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Most nurses don't think of themselves when Dolly Parton’s "9 to 5" comes on the radio. The profession is known for flexible hours and offers big chunks of time off, considering that 65 percent of nurses already work 12- or 13-hour shifts, according to a study drawn from American Hospital Association Annual Survey of Hospitals data. But there is an option that offers even more flexibility and even more unusual hours: per diem nursing. Naturally, with those advantages come certain drawbacks. Could per diem nursing be a good fit for you? Here are pros and cons to consider.
| || ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES|
Deadline extended to Feb. 15, 2020
An opportunity to honor your colleagues —
because every nurse deserves an award.
For more information, click here.
Nomination deadline: Feb. 28
Dear Future ANA Massachusetts Leader,
Now is the time for you to take the next step for Professional Nursing! The Nominating Committee invites you to make your mark on our organization. Please review the following information:
All candidates are asked to electronically submit the following documents to be shared with the Membership prior to their casting their 2020 ballot:
In 2020, we will be electing candidates to the following positions:
- Consent to serve form.
- A personal statement not to exceed 250 words describing our biggest challenges as an organization and how your strengths will help the Board of Directors face these challenges in Massachusetts nursing.
- A current resume or CV.
- Board Readiness Assessment Reflection (review and reflect).
- A recent photo.
President-Elect - (1 year President-Elect; 1 year President; 1 year Past President). The President-Elect is a 3-year position and shall assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President; and shall perform such other duties as may be designated by the President or the Board of Directors. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the membership; and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee and the Bylaws Committee; and shall serve as elected ANA delegate.
Approximate Time Commitment: 10 hours/week
Secretary - 1 position - This is for a 2-year term. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the membership, and shall ensure the addition of all new policies to the policy manual.
Approximate Time Commitment: 1 hour/week
Director - 3 positions - This is a 2-year term; Board members responsibilities include preparation for and attendance at monthly Board of Directors Meetings and all membership meetings; additional special projects and tasks as volunteered or designated by the Board; communicating with membership and colleagues on a regular basis.
Approximate Time Commitment: 1 hour/week
Nominating Committee - 2 positions - This is a 2-year term; committee responsibilities include preparing a slate of candidates for and overseeing all ANA Massachusetts elections in accordance with election policy and procedures established by the Board of Directors.
Nominating Committee **- 2 positions - This is a 1-year term; committee responsibilities include preparing a slate of candidates for and overseeing all ANA Massachusetts elections in accordance with election policy and procedures established by the Board of Directors.
Membership Assembly Representative+ - 1 position – This is a 2-year term; pursuant to our bylaws, an ANA Massachusetts member will represent ANA Massachusetts at the annual ANA Membership Assembly normally scheduled in June. Responsibilities include attending all ANA Massachusetts planning meetings prior to the ANA Membership Assembly and attending the entire two day Membership Assembly.
Some things to keep in mind as you consider running for one of these elected positions:
Please consider if in fact YOU are ready to lead.
- Board of Directors Meetings are currently held every other month, either as a face-to-face meeting or as a teleconference. Face-to-face meetings are usually held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Committee chairs (past and present) are considered by most of the membership as having the requisite experience to run for a Board Member position – it is also a great way to help committee members move into a chair position! Committee members are one of ANA Massachusetts most valuable resources.
- Committee members come with enormous amounts of vital experiences and background – committee members (past and present) are cordially invited to run for a Board Member position.
- At ANA Massachusetts, we believe every nurse is a leader! Further, we believe every nurse is entitled to mentoring, coaching and support in achieving their professional goals. It is because of this belief that we invite all members to consider running for one of these elected positions.
*Please Note: No person serving as an officer or director of another organization where such service might result in a conflict of interest shall be included on the slate for an elected position in ANA Massachusetts.
**special election to fill vacancies in the ballot from 2019
+ those not elected will serve as alternates.
Candidates are urged to contact Nominating Committee Chair, Donna Glynn, at info@ANAMass.org with questions.
Remember, you are ANA Massachusetts and YOU are ready to lead!
The complexity and diversity associated with infectious disease continues to challenge nurses’ knowledge and skill in providing safe, competent care to patients across all settings and specialties. The purpose of this conference is to update participants regarding current and emerging trends as well as evidence-based practices in caring for patients with infectious disease that will assist in keeping patients, the environment, and themselves safe. Topics will include impact of multi-drug resistant organisms on global health, the resurgence of the EBOLA virus, Hepatitis C update, and antibiotic therapy and stewardship. At the conclusion of this conference, 80% of participants will be able to identify at least two evidence-based approaches for assessing and intervening in patients with infectious disease.
Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN
Chief Executive Officer of Partners In Health
Chantelle F. Marshall, MSN, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Massachusetts General Hospital Liver Center
Rita Olans, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, APRN-BC
Assistant Professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions
John Whitlock, MS, RN
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Friday, May 8
Royal Sonesta Hotel
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Invite your friends, family and colleagues
and Join ANA Massachusetts for Red Sox Nurses Night at Fenway Park!
Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Game time: 7:10 p.m.
Red-Sox Tickets: https://groupmatics.events/event/ANA2020
($20/$21 Outfield Grandstand; $33 Right Field Box)
Registration Deadline: February 28
Don't Miss Out - Order TODAY!
First come, first served! Seats are very limited!
Click here to submit.
March 2, 2020
ANAMASS Lobby Day
MA State House
March 25, 2020
Healthcare Reform Efforts:
Applying a Health Equity and Social Justice Lens
Did you know?
Studies show that workplace violence affects care quality and outcomes, contributes to the development of psychological conditions, and reduces nurses’ job satisfaction and commitment. ANA has developed strategies to address this under-reported epidemic and strengthen zero-tolerance policies.
