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No nurses on your hospital board? Why not?
Health Leaders Media
Nurses can help drive strategies that affect cost and quality "because they deal with it every day," says an RN and veteran member of multiple boards. Yet nurses — especially women — are grossly underrepresented on hospital boards. Here's a question for you, hospital executives: Why don't you have a nurse on your board? To the handful of you who actually do have a nurse on the board of directors, kudos. But the chances are good that you don't have one: data from 2011 shows that only 6 percent of board members are nurses.
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SAVE THE DATE: ANA Massachusetts Fall Conference
Keeping Patients and Nursing Staff Safe: Challenges and Possibilities
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Sheraton Framingham Hotel

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Career Guides needed for ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) Career Connections Program! New nurses need you!
ANA - Massachusetts (formerly MARN) is happy to announce that the new program to help senior nursing students and new graduates who anticipate entering their first professional nurse position is very popular! The aim of the Career Connections program is to match a novice nurse (the Seeker) with a professional nurse career guide. This is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to share their knowledge and experiences with novice nurses through this important transition to a professional position in nursing. Career Guides support and encourage the seeker throughout their transition as they enter professional practice. The role of the Career guide is to guide Seeker to:
  • Identify possible entry level positions
  • Critique cover letters and resumes
  • Provide coaching for interviews with nurse recruiters
  • Listen and support to novices’ questions and answer job-related concerns
Once matched, Career Guides and novice nurses arrange to meet at a mutually agreeable time. The connection is meant to end when novice nurses find their first position. To participate send name, position, snail mail address and phone number to Sabianca Delva at sabianca.delva@gmail.com

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Massachusetts Coalition Receives $300,000 to Advance Nurse Education and Build More Diverse Nursing Workforce
Massachusetts is one of nine states awarded a $300,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to create a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. This is the second RWJF grant, part of its national Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) initiative, to support Massachusetts' efforts to make it easier for current and future nurses to advance their education to the BSN or higher degree.
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ANA: Call for Committee Nominations — Deadline: Monday, Aug. 25
In April 2014, the Committee on Appointments issued a call for qualified nominees for appointment to seats on numerous ANA committees and boards. Due to an insufficient number of nominations received, the Committee on Appointments has issued a second call for qualified nominees.
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Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards Information
As referenced on the website, a program of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, the Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing awards will recognize and advance 10 nurse leaders. Each awardee will receive a Leadership Development Program scholarship package from the Center for Creative Leadership, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This inter-professional experience is designed to maximize each awardee’s leadership potential for the future.
    The Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Awards are designed to:
  • Recognize and elevate the next generation of breakthrough nurse leaders.
  • Recognize awardees' engagement in the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action's state Action Coalitions.
  • Provide awardees with a world-class inter-professional leadership development experience.
  • Identify and train Campaign for Action ambassadors.
For more information and to access the nomination process information: http://campaignforaction.org/breakthrough-nomination-forms

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The AAMCN Innovation Award
The American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN) is committed to be an interrelated member of the managed care delivery team and systems for positive patient outcomes. As part of this partnership, we are pleased to announce the launch of the first annual Managed Care Nursing Innovation Award which will reward a company or organization that is improving patient outcomes using an innovative method.

This AAMCN Innovation Award has been established to highlight innovative solutions that bring increased value to the healthcare delivery system, improve patient outcomes and demonstrate the important role of the managed care nurse in the healthcare delivery system.

If you believe your company or organization is eligible for the AAMCN Innovation Award, please fill out the application at the link below. Entries will be accepted until Oct. 1, 2014. The winner will be announced at the Fall Managed Care Forum on Nov. 13-14, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

AAMCN Innovation Award Application
*In order to type directly on entry form, choose "Open With Different Viewer" & open with Adobe Acrobat*
Completed entry forms can be scanned and sent by email to: lskrobacz@aamcn.org or faxed to (804) 747-5316.
For questions, please contact Lauren Skrobacz at (804) 747-9698.

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NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS


