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By Joan Spitrey
Popular consumer reporter John Stossel recently wrote an opinion piece on the lack of customer service he received while in the hospital. He was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, for which he was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Although Stossel acknowledged his medical care was excellent, he could not help but notice the lack of customer care that consumers have grown to expect. He brought up some key issues healthcare workers have been navigating for years.
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A Great Big THANK YOU to all who attended our Annual business meeting, Awards dinner and Spring Conference!! Great Event and Great time had by all!! Photo gallery — click here.
Limited tickets still available!
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)
The Changing Landscape of Nursing Continuing Education
Friday, May 20, 2016
235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493
$179 before April 15
(includes light breakfast and lunch)
$199 after April 15
$229 at the door, as space allows
Don’t miss out – space is limited
Register now, click here.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Looking for New Graduates to serve a one year position on the ANA Massachusetts Board of Directors as a New Graduate Member. Commitment to attend a Board of Directors meeting every other month on the third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Dedham Hilton hotel, beginning June 20.
These directors shall be members who have been licensed as registered nurses for five (5) years or less.
Please forward a Declaration of Interest Form, click here, to info@ANAMass.org and djeffery@ANAMass.org no later than June 1st.
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to work with the President and Executive Director to identify areas for expansion of publicity for ANA Massachusetts and our many programs and events. The Committee will help to coordinate letter to the editor campaigns and brainstorm about other publicity and marketing opportunities for our organization. Please send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
Nurses Week celebrates the courage and dedication of all nurses. Our leaders in Washington could learn from your example. During this Nurses Week, nurses from all across the country will call on Congress to build a Culture of Safety for all nurses — but to do that, they need to hear your voice.
Share your thoughts now: What does a Culture of Safety mean to you? Take this 30-second survey to set Congress on the right path!
We will compile your answers, feedback and thoughts into one letter during Nurses Week — a letter written by YOU laying out what a Culture of Safety really means.
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
American Nurses Foundation
FREE WEBINAR | May 10, 2016 | 1- 2 p.m. ET
You encounter patients, families, and communities from all walks of life and must understand the preferred cultural values, beliefs, worldview, and practices of those you care for, every day. Culturally congruent care and diversity in your workplace can help close persistent gaps in care linked to race, ethnicity, language, disability, sexual orientation, or gender expression and can also contribute to increased patient safety, better quality of care, and improved health outcomes.
Call for 2016 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 2015, please forward their name and credentials to email@example.com by May 13, 2016. These name will be added to the Nightingale Tribute Book.
On behalf of the ANA Committee on Appointments (COA), it is my pleasure to announce that the annual call for nominations for appointed positions on ANA committees and subsidiary boards is now open until 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, June 27. I am also pleased to announce that a new form is now available to ease the process for C/SNAs, the IMD, Organizational Affiliates and individual members to nominate their fellow members for committee or board appointment. Individual members are still able and encouraged to submit self-nominations to be considered by the COA.
We're excited to offer a discount to
Savory Living - a proven, 10-week online healthy eating program
to our members!
Sign up NOW — SAVE $40 and support the next generation of nurses! (For each subscription, Savory Living will donate $10 to the ANA Massachusetts Scholarship/Education Funds) Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to take charge of your health and make healthier eating happen? Interested in learning what the experts have to say about eating to lose harmful belly fat, reduce sugar and inflammation, eliminate digestive distress, prevent and manage disease, and feel better?
ANA Massachusetts added a new member benefit to help meet the professional development needs of its members. Walden University is committed to helping working adults continue their education so they can make even greater contributions in their organizations.
As a part of that commitment, Walden University is offering a 10% tuition reduction to all ANA Mass members who enroll in any Walden bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree programs in 2016. Walden University is also offering a $2500 grant for the MSN program and a $5000 grant for the DNP and PhD programs for ANA Mass members who enroll by 5/31/2016! (Please click here for Walden's suite of nursing programs)
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Oncology Nurse Advisor
Oncology nurses at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, established a clinical trial infusion nurse orientation to improve training for nurses so they can better care for patients on investigational trials, according to a presentation at the ONS 41st Annual Congress.
