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Nursing workforce continues to grow,
but profession's future is uncertain

U.S. News & World Report
The number of nursing school graduates entering the workforce has grown significantly over the past 15 years, but health care professionals say not to worry: The jobs will be there over the next decade. Changes in the economy and the retirement of hundreds of thousands of baby boomers will contribute to a growing number of available nursing jobs, they say. “We so badly need and want to have more nurses,” said Nancy Griffin, associate dean of enrollment management at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore.
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Nursing Archives Associates Annual Meeting
Join the Nursing Archives Associates for their annual meeting featuring nursing professional, author, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, retired US Army Colonel and BU School of Nursing Alumnae Susan Luz. Luz will speak on her life, career and her book Nightingale of Mosul: A Nurse's Journey of Service, Struggle and War.
RSVP required, by March 26.
Tuesday, March 31 - 5:30 PM
Trustee Ballroom, One Silber Way, 9th Floor
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
For Event Flyer, click here.

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ANA Massachusetts Elections:
Voting On-line or Paper Ballot — NOW OPEN

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If you do not know your log in information, please send an email to Please include your name and address in the e-mail. Your log in information will be sent electronically to you.
The deadline for voting is April 1, 2015.

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Registration Now Open! ANA Massachusetts Events — Spring Events!
2015 ANA Massachusetts Awards Dinner and Spring Conference
Registration deadline April 3

Awards Dinner Flyer, click here.
Conference Flyer, click here.
Convention Brochure, click here.
Register Now, click here.
Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet — 6-9:30 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Business Meeting — 4:30-6 p.m.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Annual Spring Conference — 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Theme: The Courage to Care in the Face of Infectious Disease
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Dedham Hilton Hotel • Dedham, MA
Morning Keynote - Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
President, American Nurses Association
Featured Speaker - Cheryl Bartlett, RN
Executive Director, Cape Cod Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative and Public Health, Cape Cod Health Care, Former MA Public Health Commissioner
Join Us for a Networking/Cocktail Reception on Saturday, April 11
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
ANA Massachusetts Members Free
Non Members $10.00
networking — socializing with colleagues
Cash bar and light appetizers
Dedham Hotel Group Room Block Rate - Deadline March 19, 2015
Group Code: ANAM or American Nurses Association Massachusetts.
Front Desk at 781-329-7900 or Central Reservations at 800-754-8052

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Awards Dinner Sponsorship and Ad Opportunities, click here.
Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities, click here.

Massachusetts Health Council's 5th Women's Health Forum Getting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Knowledge is Everything
April 16, 2015
Westin Copley Place, Boston
MHC Women's Health Conference Registration
Forum Flyer, click here.

2015 Annual Spring Symposium - Continuing Nursing Education: Boot Camp
Friday, May 1, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Registration, click here.
$199 includes lunch
Early Bird Registration Fee of $179 before March 15
Wellesley Gateway Building, Wellesley, MA

Celebrate National Nurses Day at Fenway Park with American Nurses Association Massachusetts!
Register Now, click here.
Limited Quantity
Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
7:10 p.m. (game time)
Red-Sox Tickets: $25 each
First come, first served, so place your ticket order today!
Be sure to join us at the pre-game Networking event from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the Cask & Flagon
Networking Event: $25, ANA Massachusetts member rate, $35 non-member rate, $15 student rate
Invite your friends, family and colleagues for ANA Massachusetts Night at Fenway Park

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Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing (ANA Massachusetts Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for The Summer 2015 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by about 122,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
Deadline date for submission is April 10
Your contribution can be sent to or mailed to ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186

