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By Michelle R. Matisons
Before Hurricane Maria hit, many people did not know Puerto Rico housed 89 facilities that manufacture pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. The island's $60 billion infrastructure is now severely compromised, as we begin to learn more about the damage done. Puerto Rico's pharmaceutical sector has suffered devastating job losses since the storm. The FDA recently confirmed fears that the challenges of recovery and relocation may lead to future shortages.
The Nurse's Growing Role in the Media
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. — ANA\C Business MeetingClick here to register!
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
ANAC membership is growing and we are almost 6,400 strong! Congratulations! Welcome to our new members and thank you to our returning members. We could not represent CA RNs, nursing advocacy and healthcare policy & regulations without your voice and support.
We welcomed 252 members with New Member packets, we recognized 109 First Year Members with Certification of Recognition. We reached out to 88 members in grace period (period of membership renewal).
Our President and Executive Director attended an in-person meeting in Oakland, CA where they discussed pressing issues in advanced nursing practice such as Full Practice Authority, the importance of united nursing advocacy, access to care, patient's safety, etc.
ANA is very excited to be partnering with the Mayo Clinic to undertake a comprehensive survey of ANA members focused on the health and well-being of registered nurses. The survey was launched via email last week and will continue for the next 6 weeks (Nov. 1, 2017 to Dec. 12, 2017). Check your inbox!
CHAPTER MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
The Association of California Nurse Leaders — Orange County/Long Beach Chapter cordially invites to you attend our upcoming meeting on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 from 7:30–9:30 a.m. It will be held at West Coast University, 2411 W. La Palma, Anaheim CA - Room 214. You may also conference call in with the number given after paid registration. Breakfast will be served. One (1) CEU provided.
Topic: Nursing Incivility: How to deal with bad behavior in academic and practice settings.
Ever wonder how to deal with that difficult colleague? Work someone who is passive-aggressive and hard to get a along with? What about the outright angry and hostile colleague that you have to deal with every single day? Come and hear from the experts about how to navigate these types of situations.
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Starting a new job? Nurses fresh out of nursing school aren't the only ones who struggle with nursing orientation. Nurses who change specialties and even seasoned ones can get first-day jitters.
Orientation can be overwhelming, but it's designed to ensure all nurses receive consistent information regarding policies, procedures, and documentation within their new healthcare facility.
We are in the eleventh month of ANA’s Year of the Healthy Nurse focus, and the themes for November are mental health and wellness. With darker days approaching we encourage nurses to seek ways to remain positive in all situations. We are here to help!
You have come to the right place to find helpful tips, articles, webinars and resources to assist you in your pursuit of health and wellbeing, featuring content from ANA, our constituent and state nurses associations, affiliated nursing organizations, and related providers.
Since being well goes hand-in-hand with wellbeing, join the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™ Grand Challenge, make a commitment, share your success and see how much you enjoy being part of a healthy community!
| || EDUCATIONAL EVENTS & RESEARCH|
Nov. 16 Webinar
Shared governance practices give nurses more input and influence over their jobs and how the organization makes decisions that affect them. Every nurse brings their own wisdom, expertise and experience that are not leveraged enough if not tapped in to. Shared governance models ensure that every nurse has a voice. Especially as nursing fatigue rates rise, employers struggle to retain nurses, and nursing performance has a more direct impact on the financial bottom line of hospitals. The shared governance model is essential to ensuring that nurses are empowered to have as much
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Nov. 16, 2017 12-1 p.m. EST | Online Webinar
Learn how the opioid epidemic evolved and the interrelated legislative, policy, and practice implications in trying to address the dilemma. One CE will be awarded for attendance. Visit fda.gov to register.
If you have any question, please contact Sharon Morgan (Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org).
| || NEWS FROM AROUND THE INDUSTRY|
Whether you are an RN or LPN, it is important that you take control of your professional future and make sure that you are progressing wisely down your career path. Here are five essential steps to advance your nursing career.
There's a growing sense of a better appreciation of the implications of childhood asthma on adverse respiratory outcomes in adults among allergists, Stanley Szefler, MD, director of pediatric asthma research at the Breathing Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado and professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said at the ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting.