Oncology clinical trials, particularly those in the early phase, are often detailed, complex, and require close attention to detail and a high level of assessment skills.
Patients who've suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) need more sleep than those who haven't sustained a head impact, researchers found.
In a small study of 31 patients with "acute, first-ever" TBI who were compared with 42 healthy controls, those with TBI needed 8.1 hours of sleep per every 24-hour period 18 months after their injury, compared with 7.1 hours for controls.
School-based obesity interventions that included school nurses resulted in positive BMI outcomes for students, according to recent research in the Journal of School Health. “One potential means of implementing effective school-based interventions is to involve school nurses,” Arlene Smaldone, PhD, CPNP, assistant dean of scholarship and research at Columbia University School of Nursing, and colleagues wrote. “Our findings demonstrate that school-based interventions that involve nurses led to small but significant decreases in BMI, BMIz and BMI percentile.”
Requirements that nurses be licensed in every state they want to work in are creating barriers to use of new forms of healthcare, including telemedicine, according to some industry professionals, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Six states have enacted legislation to adopt a licensure compact to allow nurses to practice telemedicine across states: Wyoming, Virginia, South Dakota, Idaho, Florida and Tennessee. Seven more have bills pending.
By Denise A. Valenti
In William Shakespeare's "Hamlet," the tragic character states, "To die, to sleep. To sleep, perchance to dream — ay, there's the rub, For in that sleep of death what dreams may come."
However, the sleep of death is what close to 15 million adults risked as they filled their sleep, sedative, anxiolytic or anticonvulsant prescriptions containing benzodiazepine. A new study published in the April issue of the American Public Health Association Journal reported an increase in overdose mortality related to benzodiazepine prescriptions between the years 1996 and 2013.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new guidance and information for protecting workers from occupational exposure to Zika virus. (1) Interim guidance for outdoor workers, healthcare and laboratory workers, mosquito control workers, and business travelers to protect against occupational exposure to Zika virus; (2) Interim guidance and recommendations for employers to use to protect their workers; (3) Interim guidance and recommendations for workers to consider to protect themselves from mosquito bites and exposure to an infected person’s blood or other body fluids.
Oncology Nurse Advisor
A nurse-directed independent survey for patient feedback can inform measurable improvements in patient education and satisfaction survey scores, reported Amber Williams, BS, RN, OCN®, in an oral presentation at the ONS 41st Annual Congress.
Patients receiving chemotherapy primarily receive information about side effects and symptom management from ambulatory chemotherapy nurses, including home care instructions.
By Mark Huber
The problem of emergency room overcrowding is not new. It creates a chain of failure, particularly when ambulances with critically ill patients aboard — on the ground or in the air — must divert to a secondary hospital, and therefore delay the onset of care.
Diversion often has another unsavory consequence: dropping off insured patients at out-of-network hospitals, subjecting them to sticker shock bills for any work that needed to be done in the facility, but outside the ER. How to best handle this problem has been debated for more than two decades.
Extreme heat and heavy rainfall are related to increased risk of hospitalization for asthma in Maryland, according to a study by University of Maryland School of Public Health researchers.
Based on more than a decade of asthma hospitalization data (115,923 cases from 2000-2012), researchers observed higher risk of asthma hospitalization after extreme heat or extreme precipitation events. The increases in risk were particularly high during summer months.
Hospitals could save at least 33,000 lives each year if they followed the patient safety policies and procedures of the highest-scoring hospitals in The Leapfrog Group's Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score update, a new study finds.
In all, an estimated 206,021 people die avoidable deaths in U.S. hospitals each year, the analysis showed.
A team-based approach, including a physician, registered nurse and health technician, was effective in managing BP among patients with hypertension, and can provide a framework for the implementation of such care in the patient-centered home, according to data published in the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health.
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