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HealthDay News via Monthly Prescribing Reference
Virtual assistant programs like Google Assistant, Siri, and Alexa are not yet in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), warns an article published in Medical Economics. While it is tempting for providers to employ the technology for scheduling or note taking with a simple voice command, these technologies need additional advancements and protections to ensure that sensitive patient data are safe.
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.
Deadline to Submit Bylaws Proposals: Aug. 10, 2018
The ANA\C Bylaws Committee is seeking proposals from our members for amendments to ANA\C's Bylaws. Any ANA\C member may submit a proposal to amend our organizational Bylaws. This is a great opportunity to have your voice and ideas heard by submitting recommendations for change.
To submit a proposal, follow these steps:
Step 1 – REVIEW the current ANA/California Bylaws
More Information about ANA\C General Assembly in November.
Step 2 – PROPOSED CHANGES must be documented on the Bylaws Change Form Template
Step 3 – EMAIL the change form with amendment(s) to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org; Subject Line: Bylaws Proposal
Step 4 – NO LESS THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ANA\C 2018 GENERAL ASSEMBLY – all members will receive an email with all proposed Bylaws changes to review.
Step 5 – OFFICIAL VOTING AND RATIFICATION of the amended Bylaws will occur in person at the ANA\C General Assembly in November 2018.
ANA is updating paper on Principles Of Staffing & Workforce Management: The Future Of Nursing As Holistic Providers And Advocates Of Care. The deadline for comments is 5 p.m. ET Aug. 17, 2018.
The Staffing Principles update is open for public comment.
Since the original 1999 publication of ANA’s Principles for Nurse Staffing, staffing issues facing the profession have reached multidimensional heights in complexity. ANA believes that the interaction where care is given—the encounter between a nurse and patient/healthcare consumer, family, or community—is where staffing concerns need to be addressed and solutions developed. The Principles document affords a framework to help all nurses address questions about appropriate staffing levels, provide measurable criteria to assess the sufficiency of staffing & skill mix, as well as criteria for evaluating workforce staffing systems.
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From July 16 to Oct. 15, 2018, HNHN is hosting the 2018 Partners All In Awards (PAI). The awards will be presented to the organization that has the most staff/employees, students, or members join HNHN and affiliate with the corresponding organization between July 16 and Oct. 15, 2018. The awards include $10,000 to spend on a health and wellness activity or program for staff/employees. For more information, official rules, and how to join, click here.
Please join us on Aug. 29 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Proud Bird Restaurant in Los Angeles, for our healthcare luncheon. Dr. Richard Williams, Chair of the National Medical Association and a renowned cardiologist, will be presenting on Black Women's Heart Health & the Opioid Crisis.
RSVP by Aug. 23 to Diane Amolo at (916) 498-1890
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On June 22, 2018, ANA Enterprise achieved ASAE's Power of A Silver Award, recognizing HNHN and its contribution in enriching lives.
Read more about this exciting recognition here.
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Monday, Aug. 20 | Cedars-Sinai
An invitation has been extended from MiM (Mobility is Medicine) to attend an interprofessional workshop they are hosting.
Click here to register.
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Just three years ago, the nursing unit that nurse manager Lincy M. Philip, MSN, RN-BC, oversees at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York, was in dire straits.
Among the challenges was a move to a newly designed unit, resulting in challenges that disrupted workflows and teamwork. Along with the move came higher-acuity patients, but not the additional staff to care for them.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has become aware of reports of severe illnesses and deaths resulting from the use of synthetic cannabinoid (marijuana) products that have been contaminated with brodifacoum, a very long-acting anticoagulant commonly used in rat poison. These unapproved products are being sold in convenience stores and gas stations as substitutes for marijuana under names such as “K2” and “Spice.”
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Adverse events (AEs) remain high among pediatric inpatients and are "substantially higher" among children in teaching hospitals and those with chronic conditions, a study has found. More than half of AEs were preventable.
"Although a growing body of literature has demonstrated substantial reductions in certain types of AEs in hospitals, it appears that additional efforts are needed to achieve improvements in the safety of all care for hospitalized children," the study group said.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario have found that sentiments in healthcare providers’ nursing notes can be good indicators of whether intensive care unit (ICU) patients will survive.
For this study, which was published recently in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers used the large publicly available intensive care unit (ICU) database, which contained patient data between 2001 and 2012.
U.S. News & World Report
A new report from the health insurance industry shows signs of progress in curbing the nation's opioid epidemic.
Fewer opioid prescriptions were filled nationwide last year for Blue Cross Blue Shield health care customers, according to a report from the umbrella insurance organization, while diagnoses of opioid use disorder dropped slightly from 6.2 members per 1,000 in 2016 to 5.9 per 1,000 in 2017.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a symptom-based condition defined by the presence of abdominal pain and altered bowel habits. The clinical phenotype can be quite diverse so while all patients have pain, some patients can have problems with diarrhea, others can have problems with constipation, and still others can have a mixture of both constipation- and diarrhea-related features. IBS is a very important condition on several different levels.
Death rates from liver cancer increased 43 percent for American adults from 2000 to 2016, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. The increase comes even as mortality for all cancers combined has declined.
Liver cancer death rates increased for both men and women 25 and older, as well as white, black and Hispanic people. Only Asians and Pacific Islanders saw a decrease in mortality from liver cancer.
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The quality of care at the end of life has improved in the United States since 2000, with fewer deaths occurring in acute care hospitals and more occurring at home or in hospice, according to a new study. Fewer end-of-life patients are being transferred to hospitals for "burdensome care" for things like dehydration and infections, the study found, and use of the intensive care unit (ICU) in the last month of life, which had increased until 2009, has stabilized.
Many patients still feel uncomfortable voicing concerns or preferences to clinicians, even as experts push for greater engagement with patients around safety, according to a new study.
Researchers led by a team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center surveyed more than 100 family members in intensive care units and more than 1,000 people online to gather a more complete picture of why patients may hesitate to speak up about their worries.
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