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All hands on deck
Well-executed handoffs are especially critical before, during and after surgery, when nurses and healthcare providers make patient care decisions quickly and move patients to different care units throughout the hospital. When handoffs are completed safely, efficiently and accurately, patients benefit from admission to postop care and members of the care team have the most accurate, current patient information every step of the way.
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Navigating Your Nursing Career - National and Statewide Implications of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Report on the Future Of Nursing
The purpose of this conference is to provide participants with information to guide personal and professional decision-making regarding educational preparation that will support ongoing clinical competency and promote nursing career development.
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  • Current work and future direction of the Massachusetts Action Coalition toward statewide implementation of the IOM Report.

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NIOSH Workplace Violence Prevention Course for nurses is now online
A free online workplace violence prevention course for nurses and direct-care healthcare professionals. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health partnered with several other organizations to develop this interactive on-line course. Workplace violence incident videos and nurse testimonials are incorporated throughout the course to enhance the learning experience. Continuing education units are available to assist with licensing requirements. ANA was instrumental in the development of this resource.
The course is divided into 13 units, each expected to take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Participants can restart the course where they last left it, allowing them the ability to manage their time when taking the course.
The course is available on the NIOSH website here.
For more information about NIOSH’s research and recommendations on workplace violence, click here.
NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. For more information about our work visit here.

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Nursing Alliance for Quality Care Moves to American Nurses Association
Alliance will continue its work to ensure the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care at new, permanent home at ANA.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) will oversee and manage day-to-day operations of the Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC), the organizations jointly announced today. In conjunction with the transition, the Alliance unveiled its new website, NAQC, the leading nursing organization dedicated to advancing high-quality, patient-centered healthcare, will transition from its headquarters at The George Washington University School of Nursing. The Alliance receives much of its funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and other grants. “This move ensures the long-term sustainability of the Alliance, and allows us to continue to serve as the collective voice for the nursing profession in the policy arena,” said Geraldine Bednash, PhD, RN, FAAN, chair of NAQC and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. “At ANA we have the synergy of resources and relationships to continue our important work to achieve quality and safety for all patients.” The Alliance will maintain its membership structure and continue to accept additional member organizations. The GWU School of Nursing will remain an active member. “As a member of NAQC, we’re excited to continue working with our colleagues to improve quality and safety of care for all our patients,” said Cheryl Peterson, MSN, RN, director of nursing practice and policy at ANA. “The Alliance will also continue to advance our critical work to increase patient engagement.” In March, the Alliance unveiled its six-point plan aimed at encouraging the nursing field to increase patient engagement and dramatically improve care delivery. The plan, which emerged from a national conference funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), followed the Alliance’s 2012 release of Guiding Principles for Patient Engagement.

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Funding opportunity announcement: Veterans to nurses and physician assistants program
The purpose of the Veterans to Nurses and Physician Assistants Workforce Program is to identify, develop, disseminate, and analyze educational pathways, or career ladder programs, that build upon veterans’ military training and experience and provide a series of educational opportunities required for civilian nursing and physician assistant careers. Applications must address educational pathways for veterans into nurse and/or nurse practitioner and physician assistant education. This has been published to The application due date is Aug. 26, 2013.

