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U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of the best jobs in the country is out and, per usual, the nursing profession is well represented.
Five titles with the word “nurse” specifically referenced make the top-100 list, which is based on high salaries, low unemployment rates and a better work-life balance. Healthcare in general seemed to dominate, with the field occupying nine of the top 10 spots. Support roles are especially promising for early careerists.
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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.
We know that you are busy professionals and getting to the State House may be very difficult; so together we are bringing lawmakers to you!
Please join your NP and CRNA colleagues in a relaxed setting to meet and converse with local legislators and learn about H. 1996/S. 1207 An Act to Remove Restrictions on the Licenses of NPs and CRNAs as Recommended by the Institute of medicine and the Federal Trade Commission.
The bill remains before the Joint Committee on Public Health, and it is critical that legislators hear from nursing leaders so they understand the importance of this legislation and help advocate for its favorable release.
We only have until July 31, 2016 to advance and pass this legislation, so need your help NOW!
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.
April 8-9, 2016
Caring Across Generations — Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet and
Annual Spring Conference
Keynote: Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF
Westin Waltham Hotel
Waltham, MA — Please note change of venue!
More information and Conference Flyer — Click Here!
To register visit http://www.anamass.org/
The Call for Reference Proposals opened on Jan. 5, 2016 and is in full swing!
Please take advantage of this opportunity to influence ANA’s current and future strategic focus by submitting a Reference Proposal! When members actively engage, contribute innovative ideas and share diverse perspectives on key national nursing practice and policy issues, they play a critical role in ensuring the profession and ANA are well positioned to thrive in the future!
If you have any questions about the Reference Proposal process, do not hesitate to contact Maureen Thompson, Director, Leadership Services. Maureen can be reached via email Maureen.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 301-628-5041.
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-628-5227 if you have any questions.
The World Health Organization expects the Zika Virus to eventually spread to all of the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the two places where the Aedes species mosquito — a vector for the virus — does not live. Zika viral infection is asymptomatic in up to 80 percent of exposures or causes mild illness, such as fever, rash, muscle/joint pain and conjunctivitis. Severe disease and fatalities are rare. Health authorities, however, are becoming increasingly alarmed by the virus’ association with more severe clinical manifestations, including neurological and autoimmune-like illness, particularly Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and congenital neurological malformations. Most disconcerting is a link between the Zika virus and microcephaly.
In 2016, Zika virus disease became a nationally notifiable condition. On Jan. 26, 2016, the Center for Disease Control distributed the Interim Guidelines for the Evaluation and Testing of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection. In addition, the CDC has issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory for Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Samoa & Cape Verde.
Perinatal, in utero and possible sexual and transfusion transmission events have been reported. Zika viral RNA has been identified in asymptomatic blood donors. Other than universal precautions, no specific extraordinary countermeasures have been advised. No vaccine exists for the Zika virus. Mosquito protection and eradication remain the best defense for minimizing viral spread.
See also ANA Nurse Insider
CDC Interim Guidelines
Protection against mosquitoes
Mosquito Control Tips
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received an increased number of reports of newly acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among patients undergoing hemodialysis. Infection control lapses in dialysis care could expose patients to HCV. Any case of new HCV infection in a patient undergoing hemodialysis should prompt immediate action. More Information.
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By Keith Carlson
Advanced practice nursing is growing, and nurses are reading the writing on the wall. APRNs can practice autonomously in a growing number of states in the U.S., and the potential for increased earning and job security is attractive. Deciding whether advanced practice is for you is an individual decision that only you can answer.
A survey of some 1,200 nurses around the country who work in tele-ICU or eICU environments finds strong support for the remote clinical care platform. The largest barrier to tele-ICU expansion? Negative attitudes within healthcare.
According to the survey, conducted by the Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center’s Center for Clinical Research and published in this month’s American Journal of Critical Care, more than 60 percent of the nurses surveyed agree that tele-ICUs improve collaboration, job performance and communication and enables them to accomplish tasks more quickly.
Infants should be tested for Zika virus either if their mothers had a positive or inconclusive test for the virus, or if they were born with microcephaly or intracranial calcifications and their mothers resided in or traveled to an area with Zika virus transmission, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interim guidelines. In the event of a positive or inconclusive test, pediatricians should report the case and assess the infant for possible long-term sequelae, stated J. Erin Staples, PhD, of the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues.
By Jessica Taylor
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently updated their guidelines for depression screenings. The new guidelines call for screening all adults 18 and older, particularly pregnant and postpartum women. This is an update from their 2009 recommendations, showing more concrete evidence of the importance of screening. Depression leads to more than 8 million hospital visits each year, costing $200 billion annually. This shows why the need for early detection is necessary.
The management style known as transformational leadership helps nurses provide better care and improves retention of nurses early in their career, according to a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.
Not surprisingly, the study also found that abusive management practices have a negative impact on patient care and prompt young nurses to consider quitting their jobs.
Internal Medicine News
Healthcare–acquired infections (HAIs) cause more deaths each year in the United States than breast cancer, lung cancer and AIDS combined, according to Kevin W. Lobdell, MD. "If you look at hospitalized patients, one in five will acquire a healthcare–acquired infection," Lobdell of the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute at Carolinas Health System, Charlotte, North Carolina, said in a video interview at the annual meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Excess weight can delay or speed up puberty in young boys, depending on how many extra pounds they carry, a new study suggests.
Overweight boys tend to enter and finish puberty somewhat earlier than usual, researchers found in a study of nearly 3,900 males aged 6 to 16.
But boys who have become obese appear to go through puberty slower than boys who weigh less, according to study results published Jan. 27 in the journal Pediatrics.
By Scott E. Rupp
The results of the 2016 HIMSS Health Information Technology Value survey show that 88 percent of organizations with advanced electronic health record environments identified at least one positive outcome from their use of an EHR. This is the feedback from 52 senior IT leaders at some of the most technologically advanced hospitals and organizations in the nation — representing the best of the breed, in other words, according to HIMSS.
The Huffington Post
Surgery patients do better when nurses have better working environments, according to a new study.
Hospitals with well-staffed, top-notch nursing departments had fewer deaths after surgery than hospitals without those high-quality nursing departments, researchers found.
"This study is for the person, referring doctor or health policy analyst asking, 'Would I be better off at this hospital or that hospital?'" said lead author Dr. Jeffrey Silber, who is the Nancy Abramson Wolfson Professor in Health Services Research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Both new-onset and persistent depression are common among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), especially women with the disease and patients with a history of stroke, researchers reported. Close to 1 in 4 patients had depressive symptoms lasting at least three years in an analysis of data on close to 1,600 participants in the longitudinal ECLIPSE study, designed to examine COPD progression.
By Katina Smallwood
The overprescription of antibiotics in the U.S. is not a new phenomenon, and experts have warned healthcare providers about the implications for years. Now, the CDC and the American College of Physicians have just issued new advice aimed at curbing antibiotic use for acute respiratory tract infections. During the current cold and flu season, doctors are seeing an influx of patients presenting with symptoms like green mucus and a long-lasting cough who believe they need antibiotics.
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