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By Lynn Hetzler
Emergency department overcrowding threatens access to healthcare and the quality of that care. It can lead to delays in analgesia, thrombolysis, antibiotic therapy, percutaneous coronary intervention and other time-sensitive treatments. However, a recent study suggests the implementation of nurse-initiated protocols, diagnostics and treatments prior to treatment from a physician or nurse practitioner can improve flow in the ED, thus reducing overcrowding.
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A Wine Tasting Networking Social
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
Boston Winery | 26 Ericsson Street | Boston, MA 02122
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
$30.00 students | $55.00 ANA MA members | $65.00 non-members
An optional full tour of the 10,000 square foot facility, a discussion of our wine-making process Five (2oz pours) of wine “tastings” and light hors d'oeuvres are included with the registration fee. *non-alcoholic drinks (soda and water) will be available
Register before Oct. 6 to avoid $10 late fee!
Join Us for a Day of Wellness!
Nov. 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Danversport Yacht Club
Registration is NOW OPEN.
Learn more by clicking here.
Click here to register today!
Volunteer with us for a good cause!
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.
9th Annual Boston VisionWalk
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
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 I’m hoping you will join us in raising funds to make this happen.
Click here to view Nursing Board News, which is now available on the Board’s website.
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 |
The American Nurses Association Massachusetts
and Curry College School of Nursing
are pleased to announce an opportunity to discuss
Health Care planning and End of Life care
for our patients and our communities.
Click here to register!
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Mandl MD, MPH
Brief Summary of Market Research Activity:
This project is a part of a federal initiative (NAP-AX-16-003 Discovery Infrastructure for Clinical Health IT Apps Cooperative Agreement) to create an “app store” for healthcare, where clinical users can browse and test out apps built on emerging healthcare interoperability standards, with the goal of creating an ecosystem of apps that can be securely added to an EHR (similar to how apps can be added to a smart phone). One of the grant requirements is to perform market research with potential users of this “app store” so we can tailor its design to their needs. As users and innovators of health apps, you are in a unique position to contribute to this important market research activity. We have engaged KLAS Research http://www.klasresearch.com/ to do brief 15-20 minute phone interviews with CMIOs, MDs, RNs and PAs. Their end product will be a publicly available white paper comprised of their analysis of the data from these interviews, and will serve to inform federal health IT policy.
If you are interested in participating in this market research, please contact Megan Rollins at 857-218-3846 or Megan.Rollins@childrens.harvard.edu by Nov. 1, 2016.
More information is also available on the ANA website.
Become an active member —
Join an ANA Massachusetts Committee today!
Are you an ANA Massachusetts member who is looking for a way to become more involved in the organization? Do you have a special talent or interest? Can you find the time to work on a one time only project? If you are looking for new opportunities, then we are looking for you! Listed below are the descriptions of the various active committees for the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts.
Seeking Career Connections Guides
ANA Mass is pleased to continue our Career Connections program to help senior nursing students and new graduates who anticipate entering their first professional nurse position and announce the appointment of Jim Kernan as our new Chair. The aim of this program is to match a novice nurse with a professional nurse career guide. This is a great opportunity for nursing professionals to share their knowledge with novice nurses’ through this important transition period. We are currently seeking Career Connections Committee members and Career Guides.
Career Guides support and encourage novice nurses throughout their transition as they enter professional practice. The role of the Career guide is to guide entry-level nurses:
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.
- 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
To learn more about Career Connections and how to participate, contact Jim Kernan at: email@example.com or 978-356-4283. Please include your name, e-mail, phone number and present position. Thanks in advance for your willingness to serve the next generation of nurses!
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
On behalf of the Graduate Nursing Programs at UMASS Amherst we would like to make you aware of a new course being offered at UMASS College of Nursing for Fall 2016. The course is being taught by Dr. Donna Sabella, Seedworks Endowed Associate Professor for Nursing and Social Justice.
Introduction to Human Trafficking: 597T
This course introduces students to what human trafficking (HT) is, how to identify victims, what health problems are common among this population, special considerations to be aware of when working with trafficking victims and how to access services for them.
Massachusetts Action Coalition | Future of Nursing
SAVE THE DATE: The 3rd Annual MA Healthcare Workforce Summit, A Culture of Health: Building Healthier Communities Together, will be held Sept. 30, 2016, in Devens, Massachusetts.
Who should attend? Nursing and Allied Health Professionals from all settings: academic, acute care, long-term care, home care, community-based, rehabilitation.
Registration and complete schedule will be available in late August.
The Massachusetts Health Professions Data Series: Registered Nurses 2014 is the newest report in the Health Profession’s data series from the Health Care Workforce Center. This update on Massachusetts Registered Nurses includes information on demographics, education, employment characteristics and future plans. It also includes information on advanced practice nurses (APRN) and regional distribution of the workforce.
