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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Have you ever noticed how everyone sort of expects nurses to stay calm in chaos? Being able to stay calm under pressure "not only has a calming effect on others, but also inspires confidence. It is considered evidence of emotional intelligence," according to The Enterprisers Project. While it's nice knowing that keeping your cool might indicate you could move into management at work, it's even more useful for the job you have now.
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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.
Hot Topics: Water Cooler Solutions
Friday, November 8, 2019
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.
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!
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.
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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Recent research confirms what nurses and those who work with them have known for years: a nurse’s “worry factor” is an accurate predictor of a patient’s declining condition — and can save lives as a result.
Published in JAMIA Open, the Mayo Clinic study may pave the way for subjective measurements to be incorporated into electronic health records.
The number of cases of a deadly vaping illness continues to rise “at a brisk pace” with 18 confirmed deaths and more than 1,000 cases throughout the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC has identified 275 new cases over the last week and is investigating several other deaths that are suspected of being caused by vaping, Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principle deputy director, told reporters on a conference call Oct. 3.
Schuchat called it a “very concerning outbreak” with no signs of abating.
Early reports from the World Health Organization suggest this year’s shot might not be the most effective. Two of the strains that just struck the Southern Hemisphere, and then predictably may move north, aren’t included in the new vaccine.
However, that doesn’t mean the shot’s useless.
It’s still too soon to know exactly which strains will pop up this winter, and even if the shot is off the mark and fails to cover the strains likely to hit the United States this year, health experts say you should still plan to get vaccinated.
By Lisa Mulcahy
As a healthcare professional, you constantly monitor your hospital to make sure patient safety is the ultimate priority. But improving your approach on a constant basis is also vital. What strategies should you be implementing to ensure your patients receive their medication properly, without hazard and in a timely manner? Use these science-driven pieces of advice to accomplish these essential goals.
The Wall Street Journal
Hepatitis A outbreaks are erupting across the U.S., reversing a long-term decline in cases of the viral liver disease and prompting state health departments to mount aggressive vaccination campaigns.
Since outbreaks of the virus began in 2016, 30 states have reported cases totaling more than 26,000, including 268 deaths.
Of an estimated 6,500 to 7,000 known rare diseases, only a fraction — maybe five percent — have U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved treatments. To increase that percentage, the National Institutes of Health has awarded approximately $31 million in grants in fiscal year 2019 to 20 teams — including five new groups — of scientists, clinicians, patients, families and patient advocates to study a wide range of rare diseases. An additional $7 million has been awarded to a separate data coordinating center to support these research efforts.
Oregon Health & Science University via PhysOrg
For the first time, researchers have observed at the molecular level how a protein associated with numerous health problems works.
The discovery—which could one day inspire new drugs to treat inflammation, coronary artery disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis and more—was published in the journal Cell.
By Scott E. Rupp
There is perhaps no more important place for hand hygiene than in healthcare. In hospitals and healthcare facilities, cleanliness is critical for infection prevention. According to research from the University of Michigan Health System, presented at a gathering of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, sinks and other handwashing stations can spread infection and bacteria.
After three decades of increases, the U.S. birth rate for twins has dropped. The steady rise had been attributable largely to the use of in vitro fertilization. Now, the four percent drop from 2014 to 2018 could be attributable to new reproductive technology that makes single births more likely, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Multiple births are riskier for the mother and babies, the Wall Street Journal reports, so researchers see the decline as a positive.
When people suffer heart attacks, the resulting scarring of the heart tissue often leads to chronic heart failure. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada have discovered a drug that they believe can prevent that scarring and the progression to chronic heart failure.
The drug, SR9009, works by capitalizing on the circadian clock inside the heart—the genes that turn on and off at specific times to regulate heart rate, blood pressure and other functions. In mouse models, administering SR9009 shortly after a heart attack reduced inflammation and scarring, allowing the heart to better repair itself. The researchers reported the results in Nature Communications Biology.
American Academy of Neurology via Medical Xpress
Young adults who experience annual income drops of 25 percent or more may be more at risk of having thinking problems and reduced brain health in middle age, according to a study published in the Oct. 2, 2019 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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