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Nurse entrepreneurship explodes across the US
By Keith Carlson
Plenty of enterprising nurses have owned businesses over the years, but entrepreneurship and business savvy among nurses is veritably exploding in the early 21st century. With an increasing number of states within the U.S. allowing advanced practice nurses to manage patient care without a supervising physician, APRNs are realizing they can serve the public as independent medical providers. These nurses can make house calls, open small clinics and more.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
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!
CE credits available!

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:
    featuring demonstrations, consultation and free samples

    Salem Fitness Center
    Elements Massage Swampscott
    Whole Foods Market Swampscott
    Yoga sessions
    Essential Oils
Comfortable Sports Attire Encouraged
Registration NOW OPEN!
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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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Calling ANA Massachusetts Members: Subcommittee for 15-year Anniversary Celebration
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to join a subcommittee as we work on planning the celebration of the 15-year Anniversary of our association, Spring 2016. Please send your name and contact information to lpresutti@anamass.org. We hope that you will join us in the planning of this exciting event for ANA Massachusetts (formerly MARN).
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Calling all ANA Massachusetts Members: We are currently Recruiting for the New Public Relations Committee
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to work with the President and Executive Director to identify areas for expansion of publicity for ANA Massachusetts and our many programs and events. The Committee will help to coordinate letter to the editor campaigns and brainstorm about other publicity and marketing opportunities for our organization. Please send your name and contact information to lpresutti@anamass.org if you are interested.
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ANA Massachusetts Political Advocacy Program (Western and Central Massachusetts)
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Harrington Memorial Hospital
Southbridge, Massachusetts
A light supper will be provided.

The American Nurses Association Massachusetts Action Champions invite you to learn more about Political Advocacy.
There are many legislative issues that affect YOUR nursing practice.
Come learn about what they are and how YOU can make a difference.
Learn about your professional nursing organization and how it can support you ...
provide us with YOUR expertise on important nursing issues… learn how to effectively lobby your legislators and their staff.
RSVP by Sept. 1, click here.
Space is limited — first 10 to register will receive a special door prize.

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REGISTER NOW!
Accredited Approver Unit Provider Symposium Western Workshop
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA

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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.

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Become an active member!
Join the ANA Massachusetts Technology Committee

The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization. Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Contact info@anamass.org for more information
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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Could nap rooms help hospital shift workers?
By Joan Spitrey
Imagine you have been up all night, caring for a newborn. You are sleepy, yet need to remain alert. At 6 a.m., you sit down to feed and burp the precious new life. You begin to feel drowsy as you take in the aroma of the newborn. Next thing you know, the infant has fallen to the ground out of your grasp. Sound ridiculous? Unfortunately, this is not a piece of fiction, but a sad event that happened recently to a 30-year veteran nurse in Pennsylvania during a long overnight shift.
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Nurses face 'death anxiety' from work in emergency rooms
Healthline News
Rotating schedules, debriefing, and teaching “chaos therapy” have been suggested as ways to help emergency room personnel deal with the anxiety that can come from dealing with death on a daily basis.
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A major loophole in the healthcare transparency law: Nurses don't need to report their dealings with drug companies
Pacific Standard
A nurse practitioner in Connecticut pleaded guilty in June to taking $83,000 in kickbacks from a drug company in exchange for prescribing its high-priced drug to treat cancer pain. In some cases, she delivered promotional talks attended only by herself and a company sales representative.

But when the federal government recently released data on payments by drug and device companies to doctors and teaching hospitals, the payments to nurse practitioner Heather Alfonso, 42, were nowhere to be found. That's because the federal Physician Payment Sunshine Act doesn't require companies to publicly report payments to nurse practitioners or physician assistants, even though they are allowed to write prescriptions in most states.

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Nurse practitioners: With advanced training, NPs qualified to provide, coordinate patient care
Chicago Tribune
"There is a wide range of responsibilities and actions, and nurse practitioners can serve in different capacities, depending on where they work," says Joanna Black, a healthcare career consultant in New York. "NPs have become part of the larger healthcare picture. They play a role in some of the important functions that have become essential to the overall treatment of an individual."
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Medication communication during handover interactions in specialty practice settings
Journal of Clinical Nursing
For nurses to make informed and rapid decisions regarding appropriate patient care, information about all types of prescribed medications is essential, which is communicated in an explicit and clear way. Jargon and assumptions related to medication details should be minimized to reduce the risk of misunderstandings. Disclosure of structured medication information supports nurses to perform accurate patient assessments, make knowledgeable decisions about the appropriateness of medications and their doses, and anticipate possible adverse events associated with medications. In addition, benefits of patient and family member contributions in communicating about medications at handover should also be considered.
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Nurses have a duty to draw the line on substandard care
The Boston Globe
One of the most important roles of the nursing profession is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The elderly with dementia cannot advocate for themselves, and without nurses willing to do the job they are licensed to do, these patients frequently have no one. Being overwhelmed is no excuse for poor, inadequate, negligent, substandard patient care.
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Nurse practitioners more in demand than most physicians
Forbes
When it comes to what a hospital or health system needs to fill the vacancies in a medical staff, primary care doctors like family physicians and internists have long been the top need. But climbing the ranks and jumping past many doctor specialties on the demand scale aren't physicians at all. They're nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are filling a critical role for the health care industry, according to national doctor recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins.
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Nurse leaders go 'Suits to Scrubs' to improve patient care
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System
Brooke Army Medical Center's nurse leaders are trading their uniforms for scrubs each month to join their staff on the hospital frontlines. The program is known here as 'Suits to Scrubs' however, many are dubbing it BAMC's version of "Undercover Boss," a TV show that features senior executives going undercover in their own companies to identify areas for improvement.
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Cutting physician and nurse pay would have limited effect on costs
Hospitals & Health Networks
The relatively high compensation paid to nurses and physicians is not the primary driver of cost increases in healthcare, a new Health Affairs study concludes. Though both nurses and physicians are paid much more than workers with similar qualifications in other sectors, reducing their salaries would cut overall health expenditures by just 6 percent. And that is assuming that employment levels remain the same, according to the study.
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