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University of Tennessee Knoxville
On average, American colleges and universities with nursing programs offer about one hour of instruction in handling catastrophic situations such as nuclear events, pandemics, or water contamination crises, according to two recent studies coauthored by a nursing professor at UT.
“Events that can cause greater impact but are less likely to occur usually receive less training hours,” said Roberta Lavin, executive associate dean and professor in UT’s College of Nursing. Lavin is coauthor of the studies published in the Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing and Nursing Outlook.
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As we head into the second half of the 2019 Red Sox Season, we wanted to say thank you for your support of the Red Sox earlier this year.
To show our appreciation, the Red Sox are offering nurses a limited amount of specially priced tickets for the Monday, Aug. 5 and Wednesday, Aug. 7 games.
Click here for more information. Use code "Nurse" at checkout for $5 off per ticket!
ANA is seeking an APRN to represent nursing on an American Medical Association Committee with meets three times a year (in January, April, and October). There is no end date to this service; however, the term of the appointment is subject to an agreement between the individual and ANA.
The nominee will be an ANA member and an APRN. The nominee will have extensive experience in billing, reimbursement, and practice expense and will ideally engage in these activities in a practice setting. The individual will also need to have the flexibility within their practice to travel.
Interested individuals should send a CV and a one-page cover letter highlighting qualifications and relevant experiences related to reimbursement, billing, and coding valuation to Gregory Craig, ANA Health Policy Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) by close of business Friday, Aug. 9 for consideration.
For more information, click here.
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.
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!
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
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Oncology Nursing News
Finishing cancer treatment is often seen as a triumphant event, with some oncology clinics having celebratory parties or bells to ring. However, for many adolescent and young adult survivors, disease-related hardships are far from over.
AYA survivors often face late effects from their treatment, as well as psychosocial issues. And now that they’re not being seen as often by their care teams, they run the risk of being lost to follow up. Nurses can be instrumental in making sure that this group does not fall through the cracks.
Doctors prescribe antibiotics to treat bacterial and fungal infections, but some people in the United States are using antibiotics without a doctor's prescription. That's a public health problem that can increase drug resistance and make it harder to treat infections, according to a study published in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
Precision medicine is the field of dreams for human health. Drugs and treatments that would take into account a person's individual DNA configurations, as well as lifestyle and environment, would presumably be better tailored to each person's needs. Still, while the goal of precision medicine is to help everybody, the current research available has a major flaw. It's largely based on the genes of people who are predominantly of white and European descent.
By Tiffany Hamm and Jeff Mize
One of the keys to a successful patient outcome is assessing nutritional status. If the patient is malnourished, there is insufficient nutritional substrate from which to build new tissue to heal a wound. One out of three patients treated at hyperbaric services can be at risk of malnutrition. The definition of a nutritional assessment in the National Coverage Determination NCD 20.29 for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is vague. Although an assessment of nutritional status should be routinely performed on all patients seen in the outpatient wound clinic, the protocol is not well-defined.
New York Post
Air pollution has been linked to more than 30,000 deaths in the United States in a single year — with low income areas the hardest hit, a new study suggests.
The research, from Imperial College London, estimates particle pollution emitted by cars and power plants may have been responsible for 30,369 deaths in 2015 — the most recent year air quality data was available.
The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, established a link between cardio-respiratory diseases and excess particulate matter pollution — tiny, inhalable particles that can worsen certain diseases when they enter the blood stream.
Worries over bisphenol A, a chemical commonly found in plastics, have led to a surge in BPA-free products. But now, a new study suggests that the chemicals replacing BPA may also be cause for concern.
The study found that, among U.S. children, exposure to two common chemicals used in place of BPA — called bisphenol S and bisphenol F — is linked with an increased risk of obesity. Both BPS and BPF are similar in structure to BPA and can be found in some types of plastic, canned goods and other products.
Northwestern University via ScienceDaily
Americans are overexposed to products that are high in energy, saturated fat, sugar and salt, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that reports the United States packaged food and beverage supply in 2018 was ultra-processed and generally unhealthy.
By Amanda Ghosh
Rebecca Love, a nurse entrepreneur and TEDx speaker, reminds us by mentioning the work of Florence Nightingale that it was nurses who transformed the "dark ages" of medicine, and nurses who will likely do so again. Love is the first nurse to be featured on the main TED.com platform, and her argument was noteworthy. Nurses who feel called to improve healthcare with transformational ideas will be interested in the organization that she, along with other notable "rockstars," as she calls them, have founded: SONSIEL.
Millions of adults are taking low-dose aspirin daily without their doctor’s recommendation, according to a new study, jeopardizing their health in the process. Though some health officials previously recommended daily low-dose aspirin for heart disease prevention, guidelines released earlier this year advise against taking the medication in certain cases, citing three major clinical trials in 2018 that found "consistent bleeding risks" linked to daily use.
People with prediabetes and newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes may be able to slow the progress of the condition by taking vitamin D, scientists believe.
Consuming the molecule could help the body metabolize glucose, according to the authors of a study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology. The work builds on studies which show there is a worldwide problem with vitamin D deficiency, and link the deficiency to an inability to process sugar.
Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the body to try to cure an inherited form of blindness, per the AP. People with the disease have normal eyes but lack a gene that converts light into signals to the brain that enable sight.
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