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You can find a nurse navigating city streets, on her way to a home visit. Or maybe he is recording educational videos on preventing ear infections. She might even be running for city council.
Nurses are taking on new and expanded roles in healthcare, a prominent theme at the National Academy of Medicine’s three regional town halls this summer on the future of nursing. As healthcare becomes more complex and stretches beyond traditional settings, nurses are charting new paths in areas such as health system leadership, clinical research, and digital health.
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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.
The Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) promotes board service opportunities for nurses. The following organizations are seeking board members.
MAC Angels Foundation, Port Chester, NY – The mission of non-profit MAC Angels Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for individuals, family members and caregivers impacted daily by ALS by providing the compassion, education and unique resources needed to manage the devasting effects of this disease. MAC Angels supports families in Connecticut, Southeastern New York, and Northern New Jersey. MAC Angels is seeking a board member with 7-10 years of experience in family, patient-centered care, hospice or palliative care, ALS or other neurological diseases, or chronic health conditions.
MyChild'sCancer, New York, NY – This non-profit works primarily with Jewish Israeli families fighting pediatric cancer and believes that no child with cancer should perish because life-saving information was not available to his or her parents and caregivers. MyChild'sCancer is looking for a board member with experience in advocacy and policy, fundraising and development, human resources, management, and strategic planning. Comfort and familiarity with the Jewish community is helpful and the ability to speak Hebrew is highly sought.
Contact email@example.com for more information on these opportunities.
Want to learn more about pursuing service on a board of directors? The American Nurses Foundation offers educational webinars on topics such as building a board-ready résumé, bringing nurse expertise to the board room, and understanding organizational finances. The webinar series is funded by the Rita & Alex Hillman Foundation.
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!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to register.
The World Health Organization's (WHO) State of the World's Nursing Report will launch on World Health Day, April 7, 2020. The report aims to provide evidence to make a stronger case for governments to invest in nursing.
To learn more about the report and see how you can contribute to its development and launch, join the State of the World's Nursing Report webinar on Sept. 10 at 8:00 GMT or 14:00 GMT (find time conversions here). Speakers from WHO, the International Council of Nurses, Nursing Now, and Jhpiego will present during the one-hour webinar. Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the webinar and in advance via email to email@example.com.
Register for the 8:00 GMT webinar here.
Register for the 14:00 GMT webinar here.
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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Well-funded and well-rounded antimicrobial stewardship programs are critical in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, and including clinical nurses in antimicrobial stewardship interventions could help expand resources, researchers said.
Although the specific responsibilities for clinical nurses in antimicrobial stewardship programs have been outlined by the CDC and the American Nurses Association, there is not a great deal of information, evidence or data in the literature concerning prescribers’ attitudes toward the involvement of clinical nurses in antimicrobial stewardship efforts, according to William G. Greendyke, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and associate hospital epidemiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and colleagues.
CDC data show opioid deaths dropped 4.6 percent overall during a 12-month period that encompassed 2017 and 2018, but there was an 11.1 percent increase in opioid deaths related to illicitly manufactured fentanyl.
In addition, there was a decrease in prescription opioid deaths not involving illicit opioids and illicit synthetic opioids
Benzodiazepines, cocaine or methamphetamine were present in 62.6 percent of opioid deaths, researchers said.
The data, from July to December 2017 to January to June 2018 and from 25 states and the District of Columbia, were reported in MMWR.
An investigation by U.S. health authorities into whether e-cigarettes can cause seizures was triggered by a handful of people who reportedly used Juul devices, according to Food and Drug Administration documents.
“No proof of causality, but at a minimum, an association with Juul,” Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, emailed then-FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Oct. 15. The agency’s communications about Juul were obtained by Bloomberg through a public-records request. The FDA hasn’t previously identified any one manufacturer’s device as being tied to the seizures, and Bloomberg’s report is the first confirmation that people specifically said they had used a Juul device.
By Keith Carlson
Robots and artificial intelligence are becoming increasingly pervasive in most aspects of 21st-century life, including healthcare, medicine, and nursing. Fears abound that jobs are going to be lost to machines that can do our jobs 24/7 without needing to be paid or call out when the kids are home sick from school. Are these fears well-founded, or are we looking down the wrong tech rabbit hole? The reality of healthcare technology in 2019 isn't necessarily a robot revolution, but things are changing and some concern is understandable.
Measles has returned to four European nations previously seen as free of the illness, according to the World Health Organization.
The disease is no longer considered eradicated in Albania, the Czech Republic, Greece and the UK.
"We are backsliding, we are on the wrong track," said Kate O'Brien of the WHO's Immunization Department.
The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has exceeded 3,000 cases and 2,000 deaths as the yearlong epidemic continues despite access to an experimental vaccine and developmental treatments. The grim milestone comes a month after the World Health Organization, the global health arm of the United Nations, declared the ongoing outbreak an international emergency. The WHO's director-general has described the outbreak as more complex than the deadlier 2014-2016 epidemic in West Africa due to the region's political and security instability, attacks on health workers, a highly mobile population and community mistrust and misinformation.
Next-gen hepatitis C meds typically cure the disease with minimal side effects. But the FDA says it's tracking rare cases of liver damage, liver failure and death in patients using some top-selling drugs—mostly patients who shouldn't have been using the drugs in the first place.
Medical News Today
In a 2016 article in the American Journal of Medicine, a team of doctors from Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, reviewed the FDA-approved anti-obesity drugs available in the United States. Among the side effects were dizziness, nausea, constipation, insomnia, dry mouth, and vomiting.
"Anti-obesity drugs under development have been directed toward restriction of caloric intake by acting on the gastrointestinal tract or the central nervous system. However, most of these drugs have shown little efficacy accompanied by severe side effects," explain the authors of a new study featured in Genome Research.
University of Caliornia - San Francisco via ScienceDaily
Researchers have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the "wasabi receptor," a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that's responsible for the sinus-jolting sting of wasabi. Because the toxin triggers a pain response, scientists think it can be used as a tool for studying chronic pain and inflammation, and may eventually lead to the development of new kinds of non-opioid pain relievers.
Medical News Today
Mosquitos can cause significant human suffering, so researchers are looking for innovative ways to prevent them from spreading disease. One recent paper has investigated graphene. Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms. It boasts a range of impressive properties that have made it interesting to many scientists. For example, it is stronger than steel, conducts heat and electricity incredibly efficiently, and is invisible to the naked eye.
University of Birmingham via Medical Xpress
Older people who have never taken part in sustained exercise programs have the same ability to build muscle mass as highly trained master athletes of a similar age, according to new research at the University of Birmingham.
The research shows that even those who are entirely unaccustomed to exercise can benefit from resistance exercises such as weight training.
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