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Nurses play many roles in health care, such as preparing a patient for surgery, assisting schoolchildren with their medications, or arranging follow-up care for a patient leaving the hospital.
While performing these tasks, nurses are also teaching their patients, and they rely on patient input and feedback to provide the most beneficial education.
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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.
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 insure the integrity of the licensure process for the men and women who are part of the most respected and trusted professionals in the U.S.
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.
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
Baystate Health Educational Center
361 Whitney Avenue, 2nd floor, Holyoke, MA 01040
$139 includes lunch
$159 after Oct. 15
Don’t miss out — space is limited
Register Now, click here.
Symposium Flyer, click here.
Why should you attend?
- We will be discussing the 2015 changes to ANCC criteria
- New nurse planners can use this program as part of their orientation
- You are invited to meet approver unit nurse peer review leader along with peer reviewers and have your questions addressed in person.
- You can network with other continuing education professionals
To see the latest upcoming events, click here.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
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
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
| || NURSING & HEALTHCARE NEWS|
Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown is healthy, and so are her loved ones, and yet, she feels keenly connected to death. "I have a deep awareness after working in oncology that fortunes can change on a dime," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "Enjoy the good when you have it, because that really is a blessing."
Critical care nurses face a challenge in balancing the satisfaction of providing quality care to patients and their families with fatigue and stresses on their own quality of life. According to an article in the August issue of Critical Care Nurse, understanding the demographic and organizational factors related to nurses’ professional quality of life can help educators and healthcare leaders develop effective work environment interventions.
By Joan Spitrey
Every once in a while, a person is in the right place at the right time. Some say the moons were in alignment. Others would say you were destined to be in a particular situation by fate or divine intervention. However you look at it, the magic that happened in the Facebook group "Show Me Your Stethoscope" is just such an example.
For trauma workers like Jonathan Bartels, a nurse who has worked in emergency care and palliative care, witnessing death over and over again takes a toll. Over time, they can become numb or burned out.
But about two years ago, after Bartels and his team at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville tried and failed to resuscitate a patient, something happened.
Understanding the factors that influence whether Millennials embrace or reject moving into nursing leadership is crucial. "When nurses go to nursing school, not many of them go in saying, 'I want to be a CNO,'" says Dawn Pevey Mauk, RN, MBA, BSN, NEA-BC, and the system vice president of service lines at Ochsner Health System in Louisiana.
Online postoperative care is preferred over in-person care by a majority of patients who have routine, uncomplicated surgery, according to research published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The study included 50 patients who had both online and in-person care visits after elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy, laparoscopic ventral hernia repair, umbilical hernia repair, or inguinal hernia repair by one of five surgeons.
Generally, a note to follow up with a patient in the home care setting is a good idea. Such documentation indicates a need to do so, whether at the next scheduled visit or as needed. However, since it sounds as though you don’t always have the same patients to see on a regular visit, you might want to make the notation but not for you alone.
By Christina Thielst
Healthcare providers are breaking free from the nursing station and using mobile devices to receive, store, process and transmit patient clinical information from where they happen to be located, when the need presents itself. Sometimes, this is in a cafe over lunch with colleagues or while waiting for their child's baseball game to begin on a Saturday morning.
The Washington Post
A new study suggests that certain gut microbes could be indicators of future asthma risk in babies. It's not clear that the microbes prevent asthma, per-say, so it's a bit early to start investing in baby probiotics. But the study is just the latest indication that bacteria could play a key role in keeping young lungs healthy.
Many thousands of viruses are known to cause illness in people and animals, and making a diagnosis can be an exhaustive exercise, at times requiring a battery of different tests. That's because current tests aren't sensitive enough to detect low levels of viral bugs or are limited to detecting only those viruses suspected of being responsible for a patient's illness. A new test detects virtually any virus that infects people and animals, according to research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where the technology was developed.
Annals of Internal Medicine
When evaluating patients with suspected acute pulmonary embolism (PE), clinicians should stratify patients into groups for whom different diagnostic strategies are appropriate, the American College of Physicians (ACP) advises in a new paper published in Annals of Internal Medicine. "The use of computed tomography (CT) for the evaluation of patients with suspected pulmonary embolism is increasing despite no evidence that this increased use has led to improved patient outcomes, while exposing patients to unnecessary risks and expense," said ACP President Wayne J. Riley, MD. "ACP's advice is designed to help physicians identify patients for whom a PE is so unlikely that they need no further testing, for whom plasma D-dimer testing can provide additional risk stratification, and for whom imaging is indicated because of their high risk and clinical presentation."
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