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Health insurance companies are hiring record numbers of nurses as the Affordable Care Act boosts the number of patients with medical coverage and plans look for ways to coordinate care of the newly insured.
At the nation’s largest health insurance company, UnitedHealth Group, more than 7,000 additional nurses have been added in the last 10 years. Meanwhile, Cigna , Humana and several Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans confirm nurse staffing is at an all-time high as health plans shift more payments away from traditional fee-for-service medicine that is based on volume and to value-based care that is tied to outcomes, performance and quality of care provided to patients.
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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. — Deadline to register is Oct. 9
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.
Register Today, click here.
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).
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!
Contact email@example.com for more information
In light of recent events highlighting the discovery of people posing as nurses applying for reciprocity to practice nursing in Massachusetts, ANA Massachusetts applauds the efforts of the State Board of Registration in Nursing to root out and find others who are putting the citizens of Massachusetts at risk.
The Leadership Team and all members of ANA Massachusetts firmly believe that the quality of care provided by more than 100,000 registered nurses in Massachusetts is among the best in the nation but support the institution of stronger processes that ensure the integrity of the men and women who are part of the most respected and trusted professionals in the US.
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).
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.
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.
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.
On Sept. 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in collaboration with over 35 federal partners released the updated Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020.
The Federal Health IT Goals of the Plan are to (ONC, Page 9):
ANA would also like to invite you to visit the website for National Health IT Week 2015 and explore the associated activities that are scheduled during the week of Oct. 5-9, 2015.
- Advance Person-Centered and Self-Managed Health,
- Transform Health Care Delivery and Community Health,
- Foster Research, Scientific Knowledge and Innovation, and
- Enhance the nation’s Health IT Infrastructure.
Herniated discs. Muscle strains. Torn rotator cuffs. Sciatica.
Too many nurses are getting hurt while manually moving patients.
And it's maddening that nurses — who give so much to help heal others — are
getting hurt in the process. ANA has been working for years to pass a law
eliminating manual lifting of patients.
That's where you come in. Do you transfer, lift, or reposition patients
manually? Have you or a patient been injured in the process?
Have you successfully implemented alternatives to manual patient handling?
We want to know!
We've got a plan to make sure nurses are protected, but we're going to need
The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is excited to announce the release of an interactive, geographic representation of health care data through the Patient Origins Map.
Using data from CHIA’s Hospital Inpatient Discharge Database, the Patient Origins Map allows users to identify areas from which hospitals draw their patients by illustrating the distribution of hospital inpatient discharges in 2013 by patient zip code for each acute care hospital in Massachusetts.
Additionally, the Patient Origins Map contains data on the 11 hospital systems operating in Massachusetts, and presents the relative density of inpatient discharges for all member hospitals.
The recent outpouring of support in the media for Miss Colorado, Kelley Johnson, has been tremendous. It has reminded us all how united nurses are and how respected they are. The support that nurses show for each other is unparalleled ... and I truly believe that’s why the Nurses House fund is as strong as it is.
Nurses House is running its 3rd annual “Build a Virtual House for Nurses in Need” campaign online from Oct. 1-31 to raise funds for nurses throughout the nation facing illness, injury or dire circumstance. I’ve attached the press release and hope you will share this information with your readers in print, online and in social media as one more way to express how united and how strong nurses are. Here is a sneak preview of the campaign, sponsored by Akesso, which will be live on the Nurses House homepage on Oct. 1 and shared on social media.
This year, Nurses House has partnered with Akesso professional footwear. As an added incentive, Akesso will be rewarding the first 12 individuals who donate or raise $500 to Nurses House with a pair of their professional footwear!
Let’s all show our love for nurses and our support for Kelley Johnson by joining this campaign and raising some money for nurses in need!!
