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A little over a month into 2019, the Centers for Disease Control has confirmed 101 individual cases of measles — in 10 states — in the U.S. These states are California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. As nurses, we have a responsibility to educate patients about vaccinations and the implications when vaccine-preventable diseases reemerge. "The ability of nurses to quickly assess patients for infectious diseases saves lives by reducing the potential spread of this highly communicable disease,” reports Barbara Pate, Ph.D., MPH, RN. The majority of the confirmed cases, in the U.S., are people who were not vaccinated. As frontline professionals, nurses can stay informed about the current outbreak and recommendations for vaccinations.
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Friday, March 29, 2019
Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA
Celebrate the past, present and future of nursing in Massachusetts! Register today.
- Conference (7:30 a.m. breakfast; 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. program) - Responding to Rising Challenges in Nursing and Healthcare: Join us as we hear from Nursing experts in presenting the latest innovations and evidence-based findings related to the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and practice implications regarding the opioid crisis, concussion, nurse resiliency, weight stigma, and violence against nurses. Content will include physical aspects, psychosocial impact, recent trends, current research and evidence-based findings, nursing assessment, and implications for professional practice.
- ANA Massachusetts Annual Business Meeting (4:30 p.m.)
- ANA Massachusetts Annual Awards Dinner (cocktail reception begins at 6:00 p.m.)
Join us in congratulating our 2019 Award Recipients.
For registration information, sponsorship opportunities, and a detailed schedule, see the updated flyer.
It exists – and we all know we must do something about it. Bullying is one of the most intractable challenges nursing leaders face in all settings – one that proves very resistant to our many well-intentioned efforts. A 2018 survey of ANA members revealed that 87% of the respondents had experienced bullying at least once in their careers.
This live, free, and interactive webinar will highlight actions you can take IMMEDIATELY to begin to lessen bullying and its negative impact on your staff. Don't miss this opportunity to join an intimate conversation with an accomplished nursing leader about one of our profession's most significant challenges.
Bullying will probably never be eliminated. Dramatically lowering the incidence of bullying, however, starts with the leader. There are actions you can take to begin, little by little, over time, to lessen the occurrences of bullying as well as provide help and support to the RNs who are vulnerable to being bullied. This webinar will give you valuable tools to begin to make a difference.
- Seemingly small actions you can take right now to begin to successfully address bullying
- How to get your staff involved in positive, productive ways
- Supporting and helping the most vulnerable populations: Early career and older RNs
- How "down in the weeds" do you get: How to recognize what is going on and intervene when you are removed from day-to-day bullying situations
- Self-inventory and knowing how you are perceived: You can't bully others into being more civil
Who should attend: Nursing Leaders in all settings
Our Presenter: Audrey M. Stevenson, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-BC
Additional information: Register no later than April 10, 2019 at 1 pm ET to receive 24/7 access to this webinar so that, even if you can't attend the live webinar, you can still benefit from this information at a later time. A link will be emailed to all registrants the day after the webinar, so you can view the webinar at your convenience.
Exclusively for Nursing Leaders
Attendance is free for both ANA members and non-members.
Register by March 1, 2019 to receive a free registration gift, a mini e-book, "How to Address Difficult Communications...positively."
This program is informational only; no contact hours will be awarded.
Individual pre-registration is required.
For questions or group attendance requests, please email email@example.com.
The ANA Center for Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Board seeks public comment on the proposed position statement, The Nurse's Role When a Patient Requests Aid in Dying. The deadline for comments is April 8, 2019.
Please use this opportunity to contribute to ANA's focus on transparency and recognition of the important insights of the public examination of its products. Please share this announcement with colleagues, students, health care consumers and other stakeholders.
Mark your calendar for ANA's National Nurses Week webinar, "Nurses4Us: Elevating the Profession," to be held May 8, from 1-2 p.m. ET. ANA President Ernest Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Faith Roberts, MSN, RN, director of Magnet, Professional Practice and Parish Nursing, Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group, will discuss ways you can contribute to advancing nursing; what you can do to keep nursing's professional presence in the public arena; and how nurses can improve healthcare. You'll also hear about Nursing Now, a three-year global campaign to improve health by raising the profile and status of nursing worldwide. The webinar is free, but please register in advance.
Friday, June 7, 2019
ANA Massachusetts Accredited Approver Unit
Annual Spring Symposium
The World Congress on Nursing & Healthcare Management will meet on June 19-20, 2019 in Venice, Italy.
