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It seems extra-convenient and cost-effective, but is attaining an online master's degree in nursing a viable option for you personally? Along with considering the advantages, going back to school online requires a hard look at your personality as well as work and study habits. You also must consider your current work-life balance, just like you would with any other major commitment in light of your nursing job and family commitments.
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The American Nurses Association (ANA) on Sept. 17 released an update to its "Principles for Nurse Staffing" (the Principles), a guide to help nurses and other decision-makers identify and develop processes and policies to improve nurse staffing for the best interest of patients and nurses. Drawing on decades of research and best practices, the updated Principles address the complexities of nursing practice in today's health care system and the demands placed on nurses who care for patients across all care settings.
ANA believes that providing appropriate nursing resources must account for human factors including a nurse's years of experience, knowledge, education, skill set and patient mix, acuity, and intensity. This flexible approach to nurse staffing is associated with improved patient outcomes, including reduced mortality rates, shorter stays, lower readmission rates, and reduced incidents of hospital-acquired conditions.
Our approach to nurse staffing accounts for the many factors that impact how nurses attend to patients in their care, said ANA President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN. It is essential that nurses have a substantive and active role in staffing decisions.
Download the new Principles for Nurse Staffing e-book here.
Download a Principles for Nurse Staffing infographic here.
On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 ANAMASS plans to attend the Patient Safety and Quality; Workforce Development Hearing being held by the Joint Committee on Public Health. Planned testimony in support of our 2019-2021 legislative agenda includes ANAMASS President Julie Cronin speaking in support of H.1941 An Act establishing a commission on quality patient outcomes and professional nursing practice and former President Myra Cacace speaking in support of H.1867/S.1330 An Act to support access, value and equity in health care (SAVE Act).
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.
The ANA Mentorship Program is a free, exclusive ANA member benefit provided to support ANA members' professional development needs. Enrollment ends Oct. 4.
This year's program has new tools and updates designed to:
The Class of 2019-20 ANA Mentoring Program will launch on Nov. 25 and continue through June 30, 2020.
- Improve Communication – Mentors and mentees will have a richer experience communicating and staying connected through our mobile app.
- Guide Your Relationship – With Guided Connection Plans, you'll be given instructions and reminders for setting goals and scheduling meetings throughout the program.
- Support Your Experience – Administrators can now identify inactive mentoring pairs and intervene if necessary to make sure both mentors and mentees have a positive experience.
Enroll now before the Oct. 4 deadline.
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.
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!
ANA President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANA Enterprise CEO Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, and ANA Past President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, are in the running to be named to Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare list. This awards and recognition program honors individuals in health care who are deemed by their peers and an expert panel to be the most influential individuals in the field.
Voting is open to the public through Oct. 7. Voters may choose up to five nominees here.
The 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare honorees come from all sectors of health care, including hospitals, health systems, physician organizations, insurance, government, vendors and suppliers, policy, trade and professional organizations.
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.
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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: Due to unprecedented response, the live webinar is already filled, but register now to have free, ongoing 24/7 access to the recording starting the day after the live webinar.
A link will be emailed to all registrants on November 13.
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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Kaiser Health News
Dr. Wesley Boyd, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard, has spent years working with state programs that help doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who have become addicted to opioids get back on their feet professionally.
He supports these non-disciplinary programs, in which doctors and nurses enroll for a number of years and are closely monitored by addiction specialists and state authorities as they seek to maintain or restore their medical licenses. But, he said, he is perplexed as to why these programs and other efforts to help healthcare providers generally do not stress a recovery method that has long been shown to be effective: the use of drugs like buprenorphine and methadone, known as opioid agonists, to relieve cravings.
Some experts have already predicted a severe flu season, so it's time to take the proper health precautions and understand the best ways to protect against the virus. ABC News' chief medical correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, weighed in on Good Morning America to share her take on this year's strain, the vaccine and how to stay healthy.
"It's so difficult to predict; we only know in hindsight," she explained. "You can't predict it."
The CDC releases a weekly influenza surveillance report, which has shown a spike in the number of new cases currently above the national baseline.
Research has revealed the number of heart infections linked to drug abuse has almost doubled in the past 14 years, as an opioid epidemic continues to plague the U.S.
Rates of patients struggling with drug abuse being hospitalized due to infective endocarditis—which affects the innermost layers of the heart chambers, including the valves—doubled between 2002 and 2016, rising from eight percent to 16.3 percent.
By Lisa Mulcahy
As a healthcare professional, you strive to provide your patients with service that creates the highest level of satisfaction possible. Yet even the best patient-centered approach may be overlooking small points that really matter. It's key to take a granular overview of whether you're getting as specific as you possibly can when it comes to the details your patients truly care about. Use this advice to provide the things they truly want and need.
Amid an expanding problem of illegal opioids and a growing concern over abuse and theft by hospital staff, The Joint Commission has released advice and guidelines for preventing drug diversion in facilities.
Medical News Today
Researchers at the University of Texas have found that, generally, both men and women in the United States have a limited awareness of the fact that untreated human papillomavirus infections can lead to anal, genital, and oral cancers. "The lack of knowledge may have contributed to low HPV vaccination rates in the U.S.," says lead study author Dr. Ashish Deshmukh.
Michigan is reporting four new human cases of Eastern equine encephalitis, which health officials are calling "one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases" in the U.S.
Two of those patients have died, bringing this season's EEE death toll in the state to three.
With one fatality also reported in Rhode Island and one in Massachusetts, the national death toll has risen to at least five.
Cold and flu season is a drag every year, and every person has their own superstitions and ideas about how to "cure" the common cold, from chili-infused soups to lemon and ginger teas and peculiar home-brewed remedies. However, because of the viral nature of colds and their intensely contagious nature, it's proven extremely difficult for scientists to do anything to combat their spread. A new study from researchers published in Nature Microbiology introduces a new possible way to stop the common cold in its tracks — but, experts tell Bustle, we're still a long way from a cure-all that will make it a thing of the past.
A report compiled by an independent group of experts claims that governments and NGOs are woefully unprepared for the next big pandemic, while subsequently warning of a “very real threat” for a global-scale pandemic that could kill 50 million to 80 million people.
“The world is at acute risk for devastating regional or global disease epidemics or pandemics that not only cause loss of life but upend economies and create social chaos,” grimly proclaims the report, published by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board.
ETH Zurich via PhysOrg
The world is experiencing unprecedented economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. An increasing number of people in India, China, Latin America and Africa have become wealthier, and this is reflected in their consumption of meat and dairy products.
To meet this growing demand, animal husbandry has intensified — along with, among other things, an increased reliance on the use of antimicrobials. Farmers use antimicrobials to treat and prevent infections in animals raised in crowded conditions, but these drugs are also used to increase weight gain and thus improve profitability.
This excessive and indiscriminate use of antimicrobials has serious consequences: the proportion of bacteria resistant to antimicrobials is rapidly increasing around the world. Drugs are losing their efficacy, with important consequences for the health of animals and, potentially, for humans.
National Institutes of Health
Rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep is a fascinating period during which most of our dreams are made. Now, in a study of mice, a team of Japanese and U.S. researchers show that it may also be a time when the brain actively forgets. Their results suggest that forgetting during sleep may be controlled by neurons found deep inside the brain that were previously known for making an appetite stimulating hormone. The study was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health.
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