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By Keith Carlson
As a nurse, you have a breadth and depth of specialized knowledge that spans both the clinical and nonclinical. Whether you work in the ICU, hospice or school nursing, you hold significant expertise in your nursing brain. A nurse is more than just her clinically related knowledge. Have you ever considered how your non-nursing knowledge can feed and empower the nurse you are and make you a more effective clinician, researcher or educator?
| || ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES|
April 7-April 8, 2017
ANA Massachusetts Celebration of Nursing Awards Dinner and Spring Conference
Westin Waltham Hotel, Waltham, MA
Register, click here. |
Program Flyer, click here.
Celebrate the Past, Present and Future of Nursing in Massachusetts!
Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Gino Chisari
Award Recipients, click here.
The theme of the 2017 Spring Conference will be Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (Healthy Massachusetts)
Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, FAAN
Executive Director, American Nurses Association
Carol R. Taylor, PhD, RN
Professor on the Educator Track, Senior Clinical Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and a Professor of Medicine and Nursing
Gino Chisari, RN, DNP
Director, Norman Knight Nursing Center for Clinical and Professional Development,
Institute for Patient Care, Massachusetts General Hospital
Sponsorship Opportunities, click here.
Call for Posters, click here.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | Boston Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles
Be sure to join us at the pre-game Networking event
from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. 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,
Fenway tasty treats and Red Sox raffle prizes.
Our very own Past-President, Myra Cacace, will be singing
the National Anthem at the game!
First come, first served!!
How Do I Vote?
ANA Massachusetts members are once again able to vote for candidates for ANA Massachusetts offices on-line.
To go to on-line voting, click here.
If you do not know your log in information, please send an email to lpresutti@ANAMass.org. Please include your name and address in the e-mail. Your log in information will be sent electronically to you.
The American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) has posted its draft acute care nurse practitioner scope of practice, standards of practice and standards of professional performance for public comment here. Please access the files and provide your recommendations and comments for each section before the closing deadline of April 7, 2017.
ANA’s Committee on Nursing Practice Standards seeks public comment on its “Draft Recognition of a Nursing Specialty, Approval of a Specialty Nursing Scope of Practice Statement, Acknowledgment of Specialty Nursing Standards of Practice, and Affirmation of Focused Practice Competencies.”
This 2017 document will replace and reflects significant revision of ANA’s 2010 “Recognition of a Nursing Specialty, Approval of a Specialty Nursing Scope of Practice Statement, and Acknowledgment of Specialty Nursing Standards of Practice.” Access the draft document and response survey here.
Please use this opportunity to contribute to ANA’s focus on transparency and recognition of the important insights of public examination of its products. Do encourage colleagues, students, organizations and other stakeholders to also review and submit comments. The closing date for submission of comments is midnight EDT April 24, 2017.
If you have any questions, contact: Carol J. Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Call for 2017 Nightingale Tribute Names
ANA is paying respect to departed colleagues by presenting the Nightingale Tribute at the 2016 Membership Assembly.
The Nightingale Tribute was designed and developed by the Kansas State Nurses Association and adopted by the ANA House of Delegates to honor deceased nurses.
To honor departed nurses since June 2016, please forward their name, date departed and credentials to email@example.com by April 26, 2017. These name will be added to the Nightingale Tribute Book.
The health of nurses has always been an issue for the profession. This webinar seeks to do two things. First, to help nurses understand how to lead their own path in taking better care of their own physical and mental states and that of their staff. The second, to show what the impact of doing so can have on their patients’ health, outcomes, and hospital readmissions.
After attending this webinar, you will learn how to better lead your own health care- and by doing so improve patient care and outcomes.
Become an active member —
Join an ANA Massachusetts Committee today!
Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have a special talent or interest? Can you find the time to work on a one time only project? If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Listed below are the descriptions of the various active committees for the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts.
The Membership Committee is happy to announce a Member Rewards program for those who regularly attend ANA Massachusetts events.
Members who have attended the:
will receive a free VIP ticket to the ANA Massachusetts’ Night at Fenway Park on May 3, 2017. The VIP ticket includes a game ticket, pregame networking reception, a photo opportunity with the World Series Trophies (5:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.), Fenway tasty treats and Red Sox raffle prizes.
