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Are you experiencing a nursing shortage at your organization? Are you flush with job candidates, or is it a struggle to fill open nursing positions? Are new graduates beating down the door while experienced nurses become harder and harder to come by? "We certainly have seen a lot of news over the past couple of years about the potential for nursing shortages, and concerns — particularly from hospitals [and] across [all] settings — about there being a nursing crisis or difficulty in recruiting staff," said Joanne Spetz, PhD, professor, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, during the June webinar Nursing Demand and Supply in California: Current State and Strategies for the Future, hosted by UCSF.
Yet, despite this widespread concern, some nurse workforce forecasts do not seem to support this fear.
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I hope you are all enjoying your summer. It has been a busy and productive one thus far for ANA Massachusetts! I wanted to provide an update on some of the things ANAMASS has been working on.
ANA is looking for experienced nursing webinar speakers on a variety of topics for Early Career RNs, Up & Coming RNs, and Nursing Leaders. We offer two 90-minute webinars per year to these three unique audiences. The 90-minute timeframe includes a Q&A period. An honorarium is provided. The speaker will develop content and the associated PowerPoint and other resources. The speaker needs to be available for calls with ANA staff regarding topic and content as well as two practice sessions and one live webinar. The topic will be determined based on ANA's experience and feedback from previous webinars, however, we are open to topic suggestions. Please submit your CV to me at email@example.com no later than August 23, 2019.
Medicare for All: An Alternative Health Financing Program With Implications for All
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 | Massachusetts State House (Great Hall)
Click here to register.
Barbara Blakeney MS, RN, FNAP
Member, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission
ANA Massachusetts member and Past President of the American Nurses Association
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 Turnbull, 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!
Hot Topics: Water Cooler Solutions
Friday, November 8, 2019
Mercy Medical Center/Springfield, MA (Please note: new location)
The ANAMASS Annual Symposium is a time for nurse planners,
primary nurse planners and professional development nurses
to come together and explore topics in continuing nursing education.
This year our focus will be on how we can creatively design programs
and still meet the ANCC criteria.
Bring your problems, your questions and your creative ideas to discuss with nurse colleagues, peer reviewers and the ANAMASS Nurse Peer Review Leader. We will discuss best practices, content integrity, and formative evaluation techniques; we will talk together and break up into small groups; we will network, have some fun and recharge.
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
Workplace violence against nurses has significantly increased in the past decade or so, with some studies suggesting a 110 percent spike in the rate of violent injuries against healthcare workers in the last 10 years. Even though workplace violence is still underreported in the healthcare setting, laws are starting to be enacted, and nurses are taking to social media to bring light to the issue.
The Washington Post via Science Alert
State and federal health officials are investigating almost 100 cases of mysterious lung illnesses linked to vaping and e-cigarette use in 14 states, many of them involving teens and young adults. A large number of those stricken ill have been hospitalized, with some in intensive care and on ventilators.
A team of researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and the University of Kansas has found a protein that could one day be manipulated to make it safer for pain sufferers to use opioids. In their paper, published in the journal Science, the group describes their study of intentional mutations in nematodes and what they learned.
By Keith Carlson
Within the healthcare industry, there are endless choices when it comes to carving out the career path that's right for you. Whether in medicine, nursing, leadership, or elsewhere, the world can indeed be your oyster if you play your cards right, network assiduously, make good choices, follow your values, and honor your intuition. We can, of course, encounter option paralysis when faced with too many alternatives; however, with a burgeoning healthcare industry facing an increasingly aging and diversifying population, the avenues for career success and satisfaction are legion. So, are you playing in the right career sandbox?
Pediatrics via Healio
In a new policy statement, the AAP provided guidance for pediatricians and local organizations to improve care for immigrant children and their families through practice-level changes and advocacy efforts.
According to Julie M. Linton, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement and co-chair of the AAP Immigrant Health Special Interest Group, and colleagues, one in four children in the United States is either born outside the country or has at least one foreign-born parent.
“Like all children, when children in immigrant families are healthy, happy and empowered to help others, they enrich and enliven our communities,” Linton said in a news release. “Children’s strengths are most evident when they are able to be as healthy as possible, and pediatricians are able and willing to help make that happen.”
Predicting the next influenza pandemic is an ongoing task, carried out by researchers around the globe.
Some of the most valuable data, though, comes from a place that may seem a bit unexpected: the pigs at county fairs.
For the past decade, researchers from Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have used fair season to travel to local fairs and take swabs from the noses of swine.
This ongoing project was instituted after the 2009 flu pandemic that hospitalized more than a quarter million people in the United States, killing 12,000.
Medical News Today
People with diabetes, particularly those with type 1 diabetes, may have an increased risk of hypoglycemia if they receive too much glucose lowering therapy. New research now warns that many people with diabetes face that risk.
By Scott E. Rupp
Patient health record breaches are on a big rise this year, doubling last year's figures. About 32 million patient records have already been breached during the first half of 2019, twice as many as the total for all of 2018, according to the 2019 Mid-Year Breach Barometer Report from IT security firm Protenus. Current numbers for the first half of the year also point to the fact that there were 285 total breaches reported between January and June. Surprisingly and shockingly, since 2016, not a day has gone by without a breach.
Institute for Research in Biomedicine via Medical Xpress
An understanding of the molecular basis of differences in the incidence and survival of cancer between men and women may allow the discovery of specific and more effective treatments.
The study, published in Science Advances, compares the brain tumors of male and female flies at the molecular level and identifies proteins responsible for the different degree of aggressiveness.
A study published in the journal PLOS ONE is just the latest to document that an immersive, virtual reality experience can be an effective strategy for reducing pain.
VR "changes the way we perceive the pain," explains study author Brennan Spiegel, a physician and the director of Cedars-Sinai Health Services Research in Los Angeles.
The research was done in a hospital where participants were undergoing treatment for various conditions; some were experiencing pain linked to cancer and others had orthopedic pain.
American Heart Association via ScienceDaily
People suffering from insomnia may have an increased risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation. Previous observational studies have found an association between insomnia, which affects up to 30 percent of the general population, and an increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke. These observational studies were unable to determine whether insomnia is a cause, or if it is just associated with them, explained Susanna Larsson, Ph.D., lead study author and associate professor of cardiovascular and nutritional epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.
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