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FDA grants waiver for 15-minute flu test
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments waiver to allow a nucleic acid-based influenza test to be used in physician offices, emergency departments, health department clinics and other healthcare facilities. The Alere i Influenza A & B test — which can be performed in the presence of the patient — uses a nasal swab sample and can provide results in as little as 15 minutes. Although negative results do not completely rule out an influenza virus infection, the test can aid physicians and healthcare professionals in their diagnosis and evaluation processes.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


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Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact info@anamass.org for more information
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FINAL CALL: Call for Nominations ANA Massachusetts Awards
Deadline extended through January 15, 2015 for Living Legends in Massachusetts Nursing and Loyal Service Awards
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
American Nurses Association Massachusetts Awards open to All Nurses

ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of Massachusetts members. You probably work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions.

You work with or know nurse colleagues whose commitment to nursing and to patient care is exemplary. Yet in the rush of today's world, there is often little time to acknowledge them and their professional contributions. ANA Massachusetts Awards provide you the opportunity to honor their remarkable, but often unrecognized practice.

ANA Massachusetts Awards are not restricted to ANA Massachusetts members. Nominees can be a member of ANA Massachusetts or a non ANA Massachusetts member who is nominated by a member of ANA Massachusetts. These awards can be peer or self nominated. ANA Massachusetts has established several awards that provide you the opportunity to recognize those nurses who have made a difference at the bedside, in the classroom, and in the practice of nursing.
More Information and to access applications, click here.

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Team ANA Massachusetts at the Boston Marathon
The 119th Boston Marathon is scheduled for Monday April 20, 2015. Team ANA Massachusetts works together in one of the medical tents at the end of the race. It is a great opportunity to meet other ANA Massachusetts members while helping the runners.
All ANA Massachusetts members who are interested in volunteering with Team ANA Massachusetts please contact Lisa Presutti at lpresutti@ANAMass.org no later than Sunday, Jan. 18.
We request the following information in order for your consideration as a volunteer with Team ANA Massachusetts:
1. Contact information (name, address, phone, e-mail)
2. Statement of interest/qualifications in being a part of Team ANA Massachusetts..

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Amendments to Hospital Licensure, Licensure of Clinics, and Licensing of Long-Term Care Facilities to your members and colleagues
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CDC Health Update Regarding Treatment of Patients with Influenza with Antiviral Medications
As a follow-up to HAN 00374, CDC is providing 1) a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations, 2) an update about approved treatment drugs and supply this season, and 3) background information for patients regarding anti-influenza treatment. Full Update, click here.
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Comment Period on 'AACN Scope and Standards for Acute and Critical Care Nursing Practice' closing Jan. 16
The deadline is imminent for you to address “How is nursing practice at the bedside evolving to optimally meet the needs of patients, healthcare organizations and society?” The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is seeking input from clinicians, managers, and educators on proposed updates to “AACN Scope and Standards for Acute and Critical Care Nursing Practice,” published in 2008. Download and read “Scope of Practice,” “Standards of Clinical Practice” and “Standards of Professional Performance,” and then comment via AACN’s confidential, online survey by Jan. 16.
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Save the Dates
Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Forum Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Tuesday, March Massachusetts Student Nurses Association
2015 Career Forum
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Forum Flyer, click here.

ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Legislative Forum
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House

Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015

ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015

Annual Spring Conference
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
For more information and registration, click here.

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay24, 2014

Massachusetts State House

Annual Business Meeting
Friday, April 10, 2015

ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 10, 2015

Annual Spring Conference
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
For more information and registration, click here.

