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On the surface, the settings and locations where nurse executives work may seem vastly different—rural versus urban, safety-net hospitals versus academic facilities, large multi-state health systems versus stand-alone independent hospitals, acute care versus the ambulatory setting to name some. Yet, regardless of these differences, nurse leaders across the nation face many of the same challenges and concerns. Here are four topics that rise to the top among nurse leaders.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
REGISTRATION ENDS SEPT. 20
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.
This year ANA Massachusetts (Team 20/20 by 2020) will be walking in the VisionWalk to support the Foundation Fighting Blindness and I am hoping you will join us.
12th Annual Boston VisionWalk
Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Check-In: 9:00 a.m.
Walk Begins: 10:20 a.m.
Location: Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA 01235
As many of you know, the mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is very important to us. Over the past 40 years, FFB has been funding researchers who are looking into the causes, treatments and cures for retinal degenerative diseases. Each day we are making progress and are already demonstrating that, through gene therapy and clinical trials, we can restore sight. We are on the cusp of seeing researchers making more life-changing discoveries and we hope you will join us in raising funds to make this happen.
Here is How You Can Help:
Join our team by clicking the link below. Register today and join our team, you can help raise both money and awareness. It only takes a few minutes to get started. https://give.fightingblindness.org/team/245592
Make a donation by clicking the link below to help us reach our goal.
Forward this email to everyone in your address book. Ask if they can help.
Help spread the word. Ask your employer, your faith-based or civic organization, your neighbors - any way you can get your local community involved. You can also get your virtual community involved by liking the VisionWalk Facebook page or following the Foundation Fighting Blindness on Twitter.
Thank you, in advance, for anything you can do to assist us in our fight against blindness.
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!
Register by Nov. 5, 2019, to receive 24/7 access to this webinar!
Due to unprecedented response, the live webinar is already filled, but register to have free, ongoing 24/7 access to the recording the day after the live webinar. A link will be emailed to all registrants on Nov. 6, so you can view the webinar at your convenience.
You know the challenges of being a nursing leader – especially during the first few years that you assume a leadership position. Leading can be exhilarating, exhausting, rewarding, and draining. When you master some key skills, it can also be the most satisfying role you ever have in your chosen career.
Register by Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. ET to receive 24/7 access to the recording of this brand new webinar. Registration is free for both ANA members and non-members.
Hot Topics: Water Cooler Solutions
Friday, November 8, 2019
EARLY BIRD ENDS OCT. 4
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nursing is a career that requires not only education but also a vast amount of on-the-job learning. Having the medical and practical knowledge needed to care for patients can seem overwhelming at first, but each nurse eventually grows more confident in their abilities. This may happen gradually over time, or, in some cases, with a defining moment or patient that helps a nurse gain confidence.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced action against flavored electronic cigarettes, which have been linked to breathing problems, lung damage and death, on Sept. 11. Vaping has become popular, as many considered it healthier than smoking. Flavors such as mint, bubble gum or ice cream attracted young people. But a spike in serious lung problems and deaths linked to vaping have alarmed officials.
National infection prevention experts, led by the CDC’s Health Research & Educational Trust, have developed a new curriculum focused on infection control.
The training program is called STRIVE, for States Targeting Reduction in Infections Via Engagement.
“The goal of the CDC/STRIVE infection control training program is to expand the infection control knowledge of all healthcare personnel,” Denise Albina, MSCEP, MSNW, MPH, CHES, a public health advisor with the CDC, told Infectious Disease News.
By Lisa Cole
Lisa Cole writes, "I'm not referring to folks who are bungee jumping, cliff diving, zip lining or driving race cars here. Rather, the opposite. While we providers do patch up plenty of such patients in the aftermath of such death-defying (or not!) feats, more often we care for those whose entire lives entail living on the edge. Think mental illness, chronic pain, the imprisoned, the disabled, victims of abuse, the homeless, dying patients and the poor. Let's examine our perceptions of patients, coping, resiliency and how we care."
Medical News Today
Nutrition is at the core of health management. Without good nutrition, people face a much greater risk of developing health problems. In a new report, the World Health Organization urges all health services to place nutrition guidelines front and center going forward.
University of Delaware via ScienceDaily
University of Delaware molecular biologist Mona Batish and collaborators at Harvard Medical School and University of California, Los Angeles, have identified a new circular ribonucleic acid that increases tumor activity in soft tissue and connective tissue tumors.
Finding this new genetic unit has the potential to advance understanding of the genetics of cancer and how cancer is identified and treated.
University at Buffalo via Medical Xpress
Exposure to heroin sharply reduces levels of the protein necessary for developing and maintaining the brain's synapses, a preclinical study by University at Buffalo researchers has found. The development of addiction relapse is directly related to the impact that reductions in this protein, called drebrin, have on specific cells involved in the brain's pleasure-seeking/reward pathways.
The UB research paper, one of the first to trace the pathophysiology of addiction relapse, was published online on Sept. 12 in Nature Communications.
By Keith Carlson
When you have a stake as a job candidate in the healthcare employment marketplace, being able to differentiate yourself from the competition is key. Your future employer is going to spend a great deal of money and resources vetting, hiring, training, and onboarding you, so you need to clearly communicate that you’re worthy of this expensive and time-consuming process that constitutes a financial risk for any organization that chooses to hire you.
Incredible Health, a healthcare hiring platform provider headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, announced that it has raised $15 million in series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from NFX, Obvious Ventures, Precursor Ventures, Gingerbread Capital, Obvious Ventures, and NFX. CEO Dr. Iman Abuzeid said the fresh capital — which brings Incredible Health’s total raised to $17 million — will accelerate the expansion of the company’s job discovery marketplace for nurses, which seeks to match candidates with permanent, well-paying spots on hospital staff rosters. She also said that it’ll be used to build out a community for healthcare professionals looking to advance their careers.
Brown University via PhysOrg
Antibiotics save countless lives each year from harmful bacterial infections—but the community of beneficial bacteria that live in human intestines, known as the microbiome, frequently suffers collateral damage.
Peter Belenky, an assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, studies ways to minimize this side effect, which can lead to C. diff infections and other life-threatening imbalances in the microbiome. In a new study published on Thursday, Sept. 12, in Cell Metabolism, Belenky and his colleagues found that antibiotics change the composition and metabolism of the gut microbiome in mice, and that a mouse's diet can mitigate or exacerbate these changes.
When faced with a threat, hormones flood our bodies in preparation either for battle or a quick escape — what's commonly known as the "fight-or-flight" response.
For decades, we've generally thought this response was driven by hormones such as adrenaline. But it now seems that one of the most important of these messengers could come from a rather unexpected place — our skeleton.
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