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According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Health equity means increasing opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life possible, no matter who we are, where we live, or how much money we make.”
Health equity is of vital concern to nurses, whose daily work as patient educators and healthcare practitioners is influenced by interrelated factors such as health disparities,
social determinants of health,
cultural competence and
With the help of Drs. Janice Phillips (PhD, RN, FAAN) and Margaret Moss (PhD, RN, JN, FAAN), editors of the upcoming book Health Equity and Nursing, DailyNurse is looking at these basic concepts and exploring the role of health equity considerations in the day-to-day work of nursing.
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March 25, 2020
Healthcare Reform Efforts:
Applying a Health Equity and Social Justice Lens
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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
Nurse Specialist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Friday, May 8
Royal Sonesta Hotel
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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."
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 has been extended to March 13
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 email@example.com.
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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Patient Engagement HIT
A strong investment in nurses and nursing excellence will be integral to improving the patient experience and patient outcomes, according to a new report from healthcare consulting firm Press Ganey.
Nurses are on the frontlines of patient care encounters, being the foremost providers with whom patients communicate while also being essential parts of clinical and diagnostic care.
“They spend more time interacting with patients than any other healthcare professionals,” Press Ganey wrote in the report, Nursing Special Report: The Far-Reaching Impact of Nursing Excellence.
Fewer than half of U.S. nurses have been provided with the information necessary to respond to the coronavirus, a new survey showed.
Only about 13 percent of nurses said they have a plan in place to isolate patients, and 31 percent of their employers have personal protective equipment available to them, the data also showed. About 3,000 nurses took part in the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United survey.
Patricia Gonzalez, from the California Nurses Association, told NBC Bay Area news that the survey results were "outrageous."
"I think the industry can do better and should be doing better," Gonzalez told NBC.
Dartmouth College via Medical Xpress
When disease epidemics and outbreaks occur, conspiracy theories often emerge that compete with the information provided by public health officials. A Dartmouth-led study in Science Advances finds that information used to counter myths about Zika in Brazil not only failed to reduce misperceptions but also reduced the accuracy of people's other beliefs about the disease.
The results provide important context as countries launch public information campaigns about the new coronavirus, including how to protect oneself and prevent the spread of the disease.
By Lisa Mulcahy
As a hospital administrator, your ongoing goals are to ensure your facility provides the best care outcomes possible and to get your patients quickly and safely back home. Your care teams may be able to accomplish these important goals more easily through innovations being developed via cutting-edge research. Read on about these simple, yet potentially game-changing developments. A few simple implementations could benefit your patients enormously.
A recent report in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed that analogue insulins are the most commonly advertised prescription drugs on the online classified ad website Craigslist, with the drugs being offered at a fraction of their retail price.
The unregulated sale and purchase of prescription medication is prohibited by law and Craigslist policy, yet the review by researchers revealed more than 300 ads for insulin products during a 12-day period in June 2019. Insulin prices have nearly doubled between 2012 and 2016, according to 2017 data from the Health Care Cost Institute.
Associated Press via PBS
About four in 10 American adults are obese, and nearly one in 10 is severely so, government researchers said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention findings come from a 2017-18 health survey that measures height and weight. More than 5,000 U.S. adults took part.
The survey found that the obesity rate was 42 percent — higher than the 40 percent found in a similar 2015-16 study. The severe obesity rate was more than nine percent in the new survey, up from the eight percent figure in the previous one.
HealthDay News via WebMD
Common heartburn meds may foster the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the gut, a new research review suggests.
In an analysis of 12 past studies, researchers found that, overall, the evidence supports a link: People who use acid-suppressing medications — particularly proton pump inhibitors — are more likely than nonusers to harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the gut.
The findings do not prove that PPIs — which include popular brands such as Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole) — are the cause, experts said.
But they are the latest to raise safety questions about the top-selling prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
By Tammy Hinojos
As advances in artificial intelligence continue to make headlines in healthcare, many experts agree that this technology holds great potential to make the industry more efficient and more accessible. AI has already made an impact on many other fields, including education and even marketing, so why not healthcare? One of AI's biggest potential benefits is the early detection and prevention of deadly diseases.
Medical News Today
Previous research has pointed to human pluripotent stem cells as a potential therapeutic avenue for type 1 diabetes.
Pluripotent stem cells are an attractive option for researchers from a therapeutic standpoint because they can self-renew in lab cultures and can differentiate into a variety of cell types.
Researchers have previously used hPSCs to create insulin-producing beta cells. However, they were not able to do so effectively enough to cure type 1 diabetes.
Jeffrey R. Millman, Ph.D., an assistant professor of medicine and biomedical engineering at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is the principal investigator of the new study, which managed to overcome these previous obstacles.
University of Birmingham via Medical Xpress
The body's immune response to fungal infections changes when a patient is also infected by a virus, according to new research which investigated the two types of infection together for the first time.
The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Birmingham, The Pirbright Institute and University College London, sheds fresh light on the immune system's ability to deal with co-infection.
A healthier heart in early adulthood could mean fewer thinking and memory problems later in life, a new study suggests.
"These results indicate that people need to pay close attention to their health even in their early 20s," said study author Dr. Farzaneh Sorond, of Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago.
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