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Nurses have complex, demanding and sometimes even controversial job duties and work environments. And there are so many surprising aspects of the career. Would anyone understand if nurses did share the untold story of their work? Here are seven myth busters and amazing facts about the profession, as revealed by studies and nurses themselves.
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Medicare for All: An Alternative Health Financing Program With Implications for All
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 | Massachusetts State House (Great Hall)
Barbara Blakeney MS, RN, FNAP
Member, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
ANA Massachusetts member and Past President of the American Nurses Association
Gerald Friedman, Ph.D.
UMass Amherst, Professor and Economist
Dr. Friedman gained national attention during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election for writing an economic analysis of Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign policies supporting universal health care access through Medicare for All. Dr. Friedman has also drafted single-payer health care system financing plans for the states of Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington and Ohio, among others. His current financial analysis for a national Sanders bill is available through the Hopbrook Institute, which he founded in 2018.
Jonathan Holmes Gruber, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor and Economist
Dr. Gruber is the Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Program of Health Care. As associate editor of both the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Health Economics, Gruber has been heavily involved in crafting and critiquing the economic impact of public health policy.
Christine Schrauf, PhD, RN, MBA
Elms College, Chicopee, MA – Faculty Member, School of Nursing
Dr. Schrauf teaches health policy and professional ethics to graduate nursing students at Elms College and participates in advocacy efforts through membership in the ANAMASS Health Policy Committee.
Nancy Turbull, MBA
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Senior Associate Dean for Professional Education
In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Ms. Turnbull is also senior lecturer in health policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Since 2007, she has also been the consumer representative on the board of the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority, the insurance exchange/marketplace in Massachusetts.
Our bill for Honorary Veteran Status has passed in the House of Representatives as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act!
Thanks to VFW, ANA and the 61 other members of the Nursing Community Coalition.
Now on to the reconciliation process with the Senate — they did not pass our amendment in the NDAA.
There are 22 Cosponsors in the Senate out of 100. If your U.S. Senators are not on the list of cosponsors below, then please call the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask your senators to cosponsor today!
Specifically, ask your senators to "include S. 997, The United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act, in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020." These women of the Greatest Generation only request to be recognized as honorary Veterans of WWII with an American flag and a gravesite plaque forever marking their proud service to our country during wartime in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps. Inclusion of S. 997 as a budget amendment to the NDAA would not grant the Cadet Nurse Corp access to VA benefits or other privileges, such as burial in Arlington National Cemetery, but simply a flag and a gravesite plaque marking their service.
Thank you to our Current Cosponsors:
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]*
Sen. King, Angus S., Jr. [I-ME]*
Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT]*
Sen. Murphy, Christopher [D-CT]*
Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]*
Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]*
Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH]*
Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]*
Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL]*
Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT]*
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]*
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]*
Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]*
Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD]
Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]
Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]
Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR]
Please let us know the status of your Senator by email at FriendsofUSCNC@gmail.com or by visiting our website at https://www.nursingandpublichealth.org/cadet-nurses.html.
Please follow us on Facebook and like and share with others.
Friends of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps WWII
Mission: “Honorary Veteran Status Now”
Action: Pass NEW BILLS in U.S. House of Representative and in the U.S. Senate:
S.997/H.R.2056 The United States Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act
Contact: Director, Dr. Barbara Poremba, EdD, MPH, MS, RNCS, ANP, CNE
Facebook: Friends of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps WWII
ANAMASS Spring Conference
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Beyond the Hand Sanitizer
Featured Topics include antimicrobial stewardship and controversies in immunizations.
Friday, April 17, 2020 | The Conference Center at Waltham Woods
ANAMASS Awards Dinner
Friday, May 8, 2020
Royal Sonesta Boston
UMass GSN Continuing Education Programs allows nurses to take courses to further their professional and/or academic goals. Courses are available on campus and online to best fit our student’s schedules. Register today and take advantage of a curriculum combining clinical expertise, contemporary research, and world class faculty!
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Nearly half of all deaths worldwide in children under the age of five is from malnutrition. And those who manage to survive suffer long-term consequences, such as stunted growth and delays in neurodevelopment.
From nutrition bars to energy supplements, the current standards for addressing the nutrition gap focus on providing the recommended amount of calories as well as individual nutrients.
But getting these supplies to those in need can often be a challenge. In the quest for better options, researchers decided to turn to the microbiome.
More than half of adults report using dietary supplements, but new research suggests that most vitamins and minerals don't do anything for heart health. Some products, according to a review of hundreds of existing studies, may even increase the risk of stroke.
Many people who die of sudden cardiac arrest may have had a heart attack earlier in life without ever realizing it, according to a new study.
In the study, almost half — 42.4 percent — of people who had no prior knowledge of coronary artery disease, but died of sudden cardiac arrest, showed signs of having had a prior silent heart attack. The study was published in the journal JAMA Cardiology.
By Keith Carlson
As the baby boomer generation ages into retirement or semi-retirement, many aging nurses are facing the potential sunset of their nursing career. Having potentially worked decades in the healthcare arena, leaving the work that has held so much meaning for you as a professional can be a painful crisis of identity. But what if your career as a nurse didn’t have to completely end and you could simply change channels and enter an entirely new iteration of what it means to be you?
The herbal remedy kratom, often touted as an alternative treatment for opioid withdrawal or chronic pain, is in for more bad publicity. This week, scientists published yet more research showing that the plant is linked to reported dangerous side effects like seizures and deaths. Some people also appear to go through withdrawal when off kratom, much like conventional opioids.
Medical News Today
Transposable elements, which scientists also call transposons or jumping genes, are stretches of DNA that harbor the ability to move around our genome.
Scientists can trace back one type of transposon — human endogenous retroviruses — to ancient retroviruses that inserted themselves into the human genome millions of years ago. HERVs make up about eight percent of our DNA.
Some HERVs hold crucial functions during processes such as embryonic development. But most HERVs lie dormant, silenced by DNA modifications.
In a recent review article in Frontiers in Genetics, researchers from Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany, detail how some HERVs may be reactivated and wreak havoc in our brain and central nervous system.
Most animals sleep, but scientists still lack a complete understanding of why, the biological factors that regulate sleep cycles and how the behavior evolved. A new study in Nature on tiny zebrafish finds how humans sleep today may have first evolved in vertebrates more than 430 million years ago.
By Lynn Hetzler
Preschool kids with community-acquired pneumonia are undergoing needless tests and receiving unnecessary antibiotics from emergency departments and outpatient clinics, according to the results of a new study. Accounting for approximately 1.5 million healthcare visits each in the United States, community-acquired pneumonia is one of the most common infections among the pediatric population. In 2011, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America issued clinical guidelines for CAP in children. Dr. Todd Florin and colleagues wanted to evaluate the effect of the guidelines.
Baylor College of Medicine via ScienceDaily
A newly described form of stress called chromatin architectural defect, or chromatin stress, triggers in cells a response that leads to a longer life.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine via Medical Xpress
A drug belonging to a new generation of acute migraine headache treatments was found to eliminate pain and reduce bothersome symptoms for people with migraine in a large-scale trial reported in the July 11 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. The drug, rimegepant, is awaiting U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and may offer advantages over currently available migraine medications. The study was led by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System.
As our body’s central control center, the brain has to keep going at all costs. It makes sense that it’s surrounded by biological safeguards: a bony skull, a sack of tissue, and blood vessels that filter out most infectious bugs. When neurons start to decline—as some do naturally with age—the brain can even quickly rewire networks before we notice anything is amiss.
But these same safeguards are a huge obstacle for scientists trying to study the brain’s decline—specifically dementia.
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