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Nurses learn to work through generational diversity
By Keith Carlson
At this time in history, there are four generations currently working within the nursing profession. Although this diversity can be seen as a positive aspect of our collective culture, it is easy to understand that there is also room for misunderstanding and mistrust between the generations. This perceived generation gap is well worth our attention and positive intervention.
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Call for Nurse Participation in Survey Research about the Impact of HIV Criminalization on Providing Quality Care
University of Ottawa, School of Nursing
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)
The Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), an organizational affiliate of ANA, is conducting a survey to help better understand the knowledge nurses have about laws regarding HIV exposure and transmission and the impact of these laws on the patient-provider relationship. Nurses from all practice areas and work settings are encouraged to participate, and you do not have to have experience in HIV care to participate. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The University of Ottawa Research Ethics Board has approved this study (Ethics file #H03-13-04B).
To thank you for your contribution to the research project, you will be given the option to enter your name in a drawing to win an iPad or similar tablet valued at approximately $500 USD. Your name and email are requested only if you chose to participate in the drawing for an iPad and will not be linked to your survey response.
For more information about the survey and the iPad drawing rules, and to participate in this important survey, click here.

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Authors Wanted for the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Needed: Articles for The September 2014 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
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This year we are focusing on safe staffing and encourage you to weigh in on this important issue!
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Deadline date for submission is July 10!

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6 reasons why nurses are the unsung heroes of the ER
The Huffington Post
Dr. Brett Belchetz writes: During a busy Sunday evening in my ER two weeks ago, while I stitched closed a laceration to the temple of a two-year-old infant who had run into a door, disaster struck. As is customary in these situations, my attendant nurse, a kind woman who is wonderful with children, had wrapped up the child in layers of sheets to prevent any unexpected movements of arms or legs while we performed the delicate procedure. Halfway through my sewing, our young patient stealthily managed to extricate a right arm from her wrapping, and promptly, before anyone noticed, the injured child delivered a full force punch to the face of my poor nurse.
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Do probiotics help kids with stomach bugs?
Infection Control Today
Consumers worldwide spend billions of dollars each year on probiotic foods and supplements. But studies evaluating probiotics — microorganisms believed to aid digestive health — have been limited. To better understand probiotics’ capabilities, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are leading a nationwide clinical trial to determine whether one of the most commonly used probiotics can safely and effectively treat infants and toddlers suffering from acute gastroenteritis, otherwise known as stomach virus or “stomach flu.”
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Doctors, nurses urge action following Hobby Lobby decision
Modern Healthcare
Not many issues in American politics unite nurses, primary care physicians and specialists. The U.S. Supreme Court found one recently. The decision of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case “intrudes on the patient-physician relationship and will make it more difficult for many women to make their own personal medical decisions,” said Dr. Robert Wah, president of the AMA. “We encourage the administration to provide alternative pathways to secure coverage for patients unable to obtain these services as a result of the court's ruling.”
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Acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease each a risk of the other
National Institutes of Health
Acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are closely intertwined, with each disease a risk factor for developing the other and sharing other risk factors in common, as well as sharing causes for the diseases to get worse, and outcomes, suggests a comprehensive analysis by scientists at the National Institutes of Health and George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Findings were published July 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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How to cut overreliance on contract nurses
Health Leaders Media
Realigning leadership, beefing up in-house resources, and centralizing nurse staffing helped one Iowa hospital save money and decrease turnover. Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, had a staffing problem.
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Telemedicine cuts travel time for patients
The Associated Press via San Francisco Gate
Some patients in Vermont who would normally have to drive two hours for medical care can now see a doctor via telemedicine. Several rheumatology patients at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington can use real-time video for their appointments with Dr. Daniel Albert at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

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New report looks at how to prevent acetaminophen overdose
Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition
A new report from the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition reviews the dosing behaviors that can lead to unintentional acetaminophen overdose and explores the successful impact of ongoing education campaigns to drive safe use and prevent overdose-related liver damage.

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Good progress on affordable healthcare
The New York Times
Americans are finding very affordable health insurance and a wide choice of plans on the exchanges operated by the federal government, according to a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The report was based on data from the 36 states in which the federal government is operating health insurance exchanges this year. Comparable data from states operating their own exchanges is not yet available.

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Advanced EHRs cut hospital patient costs by close to 10 percent
For hospitals using advanced electronic health records, per-patient costs were $731, or 9.66 percent, less than at hospitals without these systems, according to research from Medical University of South Carolina. The study looked at records of 5 million patients treated at 550 U.S. hospitals. Only 19 percent were from advanced EHR systems, which the study defines as the stage 3 level of EHR implementation, including CPOE and clinical decision support.
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Dark chocolate may ease walking for patients with artery disease
Older people who have trouble getting around because of poor blood flow to their legs may be able to walk a little longer and farther after eating dark chocolate, according to a new small Italian study. People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) who ate a dark chocolate bar were able to slightly increase the time and distance they walked a couple of hours later, compared to people who ate milk chocolate, researchers found.
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New blood test could replace biopsies in predicting heart transplant rejection
By Karen Zabel
For years, tissue biopsy has been regarded as the gold standard for predicting the potential for heart transplant rejection, but now researchers from Stanford say they've developed a blood test that is able to predict rejection weeks or even months earlier than that technique. The Stanford researchers also indicate the new test outperforms another rejection prediction blood test called Allomap "by a substantial margin."
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The healthcare waiting game
The New York Times
One small consolation of our high-priced healthcare system — our $2.7 trillion collective medical bill — has been the notion that at least we get medical attention quickly. Americans look down on national health systems like Canada’s and Britain’s because of their notorious waiting lists. In recent weeks, the Veterans Affairs hospitals have been pilloried for long patient wait times, with top officials losing their jobs.
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Minimizing burn out: how to take care of nurses
Nurse burnout is on the rise, creating the perfect environment for more mistakes, higher turnover and lower levels of engagement. In this article, healthcare leadership expert Lisa Goren shares three proven strategies for improving nurses’ well-being.
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Migraine linked to cardiovascular disease in women
Medscape (free login required)
Women who suffer migraines are 1.52 times more likely to have cardiovascular disease than those without migraine, and they are also more likely to have a stroke or heart attack and to die of cardiovascular disease, new research shows. "The results of this large, prospective study indicate a consistent link between migraine and cardiovascular disease," said Anke Winter, M.D., a clinical epidemiologist and assistant professor, Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.
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