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Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact for more information
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EMR systems generating a new set of problems for nurses
By Joan Spitrey
One of the biggest proposed purposes and benefits of the electronic medical record (EMR) was improved patient care and safety. Gone would be the days of "team reading" of illegible doctor's orders — now prescriber orders would be entered directly into the record, removing errors from handwriting and transcription. Gone would be the days of reading data to providers over the phone — now they would have remote, instant access to patient's records. In fact, the patient would now have instant access also, sometimes even before the healthcare provider has had a change to review the EMR.
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New guidelines call for no heart tests for low-risk patients
HealthDay News
Many patients who are at low risk for heart problems don't need to have screening tests such as EKGs and stress tests, a national association of primary care physicians recommends. The new guideline jibes with research that has suggested the tests are overused in patients who don't need them. At issue are electrocardiography (EKG or ECG), echocardiography (echo) and myocardial perfusion imaging (nuclear) tests.
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Telehealth's true success starts behind the scenes
By Karen R. Thomas
For the last few years, telehealth has been one of the biggest buzzwords in the healthcare industry. With recent predictions indicating that the number of patients using telehealth will hit 7 million by the year 2018, businesses are scrambling to create devices that can keep up with the high demand. Telemonitoring technologies make it possible for healthcare providers to monitor symptoms and measure vital signs remotely, and they also make it easier for patients, employees and others to manage their own healthcare better and more affordably.
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Healthy care environment also benefits patients, families
The Missoulian
Many of us spend more than one-third of our waking hours at our jobs. Therefore, it is no surprise that our work environment has a significant impact on our lives. Nurses are certainly no exception to this. In fact, there has been an abundance of research in recent years analyzing the effects of a healthy work environment on nurses and on the clients they serve. For nurses, a healthy work environment correlates with improved physical and mental health, positive relationships, and positive perception of work-life balance.
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Researchers engineer stem cells to treat sickle cell disease
By Lynn Hetzler
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have taken an important step toward a more effective treatment for some patients with sickle cell disease who require frequent transfusions. In the study, which appeared in the journal Stem Cells, researchers say they have successfully corrected a genetic error in stem cells in these patients, then used those cells to grow mature red blood cells free from the genetic defect that causes sickle cell disease.
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Vitamin D ineffective as treatment for hypertension
Medical News Today
A new study has concluded that vitamin D supplementation is ineffective in lowering blood pressure and should not be used as an antihypertensive agent. The findings refute suggestions that the vitamin could be used as treatment for elevated blood pressure. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is a systematic review of trials and patient data, including randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials using vitamin D supplementation.
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2 commonly used antibiotics have similar cure rates for uncomplicated skin infections
Infection Control Today
Two antibiotics frequently prescribed to treat serious skin infections — clindamycin and trimethoprim sulfamethoxazole (TMP-SMX) — had similar rates of success in curing uncomplicated infections in outpatients, according to a study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. Before this pivotal trial, there were no data on which antibiotics were best for treatment of these common skin infections. The large clinical trial is the first to compare the relative effectiveness of the two most commonly prescribed antibiotics for serious skin infections.
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Early X-rays might not help elderly with new back pain
Older people with a new episode of back pain shouldn't be sent right away for X-rays or other imaging studies, new research suggests. They won't be any better off, and they'll end up with bigger bills, the researchers say. Guidelines suggest that young people with new back pain should wait a while before getting X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT), but the same guidelines make exceptions for older people since there could be more serious underlying conditions.
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Possible HIV cure brings hope to patients and healthcare providers
By Christina Thielst
The first AIDS case recognized at the time in the United States was reported to the CDC in April of 1980. Today, more than 1 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS, and many more are inflicted across the world. A diagnosis of AIDS in '80s usually resulted in death. In the mid-to-late 1980s, testing was developed to slow the spread of the disease by more quickly identifying the carriers and to protect those who relied upon the nation's blood supply.
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Study: Millions of kidney failure patients die for lack of treatment
HealthDay News
More than 2 million kidney failure patients worldwide die prematurely every year because they can't get treatment, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 123 countries with 93 percent of the world's population, and found there were between 5 million to almost 10 million kidney failure patients who required either dialysis or a kidney transplant in 2010. Of the 2.6 million patients who were treated, 78 percent received dialysis. Of those who received treatment, nearly 93 percent lived in high- to high-middle-income nations, the findings showed.
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