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The nursing field is at a generational crossroads, with millennials and Generation Z increasingly making up a larger share of the nursing workforce—and it turns out their professional priorities and expectations differ from past generations in a few key ways, according to a new HCA Healthcare survey.
| || ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES|
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|
In its Fiscal Year 2021 budget, released Feb. 10, the Trump administration proposes steep cuts to and the elimination of essential nursing programs under the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education.
Under the new budget, the majority of Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs would be eliminated, with the exception of the Nurse Corps program, which would receive $83.135 million. Additionally, the National Institutes of Health would face a nearly $3 billion proposed cut. This includes cutting the National Institute of Nursing Research's budget down to $156.804 million in FY 2021. These reduced funding levels are about a nine percent overall cut to HHS.
As an outbreak of a novel coronavirus has swept through Hubei province, China, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been preparing for its worst case scenario — a widespread outbreak of illnesses in the United States.
"Right now we're in an aggressive containment mode," CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield told CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in an interview on Feb. 13.
"We don't know a lot about this virus," he said. "This virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we will get community-based transmission."
The response to the 2019 measles outbreaks in the United States cost roughly $42 million, based on estimates outlined in a recent study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, although researchers said this is likely an underestimate.
By Lisa Mulcahy
As a physician or administrator, it's crucial that you keep patient transactions and data easily shareable and totally secure. Blockchain technology may be just the right way for your organization to do it. In a blockchain system, data is linked in a segmented system that makes for ease of sharing, eliminates the risk of inaccurate data being kept in a patient ledger, and automatically distributes to a set network of recipients. Blockchain is currently being used most in healthcare payment applications. However, as it matures further, it is being adapted for virtually every healthcare need.
The pressures on new graduate nurses to transition from education to practice are often too much to take, causing RNs meant to fuel nursing’s workforce pipeline in the coming decades to question their career choice.
One thing that can ease the transition and help retain new nurses is nurse precepting, said Solimar Figueroa, PhD, RN, MHA, P-PCA, a clinical collaborator for the American Academy for Preceptor Advancement.
The FDA requested that the manufacturer of the serotonin receptor agonist lorcaserin voluntarily withdraw the weight-loss drug from the U.S. market because of clinical trial data that show an increased occurrence of cancer, according to an agency alert issued Feb. 13.
The manufacturer, Eisai, has submitted a request to voluntarily withdraw lorcaserin, according to the FDA.
If you are sometimes less than careful with your prescription medications and have young kids at home, a new study shows how easily tragedies can occur.
Researchers found that young children getting into medicines leads to about 400,000 poison center calls and 50,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year.
In more than half of these cases, medications have been removed from child-resistant containers by an adult, according to the analysis of calls to five poison control centers.
McMaster University via ScienceDaily
A new group of antibiotics with a unique approach to attacking bacteria has been discovered, making it a promising clinical candidate in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
The newly-found corbomycin and the lesser-known complestatin have a never-before-seen way to kill bacteria, which is achieved by blocking the function of the bacterial cell wall. The discovery comes from a family of antibiotics called glycopeptides that are produced by soil bacteria.
From 2002 to 2015, there was a constant increase in the incidence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes among youth, according to research published in the Feb. 14 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Chronic wounds affect millions of Americans annually. These wounds include painful ulcers on the foot, leg and beyond. People with diabetes, who have enough on their plate, often suffer from these types of wounds. Treating these wounds properly so they will heal can be difficult, but a new type of "smart bandage" might be able to help solve this problem.
Texas Heart Institute via Medical Xpress
Researchers at Texas Heart Institute and UCLA crossed a significant milestone in the development of wirelessly powered, leadless pacemakers. In an article in the Nature Research journal Scientific Reports, the team used their innovative pacing system to reveal the ability to provide synchronized biventricular pacing to a human-sized heart in a preclinical research model.
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