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While many Americans are sheltering in place due to stay-at-home orders, nurses and other healthcare professionals are heading to work each day to care for patients with and without COVID-19.
"[Nurses] are rising up and charging [toward] the problem. It just validates to me how much I'm really honored to be part of this profession," says Megan Brunson, RN, MSN, CCRN-CSC, CNL, AACN president and night shift supervisor for the cardiovascular ICU at Medical City Dallas.
During the COVID-19 crisis, Brunson has had both an up-close and personal as well as eagle-eye view of what critical care nurses are experiencing during this time.
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The American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANAMASS) are disturbed about reports of employers retaliating against nurses and other health care workers for raising legitimate concerns about their personal safety while caring for patients with COVID-19. Reports of intimidation, firing, ostracizing and more are unacceptable. To read more, click here.
Nurses have been experiencing severe shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE) as they work on the frontlines to provide vital care to #COVID19 patients. ANA and ANAMASS call on you to tell your member of Congress to support the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act to fully exercise the #DPANOW to #GetMePPE and keep nurses safe! Visit RNAction now!
ANA and the American Nurses Foundation are proud to partner with Hilton and American Express to provide free hotel rooms to our valued members, so you have a safe place to stay as you support those impacted by COVID-19.
This important partnership addresses the concerns that 33,000 nurses raised in ANA's COVID-19 Workplace Survey.
This special offer keeps your family healthy and provides you with peace of mind.
Starting April 13, you will be able to reserve Hilton hotel rooms at no cost to you through a members-only link on the ANA website. Bookings can be made in up to seven-day increments from next week and through May 31.
Watch for your members-only email from ANA in the in the next week with detailed instructions on accessing your members-only Hilton online booking link.
The American Nurses Foundation is supporting nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. We have launched a national fund for the public to address the emerging needs identified by the American Nurses Association to respond to the health threat to nurses posed by the virus. These include:
Seed funding in the amount of $1 million has been committed by Johnson & Johnson and Text to Give contributions. Currently, the fund is approaching $4M. This effort is unfolding in terms of needs and contributions and we will keep you posted. We will also share opportunities to be a part of shaping the programs we put in place and making sure monies get to nurses all across the country.
- Providing direct assistance to nurses in partnership with Nurse's House and other organizations
- Ensuring nurses have access to the latest science-based information
- Driving the national advocacy focused on nurse and patients
- Aiding nurses' mental health and well-being in this unprecedented and long-term stressful environment.
To read the more comprehensive update please visit the Members Only Portal.
The American Nurses Association's (ANA) Department of Policy and Government Affairs is committed to providing nurses and nurse advocates with the most comprehensive information regarding the current legislative, regulatory, and advocacy developments related to addressing the Coronavirus COVID-19 global pandemic. This information is current as of 4 PM EST on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Click here to access.
In conjunction with MAResponds and the Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, ANAMASS reached out across the Commonwealth to over 57,000 licensed Registered Nurses to address the shortage of nurses and other healthcare providers during COVID-19 pandemic. Other actions include ongoing advocacy to obtain PPE, expanded scope of practice for APRN’s and RN licensing, address furloughs and emergency child care for nurses, and current and future mental health needs of nurses on the frontlines.
ANAMASS President Julie Cronin, DNP, RN, OCN, addresses COVID-19 and our efforts to ensure nurses throughout the Commonwealth have the resources they need to continue to provide high-quality, safe care to patients in this unprecedented time. View the message here.
Check out our COVID-19 resource page to stay up-to-date with the latest news. Click here.
Click the links below to read new and updated guidances, policy briefs, and announcements regarding COVID-19.
Nurses are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. We have created a Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses to enable the public to support and thank nurses. The national fund will address the identified, emerging needs of nurses and will focus on:
This national effort is being kicked off with a $1 million grant from Johnson & Johnson. Together, we encourage like-minded organizations and individuals to come together and join us by donating to this fund.
- Providing direct assistance to nurses
- Supporting the mental health of nurses – today and in the future
- Ensuring nurses everywhere have access to the latest science-based information to protect themselves, prevent infection, and care for those in need
- Driving the national advocacy focused on nurses and patients
To share your thanks and support for nurses on the frontlines you can make a donation to the American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses.
Text THANKS to 20222 to make a $10 donation or donate online.
We're working with local providers and boards of health across the Commonwealth to find places where health professionals like you could volunteer to support your community. Click here to sign up and we'll reach out if there is a volunteer opportunity in your area.
Alongside ANA President Dr. Ernest Grant, we ask the public to #stayathome. "Physicians, nurses & health care workers are staying at work for you. Please stay at home for us.”
