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The secret to creating nursing teams that soar
By Keith Carlson
As a relatively new nurse manager, I'm considering the ways in which I can powerfully inspire my team of nurses to be as functional, dynamic and cohesive as possible. It's clear that 21st-century nurses love strong leadership, but they also like to feel trusted and empowered. It's up to a nurse manager to walk a line that provides both. I serve as the director of nursing and chief nursing officer of a small home health agency, and we're poised to grow at a rapid rate in the next 12 to 18 months. Thus, creating a culture that we can maintain and nurture even as we grow is important to us.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


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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 info@anamass.org for more information
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Deadline April 30 to submit comments on ANA Draft
Position Statement: Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence

The American Nurses Association’s Workplace Violence and Incivility Professional Issues Panel is requesting public comment on the Draft Position Statement: Incivility, Bullying, and Workplace Violence. It is anticipated that this statement will assist registered nurses and employers with understanding, defining, and mitigating/eliminating incivility, bullying and violence in the workplace. Nurses, students, and other stakeholders are invited to review and comment on this document. ANA would encourage you to read the document in its entirety before posting your comments. This will help with understanding the flow and how the content is arranged. You can then submit your specific comments related to each section, as well as general comments at the end. When submitting comments, please reference the appropriate line number.
The comment period is open until 5 pm ET on April 30, 2015.
Access the public comment page here.
ANA looks forward to hearing from you. For technical questions, please contact professionalissuespanel@ana.org.
Thank you for your participation.

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Register now for these Spring events!
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
Wellesley Gateway Building, Wellesley, MA

American Nurses Association Massachusetts will be celebrating National Nurses Day at Fenway Park!
Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
7:10 p.m. (game time)
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
Register today for the Networking event!
Please note that you do not need tickets to the game to attend the pre-game Networking event.

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Stand Up for Your Practice
MCNP/MANA Legislative Meet & Greet May 5

Please join your NP and CRNA colleagues at a reception to meet and converse with your local legislators and learn about An Act to Remove the Restrictions on the Licenses of NPs and CRNA as Recommended by the Institute of medicine and the Federal Trade Commission. We know that you are busy professionals and getting to the State House may be very difficult; so together we are bringing lawmakers to you!

Register for the following dates:
    Tuesday, May 5Register now!
    UMASS Dartmouth, Claire T. Caney Library - Grand Reading Room, North Dartmouth, MA
    From 6-8 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 5Register now!
    UMASS Medical School - University Campus
    Faculty Conference Room, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA
    From 6-8 p.m.
This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about why this change in law is needed while your local lawmakers get to know you. Refreshments will be served and there is no charge to attend.

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2015 Nightingale Tribute
Names due by May 8, 2015

ANA is paying respect to departed colleagues by presenting the Nightingale Tribute at the 2015 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 2014, please forward their name and credentials to lpresutti@anamass.org by May 8, 2015. These name will be added to the Nightingale Tribute Book.

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Joint Alert from Division of Health Professions Licensure
In response to The National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants, on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure issued a joint alert regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in November, 2014.
Click here to find an update to that original alert.

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MA Nursing Education Transfer policy Finalized
Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, nurses and nursing students seeking to advance their educations at Massachusetts public colleges and universities will benefit from a more streamlined and less expensive process for transferring credits. The recently finalized Nursing Education Transfer Policy (NETP) creates a seamless, cost-effective, timely, and transparent pathway for students to progress from community college Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at a state university or UMass.
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ANA launches new resources to help nurses quit smoking
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is encouraging registered nurses (RNs) to live tobacco-free lifestyles with the assistance of new resources designed to help nurses serve as health and wellness role models for patients, families and communities. "Nurses provide high quality health care to patients, but may neglect their own self-care," said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. "While many nurses have heeded the warnings and quit smoking, some continue this unhealthy habit. Nurses know the dire consequences of smoking, which is why smoking cessation is so critical. We want all nurses to be tobacco free."
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Optimizing the use of telephone nursing advice for upper respiratory infection symptoms
AJMC
The study sample included 279,625 calls from adults 18 years and older that resulted in self-care advice for URI symptoms in 2009. Utilizing electronic medical records of these calls and follow-ups, we determined the rate of return calls within 7 days and the clinical outcomes associated with these. Advice for self-care at home was considered sufficient if no return calls received within 7 days of the original call were associated with the need for a “higher” level of care, such as an appointment.
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Get to know the designer drug N-bomb and its effects
By Lynn Hetzler
Recreational use of designer psychoactive drugs is rising dramatically. Designer drugs have gained popularity since law enforcement and legislation have made it more difficult for recreational users to secure cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, opioids and cannabis. These restrictions have encouraged suppliers and users to seek alternatives. Illicit drug makers usually create designer drugs by modifying the molecular structures of existing illegal drugs in hopes of producing similar effects.
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Male nurses are on the rise — filling a need and making a living
Healthline News
Is the trend of men going into nursing — and getting paid at a higher rate — an unlikely result of the women’s rights movement? When an alcoholic gets unruly during detox, the nurses at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island, Illinois, know who on their team to call. Or if an elderly man with dementia gets combative and starts screaming at his wife, this team member can help, too.
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Research highlights devastating health effects of energy drinks
By Archita Datta Majumdar
Along with an alarming rise in obesity, energy drinks are leading to increasing statistics of negative social, emotional and behavioral issues as well as other long-term health effects. Now policymakers and physician groups are coming together to push for serious sales restrictions of these drinks — especially to children under 18. These groups point to a series of recent studies on energy drinks that have created a furor across the country.
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Antibiotic shortages on rise in the US
HealthDay News
Shortages of antibiotics, including those used to treat drug-resistant infections, may be putting patients at risk for sickness and death, according to a new report. Between 2001 and 2013, there were shortages of 148 antibiotics. And the shortages started getting worse in 2007, researchers found. In the study, nearly half the shortages were for antibiotics needed to treat severe infections.
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More kids with Type 1 diabetes facing dangerous complication
HealthDay News
A growing number of American children and teens with Type 1 diabetes are experiencing a life-threatening complication at the time of their diagnosis, a new study finds. Researchers say a lack of insurance may mean some children are getting diagnosed with Type 1 late in its development, when serious complications can arise. The complication is called diabetic ketoacidosis, which involves dangerously high blood sugar and substances in the blood called ketones. Patients with the condition can suffer long-term health damage.
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Oncology nurses help identify signs of distress in cancer patients
Cancer Network
One of the most important things is working out the process of having the patient fill the self-report out before the clinical encounter with the oncology nurse. In my setting, when the patient checks in at the reception desk, we have this screening-for-distress tool given to the patient so that by the time they come and are entered into the clinical exam room they have had time to fill it out before the nurse comes in to review it.
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New technology may make blood tests convenient, painless
FierceHealthIT
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison a new tool may make it easier for patients to pull blood samples from home. The device would extract blood by only being held up against the skin for about two minutes, according to an UW-Madison announcement. The process — in which a vacuum within the device enables a small sample of blood to flow into an attached sample tube — is virtually pain-free, the announcement cites users as saying.
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