments training to learn the process that one should take to be appointed to a board/commission/committee at the local and state level. With the number of women in government decreasing, we want to empower women to apply for appointments to reach gender equality on boards and commissions. Join us and be part of the movement. Speakers include:
State Senator Richard Pan
Click here to RSVP.
State Assemblymember Jim Cooper
Mona Pasquil, Appointments Secretary, Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Rachel Michelin, CEO, California Women Lead; current Gubernatorial Appointee
Elk Grove Vice Mayor Darren Suen
Elk Grove Councilmember Stephanie Nguyen
Elk Grove Councilmember Pat Hume
Lead the Way to Cost Management and Financial Success Webinar
June 20 | 1-2 p.m. EDT | 1.0 CE |
Register Today for Leading a Cost-Savvy Unit
Nursing's role in sound financial management is more important than ever. But how can nurses make their voices heard and contribute to financial security in the workplace?
Join us for this live ANA webinar, leading a Cost-Savvy Unit, and get everything you need to succeed in today's increasingly cost-conscious health care environment.
Leading a Cost-Savvy Unit will arm you with knowledge to make financial decisions that are in nurses' and patients' best interests. You'll learn to:
- Define the stages of cost reduction
- Apply cost discipline to nursing
- Identify measures of financial success
- Translate nursing's role in cost management
- Identify best practices to achieve successful budget reduction
- And more!
| || NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY|
Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.
Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.
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Screening for dementia is more common in the primary care of older adults. Many clinicians use the Mini Mental State Exam (MMSE) for this purpose, but its sensitivity for early symptoms of cognitive impairment is low. A recent analysis looked at improving dementia prediction. About 2700 adults, aged 70-78 years, were given the MMSE plus another screening tool called the Visual Association Test (VAT). It's a 3-minute test that uses pictorial cue cards to evaluate associative memory.
Two drugs are better than one when it comes to restoring the womb after an incomplete miscarriage, according to a new study. The 300 women in the study had all recently suffered an early pregnancy loss, but their bodies hadn’t expelled the fetus. With the combination of mifepristone and misoprostol, the need for surgical removal of the dead fetus using uterine aspiration was two and a half times lower than with just misoprostol, researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Having tonsils removed in childhood is supposed to end chronic earaches and breathing problems. But what if it also increases risk of respiratory infections? Study authors found that long-term risks of diseases — in particular respiratory, allergic and infectious diseases — were substantially increased after surgery up to 30 years of age. Given these higher odds for certain illnesses, it's wise to consider long-term health before removing a child's tonsils and adenoids, the researchers concluded.
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A new equation for estimating future risk for cardiovascular events appears to give more accurate results than does the existing equation currently recommended — and this has major implications for selecting patients eligible for statins, aspirin, and antihypertensive therapy.
Meredith Mealer, PhD, RN, assistant professor, department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Colorado, Denver, understands challenges bedside nurses face.
"I was a bedside nurse for a number of years and the stress was just overwhelming at times," she says.
"When I decided to get out of bedside nursing, I started to notice that a lot of the really good nurses were leaving. When I asked, 'Why are you leaving the bedside?' they said, 'I’m just stressed out. I can’t handle this work anymore. I’m having anxiety attacks. I'm having nightmares,' " Mealer says.
By Lisa Mulcahy
Every clinician has to deal with a difficult, frustrating fact: some patients simply don't follow their recommendations properly. Obviously, this situation is worrisome in that it can lead to adverse outcomes, hospitalizations and drug interactions.
There's good news, though: researchers have been looking into innovative ways for physicians to encourage more convenient compliance. Try these fresh, proven tips to help your patients more effectively focus on participating in their own care:
Screening adults, including pregnant women, and providing brief counseling in primary care settings can reduce unhealthy alcohol use, although inadequate evidence is found to weigh the balance of benefits and harms of screening adolescents. These findings form the basis of a draft recommendation statement published online by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
The 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association hypertension guideline may increase the number of U.S. patients who survived a stroke and were diagnosed with hypertension compared with a previous guideline, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
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