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A tisket, a tasket ... No LPNs in the RN basket
McKnight's
Reporting direct care hours is nothing new, but the Affordable Care Act takes it to the next level with mandatory quarterly electronic submission of staffing and census data. This focus on staffing ratios should not come as a surprise. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been studying staffing and its impact on outcomes for years.
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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!
Click here to register.

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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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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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SAVE THE DATE!
Accredited Approver Unit Provider Symposium Western Workshop
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA

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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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American Nurses Association Elects Vice President and other Leaders
Representatives at the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Membership Assembly elected Ernest James Grant, Ph.D., MSN, RN, FAAN, of the North Carolina Nurses Association, to serve as vice president of the professional association that represents the interests of the nation’s 3.4 million registered nurses (RNs).

The voting representatives of ANA’s Membership Assembly also re-elected two members of the nine-member board of directors—Treasurer Gingy Harshey-Meade, MSN, RN, CAE, NEA-BC, of the Indiana State Nurses Association; and Director-At-Large Recent Graduate Jesse M.L. Kennedy, BSN, RN, of the Oregon Nurses Association.

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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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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


Symptom checkers not very accurate, study suggests
Medscape (free login required)
The online and mobile symptom checkers many people use to diagnose their ailments and to decide whether to seek medical help are not reliable in either respect, according to a new study published online July 8 in the BMJ. However, their ability to identify emergent symptoms is pretty good, the study found. Moreover, as the average performance of the symptom checkers is roughly comparable to that of nurse triage lines, and they cost very little to operate, "symptom checkers could potentially be a more cost effective way of providing triage advice than nurse-staffed phone lines," the researchers said.
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Why nurses need heroes
AdvancedWeb
We pry ourselves from bed and force our bodies out into work...rain, sleet, snow, or sunshine. Statistics demonstrate we tend to work more fatigued and drained than ever before, often when ill, or perhaps even feverish or contagious. We barely skim the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy, not because we choose to do so, but because we are nurses. It is the nature of the gig. In light of all this sacrifice, we could use an occasional hero, a force of nature larger than life. How we embraced it when "Sully" landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson in January 2009, saving the lives of all passengers and crew members aboard. That was a great week for nurses!
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Do cell phones spread infections in hospitals?
Healthline News
Nurses and doctors might show a patient some lab results on an iPad, then touch the device later in the day without washing it first. They might also touch their phone before or after washing their hands between patients. Hospital visitors can also contribute to the problem.
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Giving negative information: What we can learn from healthcare
By Catherine Iste
Author Catherine Iste writes: In the course of our work either as managers, HR professionals or consultants, the day comes when we have to provide some kind of news our audience is not going to be thrilled to hear. In recent conversations with several neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses, I picked up the following four pointers on how to deliver bad news as smoothly as possible.
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The teen who didn't make It — And the nurses he moved along the way
NPR
For more than a decade, Wilson Matthews and Jeanne Yeatman worked together as flight nurses on emergency response helicopters. Over that time, they cared for countless patients as they were being transported to hospitals. One flight in particular, though, remains impossible for them to forget. They had been trying to save a 13-year-old named Stephen. He'd been riding his bicycle over a dirt jump when he fell and sustained severe head trauma.
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What liability does a remote-monitoring RN face when providing health coaching?
Nurse.com
Whether one calls the provision of any kind of nursing services health coaching or a health service, you are still using your nursing skills, expertise and judgment to monitor the patients for whom you have responsibility. Although you gave few details about your responsibilities, your director’s background and how patients are referred to you for monitoring, established policies and procedures should be in place. Such policies would help you when decisions must be made about the patient’s well-being and communicating concerns to the primary care physician.
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First, do no harm: When healthcare practitioners work while sick
By Dorothy L. Tengler
"Go to school. You'll be fine," or "If I miss work, I'll be fired." These are common misconceptions most of us have learned throughout life. Why is it so difficult for us to stay home when ill? The reasons are different for each of us. For the general public, one reason is more than 40 million American workers get no paid sick leave. They have to work when ill or take unpaid sick days, which can lead to financial hardship, or even dismissal.
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Moral courage an obligation, says CNO
Health Leaders Media
It's imperative for RNs to do the right thing, even if they are frightened about the consequences they may face. And it's the responsibility of nurse leaders to build work environments that foster courage, says the CNO of Oregon Health & Science University Healthcare.
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