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Apply now: Nursing administration: Scope and standards of practice revision workgroup
The American Nurses Association is issuing a Call for Applications for both a Nursing Administration Workgroup and a Nursing Administration Advisory Workgroup to undertake the review and revision of the 2009 Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice. The Workgroup will meet two times per month via two-hour conference calls and via e-mail starting in October 2013. The Advisory Workgroup will dialogue via email and may also need to participate in one or two conference calls in 2014. For planning purposes, this work effort and required personal commitment are projected to last 9-12 months.
ANA is seeking nurse administrators from diverse practice settings with the following levels of oversight or sphere of influence:
  • Organization-wide authority
  • Unit-based or service-line-based authority
  • Program-focused authority
  • Project or specific task-based authority
Click here to submit your electronic application. Electronic applications for the Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice Revision Workgroup will be accepted through Aug. 26, 2013.
All applicants will be accepted for either Workgroup or Advisory Workgroup positions. Notification via e-mail will occur by mid-September 2013. All registered nurse applicants must be either an ANA member OR a member of one of ANA’s Premier Organizational Affiliates [Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) or the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)].
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A vision for the future of healthcare
By Dr. Jonathan Kaplan
Everyone has his own opinion of the future of healthcare. Whether it's politically or financially motivated, some believe we're headed for a bureaucratic morass, while others believe healthcare in America can be fixed with the Affordable Care Act. I have my own opinion and solution to one of the biggest challenges of healthcare — cost. The following is but one vision for the future of healthcare.
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Nurse establishes scholarship to help others get through accelerated program
El Paso Times
Michelle Gravalos does not live life wallowing in regrets. Except for one. "I kick myself almost daily that I didn't become a nurse to begin with," Gravalos said. "I was stubborn and didn't listen to my family when I was 18-years old. I love nursing, it changed my life."
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Study pinpoints effects of verbal abuse by MDs on new RNs
High levels of verbal abuse by physicians are closely associated with more negative work environments for newly licensed RNs, according to a recent study. Nurses who experienced high or moderate levels of abuse by physicians had less favorable perceptions of their work environments, lower intent to stay in their jobs and lower commitment to their organizations, according to the study by the RN Work Project, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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Being overweight increases risk of asthma in children
Overweight and obese children are more likely to develop asthma, and they experience more frequent and severe episodes of asthma than their normal-weight peers, according to a study. The relationship between obesity and asthma is strongest in girls ages 6 to 10 and in Asian-Pacific Islander children, reported researchers with Kaiser Permanente.

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Affordable Care Act impacting nursing
University of Indianapolis Associate Professor of Nursing Corinne Wheeler says the Affordable Care Act will ultimately benefit nursing as a profession by creating greater access to medical care. However, Wheeler says many healthcare organizations are currently unsure about...

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Marathon nurse tells of devastation beyond anything she'd seen
USA Today
Alix Coletta graduated from nursing school less than a year ago. She had never seen the horrible sights she was about to see when the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon.

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Nurse practitioners fill doc shortage gap
NBC News
Like nurse practitioners across the U.S., Mary Fey is girding for the onset of reforms put in place by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which offers some 32 million Americans new access to health insurance — but no guarantee of access to care. “It will be better, but it’s painful to get to something better,” said Fey.
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Former nurse still in helping mode at 94
Sunday Gazette-Mail
Libby McGinn enjoyed a carefree childhood in a bustling lumber town in Alabama. She went to nursing school, fulfilling a dream she nurtured for as long as she could remember. As a Navy nurse, she met her husband, a patient. In later years, she nursed him as Alzheimer's disease ravaged his brain.
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Pioneer ACOs improve care, lower costs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said performance data for the first year of Pioneer accountable care organizations shows higher-quality care and lower expenditures for aligned Medicare beneficiaries. As codified by the Affordable Care Act, the Pioneer ACO model encourages providers and caregivers to deliver more coordinated care for Medicare beneficiaries.
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Nurses finding it mission impossible to do the job they trained to do
The Daily Mirror
Nearly every week Fiona Phillips hear from nurses, either because they’re being bullied at work, or, like Carol Reddaway, because the job they trained for is no longer the job they’re allowed to do. Carol is a nurse with 40 years’ experience, who feels she still has a lot to offer. But, recently, she wrote to tell Phillips she was going to apply for early ­retirement that afternoon because, she says, "I am told by my managers that the care has gone and that the NHS is now purely a business."
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Nurse struck off for plagiarism
BBC News
A nurse with an "unimpeachable" track record has been struck off for falsifying signatures and plagiarism. The plagiarism offences happened in 2008 and 2009 while Emmanuel Ajala was studying for a nursing MSc at Essex University. Then, as home manager of Amberley Lodge Care Home in Surrey, Mr. Ajala falsified the signature of his regional director to apply for another course.
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