- One in four nurses is assaulted on the job
- Only 20%-60% of those incidents are reported
- 13% of missed workdays are due to workplace violence
Download the FREE #EndNurseAbuse Resource Guide now to help you recognize, respond to, and follow up on violence in the workplace. Get educated and make a commitment to report all abuse you encounter.
The World Health Organization's (WHO) State of the World's Nursing Report will launch on World Health Day, April 7, 2020. The report aims to provide evidence to make a stronger case for governments to invest in nursing.
To learn more about the report and see how you can contribute to its development and launch, join the State of the World's Nursing Report webinar on Sept. 10 at 8:00 GMT or 14:00 GMT (find time conversions here). Speakers from WHO, the International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now, and Jhpiego will present during the one-hour webinar. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the webinar and in advance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for the 8:00 GMT webinar here.
Register for the 14:00 GMT webinar here.
UMass GSN Continuing Education Programs allows nurses to take courses to further their professional and/or academic goals. Courses are available on campus and online to best fit our student’s schedules. Register today and take advantage of a curriculum combining clinical expertise, contemporary research, and world class faculty!
| || NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS|
Scroll past the teens who film themselves flossing (that's the dance, not the act of dental hygiene) and the young activists satirizing the issues of the day, and you might find a board-certified physician thrusting furiously to a Ciara song, extolling the virtues of complex carbohydrates.
That may sound like a sentence straight out of Mad Libs. It's not.
Medical professionals are navigating the testy waters of TikTok, one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, en masse.
The hope is, if TikTok's primarily teen demographic doesn't get adequate health education in school, maybe they can pick up a tip or two in between all the lip syncing. Just make it funny, self-aware enough and, if possible, frame it like a meme.
They don't always get it right.
A never-before-seen virus detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan has claimed at least 26 lives and infected hundreds of Chinese citizens with a pneumonia-like illness, according to China's National Health Commission. The virus was first reported to the World Health Organization on Dec. 31 and has been under investigation since. Chinese scientists have linked the disease to a family of viruses known as coronaviruses, which include the deadly SARS and Middle East respiratory syndrome.
Stopping smoking at any age could add a decade to your life, but don't bother quitting with e-cigarettes — there's not enough evidence it works, the Surgeon General says.
In an interview before the release of the first Surgeon General report on smoking cessation in 30 years, Dr. Jerome Adams urged those as old as 85 to quit smoking and added fuel to the burning debate over the benefits and risks of vaping, which has been billed as a smoking alternative but also has led millions of young people to start using nicotine.
By Keith Carlson
The term "groupthink" has been in popular usage since the 1970s, and its applicability to the multibillion-dollar 21st-century healthcare industry could not be more salient than it is today. Initially coined in 1974 by Irving Janis, a professor of psychology at Yale University, it is defined by Yale Alumni Magazine as when "a group of intelligent people working together to solve a problem can sometimes arrive at the worst possible answer." Those firmly ensconced in the healthcare ecosystem can likely agree that groupthink plays a larger role than we would like to believe.
Transgender youth have a much greater risk of suicide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, if they have access to a puberty blocker, their chances of suicide and mental health problems in the immediate term and down the road decline significantly, a new study finds.
Northwestern University via PhysOrg
Indoor dust is evolving—and not in a good way.
A new Northwestern University study is the first to find that bacteria living in household dust can spread antibiotic resistance genes. Although most bacteria are harmless, the researchers believe these genes could potentially spread to pathogens, making infections more difficult to treat.
By her mid-20s, Faith Day was out of jail but homeless. She was also addicted to a substance now too legally compromising to name. When she tried to quit, she couldn’t afford the medication to manage the withdrawal symptoms. She looked to the internet for answers. News about a plant called kratom kept popping up in her social media feeds, alongside claims that consuming it would help her break free of addiction. Desperate, she used her last $140—money that would have otherwise gone to the destructive drug—on an ounce she found at a head shop.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is a highly contagious acute infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis. During the 1940s, before a vaccine was introduced, more than 200,000 cases of pertussis were reported annually. As a result of the pertussis vaccine, used since 2000, incidence has decreased more than 80 percent. The vaccine targets three antigens in the bacteria. However, despite vaccination, pertussis bacteria are becoming smarter at colonizing and feeding off unsuspecting hosts. Now, whooping cough is emerging as a superbug.
University of Virginia via Medical Xpress
Researchers have successfully treated age-related macular degeneration in mice after finding an unexpected link between the two main forms of the blinding eye disease, the leading cause of vision loss in people 60 and older.
Researcher Brad Gelfand, Ph.D., of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the UVA School of Engineering, cautions that his team is far from being able to use the approach in patients with AMD, but he is excited about the potential it holds. "It's not as if this is the final answer to the problem, but it's certainly a big step along the way, hopefully," he said.
UT Southwestern Medical Center via Medical Xpress
UT Southwestern Simmons Cancer Center researchers have discovered a two-drug combo that halts the growth of cancer cells that carry HER2 mutations.
The findings, published in the journal Cancer Cell, were prompted by the observation that, after an initial response, patients with cancers harboring HER2 mutations eventually develop resistance to a promising new cancer drug currently in clinical trials.
The scientists found that another drug, already on the market, counters that resistance and blocks the cancer, thereby providing the basis for a novel drug combination against cancers with mutations in the HER2 gene.
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
High-protein diets may help people lose weight and build muscle, but a new study in mice suggests they have a downside: They lead to more plaque in the arteries. Further, the new research shows that high-protein diets spur unstable plaque — the kind most prone to rupturing and causing blocked arteries. More plaque buildup in the arteries, particularly if it’s unstable, increases the risk of heart attack.
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