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Nurses are on the front line of patient care in hospitals, private practices and home health. This year will signal a step forward for the nursing profession. Here are four reasons.
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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 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus, first detected in Wuhan, China. It has not been previously known to spread in humans. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) are examples of coronaviruses. For more information, click here.
April 16, 2020
1 – 2:30 pm ET
Did you know that nurses at all levels of practice are substantially more likely to be investigated and disciplined by the nursing board than they are to be sued for professional malpractice?
And licensure discipline is more consequential than lawsuits because it effects a professional's ability to continue practicing.
This webinar is being presented by Edie Brous, JD, MS, MPH, RN.
Last Spring, over 23,000 RNs pre-registered for the ANA membership webinar for Nursing Leaders, "Managing the Legal Risks of Nursing Practice" led by Edie Brous. As you may have heard – these nurses were not disappointed! 91% of nurses surveyed gave the webinar at least a 9 on a 10 point scale!
Space is limited! Attendance is FREE.
Individual and Group* pre-registration is required.
You don't have to attend the live webinar! Register now to receive 24/7 access to the recording.
Register by February 5, 2020, to receive a gift, the ANA e-book, "Moral Distress and You."
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
Registration now open! Click here.
The American Nurses Association has designated 2020 as the Year of The Nurse. In concert with this initiative, ANA Massachusetts invites you to participate in our own Lobby Day, also known as Advocacy Day. Massachusetts nurses from all disciplines will meet to discuss critical issues for nurses and the patients and families we serve, as well as give nurses the opportunity to visit with state lawmakers to garner support for important healthcare legislation that directly affects your practice.
March 25, 2020
Healthcare Reform Efforts:
Applying a Health Equity and Social Justice Lens
As an ANA member, you can participate in our Navigate Nursing webinar series for FREE. That's a $75 value, and you'll get 1 free contact hour each time you participate!
Plus, ANA is now offering you an easy way to sign up for all 4 webinars at one time – the 2020 Navigate Nursing Webinar Bundle.
Click here for more information.
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!
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For graduate nursing programs seeking to engage and attract nurses to their programs, the key to effectiveness is in knowing your program, your prospective graduate nurses, and your resources.
On Jan. 29, China confirmed that almost 6,000 people have been infected with the new coronavirus scientists are calling 2019-nCoV. The progress of 2019-nCoV, as witnessed via media, feels both scary and familiar. As the 21st century moves forward, and we lose all sense of time and space, one pandemic panic seems to merge into another. Here’s a brief timeline of the emerging infectious diseases that have made headlines this century—with updates on what we’ve learned since they were the focus of global concern.
Cases of the 2019-nCoV coronavirus have increased dramatically, prompting concerns about how contagious the virus is and how it spreads. According to the WHO, 16-21 percent of people with the virus in China became severely ill and 2-3 percent of those infected have died. A key factor that influences transmission is whether the virus can spread in the absence of symptoms — either during the incubation period or in people who never get sick. On Jan. 26, 2020, Chinese officials said transmission had occurred during the incubation period. So what does the evidence tell us so far?
By Scott E. Rupp
In 2019, healthcare organizations were the fourth most common target for ransomware attacks, according to a report released by Cylance, a BlackBerry company. Healthcare made up seven percent of attacks overall, after technology (28 percent), consumer goods (15 percent) and manufacturing (11 percent), but the sophistication of attacks is growing more complex. A year prior, in 2018, Cylance said it saw a decline in overall ransomware attacks and an increase in malicious coin miners.
The maker of Purell hand sanitizer said it will comply with a warning letter issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the company’s unproven claims that its products can prevent viruses like Ebola, the norovirus and influenza.
The FDA, in a letter dated Jan. 17, threatened legal action against Purell’s maker, Gojo Industries, should it not immediately correct statements about its products on the company’s website and social media accounts, which the FDA said violate sections of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years.
The increase is small — just a month — but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses.
“Let’s just hope it continues,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees the report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 74 million cervical cancer cases and 62 million deaths could be averted in the next 100 years if 78 of the world’s poorest countries rapidly deploy HPV vaccinations, cervical screening and cancer treatment, two new studies have projected.
Obesity Medicine Association via EurekAlert!
The Obesity Medicine Association has announced the availability of the 2020 OMA Obesity Algorithm®, with new information for clinicians including obesity myths, polycystic ovary syndrome, obesity and psychiatric disease, ketogenic diet, as well as many other updates.
American Society for Microbiology via ScienceDaily
New findings in mSphere suggest that the genetic makeup of the host organism can influence the transfer of plasmids. By identifying the host factors that facilitate or stop plasmid transfer, the researchers hope to identify new ways to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance, which kills tens of thousands of people every year in the United States alone.
Results previously published in The New England Journal of Medicine that assessed the relationship between clinic and ambulatory BP measurements and mortality have been retracted by the journal based on a request by the authors.
The reason for the retraction was inaccuracies in the data analyses and analytic database, J.R. Banegas, MD, professor at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and colleagues wrote in a Letter to the Editor in The New England Journal of Medicine.
University of Geneva via Medical Xpress
The circadian clock system (from the Latin "circa diem," about a day) allows organisms to anticipate periodic changes of geophysical time and to adjust to those changes. Nearly all cells comprise molecular clocks that regulate and synchronize metabolic functions to a 24-hour cycle of day-night changes. Today, increasing evidence show that disturbances in internal clocks stemming from frequent time zone changes, irregular work schedules and aging have a significant impact on the development of metabolic diseases in human beings, including type-2 diabetes.
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