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What exactly is the job outlook for nurses?
By Keith Carlson
As 2014 begins, there is a great deal of discussion regarding the job prospects for nurses, especially those just entering the profession. With confusing opinions and projections about the reality of a nursing shortage in the United States, nursing students and recent graduates are understandably concerned. According to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth in jobs for nurses is expected to increase 19 percent between 2012 and 2022, a rate of growth that apparently outpaces all other occupations. But several other factors must be taken into account as well.
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We are developing our public policy platform for the coming year and we cannot do this without knowing the thoughts and wishes of the membership. The patient safety act ballot initiative for November 2014 seeks to change the landscape for nursing. Your participation is extremely important to the future direction of your association.
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Call for Nominations - MARN 2014 Elections
We are looking for members in the MARN community
willing to serve in the following leadership roles: President-Elect, Secretary, Director and Nominating Committee
We encourage members to become involved in their organization.
All MARN members in good standing are eligible to submit a Consent to Serve Form.
If you already serve on a MARN Committe, please consider applying for a Director position.
Deadline: February 7, 2014
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MARN Health Policy Legislative Forum
To Influence or be influenced: How legislation impacts professional nursing practice
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Great Hall - Massachusetts State House
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Peggy Chapman, PMHCNS, BC
Chair, MAAPPN legislative committee
Representative Denise C. Garlick, RN
State Representative MA House of Representatives, 13th Norfolk District
Senator John Keenan
Chair, Joint Committee on Public Health
Represenative Kay Khan, BS, RN, MS
State Representative, MA House of Representatives, 11th Middlesex District
Representative Jeffery Sanchez
Chair, Joint Committee on Public Health
Ashley Waddell, MS, RN, CNOR
Staff Development Specialist, Children's Hospital Boston
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Applying the 2013 ANCC Criteria to Nursing Continuing Education
One Year Later: Lessons Learned
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Call for Posters
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet
Friday, April 11, 2014
Annual Spring Convention
Reaction... Response... Reflection, Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Tragedy
Saturday, April 12, 2014
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This educational offering will focus on nursing considerations in the assessment and management of patients with traumatic injuries, disaster preparedness, and lessons learned as we approach the one year anniversary following the Boston Marathon tragedy. Come meet and learn from those who were there and experts in the fields of trauma care and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as we explore implications for practice, education, and research.
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ANA: Call for Bylaws Amendments 2014
The ANA Committee on Bylaws, call for bylaws proposals to be considered at the June 2014 Membership Assembly. Please click here if you would like to propose changes to our current Bylaws, stating the current language (if available) and the proposed new language. The current Bylaws can be found at: http://www.nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/AboutANA/Leadership-Governance/ANA-Bylaws.pdf.
Proposals may be submitted by email no later than Monday, March 3, 2014. If you have any questions, you may send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com.
ANA 2014 Elections â Call for Nominations for Elective Positions
The ANA Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking nominees for a slate of candidates to be presented to the ANA Membership Assembly at its June 13-14, 2014 meeting at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.
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Call for Applications: Revision of Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice
The Call for Applications is now open for those interested in participating in the revision of one of ANA’s foundational documents, Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2014.
The American Nurses Association announces a call for applications for the Nursing Scope and Standards Revision Workgroup and an associated Nursing Scope and Standards Revision Advisory Workgroup to undertake the review and revision of the 2010 Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. The Revision Workgroup will meet two times per month via two-hour conference calls and via email starting in early 2014. The Advisory Workgroup will dialogue electronically and may also be invited to participate in one or two conference calls in 2014. All registered nurse applicants must be either an ANA member OR a member of one of ANA’s two Premier Organizational Affiliates (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association). Electronic applications for this 12-18 month intensive professional work effort will be accepted through January 31, 2014. Find further details about the expected commitment of workgroup members and the application process at http://nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/Policy-Advocacy/Professional-Issues-Panels/Nursing-Scope-and-Standards-Workgroup.
Call for Public Comment: Revised Position Statement on Fatigue
The Nurse Fatigue Professional Issues Panel is seeking public comment on the updated position statement titled “Addressing Nurse Fatigue to Promote Safety and Health: Joint Responsibilities for Reducing Risks from Working While Fatigued or Sleepy.” This document will replace the 2006 position statements on fatigue.
Please download the draft document and submit comments referencing line numbers. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Monday, February 10. This document is for public comment purposes only and should not be quoted or referenced.
ANA appreciates your time and review of this important document.
FEMA Accepting Youth Preparedness Council Applications
The application period for FEMA's Youth Preparedness Council is now open!
Know someone between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community? If so, encourage them to apply to serve on FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council!
FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and to participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, they complete self-selected youth preparedness projects; voice their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions on youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national organizations working on youth preparedness.
FEMA is looking for youth leaders who are dedicated to public service, who are making a difference in their communities and who want to expand their impact as ambassadors for youth disaster preparedness.
For more information and application materials for the YPC please visit, http://www.ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council. Applications must be received by February 24, 11:59 p.m. EST.
New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May 2014.
NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
IV saline in short supply
Hospitalists across the country are reporting a shortage of IV saline solution, blaming manufacturing problems and increased demand from a harsh flu season.
The FDA said in a drug safety communication that it's aware of the shortage and is working with three manufacturers — Baxter, Hospira, and B. Braun Medical — to "preserve the supply of these necessary products."
