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For 17 consecutive years, nurses have been named the most honest and ethical profession in Gallup polls, most recently earning the title in December 2018. But even with the confidence of patients and the public, maintaining the nursing code of ethics standards is an ever-evolving process.
Advances in medicine, technology, end-of-life care, health insurance and other issues are transforming the way healthcare is delivered, making ethics an important consideration.
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The Committee on Honorary Awards is excited to launch the Call for Nominations for the 2019 ANA National Awards. ANA's National Awards are presented every other year to exceptional registered nurses and champions of nursing. Please visit the ANA National Awards Program web page to review the Call and consider nominating a well-deserving colleague.
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.
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.
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.
Hot Topics: Water Cooler Solutions
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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The importance of mental health in achieving overall wellness cannot be overstated. Mental health is defined as a state of physical, emotional, social, and psychological well-being in which the individual is productive, able to adapt to changes or adversity, able to maintain fulfilling relationships with others, and contributes positively to society. In the past 20 years, this nation has seen a steady and alarming increase in the number of people who cannot meet that description. With a unique view into day-to-day patient experiences and clinical research, nursing leaders are in a distinct position to provide high-level direction on solving problems at scale. Our nation’s most vulnerable populations have plenty of challenges, but increased risk of mental illness is one nurses are making strides to alleviate.
Rutgers University via Medical Xpress
People with heart disease or defective or artificial heart valves are at increased risk of developing a potentially deadly valve infection. Rutgers researchers reported that new risk factors for this condition have emerged and that an increasing number of patients admitted to hospitals for other diseases are at risk of contracting this potentially lethal cardiac infection.
The study, which was published online prior to print in The American Journal of Cardiology, highlights the need for hospitals to develop ways to prevent this serious infection in the heart.
Findings from a case-crossover study revealed an association between daily outdoor air pollution levels and increased symptoms of psychiatric disorders in children.
“Children may be particularly susceptible to neurotoxic effects of air pollution, but most epidemiologic studies to date have focused on the effects of long-term exposures and cognitive or behavioral outcomes,” Cole Brokamp, PhD, of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and colleagues wrote in Environmental Health Perspectives.
By Keith Carlson
It’s been said that change is the only constant in the universe, and that also pertains to healthcare. Since the days of Hippocrates, Florence Nightingale, and many others, medicine and nursing have continued to morph, and those individuals and organizations willing to do so have also evolved apace. But for those who resist or fight change, becoming an irrelevant dinosaur is the likely result. Are you and your organization willing to play along?
New technologies that enable doctors to detect key biomarkers at earlier stages promise to change the face of cancer treatment, and blood testing is one area in which some exciting progress is being made. The latest advance comes from scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who have published a study describing a new type of blood test that can detect more than 20 types of cancer, and even trace them back to their source.
Medical News Today
On Jan. 3, 2019, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. first announced that they were expanding their initial market recall — or withdrawal — from two lots of Losartan potassium tablets, USP to 10 lots because they contained unacceptably high levels of N-nitrosodiethylamine.
Since then, they have announced several "expansion recalls," in which they withdrew more batches of the drug.
Now, the FDA have published the company's fifth expansion recall for Losartan potassium tablets, USP, and this includes Losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets, USP.
Medical News Today
Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Huntington's, share a mechanism of brain cell damage that could offer a new target for treatment, according to new research in human cells and mice.
A recent Nature Neuroscience study describes how researchers uncovered the mechanism and how it leads to death of neurons, or nerve cells.
By Chelsea Adams
A new study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal has confirmed what anyone who's ever spent time in a hospital emergency department already knows: ED patients don't rest as well as inpatients. Researchers surveyed 49 ED patients who were awaiting an inpatient bed and 44 people who had already been admitted to an inpatient unit. During the survey, patients described noise levels and rated the quality of their sleep using the Richards-Campbell Sleep Questionnaire.
Hunters can contract a form of tuberculosis from deer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency published a report that looks at a 2017 case from Michigan in which a 77-year-old man was diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis caused by mycobacterium bovis.
The man had no known exposure to a person with tuberculosis and did not drink unpasteurized milk, but he did hunt and field-dress deer for 20 years, according to the CDC.
UT Southwestern Medical Center via ScienceDaily
UT Southwestern researchers have found a key driver of the crosstalk that helps synchronize the absorption of nutrients in the gut with the rhythms of the Earth's day-night light cycle.
Their findings could have far-ranging implications for obesity in affluent countries and malnutrition in impoverished countries.
Intermountain Medical Center via ScienceDaily
Determining how far patients with pulmonary disease can walk in six minutes has long been an effective clinical tool to help physicians determine their exercise capacity, as well as to aid in predicting health outcomes and mortality.
Now, in a new study, researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City found that steps measured through a step tracker worn on the wrist can be used to estimate exercise capacity and determine the health status of patients, rather than the standardized six-minute walk distance test, which is usually conducted in a clinical setting.
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