Celebrate National Nurses Day with ANA Massachusetts at Fenway
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pregame Networking Event
Game time - Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Flu season on track to be worst since 2008
Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality
On any day in December 2014, an average of 4 percent of Americans reported having the flu, according to Gallup — one of the highest rates of flu in the U.S. in the last seven years. The all-time high flu rate was in January 2013, when an average of 4.7 percent of Americans reported having the flu. Flu seasons typically peak in January or February, so this flu season could be one of the worst ever since Gallup started measuring the flu in 2008, according to Gallup.
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Can social media depict mental illnesses?
By Jessica Taylor
Social media is a tool for users to express themselves, check on their friends and spread news. Now, researchers are trying to use this primary source of communication to determine if individuals show signs of mental illness. Using social media and technology to track mental health could be a scary thought, because unlike measuring glucose levels, there is no direct way to measure mental illness.
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Nurses: The biggest factor in providing better care?
FierceHealthcare
The conventional thinking goes that better doctors will lead to better care, but perhaps it's really nurses who have more power to improve patient outcomes. One organization, the nonprofit Partners in Health (PIH), thinks so — which is why it has started a mentorship program that aims to extend patients' lives by training better nurses, according to NPR.
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Study finds certification may impact surgical patients
Infection Control Today
Results from a recent study indicate specialty nursing certification contributes to improved surgical patient outcomes in hospitals nationwide. Published in the November 2014 issue of AORN Journal, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the research was conducted by the staff at the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) and the University of Kansas. It was sponsored by the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI).
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CDC: About 1 in 7 older adults has some form of lung disease
HealthDay News
Nearly 15 percent, or about one out of seven, middle-aged and older U.S. adults suffer from lung disorders such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), health officials said. While 10 percent of those people experience mild breathing problems, more than one-third of them report moderate or severe respiratory symptoms, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
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Self-care in the nursing field: Do you dare?
By Rachel Y. Hill
Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers, but it can also be one of the most challenging. When we consider the complex needs of our patients, the demands of our employers and the ongoing changes in healthcare, there are so many reasons why self-care is so important. Once upon a time, nursing dealt a great deal with diligence and service to others. The premise that "it is better to give than to receive" was a commonly accepted, and with good reason. The good news is that nursing continues to remain about caring for others, but self-care is also crucial.
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The wearable bandwagon: Should providers jump on?
Healthcare Dive
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year is all about wearable technology, which the Consumer Electronics Association says represents a billion-dollar market in America. And as excitement over Apple's smart watch and other innovations brews, there's a lot of talk about the potential of mobile wearables and health-tracking mobile apps to improve consumer health by engaging people in their own health. However, while mobile tracking and cool-looking health gadgetry holds a lot of promise, can it really make a dent in what physicians must increasingly consider — quality improvement scores? And has the technology evolved enough for providers to incorporate wearables into their care strategy?
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Uninsured rate falls to 12.9 percent
Becker's Hospital CFO
The uninsured rate among adults in the U.S. for the fourth quarter of 2014 averaged 12.9 percent, which is a significant drop from the uninsured rate for the same period one year ago of 17.1 percent, according to Gallup. The uninsured rate in the fourth quarter of 2014 was only slightly down from the 13.4 percent uninsured rate in the third quarter of 2014.
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Rotating night shift work puts nurses in jeopardy
FierceHealthcare
Working in healthcare, it turns out, may be hazardous to your health. Nurses who work rotating night shifts have an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) as well as lung cancer, according to a study of nearly 75,000 female registered nurses set to be published in the March 2015 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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Newly discovered antibiotic kills pathogens without resistance
Feedstuffs
For years, pathogens' resistance to antibiotics has put them one step ahead of researchers, which is causing a public health crisis, according to university distinguished professor Kim Lewis at Northeastern University in Boston, Massaschusetts. However, in new research, Lewis and his colleagues present a newly discovered antibiotic that eliminates pathogens without encountering any detectable resistance — a finding that challenges long-held scientific beliefs and holds great promise for treating chronic infections like tuberculosis and those caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
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Why we need more nurses on hospital boards
By Joan Spitrey
At the end of 2014, the Nurses on Boards Coalition was formed to promote the increase of nurses on corporate and nonprofit health-related boards of directors in the United States. The Coalition consists of 21 national organizations, such as the American Nurses Association, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. According to a 2011 American Hospital Association survey, nurses comprised 6 percent of the hospital board members. This was in contrast to physicians, who represented 20 percent of hospital boards.
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