20% discount on registration
Certificate of accreditation by the International Organizing Committee (IOCM)
Abstracts will be published in conference souvenirs & international journals
Group Discounts Available!
Please feel free to contact Juliana Katelyn for further queries.
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Associated Press via WIS-TV
A London man appears to be free of the AIDS virus after a stem cell transplant — the second success, including the “Berlin patient,” doctors reported.
The therapy had an early success with Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man treated in Germany who is 12 years post-transplant and still free of HIV. Until now, Brown is the only person thought to have been cured of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Medical experts believe our cavalier use of antibiotics has sparked a growing global health crisis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of the modern day. Each year in the U.S., at least two million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die, according to the CDC.
But what if doctors could solve the problem by using viruses that have evolved to attack these deadly superbugs?
By Tammy Adams
Several social media platforms are facing public scrutiny over their role in promoting misleading health information, especially relating to the anti-vaccination movement, which many experts say has contributed to the outbreak of contagious illnesses, like measles, in areas around the country. At a time where it seems everyone has a platform, there is a global need for medically and scientifically accurate information from reliable sources to help inform public health knowledge. SERMO is a leading social network for over 800,000 fully verified and licensed physicians around the world. When it comes to the anti-vaccination movement, SERMO surveyed its community to find out how physicians really feel.
The New York Times
The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since the collection of federal mortality data started in 1999, according to an analysis by two public health nonprofits, the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust. To reach their conclusion, the two groups parsed the latest available data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Influenza's shifty nature has thwarted scientists' efforts to develop a vaccine that could be administered once, or rarely, and provide long-lasting protection against most or all strains. Antiviral drugs like Tamiflu, administered post-infection, can be effective, but some quickly shifting strains soon become resistant to the drugs.
Research published recently in Science details the early development of what might eventually become a drug that's more broadly effective. It's designed to target areas of the influenza virus that hold constant from strain to strain.
Good Morning America
The ketogenic, or keto, diet is one of the trendiest diets right now, but a new study is raising red flags about a potential heart risk tied to low-carbohydrate diets like keto.
The study, which will be presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting, found that people on low-carb diets were 18 percent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation, a common heart rhythm disorder, than people on a moderate-carb diet.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via PhysOrg
Many types of cancer could be more easily treated if they were detected at an earlier stage. MIT researchers have now developed an imaging system, named "DOLPHIN," which could enable them to find tiny tumors, as small as a couple of hundred cells, deep within the body.
In a new study, the researchers used their imaging system, which relies on near-infrared light, to track a 0.1-millimeter fluorescent probe through the digestive tract of a living mouse. They also showed that they can detect a signal to a tissue depth of eight centimeters, far deeper than any existing biomedical optical imaging technique.
The researchers hope to adapt their imaging technology for early diagnosis of ovarian and other cancers that are currently difficult to detect until late stages.
Washington University School of Medicine
People with inflammatory bowel disease live with frequent, miserable episodes of abdominal pain, diarrhea and, in severe cases, rectal bleeding. Standard treatments are aimed at directly suppressing inflammation, but many patients find little relief from such an approach. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found a compound that may treat IBD without directly targeting inflammation. The compound tamps down the activity of a gene linked to blood clotting. They discovered that the gene was turned on at sites of intestinal inflammation and damage, and blocking its activity reduces IBD symptoms in mice.
Medical News Today
In a new study called the MooDFOOD trial, a team from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the University of Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and the University of Leipzig in Germany decided to find out whether different dietary strategies would have any effect on mental health outcomes in overweight or obese people.
"Because depression is such a common problem, finding effective and widely available ways to prevent depression at a population level is an important goal," notes Prof. Ed Watkins, one of the study authors.
The researchers' findings, which now appear in JAMA, offer some hope that certain dietary interventions could be helpful. However, the overall suggestion is that simply making nutritional changes may not be enough to prevent instances of depression.
HealthDay News via WebMD
Want a daytime pick-me-up that may also benefit your blood pressure? Take a nap, researchers suggest.
"Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes," said Dr. Manolis Kallistratos, a cardiologist at Asklepieion General Hospital in Voula, Greece.
For each hour you nap, systolic blood pressure drops an average of 3 mm Hg, the researchers found. Systolic pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — is the force of your blood pushing against your arteries when your heart beats. Diastolic pressure — the bottom number — is the force between heart beats.
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