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It's no secret that a nursing shortage has existed for years, and unfortunately, it's expected to last until 2030, particularly in the West and the South. While this may be good news if you're looking for a nursing job, it's probably anything but helpful once you've actually been hired. A nursing shortage can translate to extra shifts, more work and more patients to care for. So how can you prepare yourself if you accept a job and then find that a shortage exists at your hospital or healthcare facility? The following are some recommended tips to help you weather this type of shortage as best as possible.
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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.
As an ANA and ANAMASS member, you can participate in this exciting, free 8-month program that pairs you with another ANA member in a mentoring partnership.
When you enroll, we'll ask you a series of questions to help us find you a great match! Participate as a:
We've made this year's program even stronger by:
- Mentee and ANA will match you to a more experienced RN for real-world career advice.
- Mentor to guide newer nurses and strengthen the future of the profession.
Sign up to receive updates!
- Extending the program to 8 months, giving you more flexibility and additional time to benefit from this valuable learning experience.
- Enhancing our program resources to help mentors and mentees get the most out of the program.
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.
Nov. 12, 2019 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET
If you want to learn a great deal while enjoying every minute of it, attend this live, free, interactive webinar and experience a seasoned nurse attorney who receives rave reviews for her real-world and insightful presentations.
As a nursing leader, have you ever wondered what your legal responsibilities and vulnerabilities are related to:
Failure to understand and act in an informed way in these areas can lead to serious legal challenges. Attend this webinar to learn how to best manage the legal aspects of your leadership position.
- Staffing and scheduling issues
- HIPAA regulations and state privacy laws
- Workplace violence and bullying
- Substance abuse by an employee
- Diversion of drugs by an employee, especially opioids
- Social media usage by your staff, the patients they care for, and your institution
- Professional Licensure issues
This real-world webinar, led by a highly knowledgeable and entertaining nurse attorney, will provide concise, actionable information that you can apply immediately to improve your practice as a nursing leader.
Who should attend: Nursing leaders in all practice settings
Additional information: Register no later than Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. ET to receive 24/7 access to this webinar so that, even if you can't attend the live webinar, you can still benefit from this information at a later time. A link will be emailed to all registrants the day after the webinar, so you can view the webinar at your convenience.
This program is informational only; no contact hours will be awarded.
Individual pre-registration is required.
For questions or group attendance requests,
please email email@example.com.
Click here to register.
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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At some point nearly everyone has to deal with pain.
How do Americans experience and cope with pain that makes everyday life harder? NPR asked in the latest NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll.
HPV is associated with almost every case of cervical cancer.
A vaccine for HPV, or human papillomavirus, could prevent about 33,700 cancers a year. More than 4,000 women die of cervical cancer each year.
At least 79 million Americans, mostly in their late teens and early 20s, are infected with HPV, the most common sexually transmitted infection. Yet parents aren't vaccinating their teens in near the numbers the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting would like to see — only 49 percent of teens between the ages of 13 and 17 are receiving the recommended dosage.
Much of the country requires parental consent for those under the age of 18 to receive vaccinations, so some states have attempted to change that by allowing teens to obtain the HPV vaccine without Mom or Dad.
University of California - Berkeley via Medical Xpress
For hundreds of thousands of years, monkeys and apes have been plagued by simian immunodeficiency virus, which still devastates primate groups in Africa.
Luckily, as humans evolved from these early primates, we picked up a mutation that made us immune to SIV — at least until the early 20th century, when the virus evolved to get around our defenses, giving rise to human immunodeficiency virus and an AIDS pandemic that today affects an estimated 38 million people worldwide.
University of California, Berkeley, researchers have now discovered how that long-ago human mutation interfered with SIV infection, a finding that could provide clues for the development of new therapies to thwart HIV and similar viral infections.
By Lisa Mulcahy
Working at a hospital, you know that alarms on monitoring equipment in your ICU, step-down unit and general wards are a major challenge for your staff and patients. When false alarms happen, patients panic unnecessarily and staff become desensitized, increasing the chance of a missed emergency. The noise pollution can fray nerves and keep patients from resting. Stumped as to how to handle this issue? Science can offer you innovative answers.
HealthDay News via WebMD
An antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella is sickening people who eat contaminated beef and unpasteurized soft Mexican cheese, U.S. health officials warned.
First seen in 2017, this bacterial strain has already caused 255 Americans in 32 states to become ill, and many more cases are expected.
HealthDay News via WebMD
Taking certain antibiotics — especially multiple times or for long courses — may put you at risk for colon cancer, a large new study suggests.
The researchers found that as people's antibiotic use increased, their odds of being diagnosed with colon cancer inched up. Specifically, the risk was tied to antibiotics that kill anaerobic bacteria — which include common drugs like penicillins and cephalosporins such as Keflex.
As the threat of Lyme disease grows and fears surrounding it spread faster than the ticks that carry the infection, researchers are developing two vaccine or vaccine-like approaches to prevent this increasingly problematic disease. But don’t expect to get one soon. They are at least three to five years away from clinical use, according to their developers.
By Keith Carlson
In this episode, Keith Carlson welcomes Jacob Morris, an expert in values-based applied research. Understanding the values that make you who you are can help you to live those values in a way that empowers and enriches both your life and your career. Morris founded the Discover Your Values program in a grassroots effort to bring the latest research on values-based development to the forefront of the coaching industry and the general public through the work of social psychologist Shalom H. Schwartz.
Higher and rising blood pressure in early middle age was associated with brain volume and white matter brain lesions later in life, a longitudinal study in Britain showed.
High blood pressure (≥140/90 mm Hg) and large increases in blood pressure from ages 36 to 53 were tied to smaller brain volume and more white matter hyperintensities around age 70, reported Jonathan Schott, MD, of University College London, and colleagues in the Lancet Neurology.
Mosquitoes didn’t become the most prolific animal killer of humanity by being lazy. A new study suggests that a common disease-causing species in the U.S. has learned how to lay dormant eggs that can survive harsher winters in the North.
Scientists at the University of Virginia have seemingly come closer to unraveling the mystery behind a strange red meat allergy caused by certain tick bites. They report finding a way to trigger the allergy in lab mice — an important step for studying the condition. And with the help of animal experiments, they also claim to have identified important changes to the immune system that might be caused by these bites.
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