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Happy National Nurses Week!
Every day, nurses step forward embracing new technologies, resolving emerging issues, and accepting ever-changing roles in their profession. They lead the way for their patients, colleagues, organizations, and the healthcare industry as a whole.
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ANA-Massachusetts MARN MEMBER SAFE STAFFING SURVEY
We are developing our public policy platform for the coming year and we cannot do this without knowing the thoughts and wishes of the membership. The patient safety act ballot initiative for November 2014 seeks to change the landscape for nursing. Your participation is extremely important to the future direction of your association.
Please click here to complete this very brief survey.

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Career Guides Needed for ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) Career Connections Program! New nurses need you!
ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) is happy to announce that the new program to help senior nursing students and new graduates who anticipate entering their first professional nurse position is very popular! The aim of the Career Connections program is to match a novice nurse (the Seeker) with a professional nurse career guide. This is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to share their knowledge and experiences with novice nurses through this important transition to a professional position in nursing. Career Guides support and encourage the seeker throughout their transition as they enter professional practice. The role of the Career guide is to guide Seeker to:
  • Identify possible entry level positions
  • Critique cover letters and resumes
  • Provide coaching for interviews with nurse recruiters
  • Listen and support to novices’ questions and answer job-related concerns
Once matched, Career Guides and novice nurses arrange to meet at a mutually agreeable time. The connection is meant to end when novice nurses find their first position. To participate send name, position, snail mail address and phone number to Sabianca Delva at sabianca.delva@gmail.com

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CDC - Alert: CDC HAN 361: Confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Case in Indiana, 2014
The first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in the United States, identified in a traveler, was reported to CDC by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on May 1, 2014, and confirmed by CDC on May 2. The patient is in a hospital in Indiana after having flown from Saudi Arabia to Chicago via London. The purpose of this HAN is to alert clinicians, health officials, and others to increase their index of suspicion to consider MERS-CoV infection in travelers from the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, and infection preventionists, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.
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PUBLIC COMMENT: Revised Code of Ethics
The revised Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements is now open for public comment. Please broadly promote this opportunity to provide feedback on the Preface and nine Provisions. ANA would encourage the commenter to read the revised document in its entirety before posting comments. This will help with understanding the flow and how the content is arranged under the nine provisions. The comment period is open until June 6, 2014. Click here to access the public comment space.
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Nominations Open for Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award
Honoring New England Caregivers Who Demonstrate Extraordinary Compassion for Patients
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the relationship between patients and their healthcare providers, is seeking nominations for its 2014 Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award®. This prestigious award, given annually since 1999, recognizes caregivers and teams of caregivers who demonstrate extraordinary compassion for patients and families.

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Volunteer needed to represent ANA on CPT Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee
ANA is seeking a volunteer to serve as ANA’s representative to the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee (HCPAC). The CPT HCPAC facilitates the development and review of CPT codes used by all healthcare professionals. CPT is the coding system used to submit claims to all insurance companies and third party payers in the country. Some knowledge of billing and coding is required. The CPT Editorial Panel meets three times a year – May (usually in Chicago), and October and February, typically at resort hotels.
    Upcoming meeting dates and locations:
  • May 15-17 Rosemont, IL
  • Oct. 9-11 New Orleans, LA
  • Feb. 5-7, 2015 San Diego, CA
  • May 14-16, 2015 TBA
Interested candidates should send their CV and a brief note of interest to andrea.brassard@ana.org

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Research Participants Needed
A nurse educator and doctoral student would like to interview new Registered Nurses with learning disabilities to describe their transition into practice experience. The interview should take about 45 minutes and there is no cost other than your time. As a gesture of appreciation participants will receive a $10 coffee gift card. The study has been approved by Regis College IRB and all information is confidential. If interested or if you know of anyone who may qualify please email the researcher at newnursesstudy@gmail.com.
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Disposable timer could be a nurse's best friend
R&D Magazine
In medicine, time isn't just money: it can mean the difference between life and death. Clot-busters must be given in the first hour of arrival in a hectic emergency room. Intravenous medications can spoil, and catheters that overstay their welcome invite infection. The advance of technology translates into heavier, more complex workloads for the nurses on the frontlines of medical care. To ease the burden, biomedical engineer Sarah Sandock has invented a simple, inexpensive, single-use timer that could be worn like a wristwatch to tell a nurse when to administer a drug or unhook a medical device.
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CDC: Many deaths from common causes could be prevented
Nurse.com
Each year, nearly 900,000 Americans die prematurely from the five leading causes of death, but 20 percent to 40 percent of the deaths from each cause could be prevented, according to a CDC study. The five leading causes of death in the U.S. are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and unintentional injuries. Together they accounted for 63 perent of all U.S. deaths in 2010, with rates for each cause varying significantly from state to state.
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Tablet, smartphone, app use rises among nurse community
eWeek
There was a jump from last year concerning the use of tablets, e-readers, apps and smartphones among nursing professors and practitioners, according to a survey by Springer Publishing. The survey, which polled about 1,000 nurses on their ownership and usage of mobile devices, their preferences for nursing and medical apps and e-books, and their favorite Websites for professional use, revealed a leap in smartphone, tablet and e-book reader ownership by survey respondents, the slight majority of which were nurse educators (56 percent), the remaining others being mostly nurse practitioners.
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Easing the symptoms of chronic heart failure
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People with chronic heart failure (HF) suffer from numerous symptoms and quality-of-life concerns. The CASA (Collaborative Care to Alleviate Symptoms and Adjust to Illness) intervention was designed to improve symptoms and quality of life by integrating palliative and psychosocial care into chronic care. The aims of this study were to determine the feasibility and acceptability of CASA and identify necessary improvements.

