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Nursing and the critical art of being present
By Keith Carlson
During the celebration of Nurses Week 2014, Keith Carlson had been giving a great deal of thought regarding what it means to be present when engaging in the delivery of nursing care. Having said that, what exactly is presence? And how do we nurses actively cultivate it while performing the tasks associated with our work? While we may frequently say that nursing care is all about the patient, the truth is that your ability to be present is where it all begins. A nurse who is present brings so much more intrinsic value to the act of nursing and patient care, whereas a nurse who is on autopilot may as well be a robot.
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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.
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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

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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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Modern Healthcare Voting
ANA President Karen Daley, ANA CEO Marla Weston and American Academy of Nursing President Diana Mason have made the ballot for Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” ranking! Voting closes Friday, June 13. Please vote here for the five nominees you believe should make the final list of the "100 Most Influential."

We encourage you to vote for nurse leader nominees. Recognizing nurse leaders in the “Most Influential” rankings is an excellent way to elevate the contributions of the profession and show how nurses are “leading the way” to transform the health care system. Additional nurse leaders on this year’s ballot include:

  • Geraldine "Polly" Bednash, CEO/executive director, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington
  • Maureen Bisognano, president and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Susan Hohenhaus, executive director, Emergency Nurses Association, Des Plaines, Ill.
  • Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO, Catholic Health Association, Washington
  • Beverly Malone, CEO, National League for Nursing, Washington
  • Marilyn Tavenner, CMS administrator, CMS, Baltimore, Md.
  • Deborah Trautman, CEO, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington
  • Deidre Walton, president, National Black Nurses Association, Silver Spring, Md.

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    Call for Nominees for Appointed Positions - Materials Due May 30
    On behalf of the ANA Board of Directors, the Committee on Appointments issues this call for qualified nominees for appointment to seats on several sections.
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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
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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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    HHS Secretary Sebelius lauds nurses in statement for National Nurses Week
    Insurance News Net
    It is only fitting that the theme for this year's National Nurses Week is "Nurses: Leading the Way." After all, nurses lead the way in showing an elderly patient how to manage his or her diabetes. They lead the way in making sure their patients - children and adults - get the vaccinations they need. They lead the way in helping our young moms learn how to care for their infants. And they lead the way in conducting research to promote high-quality life for those with chronic illnesses, and to help all of us stay healthy across the lifespan.
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    FDA questions use of aspirin to prevent first heart attack
    New York Daily News
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration questioned the value of taking aspirin to try to ward off a first heart attack or stroke in people who have never had cardiovascular problems. The FDA's statement follows its decision last week to turn down a request by German drugmaker Bayer AG to change the labeling on packages in order to market aspirin's value in preventing heart attacks in people who have never had cardiovascular disease.
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    New ICD-10 transition date set for 2015
    Medscape (free subscription)
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced recently that it would require the use of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10), set of diagnostic codes starting Oct. 1, 2015. That is 1 year later than the ICD-10 transition date that was in effect until recently. The CMS announcement, eagerly anticipated in the healthcare industry, was a response to Congress' passage in late March of a bill that prohibited the agency from setting a deadline for ICD-10 any earlier than Oct. 1, 2015.

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    Easing the symptoms of chronic heart failure
    Medscape (free subscription)
    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
    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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    Fighting allergy season with medications
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Seasonal allergies aren’t just a nuisance, they are real diseases that can interfere with work, school or recreation, and can range from mild to severe. May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and many allergy treatment options are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For the first time, these include three sublingual prescription products to treat hay fever — with or without eye inflammation — caused by certain grass pollens and short ragweed pollen. The new products — Grastek, Oralair and Ragwitek — can be taken at home, but the first dose must be taken in a health care provider's office.
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    Primary care system handling Obamacare surge... so far
    Kaiser Health News via USA Today
    The headlines were ominous: Good luck finding a doctor under Obamacare. Not enough doctors for newly insured. Obamacare, doctor shortage could crash health system. Despite these dire predictions, the nation's primary care system is handling the increased number of insured patients without major problems so far, according to interviews with community health centers, large physician practices and insurers nationwide.
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    Can vitamin D slow heart complications from diabetes?
    Medical Xpress
    Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are evaluating whether vitamin D can slow the development of cardiovascular problems in African-Americans with diabetes. They are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than Caucasians with diabetes. The researchers are seeking to enroll about 90 African-Americans who are 45 to 80 years old and have Type 2 diabetes. Study volunteers must not have heart disease or have suffered a stroke.
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    The new nursing shortage
    USA Today
    On one hand, things are looking pretty dandy for nursing in the United States: the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 19 percent growth in employment for registered nurses from 2012–2022. Compare that to an 11 percent average growth rate for all occupations. That's a reason to celebrate during National Nurses Week. But here's the twist: The recent recession made it more difficult for entry-level nurses to find work, as more experienced nurses put off retirement and stayed in the job force. So now there's a nurse shortage – and it's happening all over the world.
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    Concussion: Kids' symptoms may linger and change over time
    Medscape (free subscription)
    Children who suffer a concussion may experience symptoms for several weeks after the injury, and those symptoms may differ from the ones seen at presentation, new findings suggest. "The typical patient will see physical effects such as headache immediately after the injury, emotional symptoms that develop later in the recovery period, and cognitive symptoms may be present throughout," lead author Matthew A. Eisenberg, M.D., and colleagues write in an article published online May 12 in Pediatrics.
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    Asthma patients could face higher risk of bone loss
    The Huffington Post
    Using corticosteroids for a long period of time to treat asthma is known to increase the risk of osteoporosis, but a new study suggests asthma could itself raise the risk of bone loss. Researchers looked at data from 7,034 people in South Korea, 433 of whom had either airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) or asthma; researchers purposely excluded patients who had a history of systemic corticosteroid use.
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