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Registered nurses (RNs) are on the frontlines delivering quality health care 24/7 across the country. In hospitals and clinics, physician offices and nursing homes, patients’ homes, community health centers and schools, the public depend on and trust nurses. According to an annual Gallup survey, the public has rated nursing as the most honest and ethical profession in America, for 14 years straight.
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Join ANA in celebrating the important role nurses play in healthcare during National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, 2016.
Register now for the FREE webinar, "Culturally Congruent Care: Why Diversity makes a Difference."
Free planning resources and downloads are now available for your use. Access the logo library now.
Browse the National Nurses Week Catalog to shop for gifts for all the special nurses in your life.
Plan your celebration using the free toolkit that comes with a "Thank You" card, certificate and more items ready to use at your disposal.
Learn more about the Culture of Safety and how you can contribute to bring this goal to life.
Check out the interactive timeline to view the history of National Nurses Week from conceptualization to end result.
And so much more! Click here to learn more about National Nurses Week 2016!
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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 Premier Program Award recognizes accredited organizations that excel in approving organizations and/or individuals to develop high quality continuing nursing education activities. Organizations receiving the Premier Program Award demonstrate excellence in leadership ability and promoting the use of innovative and creative education strategies to meet the needs of learners. The effectiveness of continuing nursing education activities approved by Premier Program Award recipients is continually evaluated to achieve optimal professional nursing and patient care outcomes.
The award will be presented at the ANCC annual Continuing Nursing Education symposium in Pittsburgh, PA on July 19, 2016.
Congratulations to the Accredited Approver Unit on achieving this prestigious designation!
The Changing Landscape of Nursing Continuing Education
Friday, May 20, 2016
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$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
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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.
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The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds recent developments that have allowed a Navy nurse who chose to discontinue force-feeding detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp two years ago, based on well-established professional and ethical obligations, to fully resume his military duties.
During National Nurses Week (May 6-12), the American Nurses Association (ANA) is asking nurses to help make their workplaces safer to enhance patient care and nurses' health and well-being. The emphasis on developing this type of work environment is also reflected in the National Nurses Week theme, "Culture of Safety — It Starts with YOU."
At 3.4 million strong, registered nurses are the largest group of health care professionals. However, registered nurses also rank sixth among all occupations for the highest rates of musculoskeletal injuries resulting in missed work days.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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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By Keith Carlson
Nursing careers can become stale when nurses feel uninspired and disempowered. Our positions and specialties can feel like straightjackets, and we can feel beset by ennui, malaise and professional claustrophobia. When nurses feel stuck in a box or painted into a corner, it's time for inspiration and empowerment, but where can they be found? If you're feeling stuck in your nursing career, it is essential to seek out other nurses with inspiring stories.
The need for drugs to prevent and treat Zika infections grows with every new patient diagnosed. The virus causes devastating birth defects and is strongly linked to a type of paralysis called Guillain-Barre syndrome.
There are currently no approved drugs against Zika; developing a new medication for any disease can take 10 to 20 years. That's why many researchers are taking a closer look at older drugs, testing them to see if they might block infection with the virus or prevent it from harming the brain and nervous system.
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Nurses had much to say about how they should respond when encountering conflicting orders or patients who refuse treatment. They also weighed in on whether a nurse can delay carrying out a provider's order. A recent article on Medscape, Can a Nurse Discontinue a Provider's Order?, addressed a reader's question about whether it is ever permissible for a nurse to independently discontinue a physician's order.
Advance for NPs & PAs
Beginning in 2013, the United States Preventive Screening Taskforce recommends that all women of childbearing age should receive annual screening for intimate partner violence. Barriers for screening include lack of time during the visit, lack of knowledge and lack of confidence when addressing IPV intervention.
To overcome these barriers, providers should familiarize themselves with screening tools such as RADAR developed by the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Research has not shown a strong case for telemedicine as a means to improve quality of life for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a literature review published at the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The researchers looked at 18 studies pertaining to use of telemedicine interventions for patients with the disease. They found that the technology "is no holy grail." British researchers came to the same conclusion after studying 1,500 patients suffering from COPD, diabetes or heart failure.
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Nurse Fatigue may seem inevitable in many healthcare environments, with a portion of registered nurses (RNs) consistently working past their normal shifts — jeopardizing their own health and potentially crossing the line between safe and unsafe care.
Addressing fatigue is particularly relevant as the American Nurses Association (ANA) continues its yearlong campaign to help nurses achieve a culture of safety in their work settings.
Brain damage caused by a condition at birth may be preventable, based on a recent study showing a nearly 30-year-old anemia drug helps the brain heal.
The drug erythropoietin, referred to as EPO, prevents damage and helps the brain heal after hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, researchers at the University of California San Francisco report in the study, published in the journal Pediatrics.
Every year more than 400,000 serious injury cases are reported in the United States due to clinical malpractice, according to the Journal of Patient Safety. Nurses are an essential part of the health care system and patient support structure; however, given the occupational demands and possibility of errors in records or care methods, they are often subject to legal malpractice suits.
Formation of a multidisciplinary team and a focus on evidence-based interventions successfully reduced the rate of central line bloodstream infections (CLABSI) on an inpatient oncology unit, a study presented at the ONS 41st Annual Congress has shown.1
“CLABSI is associated with treatment delays and sepsis-related death in oncology patients,” said Lauri Brunton, RN, OCN, a clinical resource nurse at University of California, Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
More young children 2 to 5 years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder could benefit from psychological services — including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare providers to refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before prescribing medicine to treat the disorder.
Most patients with advanced cancer will resort to the emergency department (ED) as their disease progresses, at which time the immediate crisis will be dealt with and a future course of treatment will most likely be set. Depending on the patient's condition, a number of services will intervene, including hospice. However, despite the fact that research has shown that early palliative care intervention improve patient outcomes, it is less frequent for palliative care to be introduced in the ED.
In a study prompted in part by suggestions from people with mental illness, Johns Hopkins researchers found that a history of Candida yeast infections was more common in a group of men with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder than in those without these disorders, and that women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who tested positive for Candida performed worse on a standard memory test than women with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who had no evidence of past infection.
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