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Study: Keeping experienced nurses is key to better hospitalizations
KYW-TV
A new survey shows that patients have shorter hospital stays and better outcomes when cared for by nurses with experience and job longevity. It’s no surprise that more experienced and better-educated nurses would give better care and result in shorter hospital stays, according to Patricia Eakin, a registered nurse and president of PASNAP, a Pennsylvania union for registered nurses and allied professionals. And retaining such staffers, she says, requires avoiding job burnout.

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Hospitals take CMS' two-midnight rule to federal court
Becker's Hospital Review
Various hospitals and hospital associations are challenging CMS' two-midnight rule and a related Medicare payment offset in federal court. The hospitals and hospital groups claim the two-midnight rule — under which inpatient admissions must span at least two midnights to qualify for Medicare Part A payments — is "arbitrary" and "capricious."

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Triage nurse vital for ambulatory oncology clinic
Oncology Nurse Advisor
A triage nurse is a vital role for a busy outpatient hematology and transplant clinic, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress. Over the last decade, the majority of oncology patient care has shifted to the ambulatory setting, which has spurred a change in nurses' traditional role. Ambulatory nurses need to be skilled in telephone triage and phone advice, as calls from patients are a major portion of nursing practice in outpatient oncology. If the nurse is not well prepared, telephone triage can be daunting.
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WHO emphasizes global threat of antibiotic resistance
Nurse.com
Antimicrobial resistance, including to antibiotics, no longer is a prediction for the future, but already is happening in every region of the world, according to the World Health Organization’s first report on the issue. The problem has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country, according to the report. “Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill,” Keiji Fukuda, M.D., MPH, WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, said in a news release.
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Nurses collaborate to facilitate shared decisions on palliative sedation
Oncology Nurse Advisor
A multidisciplinary approach that also heavily incorporates input from patients and their families helped alleviate concerns about inappropriate use of palliative sedation and improved patient-centered care, a speaker said at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress. During a podium session, Mali Wold, MS, MSN, ANP-BC, of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, discussed a project in which she and her colleagues reflected on cases of palliative sedation through open discussion by the healthcare team. These collaborations included oncology nurse practitioners, nurses, oncologists and the palliative care team comprised of nurse practitioners and physicians. These teams worked to facilitate shared decisions with the patients and their families regarding palliative sedation.
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Consumption of alcohol associated with increased risk of advanced liver fibrosis HIV/HCV patients
News-Medical
Consumption of alcohol has long been associated with an increased risk of advanced liver fibrosis, but a new study published online in Clinical Infectious Diseases from researchers at Penn Medicine and other institutions shows that association is drastically heightened in people co-infected with both HIV and chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Even light ("nonhazardous") drinking-which typically poses a relatively low risk for uninfected persons-was linked to an increased risk of liver fibrosis in the co-infected group.
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Team approach improved asthma prevention care
Infectious Diseases in Children
An enhanced team approach for the treatment of patients with asthma resulted in a significant and sustained reduction in urgent care, emergency department and inpatient hospitalization visits among high-risk asthma patients, according to results of a study. This approach began with clinic-wide quality improvement initiative and creation of an inter-professional team to provide coordinated preventative asthma care, enhanced asthma education and case management sessions, according to Helen D’Couto, BS, Harvard University medical student from the Cen
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Study reveals potentially unnecessary radiation after suspected sports-related injury
Science Codex
A new study of Utah youth with suspected sports-related head injuries found that emergency room visits for children with sports-related head injuries have increased since the state's concussion law passed in 2011, along with a rise in head CT scans — leading to potentially unnecessary radiation exposure. Researchers wanted to know if the number of children and teenagers with suspected sports-related head injuries between ages 6 and 18 who came to hospital emergency departments changed, if the number of CT scans grew, and what those scans revealed.
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