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Nurses are at the heart of achieving HIV treatment and prevention goals, according to the American Nurses Association’s 13 updated policies on preventing and caring for HIV and related conditions, which were released in December 2019.
But advanced practice registered nurses and other nurses don’t have the necessary authority to do all they can to improve access and reach more patients with preventive education and pre-exposure prophylaxis. Nor can they provide the holistic care for which nurses are known, according to Tracy Hicks, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, FIAAN, CARN-AP, a practice owner and program director of the Health AIDS Recovery Program-Special Health Resource, a Ryan White founded clinic in Longview, Texas.
| || 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!
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
Register today! Click here.
Click here for the program flyer.
The new co-editors of the ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, Barbara Belanger and Inge Corless, invite your comments, suggestions, critiques, information, and articles. This is YOUR Newsletter and we want it to be interesting, informative and useful to you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking to interview nurses working on the coronavirus outbreak in direct care, public health policy, research, or other related roles. Please contact: Gail B. Gall, PhD, RN at email@example.com.
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.
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!
| || NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS|
UC San Diego Health
In the first national study of its size, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Health, Department of Nursing, have found that male and female nurses are at higher risk of suicide than the general population. Results of the longitudinal study were published in the Feb. 3, 2020 online edition of WORLDviews on Evidence Based-Nursing.
The New York Times
China is forging ahead in the search for treatments for people sickened by the new coronavirus that has infected more than 28,000 people in a countrywide epidemic, killed more than 500 and seeded smaller outbreaks in 24 other nations.
The need is urgent: There are no approved treatments for illnesses caused by coronaviruses.
On Feb. 6, China began enrolling patients in a clinical trial of remdesivir, an antiviral medicine made by Gilead, the American pharmaceutical giant.
Gilead Sciences Inc., the much maligned pharmaceutical company that makes the only forms of PrEP currently approved for use in the United States, just got smacked with yet another legal setback.
After bogarting the production of life-saving HIV prevention meds for nearly a decade, Gilead may soon be forced to give up that control and allow other companies to make generics of its brand-name drug Truvada. That’s one possible outcome of the ongoing legal battle between Gilead and the U.S. government. The Department of Health and Human Services sued the pharmaceutical giant last November for relying on government-owned patents to sell Truvada and the recently approved Descovy, thereby profiting off of years of taxpayer-funded research—something that activist group PrEP4All discovered and made public in March of last year, which prompted the government to act.
By Keith Carlson
Pandemics regularly challenge the global healthcare system. SARS certainly taught us some lessons, as did the H1N1 outbreak. Enter, stage left, the 2019-20 coronavirus. As this current viral threat circulates around the world — mostly via those who have recently been to the Wuhan area of China — the World Health Organization is grappling with public relations, epidemiology, containment and quarantines, travel restrictions (and some outright bans), as well as deciding whether this is truly a pandemic or not.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Eye health is one more nursing irony. The work involves so much “seeing,” from reading charts and digital data to interpreting health-related emotions on patients’ faces. But the work also tends to challenge healthy vision, with the prominence of fluorescent lights and too much screen time, along with diets that aren’t always eye health-friendly. Here are some suggestions from optometrists and registered dietitians.
An “unprecedented” study has revealed the most comprehensive map of cancer genomes to date, discovering causes of previously unexplained cancers and pin-pointing cancer-causing events.
The research, carried out by an international team, is said to significantly improve our fundamental understanding of cancer, suggesting new directions for its diagnosis and treatment.
Thread is out and skin is in, according to the latest (and weirdest) in medical textiles from France.
Researchers say they’ve successfully created yarn from human skin cells in an achievement that could one day change how doctors stitch up wounds and transplant organs.
The notion of “skin yarn” might send shivers up some people’s spines, but it could be a major win for doctors at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, who are hoping it will eventually become a common technique.
By Brian Wallace
The way people work is changing, and that means how people access healthcare and buy health insurance is changing, too. But what are younger generations looking for in health insurance? Learn more with this infographic.
HealthDay News via WebMD
Some people let healthy habits fall by the wayside after they start medications for high cholesterol or high blood pressure, a new study finds.
Of more than 41,000 middle-aged Finnish adults researchers followed, those who started on cholesterol or blood pressure drugs were more likely to stop exercising or gain weight in the years afterward.
The pattern does not prove that medications, per se, make people lax about lifestyle, said lead researcher Maarit Korhonen, an adjunct professor at the University of Turku in Finland.
But, she said, the findings do suggest that doctors should do a better job of emphasizing the importance of healthy habits.
Researchers have developed a sweet new antiviral agent derived from sugar that destroys viruses on contact. It’s still early days for the research, but the "game-changing" molecule holds some potential to fight against viral outbreaks.
Reported in the journal Science Advances, researchers engineered the new molecule from cyclodextrins, a family of natural glucose derivatives that hold broad-spectrum antiviral properties and a bunch of other handy characteristics.
Could human lives be extended by slowing down our hearts? Triggered by the observation that mammals with a higher heart rate live shorter than those with a slower one, this is the question that Dr. Herbert J. Levine, an eminent cardiologist and professor emeritus at Tufts University School of Medicine, asked in his 1997 article “Rest Heart Rate and Life Expectancy.”
To this day, his question has not been fully answered. But several recent studies have found important links between slower hearts and longer lives, elevating resting heart rate to the level of an important health indicator.
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