Millions of bags of IV saline solution are used each week, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists called it a "critical shortage" in its notice to healthcare providers, urging doctors to follow conservation strategies.
24 competencies to help nurses with evidence-based care
Nurse researchers developed a list of 24 evidence-based practice competencies for RNs and APRNs to use in real-world clinical settings.
The authors recommend that healthcare institutions build these skills into employment expectations, evaluations and clinical ladder promotion systems as part of efforts to implement and sustain evidence-based care.
Resistance is futile: Why you should embrace ICD-10
By Charlotte Bohnett
The thought of transitioning to ICD-10 and its 68,000 diagnosis codes might have you shaking in your boots. You might also be doing anything in your power to deny the inevitable — possibly to the point of eschewing any of the noted benefits of ICD-10. Sure, it'll be quite the transition, but an important and necessary one. But before you pooh-pooh 10 and say ICD-9 is just fine, hear me — and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — out.
Building more medical schools won't solve patient access issues
Annals of Family Medicine
Although total US medical school enrollment increased nearly 23 percent between 2000 and 2010, many of those newly minted physicians won’t choose primary care specialties nor will they settle in states with the most severe primary care shortages. Those issues are discussed in a new study in the December issue of Academic Medicine.
According to study coauthor Andrew Bazemore, M.D., MPH, director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care, the opening of more allopathic and osteopathic medical schools in the past decade was a direct response to widespread concerns about a U.S. physician shortage.
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Proper good night's sleep promotes both mental and physical health
Getting a good night's sleep means more than you probably think.
"I would say the importance of sleep is definitely underestimated by the general public," said Dr. Sandhya Kumar, assistant professor of neurology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and medical director of its Sleep Center.
Call to recognize vital role of respiratory nurse specialists
The Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists and the Royal College of Nursing have warned that patients face a postcode lottery in trying to access specialist nurse support.
They said respiratory illnesses were frequently over-looked and services poorly funded, even though conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affected one in five people.
Nurse helps treat pilot with mid-flight medical emergency
A nurse is being hailed as a hero after he helped treat a United Airlines pilot who suffered a medical emergency in mid-flight.
Linda Alweiss, along with her husband and 16-year-old daughter, was on her way home from Iowa on Dec. 30 when two chilling announcements were made on the plane’s intercom, the first asking if anyone on board had medical training.
High volume of severe sepsis patients may result in better outcomes
The study showed that patients admitted to academic medical centers that care for more patients with severe sepsis have significantly lower mortality rates than patients cared for at academic medical centers with lower volumes of sepsis patients. Additionally, the superior outcomes at high volume centers were achieved at similar costs compared to the lower volume medical centers.
Masked hypertension associated with higher CV risk
Patients with masked hypertension — normal office BP, but high home BP — have a more than twofold risk for CV events compared with those with normal home and office BP, according to a new meta-analysis. Results showed that home BP can refine risk stratification at office BP levels assumed to carry little to no risk, researchers wrote.
At VHA, doctors, nurses clash on oversight
The Wall Street Journal
The Veterans Health Administration is taking heavy fire from doctor groups over a proposal to let nurses with advanced training practice medicine without physician supervision throughout the VHA system — even in states where laws require more oversight.
More than 60 state and national physicians groups have signed a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs expressing "strong concerns" that the proposed new nursing handbook would "effectively eliminate physician-led team-based care within the VHA system."
Vitamin D can effectively treat fibromyalgia
New research suggests vitamin D supplements can reduce pain and may be a cost-effective alternative, or an adjunct to other treatment, for individuals with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).
The supplementation is helpful for fibromyalgia patients suffering from low vitamin D levels, say researchers in the journal PAIN®.
In addition to pain and fatigue, individuals diagnosed with FMS may experience sleep disorders, morning stiffness, poor concentration, and occasionally mild-to-severe mental symptoms such as anxiety or depression.
Stage 2 meaningful use readiness a growing concern
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
A survey recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found there has been tremendous growth in electronic health record use in the U.S. over the past several years, thanks in part to the meaningful use incentive program. But there may be a speed bump in the road to a connected healthcare system as the meaningful use program enters its second stage. The survey found the number of office-based physicians with some type of EHR system grew from 18 percent in 2001 to 78 percent in 2013. But just 13 percent had systems capable of meeting at least 14 of the 17 core objectives required for Stage 2 of the three-stage program.
Sudden rise in nurse workforce
Health Service Journal
For the first time the Health and Social Care Information Centre has broken down its nursing workforce data into specific specialty groups.
There were 172,300 full-time equivalent nurses working on NHS acute, elderly and general wards in October 2013, constituting a rise of 3.5 percent since September 2009, when the number fell to a low point of 166,443. The number has risen sharply in the past two months, jumping by 1.9 percent since August, when 169,049 full time equivalent nurses were employed.
ACA impact on primary practice may vary by location
Oncology Nurse Advisor
The impact of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on physicians' primary care practices will vary geographically, according to an article published Dec. 25 in Medical Economics.
Jeffrey Bendix, a senior editor at Medical Economics and author of the article, notes that changes will be most felt in those practices that contract with plans found in the health care insurance exchanges or that take Medicaid patients and are located in the 26 states or District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid eligibility.
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