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By Keith Carlson
Most everyone has caught wind of the firestorm that erupted when Joy Behar of The View denigrated nurses by mocking a heartfelt monologue performed by a contestant during the Miss America pageant. A recent MultiBriefs Exclusive by Joan Spitrey, RN, adroitly encapsulates the situation, offering a balanced assessment of the reaction to Behar's faux pas. Some nurses have leveled negativity against The View, but many others have joined a widespread movement of positivity.
Society may be getting more politically correct, but there's new evidence that hasn't trickled down to hospital operating rooms.
A medical journal published an anonymous essay last month by a physician recounting other doctors' crude and sexual comments and behavior with patients during obstetric and gynecologic surgeries. That prompted five Pittsburgh doctors to respond that their residency program director's inbox was flooded with confessions of bad behavior after she asked everyone in the program to comment on the article.
Obesity still plagues millions of Americans, as rates remain high in most states, a new report finds.
The South and Midwest have the highest adult obesity rates, making up 23 of the 25 states with rates now topping 30 percent.
Hospitals & Health Networks
The country's seemingly chronic shortage of registered nurses is predicted to be far less serious down the road than previously forecast, according to new research.
What was expected to be a major problem for healthcare leaders will need less attention, at least for now.
By Scott E. Rupp
HIMSS Analytics recently published a new report, "Essentials Brief: Telemedicine Study" — a survey of health IT executives that finds an increase in the adoption of telemedicine solutions and services, from 54.5 percent in 2014 to 57.7 percent in 2015. Small, but sizable.
FierceHealthIT reports that the Web-based study included responses from nearly 270 executives, IT professionals, clinicians, department heads and ambulatory physicians.
Medscape (free login required)
Imagine this scenario. You are an experienced, professional registered nurse who works the night shift in the coronary care unit. Every night, the hospital, the physicians, and everyone else depend on your acute assessment skills and your sound professional judgment to monitor very sick patients, detect the status changes that might precede deterioration, and take steps to ensure that your patients do not come to harm.
Getting texts with motivating and informative messages led patients with coronary heart disease to make behavior changes like exercising more and smoking less, according to a study published Sept. 22 in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association. By the end of the six-month study, patients who had received the text messages had reduced their cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index.
A new mouse study suggests that a drug with a known safety record in humans might be a new weapon in the fight against the potentially deadly intestinal infection known as C. difficile. The drug is called ebselen, and it was well-tolerated in humans when tested as a possible treatment in a variety of clinical trials, including for stroke and bipolar disorder. Although ebselen has never been approved as a treatment for any condition in humans, the current research team thought the drug might help prevent the spread of infection in people with C. difficile.
For patients in intensive care units who need a catheter so they can receive medications easily, one placed in the vein under the collarbone appears to lower the risk of bloodstream infections and clots, a new study finds. The researchers reported that it lowered those risks by two to three times when compared to catheters placed in the large vein in the groin or in the jugular vein in the neck. The one drawback to inserting a catheter into the vein under the collarbone is the risk for causing a collapsed lung. This can occur if the catheter misses the vein and punctures a lung as it is inserted.
Researchers have observed an increase in antibiotic prescribing among nurse practitioners and physician assistants, particularly during the winter months. In addition, dentists now appear to be responsible for a large proportion of antibiotic prescribing in the United States.
After a decade of nursing service in the EDs at two Columbus, Ohio, hospitals, Shalanda Perkins, MSNEd, RN, said she enjoyed it.
“I like the hustle and bustle,” Perkins said. “With a very rapid patient turnover, I like the challenge the patient population brings every day.” Now a full-time instructor at Chamberlain College of Nursing’s Columbus campus, Perkins began her nursing career as an LPN before earning her RN. However, Perkins said, the real breakthrough for her came the moment she stepped up to earn her BSN.
Medical News Today
More than 70 percent of people with sleep apnea experience symptoms of depression, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Researchers say their findings indicate a possibility that the sleep condition could be misdiagnosed as depression. However, the study also finds depressive symptoms among sleep apnea patients can be relieved with the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
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