The Series responds to healthcare reform legislation requiring the Health Care Workforce Center to review and collect data to assess the capacity of the health care workforce to serve patients. Additional reports in the data series can be found on the Center’s website.
For additional information about the Health Professions Data Series or the 2014 RN report, please contact the MA Health Care Workforce Center at HCWorkforceCenter@state.ma.us.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is launching a new, enhanced Online
Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and we need you, your Residents, and your
Delegates to register online today! The Massachusetts Prescription Awareness Tool
(MassPAT) will be available to conduct patient searches beginning Aug. 22 and
it is important for you to sign up for the new system prior to this time.
There is no auto-enrollment for MassPAT.
Please register online today: www.mass.gov/dph/MassPAT
We're excited to offer a discount to
Savory Living - a proven, 10-week online healthy eating program
to our members!
Sign up NOW — SAVE $40 and support the next generation of nurses! (For each subscription, Savory Living will donate $10 to the ANA Massachusetts Scholarship/Education Funds) Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ready to take charge of your health and make healthier eating happen? Interested in learning what the experts have to say about eating to lose harmful belly fat, reduce sugar and inflammation, eliminate digestive distress, prevent and manage disease, and feel better?
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Despite the importance of eyesight, millions of people grapple with undiagnosed or untreated vision impairments — ranging from mild conditions to total blindness — and eye and vision health remain relatively absent from national health priority lists, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report calls for transforming vision impairments from common to rare and eliminating correctable and avoidable vision impairments in the U.S. by 2030.
By Joan Spitrey
On Sep. 6, ITT Technical Institute announced to its students that it would discontinue operations effective immediately due to new unfulfilled requirements placed on them by the U.S. Department of Education. With this announcement, tens of thousands of students at more than 130 campuses in 39 states found themselves stalled in their educational pursuits. One industry particularly affected by these closings has been nursing.
Spirometers used in primary care offices are frequently inaccurate, according to a study published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Researchers tested 17 spirometers used in primary care offices with a waveform generator to assess spirometer accuracy. They determined the clinical significance of inaccurate instruments by applying the forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1)/forced vital capacity (FVC) error from an obstructed waveform to a clinical data set.
While electric cardiac defibrillators are successful life-saving devices that have been used in practice for many years now, they are extremely shocking and potentially harmful to cardiac tissue when they fire. A new approach, that of optical defibrillation, may be a lot more tender and maybe even pleasant to get an arrhythmic heart into a normal rhythm. The investigators first showed that certain light patterns are pretty good at stopping arrhythmias in mouse hearts and then performed the same, but on a computer simulation of a human heart.
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Parents know the frustration of trying to get that gunky pink antibiotic into a tot screaming from an ear infection. A one-time squirt of special ear drops one day might replace that ordeal. It's only been tried in animals so far — chinchillas, to be exact. But researchers reported that an antibiotic gel coated the animals' eardrums and slowly seeped inside to do its job for a week, clearing up an infection that usually requires a 10-day course of oral antibiotics.
Despite so many apps and devices available today, and their promise to help consumers better manager their own health, patient engagement is still both art and science.
"Patient engagement is whatever the patient thinks it is," said Frederick Muench, director of digital health intervention in the Department of Psychiatry at Northwell Health. "If we start at that point, work backward by figuring out the barriers and the fitting technology in, we're able to overcome those barriers and judge success as outcomes."
For the 25 percent of type-2 diabetes patients who suffer from numbness and extreme nerve pain in their feet, a new dermatological treatment being tested by Northwestern Medicine scientists could potentially help prevent and maybe even reverse the neuropathy. In a study just published in Molecular Pain, Northwestern Medicine researchers showed that depleting a chemical called GM3 through genetic modification prevented the development of neuropathy in obese diabetic mice.
Healthcare IT News
At the recent HIMSS Pop Health Forum in Chicago, Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer Adrienne Boissy, MD, made the case that health apps alone are not a strategy — and in fact can hinder positive patient experience if they're not deployed wisely.
Are your nurses engaged, committed employees? Or are they biding their time until they can go somewhere better? Job opportunities for RNs and APRNs abound, and even nurses who appear content may be planning their exit strategies.
To predict whether you face an exodus, take a look at the following five reasons why your nurses want out.
Nancy J. Brent, MS, JD, RN writes: I have received several comments about advance directives, including that sometimes they are not followed by hospital staff. The importance of doing so as a healthcare provider was underscored in a recent case (Doctor's Hospital of Augusta et al. v. Alicea, Administratrix, Si5G1571, Supreme Court of Georgia, July 5, 2016).
Medical News Today
Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland recently made a surprise discovery during a mouse trial: progesterone appears to reduce the symptoms of influenza infection and help lungs heal at a faster rate.
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