Hospitals in the US get ready for Ebola
The New York Times
Hospitals nationwide are hustling to prepare for the first traveler from West Africa who arrives in the emergency room with symptoms of infection with the Ebola virus. Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has said such a case is inevitable in the United States, and the agency this month issued the first extensive guidelines for hospitals on how recognize and treat Ebola patients. The recommendations touch on everything from the safe handling of lab specimens to effective isolation of suspected Ebola patients. But one piece of advice in particular has roused opposition from worried hospital administrators.
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Heparin in stent patients: New love for an old friend
MedPage Today
Among patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), bivalirudin (Angiomax)-based anticoagulation may increase the relative risk of acute stent thrombosis or recurrent MI when compared with similar patients treated with heparin. The trade-off, according to Matthew A. Cavender, M.D., and Marc S. Sabatine, M.D., of the TIMI Study Group at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston — analyzing data from 16 trials involving almost 34,000 PCI patients — is an apparent decrease in bleeding with bivalirudin.
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Can technology and nursing co-exist?
Advance
The topic of meshing the art and science of nursing with healthcare technology has come to the forefront recently. A video by National Nurses United features a patient whose care becomes compromised under the watch of "algorithms" dictated by a computer. Throughout most of the encounter, the patient is not seen by a nurse, because care by computer was deemed more cost efficient by administrators and bureaucrats, who are more interested in the patient's wallet than his well-being. Only in the last-minute, perhaps even unauthorized, intervention of a nurse saves the patient from certain doom.
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Scientists uncover key clue for protecting hearts against deadly arrhythmia
Medical News Today
A study, funded by the British Heart Foundation and Medical Research Council has shed new light on how carbon monoxide could be used to protect against life-threatening arrhythmias after a heart attack. Restoring blood flow to the heart following a heart attack can leave patients with ventricular fibrillation, a dangerous heart rhythm that puts people at greater risk of sudden cardiac death. Previous research has shown carbon monoxide, which is produced naturally in heart cells, can guard against ventricular fibrillation, however the mechanism behind why this happens was unknown.
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No nurses on your hospital board? Why not?
Health Leaders Media
Nurses can help drive strategies that affect cost and quality "because they deal with it every day," says an RN and veteran member of multiple boards. Yet nurses — especially women — are grossly underrepresented on hospital boards.

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Replacing horizontal violence in the nursing profession
By Keith Carlson
Nurse bullying and so-called "horizontal violence" are rampant in our profession. Nurses bully and harass one another, using intimidation and other tactics as they jockey for power in a healthcare system that does not proactively attempt to prevent such disruptive behavior.

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Where's the best place to be a nurse?
The Clinical Advisor
Research based on job availability, competition, and salary suggests the Pacific Northwest states are the best places for nurses to practice. Oregon and Washington top WalletHub's “2014′s Best & Worst States for Nurses” list, while Southern regions states...

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Study: High-dose flu vaccine may better protect the elderly
HealthDay News
The high-dose flu shot protects seniors better than the standard dose does, a new study finds. About 1 in 4 cases of flu in older patients vaccinated with the standard dose could be prevented if the high-dose vaccine were used instead, the researchers reported. "The study demonstrated a 24 percent reduction in influenza illness among the participants who received the high-dose vaccine compared to those who received the standard dose," said study co-author Dr. David Greenberg, vice president for scientific and medical affairs and chief medical officer for Sanofi Pasteur U.S., the maker of the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine and funder of the trial.
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Mental health screening in primary care helps veterans
Medical Xpress
Veterans who receive mental health screening during primary care visits are generally getting adequate follow-up treatment, but the process for acquiring care could be improved, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry. The study examined primary care screening for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and alcohol misuse at a large Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center.
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Time for change? Mid-career options for nurses
By Keith Carlson
Many mid-career professionals desire career change and new experiences, and nurses are no exception. A mid-career nurse may feel himself or herself becoming somewhat restless, "antsy" for something new but clueless about what that something might be. At times, we intuit that we need novel experiences that can renew our commitment to the nursing profession. At other times, there may be a gnawing in our gut that we have to move on. But to where?
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Experimental heart attack drug reduces tissue damage
HealthNewsDigest.com
An investigational drug studied in animals significantly reduced damage to heart muscle from a heart attack and minimized the risk of bleeding during follow-up treatments, according to a study by scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "This medication, known as APT102, has the potential to change the paradigm for how heart attack patients initially are treated," said senior author Dana Abendschein, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and of cell biology and physiology at Washington University. "This also may be a better way to treat strokes caused by or associated with a blood clot."
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Where are my instruments and sterile supplies?
Infection Control Today
As sterile processing department (SPD) professionals, the questions often heard asked by surgeons, nurses and scrub techs are: “Where are my instruments?” or “Where are my supplies?” These two questions are usually asked when patients are already in the operating room (OR) suite prepped for a lifesaving procedure, when at this point any significant delay could result in infection or death. Occasionally the answer is “I don’t know,” which escalates the situation, resulting in high levels of anxiety for all parties involved. Unfortunately for SPD providers, during a busy day the answer is true, they simply do not know. When the search begins it can be hampered by numerous conversations and phone calls followed by panic for reasons which the OR has little understanding.
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Most providers skip tobacco discussions with teenagers
Medscape (free login required)
Less than a third of adolescents in a 2011 survey reported that their healthcare providers asked them about tobacco use or advised them not to use tobacco, according to an article published online Aug. 18 in Pediatrics. The National Youth Tobacco Survey is a nationally representative survey of adolescents in grades 6 to 12 in public and private schools in the United States. A total of 18,866 students completed the 2011 survey. The researchers analyzed responses from 18,094 students who answered specific questions about smoking and health professional screening and advice.
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Robin Williams' death shines spotlight on mental illness
By Jessica Taylor
We cannot fathom what was going on in Robin Williams' personal life, nor will we likely ever know. But the actor's now-public struggles have society thinking about the difficulties based upon mental health. According to the National Institute of Health, "people who try to commit suicide are often trying to get away from a situation that seems impossible to deal with."
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