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The breadth and depth of nursing
By Keith Carlson
The nursing profession has grown astronomically since the days of Florence Nightingale. While we may have once served as handmaidens to the whims and needs of god-like physicians, the definition of what it means to practice as a nurse is light-years away from the era of our diminutive status and relative servitude. We nurses know that our scope of practice and autonomy have grown by leaps and bounds, and a plethora of specialties and practice settings has opened doors of opportunity hitherto unknown by our older nursing colleagues.
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Call for proposed changes to Bylaws
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 Feb. 6, 2015.
ANA Massachusetts Bylaws, click here.
Proposed changes to Bylaws Form, click here.
Submit completed proposal to Bylaws Chair, Mary McKenzie at and
Deadline: Feb. 6, 2015

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Call for Nominations — ANA Massachusetts Elected Offices
In 2015, as in past years, you will be asked to cast a ballot to elect a Board of Directors, including a President-Elect. Additionally, you will be voting for a Treasurer, Secretary, 3 Directors and 2 members for the Committee on Nominations. This may seem like it is a lot of people, but when you compare it to our current list of 1400 members, it is a small percentage indeed.
This is your time to step forward and become a candidate for one of these open positions. This is your time to honor our past by steering the future of the organization to greater successes and heights. This is your time to pay it forward. This is your time – no more reasons why you can’t do it - no more questioning whether you have “what it takes” - no more ignoring the call – This is your time to make a difference.
Call for Nominations Document, click here.
Consent to Serve, click here.
Self Assessment, click here.
Deadline, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015.

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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 no later than Jan. 28 (deadline extended).
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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Become an active member!
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 for more information
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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
Advocacy Beyond the Bedside...Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Policy
Tuesday, March 24, 2014
Massachusetts State House

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

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Review: E-learning matches traditional training for doctors, nurses
Millions more students worldwide could train as doctors and nurses using electronic learning, which is just as effective as traditional medical training, a review commissioned by the World Health Organization has found. Researchers at Imperial College London who conducted the review said that wider use of e-learning might help make up for a global shortfall of 7.2 million health workers identified in a recent WHO report.
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The missed list: Revelations of busy NICU nurses
Medscape (free login required)
Previous nursing research has established that nurse staffing levels and nurse-to-patient ratios influence patient outcomes, and "missed" nursing care is believed to be a mediator in this relationship. A nurse can only do so much during a shift, regardless of the setting. Previous studies of missed care (necessary nursing care that is omitted either entirely or partly during the shift) have focused on adults in acute or intensive care settings, finding that such nursing tasks as ambulation, turning, feedings, patient teaching, discharge planning, emotional support, oral hygiene, bathing and comfort care are among those most often sacrificed when time runs short.
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ANA plans ethics educational activities for 2015 to highlight importance in nursing practice
Making decisions based on a sound foundation of ethics is an essential part of nursing practice in all specialties and settings. In recognition of the impact ethical practice has on patient safety and the quality of care, the American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2015 as the “Year of Ethics" highlighted by the release of a revised code of ethics for the profession.
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Just how ineffective is this year's flu shot? CDC experts do the math
Los Angeles Times
If you think this year's flu shot is worthless, think again: People who got vaccinated this fall or winter have been 23 percent less likely than their unvaccinated peers to come down with a flu-like illness bad enough to send them to the physician, according to a new report from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That 23 percent figure is a measure known as "vaccine effectiveness," and it's certainly on the low end of the spectrum. In the decade since experts began calculating a VE for flu vaccines, it has ranged from a low of 10 percent to a high of 60 percent. But even at 10 percent, a vaccine could prevent about 13,000 flu-related hospitalizations among senior citizens in the U.S.
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Telehealth hits the mark on Triple Aim requirements
By Karen R. Thomas
In today's rapidly-evolving healthcare environment, care providers are looking for new ways to meet the needs of those for whom they provide care, while simultaneously reducing overall care costs. Hence, the development of Triple Aim. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) developed the Triple Aim as an approach for the healthcare system to use new innovations to simultaneously improve three things: the patient care experience, the health of all populations and the per capita cost of healthcare.
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Autism signs may be missed in short checkups
HealthDay News
The 10 to 20 minutes of a typical well-child visit isn't enough time to reliably detect a young child's risk of autism, a new study suggests. "When decisions about autism referral are made based on brief observations alone, there is a substantial risk that even experts may miss a large percentage of children who need a referral for further evaluation," said lead study author Terisa Gabrielsen. She conducted the study while at the University of Utah but is now an assistant professor in the department of counseling, psychology and special education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
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Researchers propose new regulations for off-label uses of drugs and devices
Medical Xpress
Off-label use of drugs and medical devices has long been a part of medicine. The practice provides public health benefits but also presents some risks. To address that issue, researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA have proposed a system combining reporting, testing and enforcement regulations, and allowing interim periods of off-label drug prescription. Their recommendations, published in the Duke Law Journal, would give patients more treatment options while providing regulators with evidence of the drugs' safety and efficacy.
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The US might be overtreating diabetes
Bloomberg Businessweek
American physicians may be giving drugs to a lot of older diabetic patients who are unlikely to benefit and might even be harmed, a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests. Older, sicker patients are treated as aggressively to get their blood sugar under control as healthier patients are, according to an analysis of a nationally representative survey of Americans 65 and older. That's despite what researchers say is greater risk that they'll suffer from dangerously low blood sugar, known as hypoglycemia, and little evidence that they benefit from intense diabetes management.
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Insomnia: Using cognitive behavioral therapy in primary care
The Clinical Advisor
Insomnia is one of the most prevalent conditions treated by primary care providers, with estimates of 10-50 percent of patients presenting with this condition. Most patients continue to use nonbenzodiazepine and benzodiazepine hypnotics in primary care for a duration of greater than one month, contrary to guideline recommendations to limit its use to two to four weeks. Sociodemographic factors associated with greater long-term use of hypnotics include age older than 65, female gender and higher income levels. It is important to assess for these variables when identifying patients with insomnia. Because most hypnotic prescriptions are written in the primary care setting, behavioral strategies should be implemented in general practice as an alternative to long-term hypnotic use.

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Flex-IT Act reintroduced to shorten meaningful use, again
By Scott E. Rupp
The Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act of 2015, a reiteration of a bill introduced in Congress in 2014, has been introduced by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.). According to the statement released by the members of Congress who drafted the bill, H.R. 270 would ensure that healthcare providers receive the flexibility "they need to successfully comply with HHS's meaningful use program."
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