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Thank you for the ongoing efforts to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANAMASS) stands ready to assist our members, all nurses, members of the health care team, decision makers and the public to respond. We are in unprecedented times, and ANAMASS is listening to concerns from nurses across the Commonwealth and the country. Nurses are on the frontline caring for patients across settings – from acute to long term care, in the community and in the workplace.
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!
ANA's top priority is always the health and well-being of all RNs and the patients and families they care for.
ANA is focused on supporting nurses during this extraordinary COVID-19 pandemic. ANA is aggressively advocating for protections for nurses, tracking all guidelines and advisories as they are released and educating and informing nurses.
Registration is FREE for both ANAMASS members and non-members.
A link to this on-demand webinar will be emailed to all registrants early the week of March 30, 2020. Register to view this content anytime, anywhere.
Click here to register.
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. In 2020, Year of the Nurse, it is particularly important to recognize those nurses who were victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To honor departed nurses since June 2019, please forward their name, date departed and credentials to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2020. These names will be added to the Nightingale Tribute Book at the ANA House of Delegates.
Please continue to forward any information you have on nurses who have passed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New date announced.
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 email@example.com. The deadline to submit for the September edition is July 10.
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."
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The New York Times
For weeks, hospitals and clinics across the United States have struggled to stay afloat amid a crippling shortage of personal protective equipment, including N95 masks, which filter out 95 percent of particulates in the air. The masks are typically thrown away after a single use, but nurses and doctors are now being instructed to clean and recycle their masks, with some using a single mask for a whole week. Each day brings new questions for nurses, who are deciding how much they’re willing to sacrifice, said Cynda Rushton, professor of nursing and bioethics at Johns Hopkins University,
“Who am I? What do I stand for? How can I have integrity in the midst of this chaos?" she said. "How do I live with myself at the end of the day?”
University of Queensland via Medical Xpress
An international team of researchers has tested more than 10,000 compounds to identify six drug candidates that may help treat COVID-19. The research, involving University of Queensland scientist Professor Luke Guddat, tested the efficacy of approved drugs, drug candidates in clinical trials and other compounds. "In order to rapidly discover lead compounds for clinical use, we initiated a program of high-throughput drug screening, both in laboratories and also using the latest computer software to predict how different drugs bind to the virus," Professor Guddat said.
The National Institutes of Health has begun enrolling participants in a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19, the agency announced April 9.
The first participants have enrolled in the trial at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. The study will be conducted by the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
According to the NIH, the blinded, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial aims to enroll more than 500 adults who are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, or who are in an emergency department with anticipated hospitalization.
By Keith Carlson
In these days of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a great deal of commonly held focus on hobbled supply chains, widespread lack of PPE, the egregiously defunded American public health system, and other ills that negatively impact our ability to mitigate and respond to this existential crisis. While this writer in no way claims to have deep knowledge of healthcare economics and related policy, the obvious fact is that something is wrong when a country largely perceived to be a "global superpower" cannot effectively launch and sustain a concerted, cohesive response to such a threat. Something is indeed amiss, so how can we think critically about this lamentable turn of events?
Massachusetts General Hospital via Medical Xpress
In a perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital call for broader use of mind-body practices.
In a time when meditation, yoga and mindfulness increase in popularity for general well-being, the piece emphasizes the necessity of fully integrating these stress-reduction practices into patient treatment plans and medical research.
Medical News Today
A new blood test can detect more than 50 types of cancer, as well as where in the body they originated — even before symptoms develop. Researchers in the United States and United Kingdom developed the new test, and they now report their findings in the journal Annals of Oncology.
Changes to the pediatric drug labels for doxycycline, clindamycin and caffeine citrate mean they now include better information for health care providers on recommended usage and dosage, the NIH said.
The changes were a result of research funded by the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
By Scott E. Rupp
During the coronavirus crisis, Americans have plenty of fears about the virus and their health and well-being, a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey says. In it, 39 percent of those who responded also said they are facing financial strife and that they had either lost a job or some income because of the virus. While there are efforts in place to protect citizens financially, patients' fears about being able to afford care because of a lack of financial means may not be unfounded.
Probiotic supplements containing "killed" bacteria might help some people with irritable bowel syndrome find relief, a new study suggests.
Experts said the findings add to evidence that certain probiotics can help some people with irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. And it's the first trial to test a probiotic with bacteria that were heat-killed — which, the researchers say, could make the supplement more practical to use.
Purdue University via ScienceDaily
A new tool for medical professionals may help shed more light on tumors in the body and how the brain operates.
Purdue University researchers created technology that uses optical imaging to better help surgeons map out tumors in the body and help them understand how certain diseases affect activity in the brain. The work is published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.
Sustained lifestyle modifications in middle-aged women reduced the 26-year risk for ischemic stroke and total stroke, according to a study published in Stroke.
The 26-year risk for total stroke was also reduced with sustained dietary modifications, according to the study.
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