By Scott E. Rupp
Healthcare has had a tremendous year for job growth. Last year was strong, too, and so was 2015. How good has it been? The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 11.7 million healthcare jobs in the U.S. in May 2014. Within two years, that number had jumped to 12.4 million through May 2016. Well, for those in healthcare looking for new opportunities and those who hope to join the sector, there's likely going to be plenty of opportunities ahead.
Infection Control Today
A new study suggests that healthcare professionals should heed to their own advice: stay home when sick. Some 4 in 10 healthcare professionals work while experiencing influenza-like illness, according to findings published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. According to the findings, 37.9 percent of PAs/nurse practitioners surveyed worked while sick during the 2014-2015 influenza season.
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Most advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) saw their compensation continue to grow in 2016, with six-figure pay now the norm across all categories, according to the 2017 Medscape APRN Salary Report.
The biggest pay hikes belonged to clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), who received $102,000 last year, 7.4% more than in 2015. Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) registered smaller gains, 3.4% and 2.9%, respectively, while compensation for nurse-midwives (NMs) slipped 1%.
Insomnia, or inadequate or poor sleep leading to significant distress or impairment in functioning, is a prevalent disorder treated by primary care providers (PCPs). With millions of people across the United States suffering from insomnia, PCPs must understand the disorder's pathophysiology, perpetuating factors, and treatment, as well as its effect on patient health and the economy. Although PCPs traditionally treat insomnia with pharmaceuticals, behavioral measures are effective and should be used whenever possible. This article reviews clinically relevant principles of diagnosing and treating insomnia, highlighting nonpharmacologic treatments.
One in every 30 children in the United States has high blood pressure. Now, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics may help clinicians screen children 3 years and older for the condition.
"We are seeing it at far younger ages than we used to," said Thomas Dispenza, MD, a cardiologist with Penn State Children's Heart Group. "As obesity rates have risen, we have also seen more complications from it."
But "detection rates are shockingly low. Three-quarters of cases are overlooked, and that's a real problem," Dispenza said.
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Nurses in 26 states — enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) states — may obtain a nursing license that enables the nurse, as of Jan. 18, 2017, to work with patients, in person or via telehealth, in any of the other states in the eNLC. This saves time for both nurses and regulators. Although these nurses may skip the licensing process in the eNLC states, they still must follow the laws and nurse practice act of each state where a patient is located. The eNLC affects registered nurses and licensed practical or licensed vocational nurses; it does not apply to advanced practice nurses.
A large majority of patients at an allergy clinic who said they were allergic to penicillin had negative responses to the agent in skin testing, researchers reported. Of the 66 patients who underwent a penicillin skin test, 58 (88 percent) tested negative, while the most common reason for refusing a penicillin skin test was that the patient was on interfering medications, according to Allison Ramsey, MD, and S. Shahzad Mustafa, MD, both of Rochester Regional Health in Rochester, New York.
Nurses have a wealth of experience in medicine, and they're tapping into that knowledge to foster innovation across the industry with new products and approaches.
The expanding influence of health IT has opened the doors for nurse leadership opportunities. Nurses are not only playing a larger role in health information and data analytics efforts, but also finding technology can make their jobs easier and their workflows more efficient.
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By managing older, sicker patients' appendicitis without surgery, U.S. clinicians may be increasing their risk for death by a slight but statistically significant degree, data suggest.
U.S. clinicians have considered surgery the standard of care for appendicitis for a century.
But more recently, the realization that appendicitis may not always result in perforation led researchers to test treatment with antibiotics. Randomized controlled trials conducted in Europe have shown good results with this approach, and the ACS has advised that "antibiotic treatment might be used as an alternative for specific patients."
After nearly a decade of decline, the preterm birth rate in the United States has risen for the second year in a row, the March of Dimes reports.
And racial and ethnic disparities are driving the increase, the group added.
The premature birth rate rose from 9.63 percent in 2015 to 9.8 percent in 2016, and the number of preterm births increased by 8,000, according to the group's new report. The premature birth rate was 9.57 percent in 2014, according to the March of Dimes.
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