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By Joan Spitrey
During the talent portion of the Miss America pageant, Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, gave an emotional monologue describing her experience as a nurse. She described what many nurses have the opportunity to experience everyday — to touch a life in need. The nursing community was abuzz that a nurse was being showcased on national forum. The hashtag #nursingismytalent started trending on social media, and nurses were enjoying the spotlight. At least for a little while.
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ANA Massachusetts is pleased to recognize Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, which received redesignation from the Commission on Magnet Recognition. We applaud Baystate's commitment to quality and professionalism.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to ANA Massachusetts Newsletter, P.O. Box 285, Milton, MA 02186
Oct. 21, 2015 - Cape Cod, MA
Register today, click here.
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.
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 — (Cape Cod, MA)
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School:
220 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA
A light supper will be provided.
American Nurses Association Massachusetts cordially invites you to a Wine Tasting Networking Social
Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at the Boston Winery: 26 Ericsson Street, Boston, MA 02122 — (ample on-site parking) from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
$55.00 ANA MA members and
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
Networking Flyer, click here.
Please share with your friends and colleagues.
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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).
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope that you will join us in the planning of this exciting event for ANA Massachusetts (formerly MARN).
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!
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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.
The Committee on Honorary Awards is now accepting nominations for ANA’s National Awards and
encourages you to take this opportunity to acknowledge exceptional colleagues for their outstanding
contributions and achievements. By identifying those who exemplify the very best, you honor the
individual and advance the profession.
Ongoing advances in technology, including computerized medical databases, telehealth, social media and other Internet-based technologies, have increased the likelihood of potential and unintentional breaches of private/confidential health information. The purpose of this position statement is to speak to the role of nurses in protecting privacy and confidentiality and provide recommendations to avoid a breach.
Nurses have a duty to care for patients and are not at liberty to abandon them; however, nurses are challenged to thoughtfully analyze the balance of professional responsibility and risk, including moral obligations and options, in order to preserve the ethical mandates in situations of risk to the nurse or profession.
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For hospital nurses, working 12 hours or longer is associated with adverse outcomes, including nurse burnout, that may endanger patients and nurses, a new study has shown.
Chiara Dall'Ora, MSc, from the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (Wessex), University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and colleagues present their findings in an article published online Aug. 23 in BMJ Open.
Oncology and advanced practice nurses are key players in developing and managing specialized clinics that combine geriatrics and oncology care, according to a recent study. The clinics are being established at major cancer centers in an effort to better manage the complex needs of older patients.
American Journal of Infection Control via Advance for NPs & PAs
Fewer than 1 in 6 healthcare workers followed all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for the removal of personal protective equipment after patient care, according to a brief report published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Isolation precautions are used to help stop the spread of germs from one person to another and may require use of gowns, gloves, and face protection.
By Chelsea Adams
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has granted $20 million to 16 states in an effort combat the growing number of deaths due to prescription drug overdoses.
The Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States program is part of the Department of Health and Human Services' Opioid Initiative and builds upon the CDC's Prevention Boost and Core Violence and Injury Prevention programs, which went into effect in 2014.
Migraine frequency and intensity seem to be positively associated with total cholesterol (TC) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, according to a study published in the September issue of Pain Practice. The researchers found that significantly higher cholesterol levels, both TC and LDL cholesterol, were seen in association with high frequency and intensity versus low frequency and intensity of crises. In treated patients, the number and intensity of crises declined significantly in association with a significant reduction in TC and LDL cholesterol.
Nursing in Practice
Generally, the delivery of effective diabetes care involves a multidisciplinary team approach, however, a diabetes specialist nurse (DSN) occupies a central position in caring for and supporting patients and their families over the course of the disease. In the day-to-day delivery of diabetes care, the DSN provides patient-centred care that meets the patient’s physical, social, and spiritual needs and they form the interface between the patient and other healthcare professionals.
Advance Healthcare Network for NPs & PAs
About 40 percent of healthcare costs due to adverse drug events (ADEs) in the ambulatory care setting are preventable. ADEs account for an estimated 2.5 percent of unintentional injuries seen in emergency departments, and 6.7 percent of these lead to hospitalizations. Barnsteiner suggested that medication errors are the most common patient safety error. These can be prevented with a medication reconciliation process.
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, TBIs contribute to a substantial number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. In 2010, 2.5 million TBIs occurred either as an isolated injury or along with other injuries.
When making a transition from a traditional patient care position to something less traditional, such as case management, telephone triage or legal nurse consulting, it is common for some nurses to feel uneasy. I’ve heard nurses refer to this as “changing careers” or “leaving nursing,” neither of which is the case.
AnneMarie Zagari found her teenage son unresponsive on the couch after he took too many opioid painkillers in 2011. She began pounding his chest and slapping his face, and finally succeeded in reviving him by giving him CPR. It was a terrifying moment. And that panic wouldn't have been necessary if she'd had access to the drug naloxone (also known as Narcan), which can instantly reverse an overdose.
"It would have been instant revival," Zagari says.
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