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New nurses and the med-surg mythos
By Keith Carlson
Every nurse has probably heard this statement (or something like it): "Without two years of med-surg, your career is going nowhere." While medical-surgical is indeed a wonderful grounding in the challenges and skills of modern nursing, many new nurses simply can't find med-surg positions.
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SAVE THE DATE: ANA Massachusetts Fall Conference
Keeping Patients and Nursing Staff Safe: Challenges and Possibilities
Keynote: Janet Haebler, MSN, RN, Associate Director, State Government Affairs, American Nurses Association
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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American Nurses Foundation Launches E-tools, Interactive Website to Aid Nurses in Providing PTSD Care
In conjunction with President Obama’s address to the American Legion’s 96th convention, the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), on Aug. 26 announced the launch of an interactive, web-based post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) toolkit to help civilian registered nurses (RNs) better assess and treat PTSD in the nation’s veterans and military service members More information, click here.
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Request for input on draft scope and standards of practice by the International Transplant Nurses
The International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) Board of Directors requests your input via submission of public comments on the ITNS draft scope and standards of practice document available for download at Transplant Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice. Comments are due to info@itns.org by Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Please use this opportunity to contribute your thoughts and recommendations.
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Membership Needs Assessment Survey
Deadline extended through Sept. 26

The ANA Massachusetts Conference Planning Committee is seeking your feedback to assist us in developing future educational programs and events designed to meet your learning needs and promote your ongoing professional development. To that end, we would so appreciate your taking a few moments of your valuable time to complete the following online Membership Educational Needs Assessment Survey (click here). Your input matters! We are here for you, our members, and, as such, want to assure as much as possible that we are meeting your educational needs by providing you with the information you need to grow your practice whether it be as a bedside nurse, educator in an academic or service setting, nurse researcher, or nurse administrator.
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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.
Full document, click here.

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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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HAN 366: CDC Ebola Updates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization, and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share the document with others as appropriate.

Update #4
Ebola Key Messages

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School nurses reach 98 percent of students in US public schools to diagnose primary immunodeficiency
News-Medical
School nurses reach 98 percent of the 50,000,000 students in U.S. public schools, grades K-12, and are uniquely positioned to facilitate the early diagnosis of serious medical conditions such as primary immunodeficiency (PI). Even when symptoms are recognized and an appropriate referral is made, diagnosing PI can still be challenging because there are more than 250 PIs and they do not always present in clear patterns. As a result, the underlying cause often goes undetected.
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New drug promises relief for inflammatory pain
Standford University Medical Center via Medical Xpress
Pain from inflammation sidelines thousands of Americans each year. Many face a tough choice: deal with the pain, take a potentially addictive opioid or use a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that may increase risk for cardiovascular disease or gastrointestinal bleeding. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered a compound thought to be nonaddictive and safe for the heart and gastrointestinal system that reduces inflammatory pain in mice and rats. They call the compound Alda-1.
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Study shows concussion recovery can reverse after return to activity
HealthDay News
Athletes who seem to have recovered from a concussion may actually show a subtle worsening in a particular mental ability after they return to exercise, a small study suggests. The findings come from a study of 19 high school athletes who suffered a concussion and then got medical clearance to return to physical activity — most often football, although a few were on soccer, wrestling or volleyball teams. Researchers found that for 12 of those athletes, a particular mental ability that had been improving post-concussion reversed course once they were up and moving again.
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New nurses and the med-surg mythos
By Keith Carlson
Every nurse has probably heard this statement (or something like it): "Without two years of med-surg, your career is going nowhere." While medical-surgical is indeed a wonderful grounding in the challenges and skills of modern nursing, many new nurses simply can't find med-surg positions.

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When good intentions go wrong in nursing
By Joan Spitrey
Each day, every minute, nurses make countless decisions. Rigorous training, education and experience are supposed to prepare the nurse to respond appropriately when faced with decisions regarding patient care. Although safety nets are put in place and procedures are developed, they often do not cover every situation nurses face in their shifts caring for patients.

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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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How and why to recruit male nurses
Health Leaders Media
Male nurses face lots of scrutiny about their career choice. To retain this growing segment of the workforce, challenge your assumptions about male nurses and make sure you're sending the right message. For years, human resources departments have openly discussed the discrimination and judgment women often face when they step into a traditionally male role, like hospital finance or the C-suite. But what happens when a man takes on a traditionally female role?
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New biomarker may improve diagnosis of early-stage rheumatoid arthritis
The Medical News
A novel biomarker for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has significant potential to help physicians better identify early-stage disease, when treatment can often arrest further disease progression and disability, according to a new study in The Journal of Rheumatology. Researchers found that elevated blood-serum levels of the 14-3-3eta protein outperformed conventional antibody-serum testing, including rheumatoid factor (RF) and anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPA, also known as antibodies to cyclic citrullinated peptides or CCP), for the identification of RA. The study also found that 14-3-3eta was more sensitive at detecting patients whose early blood test results by RF and ACPA were negative.
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A practical and effective primary care intervention for treating adolescent depression
JAMA
Adolescent depression is a major pediatric public health concern. Approximately 11 percent of U.S. adolescents experience an episode of depression by age 18 years. The World Health Organization ranks unipolar depression as the leading cause of “illness and disability” for 10- to 19-year-old youth worldwide, above common physical health problems like anemia and asthma. The effects of depression on overall health are widespread and pervasive because of 3 principal concerns: depression is associated with serious mental health problems, physical health problems, and adolescent high-risk behaviors. Yet best available data indicate that approximately 40 percent of adolescent depression goes untreated.
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Immunization info systems key to boosting vaccination rates
FierceHealthIT
Immunization information systems (IIS) play a key role in helping patients and providers keep up to date on vaccinations and in prevention and effective response to disease outbreaks, according to a blog post at Health IT Buzz.

They will be an important part of the Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2020 plan:
  • To include the shot records of 95 percent of children under age 6
  • To increase the number of states recording at least two age-appropriate vaccines for adolescents 11 to 18

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Nurses play a vital role during dangerous outbreaks
The Global Dispatch
The recent Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,200 people in West Africa, making it the region’s deadliest battle with Ebola since the virus was discovered in 1976. In the trenches, nurses not only treat patients but also provide education to halt the spread of Ebola. In developing countries, nurses often receive training on the job. In the U.S. and in other developed countries, they go through systematic training at colleges and universities and complete strict licensing requirements before entering practice.
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WHO urges stiff regulation on e-cigarettes
NBC News
The World Health Organization recommended Aug. 26 that nations regulate electronic cigarettes and ban them from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders. It also called for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products, and to either forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship. The Geneva-based agency said the "apparently booming" $3 billion global market for more than 400 brands of e-cigarettes means appropriate regulation is needed. Regulation "is a necessary precondition for establishing a scientific basis on which to judge the effects of their use, and for ensuring that adequate research is conducted and the public health is protected and people made aware of the potential risks and benefits," the report said.
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