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How patient flow nurses help cut readmissions
Health Leaders Media
When she noticed RNs weren't always able to make patient discharge a top priority, Baptist Health Lexington's CNO created a new nursing position to improve the discharge process. The result has been a direct benefit for pay-for-performance indicators.
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ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! — Last chance to register!
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
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Comfortable Sports Attire Encouraged
Registration NOW OPEN!
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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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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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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


Nurse survey examines factors related to compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction
Endo Nurse
Understanding the demographic and organizational factors related to nurses’ professional quality of life can help educators and healthcare leaders develop effective work environment interventions, according to an article in the August issue of Critical Care Nurse (CCN). The article, “Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue Among Critical Care Nurses," describes the demographic, unit and organizational factors that may contribute to nurses’ professional quality of life.
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Computer algorithm can forecast patients' deadly sepsis
Medical Xpress
For a patient with sepsis — which kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast and prostate cancer combined — hours can make the difference between life and death. The quest for early diagnosis of this life-threatening condition now takes a step forward, as Johns Hopkins University researchers report on a more effective way to spot hospital patients at risk of septic shock.
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Medical scopes and superbugs: Infection risk greater than previously thought
FierceHealthcare
A duodenoscope linked to a recent outbreak of a lethal antibiotic-resistant superbug isn't the only medical scope that may be the source of deadly infections. In fact, the risk of a serious infection from contaminated medical scopes is much broader than previously thought. Although infection experts have warned over the years that many endoscopes can remain dirty even after following the manufacturer's cleaning guidelines, some of those concerns were ignored.
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The art of compassion
By Nadine A. Kassity-Krich
Starting out in the neonatal intensive care unit, the excitement for me was the adrenaline rush that came from caring for very sick patients, and figuring out what to do as quickly as possible to help "cure" the child. That still held true for my entire ICU career, but as time moved on, and I witnessed many sick patients and grieving families, it became clear to me that compassion was a consistent and integral part of my day.
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Nurse practitioners can increase treatment accessibility for opioid addiction
Health Affairs Blog
Rates of opioid and first time heroin use have reached epidemic proportions in many American cities. While it may come as a surprise, almost 10 percent of full-time U.S. workers 18-64 years are dependent on, or have abused illicit substances and alcohol in the past year.
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Does the decentralized nursing model deliver?
Healthcare Design
The decentralized nursing operations and physical design model was introduced to inpatient units more than 10 years ago, with a number of expected positive outcomes for staff. Those include reduced nurse walking distances, more time at the bedside, less stress, improved productivity, and enhanced collaboration, among others. In essence, it was anticipated that the move would improve efficiency and safety, workplace condition, and care quality.
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Head injury tied to long-term attention issues in kids
HealthDay News
Children who suffer even mild brain injuries may experience momentary lapses in attention long after their accident, new research finds. The study of 6- to 13-year-olds found these attention lapses led to lower behavior and intelligence ratings by their parents and teachers. These lapses in focus were apparent even when scans showed no obvious brain damage, the researchers said.
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Double monitoring of insulin doses offers minimal protection against in-hospital errors
Healio
An insulin double-checking procedure was ineffective at preventing insulin errors when compared with usual care procedures in patients with diabetes, according to study findings presented here. In a prospective, comparative, two-group research study involving five inpatient units conducted at Cleveland Clinic, researchers found that a subcutaneous insulin double-checking procedure did lead to fewer insulin administration errors; however, most errors were due to the timing of insulin administration, which double-checking did not reduce.
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Experts: US needs to take immediate steps to fight super bugs
USA Today
The U.S. could save 37,000 lives over the next five years by taking immediate action to improve the way it fights healthcare-associated infections, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infections with super bugs — bacteria that can't be killed even with standard antibiotics — cause more than 2 million illnesses and at least 23,000 deaths a year, according to the CDC. Super bugs often spread in the hospital, especially among patients with weakened immune systems.
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