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Simulation, which is used increasingly in nursing education, can be a valuable tool to teach nursing students to evaluate mental health conditions in patients who initially see health providers for medical concerns, suggests a recent Canadian study published in the September issue of Clinical Simulation in Nursing.
| || ANA MASSACHUSETTS NEWS & UPDATES|
Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Harrington Memorial Hospital
A light supper will be provided.
The American Nurses Association Massachusetts Action Champions
invite you to learn more about Political Advocacy.
There are many legislative issues that affect YOUR nursing practice.
Come learn about what they are and how YOU can make a difference.
Learn about your professional nursing organization and how it can support you ...
provide us with YOUR expertise on important nursing issues…
learn how to effectively lobby your legislators and their staff.
Click here to RSVP.
Space is limited — first 10 to register will receive a special door prize.
ANA Massachusetts Political Advocacy Program (Cape Cod, MA)
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
220 Sandwich Road
A light supper will be provided.
RSVP by Oct. 9, click here.
Massachusetts Action Coalition
Friday, Sept. 25
Hear from leading experts at the national and state level on how nurses are engaged in transforming health care and building a culture of health in MA.
ANA via Modern Healthcare
The awards will honor men and women with nursing backgrounds, leading nursing programs and initiatives that improve health care delivery. Men and women from all health care sectors currently active in a nursing role, including formal education and training in nursing, are eligible.
ANA encourages nurses and others who support the profession to nominate nurses for the Excellence in Nursing Awards. This recognition program provides an excellent opportunity to highlight the ways nurses are working to improve health for all.
The nomination deadline is Friday, Oct. 2. Please encourage your fellow nurses to submit nominations for this honor.
Needed: Articles for The December 2015 edition of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing
Remember: The ANA Massachusetts newsletter is read by about 120,000 RNs in the Commonwealth!
This is YOUR newsletter so we need YOU to make a contribution!
Your ideas about features to include in future newsletters are always welcome.
Deadline date for submission is Oct. 10
Your contribution can be sent to email@example.com or mailed to ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P.O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to work with the President and Executive Director to identify areas for expansion of publicity for ANA Massachusetts and our many programs and events. The Committee will help to coordinate letter to the editor campaigns and brainstorm about other publicity and marketing opportunities for our organization. Please send your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
We are seeking energetic, creative and dedicated volunteers to join a subcommittee as we work on planning the celebration of the 15-year Anniversary of our association, Spring 2016. Please send your name and contact information to email@example.com. We hope that you will join us in the planning of this exciting event for ANA Massachusetts (formerly MARN).
Accredited Approver Unit Provider Symposium Western Workshop
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Baystate Health Conference Center, Holyoke, MA
ANA Mass Upcoming events:
Save the dates and don't miss out! (Click here for full list).
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
At the Sept. 9, 2015 Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) meeting, the Board revised Advisory Ruling (AR) 9801: Holistic Nursing and Complementary/Alternative Modalities to ensure compliance with current statutes, regulations and scope of practice standards.
Now titled AR 9801: Holistic Nursing and Complementary Integrative Health Approaches, the AR guides the practice of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who, within their practice, incorporate complementary integrative health approaches (CHA) to meet such nursing and client goals including, but not limited to, increased comfort, relief of pain, relaxation, improved coping mechanisms, reduction of stress, an increased sense of well-being comprehensive health promotion and health risk reduction.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
At the Sept. 9, 2015 Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) meeting, the Board revised Advisory Ruling (AR) 9804: Administration of Immunizing Agents or Vaccines to ensure compliance with current statutes, regulations and scope of practice standards.
The AR guides the practice of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who, within their practice, administer immunizing agents or vaccines to any member of the public in any and all settings.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
At the Sept. 9, 2015 Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) meeting, the Board revised Advisory Ruling (AR) 0802: The Use of a Vagal Nerve Stimulator Magnet to ensure compliance with current statutes, regulations and scope of practice standards.
The AR guides the practice of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses training of unlicensed persons when managing the care of an individual with a Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) device who requires the use of a hand-held magnet to activate the generator transcutaneously if the individual experiences an aura or if an observer witnesses the individual having a seizure.
The overall goal of the committee is to identify and implement technological upgrades for the organization.
Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have an interest or skill/expertise in IT and/or Technology projects. If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
| || NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS|
On March 10, 2015, the FDA issued a statement warning healthcare professionals not to use chemotherapy drug Treanda Injection with closed system transfer devices (CSTDs), adapters, and syringes containing polycarbonate or acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS).
As an update, FDA is providing information on specific devices tested by Treanda manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals and found compatible with Treanda injection.
By Keith Carlson
The average layperson holds a positive image of nurses in his or her mind. Ask them about their experiences of nurses, and most will likely say something along these lines: "When my mom was in the hospital, the nurses were amazing," or "My aunt was a nurse, and I respected her so much for her compassion and dedication." Since nurses receive consistent accolades from the general public, we nurses have a professional identity that can be leveraged in meaningful ways.
Nurse-trainer Helena Cumbelembe Inacio was struggling to teach nurses at the health center here the correct combination of medicines to prevent pregnant women with HIV from passing the infection to their children. The nurses couldn't quite master the medication protocol. "The learning is slow, and they could not pronounce well the names of the [antiretroviral] drugs, let alone to remember the combination of the drugs," Cumbelembe Inacio recalled.
Annals of Internal Medicine
In a new position paper, the American College of Physicians says that telemedicine can improve access to care, but policies are needed to balance the benefits and risks. Telemedicine is the use of technology to deliver care at a distance. While the use of technology, including electronic health records, patient portals and telemedicine, can augment the practice of medicine in an efficient and secure way, there are risks and challenges associated with their use. In its policy paper, ACP supports the expanded role of telemedicine as a method of healthcare delivery and offers more than a dozen policy statements and recommendations for utilization and reimbursement.
Oncology Nurse Advisor
Evidence of antineoplastic drug exposure — agents themselves and genotoxicity biomarkers — was identified in the urine of nurses who prepared and administered antineoplastic drugs in 1979, and nurses in oncology care settings were alerted to the potential risks associated with exposure to these agents. Since then, data support the adverse effects of exposure to antineoplastic drugs (cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, terotogenicity, and carcinogenicity), reproductive health risks among health care workers, and congenital malformations among infants born to exposed personnel.
After years of using its digital health feedback system in clinical trials and studies, Proteus Digital Health and partner Otsuka Pharmaceuticals are poised to launch the first mass market drug to incorporate Proteus's ingestible sensor. The companies have submitted a sensor-embedded version of the antidepressant Abilify to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval.
Though emergency nurses feel comfortable providing end-of-life care and positive about supporting patients and families, they list several barriers to providing safe and effective end-of-life care, according to a new study by the Emergency Nurses Association, published online July 30 in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Sudden cardiac arrest is a primary cause of death in adults (about 300,000 deaths each year in the United States), but it's actually quite rare in the young. That said, approximately 16,000 pediatric patients suffer cardiac arrest each year in the U.S.
Younger patients, specifically younger than 1 year of age, comprise the majority of pediatric patients with cardiac arrest, and males are affected in a slightly higher proportion (62 percent).
Lured by the prospect of a good-paying job in a fast-growing industry, thousands across North Carolina trade in their old duds for hospital scrubs each year.
Many start their careers as certified nurse aides in the hope of someday becoming registered nurses, but some local experts are warning prospective CNAs that the first steps on their journey could have a major effect on where they end up.
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