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Dear ANA Massachusetts Members,
Thank you to our members who have shared their concerns about mandated ratios with us, the public, and legislators. We know it’s tough out there and staffing may not be perfect — whether you practice in acute care or in home care, at the bedside or in ambulatory care. As you know, ANA MA opposes Question 1, as it would take away the autonomy and flexibility we need to best deliver patient care.
We believe that the public deserves to know the facts. In April of last year (before anyone could even read the ballot measure), the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) disproportionately surveyed 302 nurses — and now they are advertising a false claim about their level of support. We are setting the record straight and counting the actual number of nurses voting NO! Please join me in setting the record straight — Click HERE to sign the petition and be counted.
Click here to read the full letter from Donna M. Glynn, PhD, RN.
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Oct. 19, 2018 | Sturbridge, MA | Register Today!
Hot Topics in Massachusetts Nursing:
Understanding and Addressing Domestic and Sexual Violence*
Joanne Timmons, MPH
Domestic Violence Program Manager, Boston Medical Center
*(meets MA DPH/BRN Ch. 260 training requirements for licensure renewal)
The Unintended Consequences of the Staffing Ratio Bill
Learn more and register today!
Nancy W. Gaden, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
SVP/Chief Nursing Officer. Boston Medical Center
Interactive Vignettes: Realistic Staffing Scenarios with Best Case Strategies
ANA Massachusetts Health Policy Committee
This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award 5.25 contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91).
100% attendance and Program Evaluation required.
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 | Baystate Health Educational Center | Holyoke, MA
Nuances of Evaluation
This program will provide an update on the evaluation focused 2015 ANCC criteria.
Discussion will focus on examining and reporting conflict of interest, bias and commercial support, interpretation of the evaluation data obtained from the gap analysis, evaluating a live program for transformation into an enduring program and outcome evaluation of both programs and provider units.
During this workshop the Nurse Peer Review Leader of the ANA Approver unit will introduce the new & improved ANA Massachusetts activity template.
Friday, March 29, 2019
ANA MA Annual Spring Conference and Awards Dinner
Royal Sonesta Boston, Cambridge, MA
Nursing Community Coalition
The Nursing Community Coalition (NCC), comprised of 60 national nursing organizations, including ANA, celebrated its 10-year anniversary on Sept. 12. To kick off the celebration, NCC members from across the nation convened on Capitol Hill to meet with Congressional and committee offices to request additional Senate co-sponsors on the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act (S.1109), the inclusion of Section 3003 of H.R. 6 in any final opioid package, and the support of a Senate companion bill to the Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act (H.R.1168). This Hill Day was followed by an evening reception honoring the profession's legislative champions and the Congressional Nursing Caucus.
Nursing Community Coalition
As Congress works to finalize the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriation bill for Fiscal Year 2019, the NCC on Sept. 7 sent a letter in support of the Senate's recommended levels of $249.472 million for the Nursing Workforce Development programs and $163.076 million for the National Institute of Nursing Research. ANA was one of dozens of nursing organizations to co-sign the letter.
These awards are presented to a nurse and a nurse-led team who best exemplify nurse-led innovation in patient safety and/or outcomes, whether it is a product, program, project, or practice. The ANA Innovation Awards include a $25,000 individual nurse award and a $50,000 nurse-led team award. BD's contribution to the American Nurses Foundation supports the ANA Innovation Awards program for the next three years. Applications close Dec. 31, 2018. To learn more about the awards and apply, click here.
Members (and those not yet members) may not be aware of the many benefits offered with the American Nurses Association and ANA Mass membership. When you join ANA Mass, you are automatically a member of ANA, your professional nurses association.
ANA offers many fact sheets, tip cards and toolkits to help guide you in your work with patients and colleagues. Topics cover a vast range from dealing with bullying and workplace violence to what you need to know about social networking for nurses.
We have purchased a limited* number of tickets for the
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. show, first balcony.
These tickets are $65.00 apiece and are now available for purchase here.
*First come, first served.
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.
Working from home has many advantages, including more time for yourself (no commuting!) and increased productivity. However, working from home can make it hard to focus on healthy habits, like being active every day.
The good news is that there are simple steps you can take to get in more activity. Over the next 15 days, Healthy Nurse, Healthy NationTM will share a simple tip to help you fit more activity into each day as part of the Move More Challenge, powered by support from Humana. Are you ready? Go to the Move More Challenge page and click yes. Join our discussion to let us know how you're being more active and social. By joining the Move More Challenge, you are automatically entered for a chance to win one of three $100 Amazon gift cards! See official rules here. Not a member of Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™? Join here with your ANA credentials.
No On 1
To order VOTE NO ON 1 bumper sticker, flyers and more, please click here.
While you represent your patients' interests, ANA represents yours. The American Nurses Association advocates for nurses every day, at the bedside and beyond. One big part of this process? You! Did you know that one in every 45 registered voters is a nurse? As we approach this November's elections, that's a powerful collective voice!
At the core of ANA's 2018 Get Out the Vote efforts is our new Civic Action Center. There you can find everything you need to ensure your vote counts on Election Day. From confirming your voter registration status and finding your polling place, to learning how to vote early and who the candidates are on your ballot, our Civic Action Center is your one-stop resource this election season.
ANA works with you to shape policy and elect only those federal candidates who understand nurses' critical contribution to improving healthcare in America. Learn more about this important work and join the ANA-PAC for a members-only opportunity to ensure nurses are represented on Capitol Hill.
Support ANA's Get Out the Vote efforts. Confirm your voter registration now!
How Leaders Can Create a Resilient Workforce
Oct. 16, 2018 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Attendance is free for ANA members and non-members. Register no later than Oct. 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. ET to receive 24/7 access to this webinar so that, even if you can't attend the live webinar, you can still benefit from this information at a later time.
