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By Keith Carlson
Emotional intelligence, or EI, can seem like just another buzzword to nurses who have not yet encountered the plethora of literature supporting the crucial aspects of EI in nursing, medicine, career and personal life. First mentioned in the 1960s, EI was brought into the mainstream by author Daniel Goleman with his 2005 book, "Emotional Intelligence." In the hospital, nurses are faced with ill, distressed and confused patients whose emotions are often running high.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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
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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
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The Ohio State University
A short talk with a knowledgeable nurse could be the difference between a smoker stopping for cigarettes or stopping for nicotine gum on her way home from the hospital.
New research shows that self-reported quit rates among hospital patients more than doubled when nurses and other staff were trained to coach patients on how to stop smoking and to make sure they got the help they needed to make it happen, whether that meant counseling, patches, gum or prescription medication.
Workplace diversity improves patient outcomes and community relations yet it has been difficult to achieve without the backing of health care leaders. But a new report provides 10 lessons to help hospital leaders foster a diverse workforce.
Advance Healthcare Network
It seems not a day goes by without hearing or reading about the dangers associated with opioids. As nurse practitioners, you know that these medications can be vital to pain treatment. You also know that managing an opioid regimen is complex.
Everyone from the surgeon general to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Food and Drug Administration has issued national calls to reduce opioid prescribing. One hospital decided to halt it altogether.
Becker's Hospital Review
Adding a nurse navigator or a care coordinator to a center's staff is an expense that could reap massive benefits when done correctly.
Theresa Stern, nurse patient navigator and program director for the Orange Coast Memorial Center for Spine Health at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, in Fountain Valley, California, made the decision to become a navigator after she suffered a neck injury resulting in herniated cervical discs.
The New York Times
"Between 1 million and 3 million Americans are given diagnoses of sepsis each year, and 15 to 30 percent of them will die," said Thomas R. Frieden, MD, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sepsis most commonly affects people over 65, but children also are susceptible. According to one estimate, more than 42,000 children develop sepsis in the United States every year, and 4,400 die. Sepsis appears to be on the rise.
Medscape (free login required)
Millions of Americans have undiagnosed or untreated vision impairment, yet eye and vision health remains "notably" absent from many population health agendas and community programs, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The 450-page report — Public Health Approaches to Reduce Vision Impairment and Promote Eye Health — calls for transforming vision impairments from an "exceedingly common to a rare condition" and eliminating correctable and avoidable vision impairments in the United States by 2030.
By Scott E. Rupp
Well, this is rich, isn't it? Jonathon Bush of athenahealth says EHRs "slow doctors down and distract them from meaningful face time caring for patients." One of the nation's most-well known CEOs of an electronic health record company, Bush wrote this in an op-ed for STAT, citing the results of a new study published in Annals of Internal Medicine. While the research findings are not surprising, Bush's response is. First, let's dig into the results of the study a bit.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone aged 6 months or older receive an influenza vaccine every year, by the end of October, if possible. However, CDC continues to recommend that influenza vaccination efforts continue as long as influenza viruses are circulating in the community. Significant seasonal influenza virus activity can continue into May, so vaccination later in the season can still provide benefit during most seasons.
Timing of introduction of allergenic foods to the infant diet may influence the risk of allergic or autoimmune disease, but the evidence for this has not been comprehensively synthesized. The objective of this study was to systematically review and meta-analyze evidence that timing of allergenic food introduction during infancy influences risk of allergic or autoimmune disease.
Codeine is unsafe for children and should no longer be given to them, a new report from a leading pediatricians' group warns. Codeine has been used to treat kids' pain and coughs for decades because it was thought to be safer than other narcotics. But healthcare providers have learned that the way codeine is processed in the body is very dangerous for children and can result in death. Codeine is converted by the liver into morphine, but genetic differences between people can prompt the liver to create too much morphine in some and too little in others.
The Washington Post
U.S. health officials have identified a cluster of gonorrhea infections that show sharply increased resistance to the last effective treatment available for the country's second most commonly reported infectious disease.
The findings from a cluster of Hawaii cases, presented Sept. 21 at a conference on prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, represent the first cluster of cases in the United States that have shown such decreased susceptibility to the double-antibiotic combination used when other drugs have failed.
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