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A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state’s largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with fewer privately insured patients, cuts in government reimbursement and higher labor costs to attract a shrinking pool of nurses.
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — ANA\C Business Meeting
Look out for E-Blast and registration link coming soon!
Learn about ANA\C’s accomplishments in 2017 and work on current and future initiatives.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. — Education Session: The Nurse’s Growing Role in the Media
Presenter: Alice Benjamin, RN, MSN, ACNS-BC
Last week, participants from all levels of California nursing education came together at Westin Golf Resort for a 3-day conference. ANA\C was invited as a panelist on Friday’s QUAD Council Presentation, where we discussed the need for increased nursing voices in policy and politics, the need for nursing engagement in our communities, and the importance of working together. The other members of the QUAD Council were CACN, ACNL, COADN. We would like to thank Pat McFarland for her invitation and for her nursing leadership.
As you know, Edelman Financial Services is a part of your ANA Personal Benefits. ANA\C has been in contact with Edelman to discuss learning opportunities with nurses in regard to retirement planning. Edelman has expressed interest in offering education seminars to ANA\C members and possibly holding face-to-face meetings with a local representative of Edleman. These seminars would come to California in 2018.
For more information on Edelman Financial services, please visit ANAC website under membership benefits.
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Following up on last week's "International Infection Prevention and Control Week" we are reminded the theme for this year is Antibiotic Resistance. This year’s theme aligns nicely with the NICE Network’s upcoming educational events. Webinar 3: Examining the Role of the Environment in Infections Across the Continuum of Care will discuss environmental infection control though a case study of a multi-drug resistant organism and Webinar 4 will discuss antibiotic stewardship from nursing education to practical applications for the floor nurse and the role of nursing leadership in antibiotic stewardship. We hope that you continue to share the resources within the Sepsis Toolkit provided last month
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Empowering Nurses to Protect Themselves and Their Patients:
Examining the Role of the Environment in Infections Across the Continuum of Care
This webinar will use a case study approach to examine the relationship between the environment, the patient and patient outcomes. Specifically, the presentation will identify factors that influence environmental infection control practices, discuss strategies useful to prevent contamination to and from the environment when caring for patients with infections; manage contact isolation for mobile patients and the importance of appropriate communication during transitions of care.
To register for the webinar or view the agenda, click here.
To learn more about the Nursing Infection Control Education Network, click here.
Experience the truly moving stories of those who are faced with end-of-life decisions, alongside fellow nurses, and the Walden community.
Screenings take place on Nov. 1, in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Welcome begins at 6:45 p.m. and the film begins at 7:00 p.m.
Through the stories of patients with life-threatening illness, their loved ones, and the nurses and healthcare professionals who guide them, the conversation around quality end-of-life care is brought to the forefront.
Walden University understands the critical role nurses play at the most fragile junctures of a patient's life. Defining Hope sheds light on these heartbreaking moments — Defining Hope honors you.
Nurses will receive 1.25 free contact hours for watching the film and completing the evaluation. Visit WaldenU.edu/Hope for additional screening locations.
Based on our successful legislative cooperation with MADD on installing interlocking ignition mechanism preventing further DUI accidents, the Bay Area region (as far south as Monterey and as far as Humboldt County) is looking for retired nurses to volunteer in helping victims connect with resources & support and to advocate on their behalf. MADD motto is "to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking." If you are interested or know a retired nurse willing to help, please contact Brian.Gleason@madd.org.
Wednesday, Nov. 1- Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Sacramento Convention Center Complex | 1400 J St, Sacramento, CA
Click here to register.
A hotel room block has been secured for the night of Monday, Oct. 31, and Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento - Downtown. The group rate is $95/night.
To make a reservation, visit the Sheraton Grand Hotel reservation website.
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New guidelines on how to deal with immunotherapy adverse events were launched here at the 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC).
The new guidelines were developed over the course of the past year, after a need for educational support for those caring for lung cancer patients was identified at the previous WCLC in Vienna, Austria. The document was produced by the Nurse and Allied Health Committee of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC).
By Lynn Hetzler
Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses known to medical science. In just one outbreak occurring between December 2013 and April 2016, there were 28,600 cases of Ebola and 11,300 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. That outbreak — the largest Ebola outbreak in history — sparked an international hunt for an effective vaccine. A team of researchers at St. George's, University of London, now reports that one Ebola vaccine produces an immune response to the virus.
New anti-clotting drugs — like Xarelto, Pradaxa and Eliquis — aren't linked with a higher risk of bleeding than the older drug warfarin, a new study finds. Many patients who suffer from blood clots in their legs — called venous thromboembolism (VTE) — or have the abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation take blood thinners to help prevent life-threatening clots that can travel to the heart, lung, or brain.
Burnout and stress impact healthcare workers at all levels, but for nurses it can lead to lapses in the quality of care they provide. Nurses can take steps to protect their well-being, and the safety of their patients, by educating themselves on the risks. Mary Gullatte, Ph.D., R.N., corporate director of nursing innovation and research at Emory Healthcare, said in an interview with FierceHealthcare that exhaustion can prevent nurses from "firing on all synapses" when caring for patients, leading to an "opportunity or a risk of care concerns."
Routine screenings for scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, help ensure the condition doesn't take a toll on children's health and self-esteem, according to an orthopedic specialist. One out of every 25 children develops scoliosis. Girls are more often affected than boys. As a result, the Scoliosis Research Society recommends that girls be screened twice for scoliosis and boys screened once during their developing years. Screening for scoliosis typically involves examining the back and looking for asymmetry, such as a shoulder or hip that is higher than the other. One side of the chest may also be more prominent.
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A registered nurse (RN) who works in the labor and delivery unit of a small hospital (approximately 550 deliveries per year) wrote to us with a question about RNs in her unit being required to learn how to perform moderate sedation:
Recently, we have been assigned moderate sedation training, and we were told that if we don't get checked off (eg, spending a shift at a pain management clinic and being certified as competent), we will no longer be eligible to work.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
About 75 million American adults have high blood pressure — roughly 1 of every 3 adults. High blood pressure may not manifest with any symptoms, but it's important to get under control because it can lead to heart attack and stroke. Since the early 2000s, hypertension awareness, treatment and control have improved, yet all three remain worse in young men. And because younger men find it difficult to believe they have hypertension, they fall behind in treatment and control.
Contributing to the evolution of New York University Langone Medical Center‘s (New York City) face transplant care protocol has been a remarkable journey for four nurses, who published a detailed article on nursing care at all stages of the procedure. Nicole Sweeney, MS, RN, CNOR, the medical center’s face transplant coordinator, said the manuscript is the first one to speak to the actual nursing care involved with face transplantation patients, especially in the perioperative setting. “[The article] is meant to help other institutions get their nursing care up and running for this procedure,” Sweeney said.
Obesity was found to be a risk factor for 30-day readmission among young children recently hospitalized for asthma, according to Japanese researchers. In a study of more than 38,000 children living in Japan, obese patients were more likely to be older, male, and have pre-existing comorbidities. They also showed significantly higher 30-day readmission and longer length of stay than the children whose weight was classified as normal.
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