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MERS cases highlight risk to healthcare workers
Medscape (free subscription)
The second confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the United States, like the first one, points to a hard-hit patient population — healthcare workers. They comprise 1 in 5 cases worldwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
At a news conference, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D., MPH, said that transmission of the MERS coronavirus (CoV) requires close contact, the sort that occurs when someone cares for an infected person at home or in the hospital. Otherwise, "we don't think there's a risk [of easy transmission] from casual contact," said Dr. Frieden.
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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.
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:
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 email@example.com
- 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
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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
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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ANA Massachusetts New Graduate Board of Directors Position
Looking for New Graduates to serve a one year position on the ANA Massachusetts Board of Directors as a New Graduate Member.
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.
Massachusetts Health Council 2014 Annual Meeting
Storefront Health Care: Exploring a New Delivery Model
With the proliferation of retail store based clinics and urgent care centers, the traditional model of health care delivery is being shaken up. Join us for a discussion on where this trend is leading with a diverse panel of stakeholders.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
7:30 am - 10:30 am
Sheraton Boston Hotel
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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.
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.
NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
Second MERS case reported in United States
There is a second confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome imported into the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced.
Officials from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health are investigating.
The first U.S. case was reported this month in Indiana. That patient was released from a hospital into home isolation, according to state health officials.
The Indiana patient was an American health care provider who had been working in Saudi Arabia and was on a planned visit to Indiana to see his family.
Chest ultrasonography could replace X-rays in resource-limited, outpatient settings
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
Ultrasound (US) could replace chest radiography (CXR) for detecting pneumonia in children, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases, held from May 6 to 10 in Dublin.
Lilliam Ambroggio, Ph.D., from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and colleagues compared chest US and CXR findings read by four blinded radiologists in patients aged 3 months to 18 years. Patients had either a clinically ordered computed tomography (CT) scan or were admitted to the hospital with a respiratory condition.
For Medicaid patients, access to primary-care may not be as advertised
Kaiser Health News in partnership with The Seattle Times
Using “mystery shoppers” looking for access to healthcare, Public Health – Seattle & King County has found troubling indications that access to primary care providers may not be as advertised.
About half the time, primary care providers listed as accepting new patients on Medicaid managed-care organization websites in fact told the “shoppers” they were not accepting new Medicaid patients.
The initial survey was conducted over a 10-day period in early December. A random sample of adult primary-care providers was selected for each of the four regions of King County, and callers used the online provider directories of the five Medicaid Managed Care Organizations that serve King County.
Coming soon: A search engine for emergency medicine
By Joy Burgess
The Internet can be a powerful clinical tool for medical professionals who seek to access the latest news in the industry. However, the prevalence of unrelated and unreliable results poses a problem, especially for emergency department professionals.
When working in emergency medicine, doctors need quality, reliable information fast. Since Google has its limits and drawbacks, one doctor — Timothy Peck, M.D. — decided to create a new emergency medicine search engine.
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With report of nurse understaffing dangers, group pushes to revive hospital staffing bill
Washington Business Journal
In another attempt to revive a nurse ratio staffing bill, a group representing D.C. nurses submitted a report to city officials Monday listing 215 instances when they say patients were endangered due to understaffing in District hospitals.
National Nurses United, a national union that has partnered with a D.C. nurses union, is pushing for mandated nurse ratios and trying to get the D.C. Council’s Committee on Health to bring a bill out of committee that would create one.
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.
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.
Nurse practitioners add value to medical practices
Medical practices that employ nurse practitioners and physician assistants typically perform better financially than those that do not, according to an analysis published by the Medical Group Management Association in March.
Data collected by the association show that the use of non-physician providers in every specialty group, including cardiology, family medicine and orthopedic surgery, has increased in the last 15 years, and that physician compensation is higher for practices with NPs and physician assistants.
Technology and data helping to improve stroke treatment
By Rosemary Sparacio
Evidence and research indicate that the mortality rate in the event of a stroke has improved. At one time, stroke was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., but it has fallen to fourth place, according to recent data.
Stroke risk can be attributed to several factors. High blood pressure, high lipid levels, smoking and previous brain injury can all individually and together play a part in increased risk.
Nurses champion guideline-based antiemetic therapy
Medscape (free subscription)
The oncology nursing staff at one hospital recently discovered that many of their cancer patients were not getting appropriate antiemetic therapy and decided to do something about it.
They now review treatment orders and advocate for guideline-based management of acute and delayed emesis.
The optimal management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting is critical to "patient comfort, adherence to treatment plan, and quality of life. The oncology nurse plays a vital role in advocating for evidenced-based management of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting," they write.
Intensive insulin therapy might aid diabetics after heart attack
Intensive insulin therapy may boost survival in people with Type 2 diabetes who've suffered a heart attack, a new study suggests.
Swedish researchers tracked outcomes for up to 20 years for 620 people with diabetes who were treated in hospital after a heart attack.
Some patients received intensive insulin treatment, which involved insulin-glucose infusion for at least 24 hours, followed by insulin injections four times a day for at least three months. Others received standard blood sugar-lowering therapy in which they were given occasional insulin shots for a year.
High number of Medicaid patients receiving antimicrobials for colds
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
A high number of adult Medicaid enrollees receive antimicrobial drugs unnecessarily for acute respiratory tract infections (ARIs), according to a study published in the May issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Pengxiang Li, Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues analyzed 2007 U.S. Medicaid data from patients less than 21 years of age from 40 states.
The trouble festering in primary care
As the role of primary care expands in the evolving healthcare landscape, there has been increasing discussion about expanding the team, and re-tasking members of those teams to allow everyone to "practice up to their licence." This is a major part of the patient-centered medical home, and integral to making any such transformation successful. In an article this week in JAMA Internal Medicine, the authors look to medical assistants to help alleviate some of the burden on busy clinicians.
They focus on panel management, health coaching, and scribing, which are emerging as powerful tools in the new paradigm of patient-centered care.
Survey of nurses shows dedicated workforce, but spending more time away from patients
Dallas/Fort Worth Healthcare Daily
Preliminary results from a nationwide survey show nurses are widely satisfied with their career paths, although a third report spending more of their time on administrative tasks not directly related to the care of patients than they did five years ago.
Chicago-based CareerBuilder polled more than 900 U.S. nurses between March 11 and March 28 to gauge their current feelings toward their job and its duties while also cataloguing attitudes toward the changes to the industry. Final results will be released in June, although the preliminary statistics depict a workforce that remains dedicated to the job despite being wary about the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
Do you really understand mental illness?
By Jessica Taylor
Individuals with severe mental illness struggle with the symptoms and disabilities that result from a disease. They are also challenged by the stereotypes and prejudice that result from the stigma about mental illness. As we close Mental Health Awareness Month, it brings up an important question: Do you understand the depths of a mental illness? How about the stigma? Take a look at the person next to you; 1 in 4 adults in the United States will experience a mental illness in any given year. Now, I'm not saying the people beside you have a mental illness, but think about that statistic for a moment: 1 in 4 — that's a lot.
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