Consider this situation: The turnover in your work environment is high. On exit interviews, many of the health care professionals mention that they think that the right decisions about patient care are not being made, especially when aggressive tactics are used for someone who, in their opinion, clearly "isn't going to make it." Many note that this "happens repeatedly."
As a health care professional, how can you turn this situation around? What can you do to build the moral resiliency of your staff and peers? Which policies encourage resiliency? Hinder it?
This live, free, and interactive webinar will provide practical, real-world techniques for reversing a culture that results in high moral distress.
By attending this webinar, nursing leaders will be prepared to:
Who should attend: Nursing Leaders in all settings
- Assess the culture and work environment for overt and subtle signs of chronic situations that lead to high levels of moral distress
- Develop a realistic action plan to address those situations
- Gain high-level organizational support for your plan, including critical funding support
- Pursue outside funding for your efforts, if necessary
- Implement your plan: Important actions to ensure success
- Evaluate your efforts: How to do effective ongoing assessment
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A key factor in determining when premature infants can be discharged home from the hospital is the establishment of oral feeding. But for premature infants and those with medical problems during the neonatal period, learning to feed safely can be a challenge. "For preterm infants and those with medical complexities, early feeding skills are in a state of emergence while receiving neonatal care. Selecting appropriate and supportive interventions begins with thorough assessment of the infant's skills," writes Suzanne Thoyre, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing and her co-authors in new study in Advances in Neonatal Care.
X4 Health and 13 other healthcare and technology groups are hoping to fix what has become a pervasive issue in healthcare with a so-called “wizard,” a medical records request prototype that streamlines the process for both patients and medical records professionals. The online tool is designed to ease the burden of both initiating and fulfilling medical records requests.
By Lynn Hetzler
Epidemiological data indicate a marked increase in the number of emergency department visits for pediatric mild traumatic brain injury over the past decade, yet there are no evidence-based guidelines for diagnosing and managing these concussions. To address this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now established the Pediatric Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guideline Workgroup. Children made nearly 3 million visits to the ED and more than 2 million outpatient visits for mTBI from 2005 to 2009. Because many patients seek treatment at a variety of settings, including in their schools, the actual number of mild TBIs cases in children is difficult to assess.
Becker's Hospital Review
Many U.S. health officials and HIV experts said they believe a future with halted HIV transmission rates could be only a few years away, according to STAT. The hope for halted HIV transmission lies within the potent antiretroviral drugs on the market today, which can drastically decrease the amount of HIV virus in an infected patient's system to undetectable levels. In this state of viral suppression, infected individuals are no longer contagious.
Black women are more likely than white women to skip important hormonal breast cancer treatments, new research indicates.
"This study provides evidence in a large, racially diverse cohort study that black women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer experience unique barriers to endocrine therapy adherence," said study author Stephanie Wheeler, of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.
This may lead to poorer outcomes, she added.
Danielle LeVeck, DNP, ACNPC-AG, CNS, RN, CCRN writes, "Nearing my graduation from Nurse Practitioner school, it was difficult for me to see beyond walking across the stage in my cap and gown, accepting my diploma. I was so laser focused on being done, and was so exhausted and confused about licensing, credentialing, and taking my boards, that I did not even consider the extra costs associated with becoming a nurse practitioner. The following are costs you should be ready to endure in the 3-6 months following graduation from Nurse Practitioner school. "
By Lisa Mulcahy
Every hospital administrator knows that a clean, safe environment for patients is a top priority. There are great, new innovations in terms of bacteria control that many hospitals are implementing — a study from Duke University Health reports that the use of ultraviolet light machines are on the rise, for instance. Yet, research also shows that, surprisingly, many areas in the hospital are overlooked when it comes to harboring hidden germs — and often aren't disinfected thoroughly as a result. Focus your cleaning protocol more thoroughly in the following places.
There are many tools in the medical field that help doctors and patients, and now, a new tool shows promise in helping nurses.
Wayne Nix, a Louisiana nurse, wants his creation to help others in hospitals across the country.
The tool has a variety of different uses, such as opening vials, medical bottles and jars, cutting, and even loosening IVs.
“We did surveys with our friends and coworkers and we found that, on average, at least once a shift every nurse is stepping out of the room to go and find a pair of hemostats or scissors,” said Nix. “We built everything they are trying to use into a little hand tool.”
Close to half a million people get burns so bad that they need medical treatment, according to the American Burn Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The current standard of care for serious burns is a skin graft. But skin grafts mean cutting away healthy skin to lay over the burns, which results in even more skin to heal. Plus, it’s painful. Scientists have been working for more than a decade to come up with something better. Spray-on skin is one obvious-sounding solution: take a small skin sample, turn it into a solution, and coat the burnt area with a thin layer of skin cells that can grow back and cover the wound.
Medical News Today
A report newly published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the burden of Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia in the United States will double by the year 2060. With annual healthcare costs of more than $250 billion, the disease also puts a significant strain on the nation's healthcare system.
Most men shouldn’t get routine prostate cancer screening because the potential benefits are small and there are clear harms, an international panel of experts concludes.
Some men, including those with a family history of prostate cancer, may have a greater chance of benefit from screening and should discuss the pros and cons with their physician to make an informed decision, medical experts recommend in guidelines published in the BMJ.
Medical News Today
Currently, there is one standard therapeutic approach for type 2 diabetes, despite the fact that the condition evolves in different ways in different people. A recent study mapping genetic data for this condition may lead to a more personalized strategy. Teams at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University — as well as other top-tier research institutions in Cambridge, MA — have been working to find a good way of assessing which ranges of factors are most likely to determine the development of type 2 diabetes in a person.
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