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By Keith Carlson
With superlative clinical preparation grounded in time-tested nursing skills of assessment, diagnosis, communication and patient support, advanced practice registered nurses are in an excellent position to powerfully impact the availability of high-quality primary care to a rapidly aging population. As the population over 65 continues to grow during a shortage of geriatricians, APRNs can fill in the gaps, shoring up the healthcare infrastructure at a point of potential crisis.
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April 8-9, 2016
Caring Across Generations — Annual Meeting Living Legends in Nursing and Annual Awards Banquet and
Annual Spring Conference
Keynote: Ellen Flaherty, PhD, APRN, AGSF
Westin Waltham Hotel |
Westin Waltham Hotel Room Reservation, click here.
More information and Conference Flyer — Click Here!
REGISTRATION DEADLINE MARCH 31.
To register visit http://www.anamass.org/
Red Sox vs. Astros
Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 7:10 p.m. (game time)
Invite your friends, family and colleagues for ANA Massachusetts Night at Fenway Park
Be sure to join us at the pre-game Networking event from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Champion Club at Fenway Park.
Red-Sox Tickets: $25 each, click here.
VIP Tickets: $65 each, click here.
(VIP TICKET INCLUDES: game ticket, pregame networking reception, photo opportunity with World Series Trophies (5:30-6:00 p.m.), Fenway tasty treats and raffle prizes)
First come, first served, so place your ticket order today!!
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
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Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC)
Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
Learn more and register today!
- Learn about the updated RN Competencies, highlighting Informatics & Technology and Diversity
- Receive information about the new LPN Competencies
- Understand available resources such as the revised Competencies Toolkit and consultation support
- Hear real examples of best practices using the Competencies in education and practice settings and participate in a Q&A session
Become a lifestyle coach for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), an evidence-based lifestyle change program designed for people diagnosed with pre-diabetes or those at risk of developing diabetes.
Lifestyle coaches facilitate weekly sessions, role model and motivate participants to set and achieve personal lifestyle goals. The curriculum covers eating plans, exercise, and lifestyle changes to help participants achieve the following primary goals:
Training to become a Lifestyle Coach for the NDPP will be offered on Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3, in collaboration with QTAC-NY (Quality & Technical Assistance Center of New York), nationally recognized trainers.
- Reduce and maintain individual weight loss by 5 to 7 percent
- Participate in regular physical activity
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Advance for NPs & PAs
A diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder is no longer restricted to veterans returning from war. Given that 5.2 million Americans have experienced a traumatic event in their lifetimes and 6-10 percent of patients in primary care having PTSD, it may be beneficial to incorporate a screening for this condition in primary care. Primary care providers are in a unique position. They have an opportunity to diagnose PTSD in the acute phase, thus allowing the patient to start treatment early.
Advance Healthcare Network
Among physicians, there's an old joke that half of everything we know about medical practice is wrong, but, unfortunately, we don't know which half that is. Consumers are often unsettled to find that medical science does not progress in a linear fashion-particularly when they have already undergone a procedure or taken a medication that then falls out of favor.
Medscape (free login required)
A nurse made a decision to wait to carry out a medication administration order to protect a patient who might be pregnant. But is this legal?
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University are challenging the convention that tetanus and diphtheria vaccine boosters need to be administered every 10 years. Their paper in Clinical Infectious Diseases recommends current adult vaccination schedule should be revisited. Researchers looked at the magnitude and duration of immunity to tetanus and diphtheria to provide an evidence-based evaluation of the current adult vaccine schedule. Their analysis shows adults will remain protected against tetanus and diphtheria for at least 30 years without the need for further booster shots, after completing the standard five-dose childhood vaccination series.
Heart attack victims in the United States are becoming younger and fatter, a new study reveals.
The average age of people suffering the deadliest heart attacks fell from 64 years old to 60 years old over the past two decades, Cleveland Clinic researchers report. And obesity is now implicated in 40 percent of severe heart attacks.
Medical News Today
If you take long naps or feel particularly sleepy during the day, you could be on the way to developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, excess fat around the waist and high blood sugar, all of which increase the risk of heart disease. These symptoms are collectively known as metabolic syndrome. These are the findings of research being presented at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session in Chicago.
Infection Control Today
According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity increased in the United States. The number of states reporting widespread flu activity increased from 37 to 40 and an additional eight influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported this week. CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. In late February, CDC reported flu vaccine effectiveness of nearly 60 percent this season. Vaccination is recommended as long as influenza viruses are still circulating.
Health Leaders Media
CNOs rank evidence-based practice low on their priority lists even though its use is necessary to achieve their top goals of improving quality and safety. OSU's CNO shares specifics on how nurse execs can build EBP-friendly cultures.
U.S. health officials are reminding healthcare workers to use standard protective gear when delivering babies to prevent possible infection with Zika or transmission of the virus to newborns.
The Zika virus that is quickly spreading in the Caribbean and the Americas is primarily transmitted by mosquito bites, but the virus has also been detected in body fluids, including blood, urine, amniotic fluid and saliva, and several cases of sexual transmission have occurred.
Critically ill children who received tube feeding for a week prior to starting intravenous nutrition had fewer infections and shorter hospital stays than children who began IV feeding shortly after admission, a small randomized trial found.
Children for whom parenteral nutrition was withheld until their eighth day in the ICU were associated with a rate of new infection 7.8 percentage points lower than children who received early parenteral nutrition.
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