- 2017 Winter Conference
- Wellness Event on March 3
- Awards Dinner (including Living Legends Awards) on April 7, and
- Annual Spring Conference on April 8
If you were not able to join us at the Winter Conference, you are still eligible to receive a free ticket to the Red Sox game if you attend the 3 upcoming ANA MA events.
Please register for and attend all of these educational and professional events; increase your access to engaging speakers, timely expert content, and spend quality time with valued colleagues. This year you will also be rewarded with a fun, free evening at Fenway Park, an event which has grown in participation every year, and is a relaxing way to welcome the spring and summer sports season!
We hope to see you there, and hope that many members will take this opportunity to fully participate in ANA Massachusetts conferences as well as this great game in which the Boston Red Sox will face the Baltimore Orioles! In addition, our very own Past-President, Myra Cacace, will be singing the National Anthem at the game! Not to be missed!!
We hope that you will take a few minutes to complete this brief membership survey.
Your responses will help us plan events
that our members are interested in participating in.
To take the survey, click here.
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
| || NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS|
By Jason Poquette
When I graduated from pharmacy school almost 25 years ago, filling prescriptions for opioids in a community setting wasn't a topic of great concern. We did it. We made sure the dosing was appropriate and counseled the patients about side effects. We knew about forged prescriptions and probably caught some. But today's pharmacists must take many more things into consideration whenever we fill a prescription for a controlled substance.
Medical News Today
When it comes to oral contraceptives, women often hear about the increased cancer risk they pose. A new study, however, finds that the using birth control pills may protect against certain cancers for at least 30 years. From an analysis of more than 46,000 women, researchers from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom found that women who had ever used oral contraceptive pills were at lower risk of colorectal, ovarian, and endometrial cancers, compared with women who had never used the pill.
Becker's ASC Review
PracticeMatch released a survey on nurse practitioner and physician assistant compensation and career satisfaction. The survey included more than 1,000 NP and PA respondents. Thirty-eight percent of NPs and 44 percent of PAs report being very satisfied in their current roles; one-fourth of the total respondents said they were extremely satisfied and only 6 percent said they were unsatisfied.
By Joan Spitrey
Just as the new international Surviving Sepsis guidelines come to publication this month, a Virginia physician becomes a small voice for practice change among his peers. Dr. Peter Marik believes he may have stumbled upon a possible aid in the survivability of sepsis. In his recent study in the CHEST Journal, Marik and his colleagues describe their success with the use of intravenous vitamin C, hydrocortisone and thiamine in their patients with septic shock.
Becker's ASC Review
Nurse leadership is a key aspect of any ASC's success; they oversee clinical quality and help establish the safety culture of a facility. They are also instrumental in ensuring high-quality patient experience.
Medscape (free login required)
Burnout is prevalent among not only physicians and nurses but also clinical associates and office staff, and new data quantify the working conditions that are associated with the high rates.
Overall, 41 percent of primary care team members working in a Veterans Affairs (VA) patient-centered medical home report burnout, report Christian D. Helfrich, PhD, MPH, from the Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Washington, and colleagues.
By Christina Thielst
Patient portals and the functionality they offer have the potential to increase access to service, improve convenience and more effectively engage patients and consumers. They can also increase efficiencies for both patients and their providers. Unfortunately, some of those who have adopted patient portals complain that they have made the investment, only to realize low adoption and utilization rates. So, why might patients not be using your patient portal?
In 2014, an event occurred that forever transformed online communication. For the first time ever, mobile internet use became more common than PC/desktop browsing. Simply put, more people began to use mobile devices to connect with businesses, organizations, and the healthcare industry. In the healthcare industry, one of the keys to success for any hospital is its ability to communicate with patients, clinicians, and other stakeholders. How can the use of cutting-edge technology improve these communication processes?
Heroin use in the United States jumped fivefold over a decade, and young, white males are the epidemic's most likely victims, a new study finds.
One addiction specialist blamed the lax use of prescription opioid painkillers — narcotics such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin — for the surge in heroin use.
By Terry Lynam
Not all opioid antagonists come in a bottle. Some behavioral healthcare providers are fighting the scourge of opioid abuse by equipping colleagues, patients, families and community partners against the epidemic. "The demand for substance-abuse services is skyrocketing, and a large driver of that is the opioid-abuse problem," said Bruce Goldman, LCSW, director of substance-abuse services at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York. "I've been in this field for many years, and I've never seen so many sudden, tragic deaths of otherwise healthy, young, productive people."
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