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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 continuing nursing activity was approved by The Ohio Nurses Association an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91). Activity #21888.
5.25 contact hours will be awarded to each attendee commensurate with participation and completion of program evaluation.
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 clarification of the guidelines for assessing and documenting planning committee and faculty/speaker conflict of interest, bias and commercial support, how to transform a live program into an enduring material, and what summative evaluation really means.
During this workshop the Nurse Peer Review Leader of the ANCC Accredited Approver Unit will introduce the new online activity application and Provider Unit activity documentation 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
Department of Defense
The Department of Defense is seeking entry-to-mid level medical/healthcare professionals and students to participate in the Mini Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, April 14-17, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The conference provides an opportunity for participants to forge beneficial relationships with their military peers.
Approximately 30 medical/healthcare professionals and students will participate in the conference with experiences ranging from the Pentagon to military medical institutions in the Washington, D.C. area.
Who may apply?
Entry-to-mid level medical and healthcare professionals, including:
Eligible nominees are:
- Behavioral Health Specialists
- Dentists/Dental Hygienists
- Holistic Health Professionals
- Hospital Administrators
- Medical Interns and Residents
- Medical and Healthcare Students (must have a graduation date of 2020 or earlier.) • Nurses
- Physicians (all specialties)/Physicians Assistants
- Physical Therapists
- Surgeons (all specialties)
- Veterinarians/Veterinarian Assistants
Ineligible nominees are:
- U.S. citizens who are in good health
- Individuals who are entry- to mid-level in their careers
- Individuals with very little experience or knowledge of the U.S. military
- Must be over the age of 21
- Individuals who are able to attend the entire conference
Selections are made based on a thorough review of nominations by a senior panel of DoD military and civilian officials.
- Non-U.S. citizens, including permanent residents
- Past JCOC participants
- Individuals working for the U.S. Federal Government, to include active duty, Reserve and Guard military members
- Individuals who are in campaign status for Federal, State or Local political office
- Anyone who served in the U.S. Armed Forces since 2000
- Employees of U.S. government contractors whose primary area of responsibility is DoD-related
- Anyone with business ties or who serves in an advisory role to senior military officials, military installations, or the White House
- Anyone who has been on more than one military civic leader tour, cruise or participated in special opportunities, such as flying with Blue Angels, etc.
All nominees must submit the following for consideration:
This program is fully funded by the DoD. Funding includes transportation costs from the beginning of the program to completion, lodging and meals. Participants are responsible for funding their own transportation to and from the registration site, which will be in the Washington, D.C., area. Exact location of the conference is not revealed until registration.
You may also visit the JCOC website at http://jcoc.osd.mil/ for detailed information about the program. If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please email email@example.com. All nominations must be received by Nov. 30, 2018.
This year ANA Massachusetts (Team 20/20 by 2020) will be walking in the VisionWalk to support the Foundation Fighting Blindness, and we are hoping you will join us.
11th Annual Boston VisionWalk
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Walk Begins: 10:20am
For more details, click here.
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: Register today and join our team; you can help raise both money and awareness. It only takes a few minutes to get started.
Make a donation to help us reach our goal.
Help spread the word. Ask your employer, your faith-based or civic organization, your neighbors, and your local community to get 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!
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"The 30,000-foot view" is a popular phrase used to encourage others to see the big picture. But is assessing the nursing shortage from a Mount Everest-like vantage point a good idea? Yes and no.
While understanding national trends in the nursing workforce and nursing education is necessary, overlooking the finer details, such as what's occurring in specific geographic areas or specialties, ignores the complexities of nurse supply and demand.
Danielle LeVeck, DNP, ACNPC-AG, CCNS, CCRN, writes, "After burning out twice in my own career and fighting burnout on a weekly basis, I felt others could benefit from my own life experiences and knowledge of burnout research. When I was recently invited to give a presentation to ICU nurses regarding burnout, I asked my community of over 80,000 Instagram followers to help. The response was astounding. I received over 500 responses including stories and advice about nurse burnout. I plotted the hundreds of responses and stories from my followers to create my presentation and deliver real-life advice concerning the evasion of nurse burnout."
Investigators have found that an oral tablet for influenza vaccination can protect against infection just as well as — if not better than — a commercial injectable quadrivalent influenza vaccine.
Results from the phase 2 trial were presented at the 2018 Annual ID Week Meeting in San Francisco, CA, by investigators from Vaxart, Inc, the clinical-stage biotechnology company that developed the tablet, which was manufactured using standard recombinant techniques rather than in eggs.
Nursing is one of the fastest growing job fields in this country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It's also a job that is plagued by stereotypes — gender stereotypes in particular. Nearly 90 percent of all nurses today are women. Social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam wanted to figure out why there aren't more male nurses.
By Tammy Gibson
Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that more than 80,000 Americans died of the flu during the 2017-18 season. Federal health officials said this was the highest number in more than a decade. 90 percent of the deaths were in people over age 65, but the flu also killed 180 children and teenagers. Officials at the National Foundation for Infectious Disease estimate that a record-breaking 900,000 people were hospitalized.
Medical News Today
According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 2.9 million U.S. individuals with diabetes take only insulin, and another 3.1 million take insulin in addition to other medication.
A new study, however, suggests that many of these people might not get the full benefits from their insulin therapy; the hormone may be stored at incorrect temperatures in people's domestic fridges, which could make it less effective.
Scientists have found ways to retrain the body to recognize and destroy tumor cells, making immune-based treatments the newest, most promising weapon against many types of cancer. The first of these immunotherapy drugs approved to treat cancer began in the labs of James Allison of MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University in the 1990s. They independently discovered different ways in which the immune system is blocked from attacking tumor cells, which just earned them the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
A new method of analyzing images from CT scans can predict which patients are at risk of a heart attack years before it occurs, researchers say. The technology, developed by teams at Oxford University and institutions in Germany and the United States, uses algorithms to examine the fat surrounding coronary arteries as it shows up on computed tomography heart scans.
By Tammy Adams
Cancer is such a mysterious disease. For many different types of cancer, diagnosis can be a long and challenging process. A new blood test, however, might offer a much-needed simpler and more effective diagnostic technique. Called CancerSEEK, this new blood test has the potential to identify eight cancer types using just one blood sample. In the study, researchers show how the test shows high levels of sensitivity and specificity for cancer detection in more than 1,000 participants with the disease.
Vitamin D supplements do not improve bone mineral density or prevent fractures or falls in adults, finds a large study that advises health professionals to stop recommending the supplements to most patients.
The vitamin has long been associated with a decreased risk of a number of conditions, such as osteoporosis and hypertension, in addition to keeping bones strong by helping the body absorb calcium — which is why many use it during the dark winter months.
But the study's authors say there is "little justification" in doing so when it comes to bone health.
Medical News Today
People with Crohn's disease, which is an inflammatory disorder affecting the gastrointestinal tract, experience a variety of digestive problems. Probiotics may help reduce the symptoms of this condition. Researchers have conducted several studies into whether probiotics could offer any benefits to people with Crohn's disease.
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