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To commemorate Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday, the World Health Organization dubbed 2020 the year of the nurse. The declaration is both a celebration and a call to action. Nurses are on the frontlines, fighting global health and human rights issues, and they need more support — from patients, administrators, executives, policy makers and beyond.
While influencers of all kinds figure out ways to advance the work nurses have been doing for years, why not make time to advocate for yourself and your profession? Here are a few ideas to do just that.
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The ANA Nominations and Elections Committee has issued a second call for nominations for a slate of candidates for the offices of President and Director-at-large, staff nurse; and for members of the nomination and elections committee, to be presented to the Membership Assembly in 2020.
The second call is for the following positions:
Board of Directors
Nominations and Elections Committee
Term of service for all positions is Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2022.
- Director-at-large, staff nurse
Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form by 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 21. You will need to create a user ID and password before accessing the form.
If you have any questions regarding ANA's national elections, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board seeks public comment on the proposed position statements, Nurses' Professional Responsibility to Promote Ethical Practice Environments and The Ethical Use of Restraints: Balancing Dual Nursing Duties of Patient Safety and Personal Safety. The deadline for comments is March 8.
Please use this opportunity to contribute to ANA's focus on transparency and recognition of the important insights of public examination of its products. Please share this announcement with colleagues, students, health care consumers and other stakeholders. For questions regarding these positions, please contact email@example.com. Visit ANA's public comment website.
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!
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Becker's Hospital Review
Patient and family member complaints are "directly related" to increased reports of both emotional abuse and physical violence against nurses in the workplace, according to a study published in Nursing Open.
Researchers examined the results of the B.C. Nurses' Workload Impact Study, which includes data from 528 nurses working in medical-surgical settings in British Columbia, Canada. The researchers studied workload factors, such as the number of tasks nurses say they left unfinished during their last shift, patient complaints and reports of emotional and physical abuse of nurses.
Researchers found that nurses received an average of one patient complaint against them a month, and the rate of reports of emotional and physical abuse toward nurses was about the same.
Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping said in a press conference on Feb. 21 that the vaccine for coronavirus will be submitted for clinical trials as soon as late April, China News reported.
"In terms of vaccine research and development, multiple routes are deployed in parallel to advance research and development. The fastest vaccine is expected to be applied for clinical trials around late April," Xu told reporters.
Having more nurses trained outside of the United States working on a hospital unit does not hurt collaboration among healthcare professionals and may result in a more educated and stable nursing workforce, finds a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, published in the journal Nursing Economic$.
By Keith Carlson
In healthcare, it can generally be agreed that one of the central pillars of the delivery of high-quality patient care is communication. It can also be readily agreed that communication is a central pillar of both inter- and intra-team cohesion and relationships. If this is truly the case, then why does communication break down so often, and what can we do about improving it in the interest of staff satisfaction and retention, as well as the satisfaction of patients and their loved ones?
Climate change, and the sudden weather changes it brings, could fuel future flu epidemics, researchers warn in a new report.
They used historical data to assess how major weather swings in the fall months could affect flu season in highly populated areas of the United States, mainland China, Italy and France.
Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez writes, "'Your child is due for shots today,' is frequently followed in my practice by a grimace and a visible tightening of parents' hold on their baby. Then comes my rehearsed recital of the diseases against which we are protecting the baby through vaccination and lastly, I lay out the total number of shots due. That is when the bargaining starts — 'Does she really need that many, Dr. Bracho? Couldn't we do two today and the rest next time?'
It is perhaps because I have become used to this bargaining dance that the results of a study published in the journal Pediatrics do not surprise me. Using data from the 2014 National Immunization Surveillance Survey, the latest available data from a nationally representative sample at the time of the study, researchers found that over a third of parents of children ages 19 to 35 months followed delayed immunization schedules."
Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China?
In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed, they more than made up in finesse.
Early warnings of disease outbreaks can help people and governments save lives. In the final days of 2019, an AI system in Boston sent out the first global alert about a new viral outbreak in China. But it took human intelligence to recognize the significance of the outbreak and then awaken response from the public health community.
What’s more, the mere mortals produced a similar alert only a half-hour behind the AI systems.
By Lisa Cole
For many of us in healthcare, clinical practice is no picnic. Long hours, clipped patient visits, staffing shortages, electronic glitches and myriad insurance issues often curtail our ability to provide preventive patient education and counseling. Over and over again, research has demonstrated that our lifestyle hugely impacts our wellness and longevity. Yet, typically, we do a suboptimal job addressing this area with our patients — and ourselves. How can we, even with all the constraints that currently constrict us, amp up our game and be the change we wish to see?
One of the country's best-known tobacco researchers is under fire after one of his federally funded vaping studies was retracted, and other academics are calling for federal review of some of his other influential anti-vaping research.
The retracted study, by University of California, San Francisco medical school professor Stanton Glantz and published in Journal of the American Heart Association, said vaping doubled the risk of heart attacks. It was paid for primarily by the second of two $20 million grants awarded to Glantz and UCSF in 2018 from the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration to research tobacco and e-cigarettes.
In July 2019, USA TODAY reported on questions about the study and another researcher's conclusion that the majority of the heart attacks happened before people vaped.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via PhysOrg
Using a machine-learning algorithm, MIT researchers have identified a powerful new antibiotic compound. In laboratory tests, the drug killed many of the world's most problematic disease-causing bacteria, including some strains that are resistant to all known antibiotics. It also cleared infections in two different mouse models.
Gladstone Institute via Medical Xpress
A team of Gladstone Institutes scientists led by Senior Investigator Nevan Krogan, Ph.D., has been cataloging host proteins that physically bind to virus proteins. These physical interactions identify human proteins that the virus can use to infect cells and propagate. However, they don't reveal how host proteins work together to facilitate infection.
To address this gap, Krogan and staff scientist David Gordon, Ph.D., with colleagues at UC San Francisco, University College Dublin, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, have developed a new way to understand how host cells control HIV infection in human cells.
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