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By Keith Carlson
Healthcare and nursing are collaborative by nature, and collaboration is fueled by communication. A collaborative modus operandi greases the wheels of healthcare, improves outcomes and ultimately impacts the "double bottom line" of people and profits. Since two potentially powerful results of collaboration are satisfied staff and healthier patients, it behooves nurse leaders to champion collaboration and healthy communication as praiseworthy means to myriad positive ends.
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Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sheraton Framingham Hotel • Framingham, MA
Susan L.W. Krupnick, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, ANP-BC, C-PREP
Arbour SeniorCare Psychiatric Consultation Liaison Nurse Specialist &
Adult Nurse Practitioner: Addiction and Pain Consultation
Program Flyer, click here.
Deadline extended through Jan. 23, 2016 for Excellence in Nursing Practice, Community Service and Loyal Service Awards.
Deadline for Arthur L. Davis Scholarship is March 15, 2016.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR YOUR COLLEAGUES
ANA Massachusetts Awards honor the remarkable, but often unrecognized work of ANA 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.
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.
For more information, click here.
2016 Health Policy Committee Legislative Forum
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Massachusetts State House
The Cost of Health Care:
Impact on our Profession
The goal of this forum is to discuss factors and public policy that correlate with the cost of health care,
link it to the impact on our professional nursing practice and to effective advocacy to improve
health and healthcare in our society.
John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA
Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the HSPH Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education.
Click here to register.
Click here for more information.
Reminder from the ANA Massachusetts Bylaws Committee that any proposed changes to the ANA Massachusetts Bylaws must be submitted in writing using the ANA Massachusetts Bylaws Change form no later than Jan. 25, 2016.
ANA Massachusetts Bylaws, click here.
(Note: there were no bylaw changes last year, thus the bylaws are dated April 2014.)
Proposed changes to Bylaws Form, click here.
Submit completed proposal to Bylaws Chair, Mary McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org AND lpresutti@ANAMass.org
Deadline: Jan. 25, 2016
Feb. 23, 2016
Health Policy Legislative Forum
The Cost of Health Care:
What it means to you
and your practice
Massachusetts State House
April 8-9, 2016
ANA Massachusetts Spring Convention
Living Legends in Nursing and
Annual Awards Banquet
Annual Spring Conference
PhD, APRN, AGSF
Dedham Hilton Hotel
May 12, 2016
National Nurses Day
at Fenway Park
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
The American Nurses Foundation’s Call for Nursing Research Grant Reviewers site has launched for 2016.
This is a WONDERFUL and REWARDING opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in nursing’s preeminent nursing grant program! The American Nurses Foundation is seeking grant reviewers for the 2016 cycle. The application process is easy and on-line. The application portal is open now, please click here. Each approved reviewer will review 3-4 grants over a six-week period in June and July. Reviews are on-line and simple; participation in an orientation is required in the spring.
The application process closes on Feb. 28, 2016.
Please contact Gisele.email@example.com or 301-628-5227 if you have any questions.
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to join a subcommittee as we work on planning the celebration of the 15-year Anniversary of our association, Spring 2016. Please send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope that you will join us in the planning of this exciting event for ANA Massachusetts (formerly MARN).
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to work with the President and Executive Director to identify areas for expansion of publicity for ANA Massachusetts and our many programs and events. The Committee will help to coordinate letter to the editor campaigns and brainstorm about other publicity and marketing opportunities for our organization. Please send your name and contact information to email@example.com if you are interested.
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Advance Healthcare Network
Nurse informaticists are currently in high demand due to the U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA) Federal Regulations, as well as the Medicare program. Today, healthcare staff and administrators are required to use technical resources such as the electronic health record (EHR) to improve healthcare quality, safety and efficiency, while reducing national/state health disparities in the general population.
By Scott E. Rupp
There's a big problem with duplicate patient records across the U.S., according to the American Health Information Management Association. The organization says the majority of health information management professionals routinely work to mitigate duplicate patient records with the patients they encounter. According to a recent survey, 72 percent face these troubles each week, while less than half said they have a quality assurance step in their registration process.
Continued demand has contributed to job security and good salaries for nurses. Prospects are especially good for registered nurses who receive additional education and enter a nursing specialty field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The 2014 median pay was $66,640 annually, for registered nurses.
Patients who take morphine pills for lower back pain may experience changes in the volume of the brain's gray matter in as little as a month, a small study suggests.
In the 30-day experiment, researchers gave 11 patients daily morphine pills and 10 people placebos and then took magnetic resonance imaging scans to see if treatment impacted the brain.
The morphine group had gray matter volume declines of about 3 percent in regions of the brain thought to regulate emotions, cravings and responses to pain and volume increases in areas believed to be responsible for learning, memory and executive function. No changes occurred with the placebo.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Flu season is unpredictable. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2006, annual estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States ranged from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. Despite the severity of last season, the current flu season so far has been mild. Compare December 2014, when a few thousand cases were reported each week, to December 2015, when only several hundred cases were confirmed per week.
Reuters via MedPage Today
People who have both diabetes and depression may have an easier time keeping their blood sugar levels under control if they also take medication to address their mental health symptoms, a U.S. study suggests. Diabetics can be more prone to depression and stress than other individuals, and these mental health problems are linked to increased risks of dangerously high blood sugar levels and other serious complications, previous research has found.
Hospitals & Health Networks
A shortage of registered nurses has become so severe at one South Dakota hospital that it’s actually been forced to close hospital beds.
Rapid City Regional Hospital has 417 licensed beds, but up to 20 of them are going unused each day, due to a lack of RNs, ABC affiliate "KOTA Territory News" reports. The hospital has even resorted to using temp nurses to fill the void, Laura Wightman, R.N., chief nursing officer for the hospital’s parent health system, tells the local TV station.
By Christina Thielst
Social media is a powerful communication and connection tool that is being applied in healthcare environments for a range of purposes and audiences. Despite its many benefits, it does present some risks — the most common concern being the posting of private health information causing a HIPAA violation and legal liability. This points to the importance of having policies that specifically address social media and balance the risk of liability of the employer with the rights of employees.
Medical News Today
A new study may explain why flu appears to hit men harder than women. Researchers who tested various forms of the female sex hormone estrogen — which is also present in men — on nasal cells from men and women, found the compounds reduced virus replication in the female but not the male cells. The researchers also noticed that the estrogens exerted their antiviral effects through the estrogen receptor beta. Receptors are "gatekeeper" proteins that only allow entry to cell-stimulating molecules that can bind to them.
By Chelsea Adams
Between 2001 and 2010, there was a fourfold increase in emergency department use of CT scans to evaluate respiratory symptoms. And that increase is too much, according to a new study. "Beyond the risk posed by ionizing radiation, high-resolution CT may have unintended downstream consequences related to incidental findings and overdiagnosis, leading to a costly and potentially harmful diagnostic, therapeutic or interventional cascade," the researchers wrote.
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