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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES
Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing (ANA Massachusetts Newsletter)
Needed: Articles for The September 2015 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by about 110,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
Deadline date for submission is July 10
Your contribution can be sent to newsletter@ANAMass.org
or mailed to ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P. O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186
Now Open: Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions on ANA Committees and Boards
In 2014 the ANA Committee on Appointments (COA) adopted streamlined processes, including the implementation of an annual Call for Nominations for Appointive Positions. The general call for nominations for appointive positions on ANA committees and boards is now open until 5 p.m. ET on Friday July 31, 2015.
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ANA Massachusetts 2015 Summer Event:
Nurses are Special…take time out to join us for a Day of Wellness!
Nurses always take care of others, so take a break and care for yourself!
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Danversport Yacht Club
Keynote — Sue R. Levy, Savory Living
Eating Well for YOU: behavior changes, nutrition science,
food skills to help you feel well
MAKE HEALTHY EATING HAPPEN IN 2015
Start a sustainable approach to healthy eating that fits your tastes and lifestyle.
Luncheon Fashion Show sponsored by North Shore Chico’s!
Check out our very own members sporting
the latest styles of the season!
Wellness Session Breakouts:
Comfortable Sports Attire Encouraged
featuring demonstrations, consultation and free samples
Salem Fitness Center
Elements Massage Swampscott
Whole Foods Market Swampscott
Registration NOW OPEN!
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Accredited Approver Unit Provider Symposium Western Workshop
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA
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The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization.
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Joint Alert from Division of Health Professions Licensure
In response to The National Transportation Safety Board safety study, Drug Use Trends in Aviation: Assessing the Risk of Pilot Impairment the Board of Registration in Dentistry, the Board of Registration in Nursing, Board of Registration in Pharmacy, and the Board of Registration of Physician Assistants, on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Health Professions Licensure issued a joint alert regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances in November, 2014.
Click here to find an update to that original alert.
NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS
Developing as a navigator: From novice to expert
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Author Frank dela Rama, RN, MS, AOCNS, AGN-BC writes: Early in my own training as a registered nurse, I was inspired by Dr. Patricia Benner's seminal work, From Novice to Expert, which insightfully describes how nurses develop their practice over time, reaching different milestones while accumulating clinical experience. Focus and approach to new situations change at each level.
Benner describes novice nurses having no experience; use rules to help perform tasks, aiming to follow instruction. With some actual experience, advanced beginner nurses show acceptable performance and begin to form principles to guide their actions.
Nurses' reaction to Supreme Court in King v Burwell
The Hill (opinion)
Nurses, who enthusiastically embrace their mission to act as advocates for patients, are pleased that the Supreme Court chose to preserve access to affordable health coverage. It was the right decision and reflected the true intent of the law that all eligible individuals, regardless of the health insurance exchange structure in their state, should receive financial assistance to make their monthly premiums manageable.
Guns in hospitals
HealthLeaders Media via MedPage Today
There's a federal law banning guns from schools. But when it comes to hospitals, it's up to the state.
Leaders in the healthcare world react to the recent Supreme Court decision to back the Affordable Care Act in a challenge over its subsidies.
Nurse to patient staffing ratios are good for nurses. But what about safety?
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Collaboration between physicians, HF nurses improves Medicare pay-for-performance metrics
Karen Joynt, M.D., MPHF, of Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, offers her perspective on the benefits of collaboration between physicians and HF nurses on Medicare pay-for-performance metrics.
As research has shown, the more time nurses spend with their HF patients, the better patient outcomes. There are fewer hospital-acquired infections, fewer readmissions, better patient-reported hospital experiences and lower mortality. This is not only true in hospitals, but also in outpatient settings.
Hospitals adapt as opioid epidemic hits infant victims
The Boston Globe
Michelle Frigon’s baby was just a day old last February when the signs of trouble emerged. His muscles tightened, he had sneezing fits, his cries rose urgent and high.
The nurses, by now familiar with babies like Charlie, assessed his symptoms and reached a diagnosis: The infant was withdrawing from an opioid drug absorbed in the womb.
They took Charlie upstairs to the special care nursery at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, where they found a quiet, dimly lit corner to protect him from stimulation.
Kill workflow inefficiencies to combat clinician burnout
Time spent on needlessly laborious or unnecessary tasks can silently ratchet up job dissatisfaction rates among physicians and nurses.
Healthcare is an industry where seconds count, and not just in the case of saving lives.
Imagine the simple act of walking down the hall to collect a piece of paper from a printer. "It might only be an additional 30 seconds each time, but if [clinicians] visit that printer 20 times in a day, that's an extra ten minutes daily," says John Jenkins, M.D., vice president and executive medical director of the primary care collaborative at Cone Health in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Managing side effects of common HF medications presents 'arduous task' for nurses
Shawn Merhaut, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC, CHFN, a nurse practitioner at the Cleveland Clinic, reviews the side effects of common HF medications and offers insight into the complexities of comorbidities and other pharmacologic agents in determining their etiologies.
Merhaut discusses the “arduous task” of HF nurses to place patients on guideline-directed medical therapies including ACE inhibitors, aldosterone antagonists, angiotensin receptor blockers, beta blockers, diuretics and vasodilators.
Tablets and portals may not be a hit, but wearables show promise
By Scott E. Rupp
It seems patient engagement efforts may require more work if the latest survey holds true. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, giving patients access to portals and tablets "does not have a great impact on their understanding of their care and treatment."
The hypothesis, according to FierceMobileHealthcare, was that tablets and apps would result in greater knowledge of team members' names and roles, planned tests and procedures, medications and higher patient activation.
Hepatitis C infections underreported in the United States
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
New cases of hepatitis C are drastically underreported to federal officials, according to a case series and chart review published online June 30 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Arthur Kim, M.D., director of the Viral Hepatitis Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues analyzed data from a government-funded study that followed a group of 183 Massachusetts patients diagnosed with acute hepatitis C between 2001 and 2011.
Statins linked to lower aggression in men, but higher in women
Statins are a hugely popular drug class used to manage blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Previous studies had raised questions about adverse behavioral changes with statins, such as irritability or violence, but findings with statins have been inconsistent. In the first randomized trial to look at statin effects on behavior, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that aggressive behavior typically declined among men placed on statins (compared to placebo), but typically increased among women placed on statins.
Hospital-wide program for delirium, alcohol withdrawal and suicide/harm impacts readmission rates
Approximately 20 percent of all patients admitted to a hospital have a mental health condition, either as a primary or a secondary diagnosis, and a recent report by the Institute of Medicine warned that there is a critical shortage of health care professionals who are equipped to provide mental health and geriatric care to these patients in the hospital setting. Often, these patients experience delirium, alcohol withdrawal and suicide harm (DASH), which put them at an increased risk for higher-than-average readmission rates. Recently, the rate of readmissions has become an important measure of quality care and patient satisfaction. Simultaneously, Medicare has begun financially penalizing hospitals with higher-than-average rates.
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