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Special equipment for moving heavy patients reduces injuries
The American Nurses Association (ANA) says disabling musculoskeletal injury is one of the top safety concerns of nurses and is primarily caused by handling patients.
According to a 2011 ANA survey that included 4,614 respondents, 42 percent of registered nurses reported being injured on the job at least once in 12 months, while 56 percent said they had experienced musculoskeletal pain caused by or made worse by their job.
The number of days-away-from-work cases for private sector nursing assistants was 44,100 in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Overexertion and bodily reaction caused 55 percent of the cases, while 18 percent were the result of slips, trips and falls. These Illnesses and injuries led nursing assistants to take a median of six days off of work to recover.
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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
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We encourage members to become involved in their organization.
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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 email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANA 2014 Elections— 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 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
Patients may have to compete with computers for doctors' attention
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Is "The doctor will see you now" turning into "The doctor will watch the screen?" A new study suggests that physicians may spend too much time looking at their computer screens when seeing patients.
The study found that those who use electronic health records in the examination room spend about one-third of patient visits looking at the computer screen, which interferes with their ability to interact with patients.
Mix empathy with passion
She glanced to either side as she slowly ambled down the hall, her shoes like cement blocks with every step. Her teammates pretended not to notice her as she passed, but she felt their piercing stares on her back. There were no smiles, not one friendly face.
Were these the same nurses with whom she had been orienting for the past few weeks? It was her first shift off of orientation, and she felt indescribably isolated.
Treating adolescent depression means going off the FDA grid
Family Practice News
Cognitive-behavioral therapy seems to ramp up the beneficial effect of antidepressant treatment for children and teens.
About 60 percent of youngsters will respond favorably to their first antidepressant medication – generally a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Dr. Karen D. Wagner said.
Switching to a different antidepressant will help about 50 percent of those who don’t respond. But adding psychotherapy will grab about 10 percent more – bringing the total response rate up to around 70 percent, said Dr. Wagner
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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.
Depression severity marks suicide risk in bipolar patients
The likelihood for suicide ideation among patients with bipolar depression increases with the severity of the episode, shows a study in Indian patients.
In particular, hopelessness, assessed on the Beck Hopelessness Scale, was a strong independent predictor for suicide ideation among the 130 patients in the study.
Exam-room posters cut inappropriate antibiotics prescriptions
Family Practice News
Exam-room posters declaring a clinician’s commitment to make appropriate antibiotics prescriptions may be a simple, low-cost approach to reducing inappropriate use of antibiotics for acute respiratory infections, according to a report published online Jan. 27 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Compared with standard practice, the intervention reduced inappropriate prescribing by 20 percent but had no effect on appropriate prescribing of antibiotics among 11 physicians and three nurse practitioners treating acute respiratory infection at five outpatient primary care clinics.
Newly licensed RNs report having fewer job opportunities
Compared with six years ago, newly licensed RNs have greater job commitment but are more likely to work part-time, and to report that they had fewer job opportunities, according to a study.
Researchers with the RN Work Project, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, compared a group of nurses licensed in 2004-05 with a group licensed in 2010-11 and found that those in the later cohort were less likely to work in hospitals, special care units and direct care. They were more likely to work as managers, be enrolled in formal education programs and have positive views of their work environments.
Medicare bill focuses on treating chronic illnesses
Medscape (free subscription)
A new bipartisan bill in Congress proposes a bold, even whizbang approach to caring for Medicare's sickest, most expensive patients — those with multiple chronic illnesses.
The Better Care, Lower Cost Act resorts to traditional managed-care tools such as risk-adjusted capitated payments to clinicians, but also promotes the use of high-tech tools, including telemedicine in rural areas, remote monitoring, and smartphone apps that help patients better manage their conditions.
Pay and practice: CMS to test ICD-10
Mark your calendars — the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will conduct front-end testing of ICD-10 billing code submission between Medicare Administrative Contractors and providers.
That means CMS will be testing how well the system works from the provider's side — that is, how easily and accurately providers can submit claims — using the new ICD-10 billing codes once they take effect in October.
Study: Breath test might reveal lung malignancies
Specific compounds found in exhaled breath may help diagnose lung cancer in its early stages, according to a study released Jan. 28 at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ annual meeting.
The discovery was made when Michael Bousamra, MD, and researchers from the University of Louisville examined patients with suspicious lung lesions.
Study: Little evidence of better care at expensive hospitals
Kaiser Health News
A study of autoworker claims found that hospitals with the highest prices tended to have the strongest reputations and tight holds on their local markets yet showed little evidence of providing better quality care. The actual prices insurers pay hospitals are closely guarded secrets in health care. That has made it hard for health researchers to study one of the most important issues: whether patients get better treatments from more expensive hospitals.
Number of nurses who smoke is down by more than a third
HealthDay News via Health Magazine
The number of registered nurses in the United States who smoke fell by more than a third between 2003 and 2011, a new study shows.
Researchers examined data collected from health professionals across the country and found no significant decline in smoking among registered nurses between 2003 and 2007, according to the findings, which were published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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